Big Chop/BC: When you decide to go natural and you shave all of your hair off, ready for a fresh start. (A bold and brave move)
Little Chop/LC: Term used to describe the act of cutting off all of your relaxed ends once you’ve been transitioning for some time.
Transitioning: The period between “relaxed” and “natural.” During this time, you are no longer getting relaxers, and focusing on growing out your natural hair.
TWA: “Teeny Weeny Afro”
EL – Ear Length
CL – Chin Length
NL – Neck Length
SL – Shoulder Length
APL – Arm Pit Length
BSL – Bra Strap Length
BSB – Below Shoulder Blade
MBL – Mid – Back Length
HL – Hip Length
WSL – Waist Length Hair
Shrinkage: That awesome thing black hair does when it dries. Since our hair is so tightly coiled, it often springs up, making it look up to 50% shorter than it actually is.
Wash and go: Common hairstyle in which you wash your hair, out some conditioner on it, and go (in the simplest sense of the term). The method can be more complicated, but I’ll explain more on that later.
LOC method: For prime moisturization, you want to use L- liquid (water or leave in conditioner), O- Oil, and then C- Cream
Curly Girl method (CG): Method in which you don’t use any tool son your hair other than your fingers to detangle
Pineapple method: When your natural hair is long enough, you can pile it all at the top of your head in order to preserve styles or curl definition
Baggy Method: Deep conditioning using a plastic bag or shower cap.
Shingling: A curl definition technique coined by Miss Jessie’s
Dusting: Frequent trimming of tiny amounts of hair in order to avoid single strand knots and split ends
Twist out: Common Natural hairstyle achieved by twisting the hair with some product then removing the twists when they are dry
ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar (has a lot of great uses!)
Creamy Crack/CC: Ironic term used to describe relaxers and their addictive properties. i.e.: “I’m going natural! I need to get off this creamy crack.”
“Cones”- Silicones: Harsh chemicals found in most shampoos
DC: Deep Conditioner
Denman: Must have hair brush that detangles most hair like magic
Curl definition: Making your natural hair texture “pop”
EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil
Flax Seed Gel: Homemade gel made with flaxseed
Leave in: Conditioner that you leave in rather than wash out, used for extra moisture
product junky: One who buys product after product in order to find “the perfect regimen”
Pre-poo: Putting oil or leave in on your strands before you wash your hair, for extra moisture
Co-wash: Washing your hair with conditioner rather than shampoo, so that the hair is not stripped of its natural oils
Essentials: Essential oils like jojoba, olive, etc.
Protective Styling: Styling your hair in braids, weaves, or buns (styles that require little daily manipulation and allow the hair to grow unperturbed)
Sealing: Use of specific oils to seal in moisture
Nappyversary: Anniversary of the day you became “fully natural”
Regimen: Your wash day and daily hair routine
S&Ds: Search and Destroy- An alternative to trimming. The process of searching through your strands for split ends and cutting off each individual one; an alternative to trimming or dusting