This page is for the newbies, the oldies anyone who doesn’t know what a certain hair term means.
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.
– Pre Poo: applying a treatment before shampooing or co-washing
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.
– DC: Deep Conditioning
– Water Based Moisturizer: a water soluble moisturizer (condish) with the first ingredient being water
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
— eg: “I am 4 months post.”
— eg: “I am 10 months post transition.”
— eg: “I am 2 year post BC.”
TWA: Teenie Weenie Afro
BBA: Big Ass Afro
can and most likely does (once you get to know your hair) vary by season
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Day “X” hair: a hair style that has lasted “x” amount of days
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
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
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
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.