Natural Hair Dictionary

*A Work in Progress*

 

ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar

ACVR – Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

APL – Armpit length.  Refers to the length of hair.

 

BAA – Big A$$ Afro

Baggy Method – Applying conditioner and then donning a shower cap for several hours.  This is usually done at night and the shower cap is worn overnight and washed out in the morning.

BC – the Big Chop.  Used in reference to cutting off all of the relaxed/perm ends from a person’s hair.

BM – Brick and mortar.  Refers to a physical location, usually a store.

BNC – Braid ‘n Curl.  Braiding hair and adding a roller to the ends.  Braids are later released to form a wavy pattern with curly ends.

Braid Out – Braiding hair and then releasing them to form a wavy pattern.

BSS – Beauty Supply Star

 

Carrier Oil – In order to be applied directly to the skin or burned for aromatherapy, essential oils must be placed in an oil.

CBL – Collar bone length.  Refers to the length of hair.

CG – Curly Girl Method.  A method done by Lorraine Massey that involves co-washing only and avoiding silicone products.  Very similar to the Tightly Curly Method.

Clarifying Shampoo – A shampoo that strips or removes any build-up on the hair and scalp.

Cones –Products that contain sillicones.

Cornrows – Braids that done flat or flush to the scalp.  Typically done in rows.

Co-washing – Washing with conditioner only

 

DC – Deep Condition

DT – Deep Treatment

Dusting – Twisting hair and trimming about a 1/4” off of the ends.

 

EO – Essential Oil

EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

EVCO – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

 

Flat Twist – Twists that are done flat or flush to the scalp.  Typically done in rows.

 

JBCO – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

 

Line of Demarcation – The area between a person’s natural hair and their chemically processed/relaxed hair.  It is a weak point that is prone to breakage.

LS – Laureth Sulfate.  Commonly found in shampoos and has been linked to cancer.  This ingredient usually is used to strip the hair of dirt and grime.

 

MBL – MidBack Length

 

Search and Destroy – Snipping single strand knots and split ends individually.

Sealing – A process to seal in moisture, usually by using oil.

SSK – Single Strand Knots

 

TNC – Twist ‘n Curl.  Twisting hair and adding a roller to the ends.  Twists are later release to form a wavy/coil patter with curly ends.

TWA – Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out – Twisting hair and then releasing them to form a wavy/coil pattern.

 

WL – Waist length.  Refers to the length of hair.