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  • Natural Hair Dictionary--Detangling the Terms

    I'm sure that to some, the abbreviations and jargon in the Natural Hair world may be a bit perplexing, and even intimidating at first. Here's a list of commonly mentioned ingredients/techniques/abbreviations, that you will run across on CurlyNikki.com and other hair sites:

    2nd day hair- Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning...you don't have to do much before walking out of the house. Some are lucky enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!

    3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system, for further clarification, see THIS LINK.

    ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle...final rinse) A hair type classification system.

    APL- Refers to length-- arm pit length.

    BAA-Big ass afro

    Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.

    BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

    BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

    BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.

    BSS- Beauty Supply Store

    CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.

    Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo

    Cones- Are 'silicones', or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).

    CG- Refers to the "Curly Girl" method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing...among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

    DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.

    Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

    EO- Essential Oil

    EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

    EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

    HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

    HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

    MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

    Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

    No-poo- It's just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG'ers and don't use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.

    Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to
    preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose
    pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin
    pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and
    all of your curls will have been preserved.

    PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

    Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead
    of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

    Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

    Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.

    Search and Destroy (S&Ds)-
    I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends...whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task (purchase from Sally's or Walmart)m this is key. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage. Every now and then (when my hair is excessively tangly), I'll do a Micro Trim, which is snipping off the last 1/4 of an inch of my ends...I do this while my hair is in twists for ease.

    Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a
    conditioner or detangler)... the more slip it has, the more effectively
    it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

    SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).

    TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

    Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.

    TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

    Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

    Wash and Go- Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn't handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.

    Add to the list ladies!

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this here! Loving the new smart phone app! Way to go, Nikki I'm addicted to your blogs!
    DiamondCurl24/7
    Last Relaxer: Feb. 2008
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    • #3
      thanks lady!

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      • #4
        Could you tell me what "HHG" means?
        last relaxer Feb 2009...transitioned for 2 years...completely natural since Feb 2011...mother of 14 month old curly girl...

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        • #5
          Happy/Healthy Hair Growth I think

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          Last Relaxer: Dec 29th, 2009
          All Natural since:August 27th, 2010

          My blog--->thecoloredcurl.tumblr.com

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          • #6
            Omg! Thank u so much for posting this.

            Sent from my SCH-I500 using CurlyNikki App
            ~Afro Angel Diva

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            • #7
              This was SO helpful! It's going to be my new reference guide. Thanks for posting!

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              • #8
                Thanks so much for this reference guide...I been natural forever but I am new to the online natural community, appreciate breakin it all down!

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                • #9
                  Thank ya ! I be to lost when I be tryna read some of these post

                  Sent from my SPH-M910 using CurlyNikki App

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by *CurlyNikki* View Post
                    I'm sure that to some, the abbreviations and jargon in the Natural Hair world may be a bit perplexing, and even intimidating at first. Here's a list of commonly mentioned ingredients/techniques/abbreviations, that you will run across on CurlyNikki.com and other hair sites:

                    2nd day hair- Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning...you don't have to do much before walking out of the house. Some are lucky enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!

                    3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system, for further clarification, see THIS LINK.

                    ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle...final rinse) A hair type classification system.

                    APL- Refers to length-- arm pit length.

                    BAA-Big ass afro

                    Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.

                    BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

                    BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

                    BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.

                    BSS- Beauty Supply Store

                    CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.

                    Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo

                    Cones- Are 'silicones', or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).

                    CG- Refers to the "Curly Girl" method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing...among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

                    DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.

                    Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

                    EO- Essential Oil

                    EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

                    EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

                    HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

                    HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

                    MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

                    Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

                    No-poo- It's just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG'ers and don't use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.

                    Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to
                    preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose
                    pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin
                    pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and
                    all of your curls will have been preserved.

                    PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

                    Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead
                    of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

                    Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

                    Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.

                    Search and Destroy (S&Ds)-
                    I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends...whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task (purchase from Sally's or Walmart)m this is key. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage. Every now and then (when my hair is excessively tangly), I'll do a Micro Trim, which is snipping off the last 1/4 of an inch of my ends...I do this while my hair is in twists for ease.

                    Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a
                    conditioner or detangler)... the more slip it has, the more effectively
                    it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

                    SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).

                    TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

                    Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.

                    TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

                    Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

                    Wash and Go- Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn't handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.

                    Add to the list ladies!
                    Thank you very much this was especially helpful to me. I already knew some but there were some that were like a foreign language to me.

                    Sent from my T-Mobile myTouch 3G using CurlyNikki App
                    It's the God in me!

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                    • #11
                      This is very helpful, thank you!

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                      • #12
                        I saw a post where one of the posters used the abbreviation "tx" as they described a routine they used. What does "tx" stand for?
                        My name is Ms. Pooh and I am a Product Junkie
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                        Real Hunny of a Bear

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MsPooh404 View Post
                          I saw a post where one of the posters used the abbreviation "tx" as they described a routine they used. What does "tx" stand for?
                          Treatment


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                          "God will NEVER put more on you than you can bear"

                          Fotki
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                          Big Chop: August 9, 2009
                          Description of Roxie: mostly 4a, medium density, fine/medium strands, low porosity
                          Staple Products: Cream of Nature Shampoo, Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner, Giovanni Direct Leave in, coconut oil, shea butter mix (shea butter, coconut oil, JBCO and olive oil)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lynnieluve View Post
                            Treatment


                            Sent from my  iPhone using CurlyNikki

                            Wow! Never in a million years would I have guessed that one! Thanks, Lynnieluve!
                            My name is Ms. Pooh and I am a Product Junkie
                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                            Real Hunny of a Bear

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                            • #15
                              I was so lost until I opened this page.

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