Natural Hair Glossary

  • 2nd Day Hair: Naturally curly hair that stays curly and looks good the next day and do not turn frizzy.
  • 3a|3b|3c: Classification numbers for naturally loose curly hair. This hair system was created by Andre Walker.
  • 4a|4b|4c: Classification numbers for naturally tight kinky curly hair. This hair system was created by Andre Walker.
  • Accordion Technique: A method, from the book [Curly Girl] by Lorainne Massey, to help define curls by scrunching your hair in the formation of an accordion.
  • ACV😐 Apple Cider Vinegar. The acidity is close to that of natural hair, so it is used as a final rinse after shampooing and before conditioning, to promote healthy hair by tightening and sealing the cuticle.
  • Afro: hairstyle that is rounded in shape and naturally curly coiled hair
  • APL: Arm Pit Length.A guide to the length of your hair growth in reference to when the hair reaches your arm pit.
  • Argan Oil: Oil rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids produced from the kernels of the Argan tree grown organically in Morocco. Can be used as a fast absorbing daily moisturizer or to heal and condition cuticles and split ends. Also known as Moroccan Oil.
  • BAA: Big Ass Afro.A really large Afro which is obtained with long naturally curly and or kinky hair.
  • Baggy: A method to help reduce breakage, split ends, and dryness. After moisturizing your hair and sealing it at night, put a plastic cap or shower cap on overnight to help your hair retain the moisture it needs for maximum growth retention.
  • Bantu Knot: Hairstyle created when the hair is sectioned off in diamond, triangle or square shapes and twisted into knots. Also known as Zulu knots.
  • Bantu Knot Out: Hairstyle created by sectioning the hair into Bantu Knots on damp wet hair and then after it dries; the knots are taking out to achieve defined curly hair.
  • BC: Big Chop.Cutting relaxed or chemically treated hair completely off to leave only natural textured hair.
  • BNC: Braid n Curl.Hairstyle achieved by plaiting or braiding damp or moist hair and curling the ends with rollers or flexi rods. Air dry overnight or use a hair dryer. Then take out the rods and braids to reveal deep wavy and curly hair.
  • Braid Out: Hairstyle achieved by braiding damp or moist hair in cornrows or single braids and after it dries the hair is unraveled to reveal a more defined curly hair.
  • BSL: Bra Strap Length.A guide to the length of your hair growth in reference to when the hair reaches where your bra strap is positioned on your back.
  • Buds 😦 Budding) First stage of dreadlocks and locking your hair, when a knot is formed as the nucleus of each lock.
  • CBL: Collar Bone Length.A guide to the length of your hair growth in reference to when the hair reaches your collar bone.
  • CG: Curly Girl.A method, [Say no to shampoo, unplug the dryer, and find your inner curl!], designed to achieve your best natural curls based on the book [Curly Girl] written by Lorraine Massey.
  • Co-wash: A method of washing your hair with conditioner only. This type of washing avoids harsh results from frequent washing with shampoos that contain detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, and helps to keep natural black hair soft and manageable.
  • Comb coils: A hairstyle technique achieved by placing the tail of a rattail comb at the root of small sections of the hair and turning it clockwise to create a coil. A great style for shorter length hair.
  • Cones (Silicones).Ingredients in some hair care products that are and are not water soluble. The non water soluble silicones must be washed out well using a stronger shampoo or a clarifying shampoo or natural clarifying cleansing method or it will cause a heavy build-up on your hair.
  • Cornrow: Type of braiding style where the hair is braided very closely to the scalp in an underhand, upward motion to create a continuous, raised row. The styles are endless that can be achieved with cornrow designs.
  • Creamy crack: A term created by women who found it hard to stop relaxing their hair while transitioning, used to describe permanent relaxers.
  • Denman: A company that produces a curl defining brush that many natural haired women use.
  • Detangler: Type of hair conditioner that smoothes your hair by coating it, so that the hair tightens up and smoothes the scales on the outer surface of the hair or cuticle to prevent tangles.
  • Detangling: Process in which you use a Detangler to soften and smooth the hair for manageability.
  • DIY: Do It Yourself
  • DT:  Deep Treatment.Also known as DC (Deep Conditioning). A treatment to help add moisture back into the hair, by leaving a moisturizing conditioner with a penetrating heat source on your hair for an extended period of time.
  • EO: Essential Oils.Natural oils (Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, etc.) that promotes healthy hair.
  • EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.A natural conditioner that promotes hair growth, strong healthy hair, prevents dandruff, and makes the hair shiny and soft.
  • EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.A natural sealant used to seal and lock in the moisture from your moisturizer, while smoothing the hair cuticle and adding shine. Some use this oil for a Pre-Shampoo Treatment (Pre-Poo).
  • Flat Twist: A two strand twist braiding technique similar to cornrows, by twisting the hair flat to the head
  • Fluff: Finger combing your hair to obtain maximum fullness and volume for your curly hair
  • FSG: Flax Seed Gel.Homemade recipe for a styling gel made with flax seed that doesn’t weigh your hair down, dry it out, or create flakiness.
  • Henna: A natural colorant or hair dye, and strengthener, considered Ayurvedic (use of all natural Indian herbs)
  • HG: Holy Grail.A statement used for products that you have tried and works perfect for your hair.
  • HHJ: Healthy Hair Journey.Expression used to describe the journey a woman takes to achieve healthy hair.
  • HIH: Hand in Hair…Also seen as HIF: Hands in Fro. This: a slight bad habit to have to manipulate or play in your hair.
  • JBCO: Jamaican Black Castor Oil.Castor oil that has been manufactured in Jamaica used to strengthen, thicken, and increase hair growth.
  • Latch Hooking: A method used to maintain dreadlocks by incorporating the new growth into the locks to keep them neat.
  • MBL: Mid Back Length.A guide to the length of your hair growth in reference to when your hair reaches the middle of your back.
  • Nappyversary: This is the Anniversary date of when your hair became fully natural.
  • No-poo: A hair regimen of which you do not use shampoos to cleanse your hair. Some use conditioners in place of the shampoo also known as Co-washing.
  • Palm rolling: A method used to maintain dreadlocks by helping the knots in the locks tighten and compress. This is done by grabbing a single dreadlock between the base of your palms and rubbing it back and forth vigorously.
  • Pineappleing: A way of preparing your hair and sleeping to preserve your curls to have 2nd Day Hair. This is achieved by placing your hair in a high loose ponytail on top of the head and sleeping on a satin pillowcase. In the morning the curls are intact just by letting the ponytail down and gently shaking the hair.
  • PJ :Product Junky..This is an expression used for a person who buys any and all hair care products they can find to try the next best thing on the market.
  • Plopping: A way of drying your hair quickly and help enhance your waves and curls by wrapping your hair in a t-shirt or cotton cloth material.
  • Pre-Poo: Coating the hair, for about 30 minutes or more, with a mixture of natural oils or a deep conditioner before you shampoo.
  • Poo Bars: Shampoo or Conditioner Bars that uses 100% all natural and many times Ayurvedic Ingredients that are cleanse or condition without stripping the hair of its natural moisture. They can, many times be used for overall body cleansing as well.
  • Protective Style:A hairstyle that tucks the ends of your hair away from being exposed to damaging agents such as sun, heat, and constant manipulation. The purpose and benefits of this hairstyle is to grow healthier, longer hair and reduce split ends and damage. Some examples are Buns, Braids, Sew-in Weaves, Wigs, and Drawstring Ponytails.
  • Regimen: Your day to day or weekly hair care and styling guide.
  • Sealing: (Seal the Ends) to apply product to the ends of the hair to keep them moisturized and limit breakage. The choice of method is to use a water-based moisturizer (conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil.
  • Slip: Describes how slippery a product is and how effective it will coat the hair for detangling. Usually in reference to a conditioner or a detangler product.
  • SLS: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.A high volume synthetic chemical that is drying to the hair, used in many shampoos.
  • TNC: Twist n Curl…Hairstyle achieved by two strand twisting damp or moist hair and curling the ends with rollers or flexi rods. Air dry overnight or use a hair dryer. Then take out the rods and twist to reveal deep wavy and curly hair.
  • Transitioning: Process in which you take steps to stop relaxing the hair to grow out your natural hair texture.
  • TWA: Teeny Weenie Afro…A small Afro about 1/2 – 1 inch of hair in length, typically in reference to the first stage after the Big Chop (BC).
  • Twist Out: A hairstyle achieved by two strand twisting the hair (usually while damp or wet then air drying or use a hair dryer) and then unraveling the twist to reveal a crinkly wavy hair texture.
  • Two Strand Twist: Also known as double strand twists, twists, or twisties. This hairstyle technique can be performed on dry or wet hair. Take a section of hair and divide into two even pieces and twist each section of hair around the other. You continue until all of your hair is twisted like single braids.
  • Virgin Hair: Hair that is natural from the roots and has not been chemically processed or altered.
  • Wet and Go: A hairstyle technique similar to Wash and Go (WNG), but you do not wash your hair. You drench or spray the hair with a leave-in conditioner and water to define the curls and style as desired for a quick hairstyle.
  • WNG: Wash and Go…Also abbreviated as WnG or W&G. Method of co-washing the hair, adding a styling gel or cream and then go start your day. The hair air dries or you can dry it with a diffuser.

About nawlins natural

Looking to share my natural hair journey. I have been natural for 2yrs and enjoy sharing my knowledge and enjoy learning different techniques of how to care for my natural hair. I believe in the most high power, Jesus Christ and maintain a positive outlook for my life. My motto is "Something wonderful is going to happen!" Please follow me on Twitter @allierucks my Facebook Page Natural Hair Community
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