APL: Arm Pit Length. A length of hair that reaches the arm pit when stretched
BIG CHOP: This is one of the two ways of going natural. It means to cut off all of one’s relaxed ends in order to have a head full of natural hair. The big chop means to either shave one’s head bald or trim a huge chunk of hair off depending on how much relaxed hair they have.
BANTU KNOTS/BANTU KNOT OUT: A style that involves twisting the hair and curling it around itself, with a curl defining cream and then unraveling it when dry to get a curl pattern
BIOTIN: A vitamin that strengthens hair and nails, allowing length retention
BRAID OUT: A style that involves braiding the hair, either when wet or dry, with a curl defining cream or gel and then unraveling it when dry to get a crimped curl pattern
BREAKAGE: This is when the damaged ends of hair strand cuts off
BSL: Bra strap length. A length of hair that reaches the bra strap when stretched
CARRIER OIL: Light natural oils like olive oils, castor oil, and coconut oil e.t.c. Often mixed with a few drops of essential oils before applying on hair
CBL: Collar bone length. Length of hair that reaches the collar bone when stretched
CG METHOD: The Curly Girl Method, that involves the use of only conditioners for cleansing the hair
CONES: These refer to silicone ingredients. One should avoid them if using the Curly Girl Method.
CO WASH/CW: This means washing or cleansing the hair with only conditioner.
CURL PATTERN: The type of curl on one’s head of hair, ranges from straight to zigzag.
DEMARCATION LINE: The transition between the relaxed part and natural part in a hair strand
DIY: Do It Yourself hair concoctions
DUSTING: Trimming of a few micro inches of hair, this could be done as a result of single strand knots or anything.
DT/DC: Deep treatment or deep conditioning
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
ESSENTIAL OIL: These are potent natural oils that are used in drops and mixed with carrier oils
EDGES: The sensitive area around the temples
FRIZZY HAIR: Hair that is dried out, with no shine or luster
GOING NATURAL: This is the process of going from relaxed to natural hair. Where an individual stops using chemicals to straighten hair to allow the natural growth
HAIR SEBUM: The natural hair oil that comes out on the scalp to lubricate the scalp and hair strands
HAIR DENSITY: The number of hair strands per square inch on a scalp
HEAT DAMAGE: This means permanently altered hair strands that cannot coil up to its natural state as a result of too much heat styling with flat iron, hot comb e.t.c.
HHG: HAPPY HAIR GROWING, often said to people who are newly transitioning to natural hair
HHJ : HEALTHY HAIR JOURNEY, the use of healthy regimen to care for hair
HJ: HAIR JOURNEY
HUMECTANTS: A hair product that attracts/draws moisture to itself from the surrounding environment. Some examples are honey, aloe vera juice e.t.c.
JBCO: Jamaican Black Castor Oil
LENGTH CHECK: The process of stretching different parts of the hair to see how long it has grown over a certain period of time. The parts used are usually the front, the back the crown and the side
LONG GROW OUT: This is another route of transitioning where an individual allows the new natural growth beneath the relaxed hair to grow until all the relaxed hair disappears
LOW MANIPULATION: Adopting a styling technique that does not require an individual to keep touching the hair
MBL: Mid back length. A length of hair that reaches the mid back when stretched
MOISTURIZE: To apply a cream or water to add moisture the hair. Natural kinky hair loves this
NAPPY HAIR: Another term for Natural Hair
NATURAL HAIR: Kinky hair type that has not been altered by chemicals or heat stylers
NATURAL HAIR COMMUNITY: This is the community that involves everyone who is going natural or is fully natural. Most people in this community have vlogs websites and blogs on their natural hair journeys
NATURAL HAIR MEET UP: A meeting where all the naturals in a city come together to exchange ideas on all things natural hair
NEW GROWTH: This is the natural growth that comes out a few weeks after the application of relaxer
NO POO: A type of healthy hair regimen that does not involve the use of shampoo. It is usually called THE CURLY GIRL METHOD
PINEAPPLEING: This is a method of packing up the hair in a high puff at night to protect and preserve style while sleeping
PRE POO: A treatment or treatments done to the hair before shampooing the hair in order to keep the shampoo from stripping the hair of moisture. It could be done with honey or some oils
PRODUCT BUILD UP: Clogging of hair follicles and strands with various products
PROTECTIVE STYLING: The kind of style that is done in order to protect the ends of natural hair from drying out and cutting off. This could be in form of a bun, twists, Senegalese twists, box braids, flat twists e.t.c
SEALING: This is the process of applying oils to the hair strands after moisturizing with a leave in or moisturizer, to lock in the moisture
SEARCH AND DESTROY: Search for single strand knots on the hair to snip it off
SHRINKAGE: Kinky hair tends to shrink (become shorter) when it comes in contact with water. This is probably a way the hair naturally preserves the moisture as it is comes in contact with it. It occurs at different levels depending on hair type
SLIP: The degree to which a product, mainly conditioner, softens the hair, allowing fingers run through hair strands with ease
STRIPPED: When hair strands dries out as a result of product application. Could be caused by using sulphate shampoo
TRANSITION TO NATURAL: This is the process of allowing your natural hair grow out underneath without relaxing your hair over a certain period of time. This time is often determined by an individual based on personal preference
TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro, the result of a big chop after a shot term transition to natural hair
TWO STRAND TWIST: Braiding the hair with two parts and twisting it
TWIST OUT: A style that involves twisting the hair, either when wet or dry, with a curl defining cream or gel and then unraveling it when dry to get a ringlet curly pattern
WASH AND GO: This means just washing one’s hair, applying a gel and letting it down.