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When you visit websites, blogs, or forums dedicated to natural hair, you will come across different terminology.  I was quite puzzled when I first started my transition journey.  I didn't know what a CBL or a TWA was... but as I got more involved in the community, I was able to find the definitions for all the terminology.  Here are some that I know so far.

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar

ALS- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfates

AO - Aubrey Organics

APL- Arm Pit Length

AVJ- Aloe Vera Juice


BAA- Big a** afro

Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a plastic cap on overnight.

BBA - Big Beautiful Afro

BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis. You can also pin curl it with a bobby pin.

BSB - Below Shoulder Blade

BSL- Bra Strap Length

BSS- Beauty Supply Store


CBL- Collar Bone Length

CC - Creamy Crack - Relaxer

Clarifying - When you wash your hair to remove product build up.

CL - Chin Length

CN- Curly Nikki

Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash your hair in place of shampoo

CON - Creme of Nature

Cones- Refers to Silicones. In the ingredients of any hair products, these are ingredients ending in "cones".
CG- "Curly Girl" method.


DMM - Deep Moisture Method. Click here to read more about it.

Dry Combing - Combing your hair while it is dry

DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner.

Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less.


EO- Essential Oil

EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Flexi-set - Using Flexi-rods to style your hair


GHE - Green House Effect. Similar to baggy but more towards stimulating of scalp health and growth.

HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

HHG- Healthy Hair Growth. Growing hair that is not only long but healthy

HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

HL- Hip Length


JBCO- Jamaican Black Castor Oil


KCKT - Kinky Curly Knot Today

KCCC- Kinky Curly Curling Custard


LHCF- Long Hair Care Forum
LCO - Liquid Cream Oil - Method is a method of moisturizing natural hair ; spritz water, apply cream and apply oil
LOC - Liquid Oil Cream - Method is a method of moisturizing natural hair  ; spritz water, apply oil and apply cream

MBL- Mid Back Length
MLA - Mid Length Afro, this replaced the Awkward stage, the stage where your hair is not short (TWA) and is not long enough to make a ponytail.  (created by MissCinnamonCake)

Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

NG- New Growth

NL- Neck Length

No-poo- No shampooing

Pineappling- Night routine for protecting and preserving curls

PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys a lot of hair products

Plopping- A quick dry method where you use a t-shirt or a terry cloth towel or a paper towel to dry your hair instead of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing.

PSing- Protective Styling - Styling your hair where the ends are not exposed, therefore helping in retaining length.

SAA- Silk Amino Acids - Protein found in some hair products

Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends.

Search and Destroy (S&Ds)- Process of looking for split ends, single strand knots or crooked ends and cutting them off.

SL- Shoulder Length

Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a conditioner or detangler)... the more slip it has, the more effectively it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

SLS- Sodium Laureth Sulfate - an ingredient found in hair products that can cause dryness of the hair.

SSK- Single Strand Knots, also known as Fairy Knots or Pixie knots. These are knots that occur on one strand of hair due to lack of moisturizing.

TBC - Transitioning Big Chop. This is when someone that has been transitioning for a while decides to chop off all their relaxed ends.

TnC- Twist-n-Curl. Twist the hair and roll the ends with perm rods.

Transitioning - The process of growing out your natural hair while still retaining your relaxed ends

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

Tx- Treatment


WL- Waist Length

Wash and Go (WnG)- Washing your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and leaving the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser.


  1. OMG..I love you!! lol. I have been looking for these all over the place! I am going to put these in a Word doc. ASAP!!! lol.

    Thanks much..love the hair!

    Stay beautiful!

    - Tess

    1. I am glad that you found my page and this information was useful to you. Thank you so much for the love. If you have not already, check out my facebook page and YouTube channel. Here are the links:
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  3. wow a lot of intersant info on this side, but I try to grow my natural hair again, it is the 3rd time to try out, I need more patience for rich my goal.