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The language of the natural hair community

The language of the natural hair community


If you are new to the curly hair revolution, you may be surprised to know that we speak our own  language!

We use acronyms and terms that may be foreign to some, for us, it is a daily part of our vernacular, here are just few…


ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar

AO – Aubrey Organics

APL – arm pit length

AVG -aloe Vera gel

BAA – big-ass afro

BC – big chop

BSL – bra strap length

CBL – Collar bone length

CG – Curly Girl routine

CJ – Curl Junkie

CO – Conditioner-only

CO-wash – Washing with conditioner

CQ – Curl Quencher by Ouidad

DT – deep treatment

DC – deep conditioner

EOs – essential oils

EVCO – extra virgin coconut oil

EVOO – extra virgin olive oil

FSG – Flax Seed Gel

GDL – Giovanni Direct Leave-In

GVP – Generic Value Products – At Sally’s

HE – Herbal Essences

HETT – Herbal Essence Totally Twisted

HG – Holy Grail

JBCO – Jamaican black castor oil

KCCC – Kinky Curly Curling Custard

KBB – Karen’s Body Beautiful

KCKT – Kinky Curly Knot Today

L&T – Lock & Twist

LOOB – L’Oreal Out of Bed

LOOC – Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol

LOTD – Lily of the Desert

MHC – My Honey Child

NG – Nature’s Gate or New growth

ORS – Organic Root Stimulator

PHHB – Pantyhose head band

PJ – Product Junkie

PM – Paul Mitchell

POO – shampoo

PVP – A polymer found in most gels

QCCC – Quite Calm Curling Cream

RR – Rocking Ringlets by Jessicurls

SAO – Sweet almond oil

SIF – Set It Free by Devacurl

SL – shoulder length

SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

SO – sebum only method

SOTC – scrunch out the crunch

TE – Terressentials

TIGI MM -TIGI Moisture Maniac

TJ – Trader Joe’s

TLBN – tailbone length

R – thermal reconditioner

TTO – tea tree oil

TWA – Teeny weeny afro

WDT– Weekly Deep Treatment by Jessicurl’s

WO – water only method


BAGGY – The method of sealing in moisture to your hair by using a plastic processing cap overnight or for long hours.

BRAID OUT – The process of braiding the hair at night and taking out the braids in the morning.

CANOPY – The top layer of your hair, which is exposed to the elements the most.

CARRIER OIL – Commonly referred to as a base oil, which is used to dilute essential oils. Olive oil, Castor oil and Jojoba oil are examples of a carrier oil.

CLARIFY – The process of removing build up from the hair by using a clarifying product.

CLUMPING – When strands of hair clump together to form bigger, chunkier curls

CONES – Surfactants present in hair products that strip hair of natural oil.

CRUNCH – When your hair has a hard, crunchy feeling once completely dry – generally caused by the use of gels.

DUSTING – The process of trimming just the ends of the hair.

HUMECTANT – Humectants naturally draw moisture from the environment into the hair. Glycerin is one of the most commonly used, agave nectar and honey are also humectants.

PINEAPPLE – The art of gathering your hair on top of your head, to preserve the curls for 2nd or 3rd day hair.

PLOP – The method of wrapping wet hair in a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel.

SEALING – The process of sealing the moisture in the hair using oils & moisturizers.

SHEDDING – Hair strands are said to shed at a rate of 50 – 80 strands a day.

SHRINKAGE –When your hairs length shortens or draws in due to curl tightness.

SLIP – This term is used to describe a product, usually a conditioner or shampoo, that makes your hair feel slippery when wet. When a product has good slip it makes it easier to detangle curly/textured hair.

THREE STRAND TWISTS – The process of twisting the hair by dividing into three parts.

TWO STRAND TWISTS – The process of twisting the hair by dividing into two parts.

WASH & GO – The process of washing the hair, applying a styling product then letting it air dry.

2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c – Used for curl/hair typing. Said to be created by Andre Walker, stylist of Oprah Winfrey.

2nd Day Hair – The process of adding a little water or minimal product to revive hair style for another day.

Did we miss any? Feel free to send in your suggestions and add to the list.



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