Hair Talk


This page is for the newbies, the oldies anyone who doesn’t know what a certain hair term means.


Poo: Shampoo
Most shampoos contain sulfates that are used to clean the hair. Sulfates can be found in dishwashing detergents. And that stuff CUTS GREASE! So with that in mind, sulfates can very easily strip the hair not just of the dirt and products but of the natural oils that are good for the hair as well. So for obvious reasons most “naturalistas” choose to do “low poo” or “no poo” “sulfate free” cleansing regimens.
Low Poo: a shampoo that cleanses the hair but doesn’t have a lot of foam because there are little to no sulfates in the ingredients.
No Poo: a cleansing regimen that uses a conditioner to clean the hair and scalp as opposed to a shampoo.
Pre Poo: applying a treatment before shampooing or co-washing
Condish: Conditioner
Cones: Silicones
A lot conditioners contain silicones which can produce non-water soluble build up in your hair and scalp causing you to want to shampoo (with sulfates … see the vicious cycle here) your hair. To avoid this many will use conditioners without silicones and will co-wash when necessary to remove any product that many still be in the hair after wetting it.
– Co-Wash: cleansing your hair and scalp with a conditioner rather than a shampoo
DC: Deep Conditioning
Water Based Moisturizer: a water soluble moisturizer (condish) with the first ingredient being water
Sealing: sealing moisture in the hair especially at the ends with an oil or a butter this is achieved by first applying a water soluble moisturizer then sealing it in with an oil or butter
Slip: usually used to describe how slippery a condish or detangler is on the hair, the more slip the better the product usually is for the hair
CG Method: the Curly Girl Method
a lot of what was stated above is the beginning basics of this hair regimen that many adopt and alter to form their own regimen that works for them. The main rules are:

1. no silicones

2. no sulfate/shampoo

3. no heat

BC: Big Chop
Transitioning: moving from relaxed to natural OR heat damage to natural hair without cutting it off and starting from “square one”
Line of Demarcation: a dividing line of transitioned hair. the obvious line between the healthy naturally curled hair and the relaxed or heat damaged hair
Post: “since going natural”
eg: “I am 4 months post.”
Post Transition: “Since Transitioning” meaning all of your relaxed/heat damaged hair is gone
eg: “I am 10 months post transition.”
Post BC: “Since Big Chop” meaning you have cut off all of your relaxed/heat damaged hair and you were left with a TWA
eg: “I am 2 year post BC.”

TWA: Teenie Weenie Afro
BBA: Big Ass Afro

Regimen: one’s daily/weekly/monthly routine of products and styling for their hair
can and most likely does (once you get to know your hair) vary by season
ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
– 1: straight
– 2: wavy
— a
— b
— c
– 3: curly
— a
— b
— c
– 4: kinky/coily
— a
— b
— c
Pineapple(ing): gathering your hair in a high, loose ponytail to protect and preserve your style at night and maintain an Day “X” look

Day “X” hair: a hair style that has lasted “x” amount of days
eg: Day 3 hair”
Length Retention: things that you can do to your hair to retain the rate of which your hair naturally grows. protective styling, moisturizing, and other tips and tricks can aid with retaining length from growth
Protective Styling: ways to reduce the wear and tear on your hair from the elements and excessive breakage, therefore increasing length retention
this is usually done by moisturizing the hair, especially the ends by tucking them in a style that can be worn for multiple days. this is usually done in the northern hemisphere in the fall and winter
Low Manipulation: reducing the amount of touching and styling (manipulation) on your hair
things like using your fingers for detangling instead of a comb and keeping your hair braided or twisted under a scarf can aid with the protection of your hair and retaining the length
Detangling: using a wide tooth comb to remove the tangles and knot from one’s hair
when detangling, make sure to do so from ends to root. this is the easiest method and has been proven to reduce the amount of ripping a breaking that can damage the hair
Finger Detangling: using your fingers to detangle your hair
many prefer this method as it greatly reduces the amount of breakage to the ends of hair (granting length retention) and gives one more control when there are knots. when finger detangling, one can come across a tangle and gently separate the hair causing much less damage to the ends.

Shrinkage: the amount the length of your hair is reduced to when it absorbs water and dries
type 4 hair usually has the most shrinkage. up to 75%.Plopping: using a paper towel, t-shirt, or micro fiber towel to dry one’s hair fasterStretching the Curl: various not heat related methods used to reduce your shrinkage for a particular style

Bantu Knot:
2-strand twist:
3-strand twist:
 TnC: Twist-n-Curl
Honey Combing:
Roller Sets:
Braid Out:
BnC: Braid-n-Curl

Inversion Method: a method to accelerate your hair growth to an inch a month.
you massage heated oil on your scalp for one minute and then hold your head upside down for 4 minutes. repeat for 7 days only.
SL: shoulder length
CBL: collar bone length
APL: arm-pit length
MBL: mid-back length
BSL: bra-strap length
WL: waist length
TBL: tailbone length
HHG: Happy/Healthy Hair Growth
Dusting: a “light trim”. referring to cutting off 1/4 of a inch or less of hair. usually looks like dust on the floor when finished.
Texlax: hair that is purposefully under-processed with the same chemicals that are used in relaxers
once you texlax your hair, IT SO NO LONGER CONSIDERED NATURAL.


If you have any other terms that you have questions about, PLEASE feel free to comment them below and I will research and add them to the list!

This page was last updated: Tuesday July 22nd, 2014.