Natural Hair Lingo
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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.
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
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
MBL- Mid Back Length
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.
TnC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.
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.
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.