The Complete Guide To Natural Hair Language

 The fact that I did not know many of the terms when I first went natural affected me a lot. I was lost in a lot of conversation I had to be asking around for the meaning of pre-poo,co-wash and so many others, so I am going to make a compilation of most of the Natural hair language so you will not be lost when reading hair blogs ,Magazine or simply in a conversation with another Naturalista.

AVC (Apple Cider Vinegar) : Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos. Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.

APL (Armpit Length) : This is referring to the length of hair.

Baggy:  The baggy method is a moisturizing technique that some naturals find effective. In simple terms it involves using a plastic bag (saran wrap, grocery bag, sandwich bag or plastic shower cap) to wrap around hair soon after moisturizing it to help the hair retain that moisture. The method works by making water which would have otherwise evaporated, condense and stay as a liquid barrier near the hair, ready to be taken up when needed. Read more here.

Banding:  Banding is the process of using ponytail holders to gently stretch out wet natural hair.  The hair is divided into sections then the holders are wound tightly down the section from root to tip so that the hair stays stretched as it dries.  Read more Here.

Bantu Knots: A hairstyle created by carefully and precisely parting hair in small-to-medium sections, and then twisting the sections in one direction until they wrap into neat knots. The knots are often secured near the scalp with bobby or hair pins.

BC (Big Chop): Big chop is the process of cutting of all the relaxed part of the hair when you want to start your Natural hair journey.

BKT(Brazilian Keratin Treatment) : A temporary hair straighten treatment that does not use harsh chemicals, but has been known to be damaging to the hair.

BNC(Braid-n-Curl):  A style created by plaiting or braiding the hair while wet, and then curling the ends with rollers or flexi rods. After the hair is dry, the braids and rollers are removed to reveal a wavy and curly hair texture

BSL(Bra Strap Length) : This is referring to the length of hair.

CBL(Collar BONE Length) :  This is referring to the length of hair.

CGM(Curly Girl Method) :  The curly girl method is based on the book "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey. The nickname "no-poo" alludes to not using a sulfate shampoo, because sulfates tend to strip the hair of its natural oils. Once you take away the sulfates, your hair can retain its natural moisture.

Clarifying:  Clarifying is a specific type of hair wash where one removes "buildup". Clarifying essentially strips the hair naked, removing all product, minerals, silicone, sebum. Clarifying removes what's on the surface of hair strands.

Cones(Silicone): Silicone are ingredients in many hair conditionersshampoos, and hair gel products. They usually have hard to pronounce names like phenyltrimethicones or amodimethicones. Too make things easier, just remember that most ingredients ending in "cone", "col", "conol" or "zane" are more than likely a silicone. Silicone will produce a  build-up on the hair and scalp because they are often not water-soluble. This is why clarifying shampoos are so important to those of us that use "cone" filled products. Read more here.

Co-wash: Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.

DC/DT (Deep Conditioner): Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or

EO(Essential Oils) : An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.
Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. Read more here.

EVCO(Extra Virgin Coconut Oil):

EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil):

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.

FRO: Shortened from Afro

HENNA: A natural colorant or hair dye, and strengthener, considered Ayurvedic (use of all natural Indian herbs)

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.

MBL(MID BACK LENGTH): This is referring to the length of hair.

P J (PRODUCT JUNKIE): 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.

PRE POO: Coating the hair, for about 30 minutes or more, with a mixture of natural oils or a deep conditioner before you shampoo.

PROTECTIVE STYLING:  An 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.

SEALING: To apply product to the ends of the hair to keep them moisturized and limit breakage. 

SHINGLING: A styling method, created at Miss Jessie’s salon, used to manually define curls by applying a leave in conditioner or gel with a comb, spreading the product from roots to ends in a downward direction while smoothing and stretching hair. (originally designed to use with Miss Jessie’s CURLY PUDDING™ or Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue™) 

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 SULPHATE):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(TINY WEENY 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 have 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 drys or you can dry it with a diffuser.


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