Here's exactly what the 'opening the salon' Love Island 2022 analogy really meant

What's the 'opening the salon' Love Island chat? This is what those blowdries and manicures actually stood for...

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You may have heard a lot of ‘opening the salon’ Love Island analogies used throughout the Love Island 2022 series. If you're a little confused, we're here to clear up what all those blowdries and manicures—which peppered the villa chat right up until the final—really meant.

Now, there have been a lot sex code words during the past Love Island summers, from ‘do bits society’ to ‘graduating’, but this season really took the spicy lingo to another level. The islanders could be heard throughout Love Island season eight discussing what happened between the sheets with terms inspired by various beauty treatments. French tips or pipette, anyone?

However, much like with Luca’s ‘Elephant Juice’ saying, many viewers were left totally puzzled over the salon-sex comparisons. With that in mind, we've done our best to decipher what the words were actually code for so if ...

What does the ‘opening the salon’ Love Island analogy mean?

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The opening of said salon effectively meant that the islanders ‘did bits’ (a classic Love Island phrase that we're all familiar with by now).

It meant that whatever was going on underneath those duvet tents was more than just kissing, like the classic ‘first base, second base’ cliche. 

So when the islanders asked ‘did the salon open?’ during their morning chats, they were effectively asking if anyone engaged in any sexual activities—for example, viewers heard that Ekin-Su gave Davide a blowdry (yes we’ll go into that) and a few manicures were performed.

We also recall Dami mentioning a pipette…but that's not quite in keeping with the already very obscure salon references.

What does 'manicure' mean on Love Island?

A manicure essentially meant a hand job. We sussed this out after Tasha revealed earlier in the series that Andrew ‘had gotten a little manicure’ from her.

She has also revealed that Andrew had given her a manicure 'with mouth' meaning oral sex but there’s also another term being thrown around to describe that.

What does 'french tips' mean on Love Island?

We foolishly assumed that 'manicure' would encompass all sexual hand-based activities—how wrong we were—as Indiyah explained to Davide during one installment of Unseen Bits, that the term for fingering is actually 'french tips.' Naturally.

What does a 'blow dry' mean on Love Island?

We mainly heard Ekin-Su use this analogy before the Love Island 2022 final. When she used it, according to the Tab (opens in new tab), she was referring to oral sex.

What is a ‘pipette’ on Love Island?

Finally a pretty obvious one—a 'pipette' was what a bunch of 20-year-old-plus men were calling their penises. 

What is the salon term for sex on Love Island?

Fans will be pleased to know that the code word for sex is just sex, according to Indiyah.

What do Love Island fans think of the salon code?

According to Twitter, they hated it—much like the NVQ codes from season seven, fans were not loving the confusing terms.

In fact, one Twitter user said, “I’m tired of this beauty salon shit because I don’t even know what these are code for.”

While another fan tweeted: “ELEPHANT JUICE? SALON?? PLEASE STOP THIS”.

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A third viewer also summed it up pretty well saying: “Sorry but can we stop with this salon shit and just say it as it is.”

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Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.