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.