My Hair Glossary

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Navigating through blogs, and vlogs for that matter, with the tons and tons of natural hair terms, phrases, and acronyms can be a daunting task for a newbie natural. So, here you will find a guide to what all of that gibberish you may see on my blog means! This page is a work in progress and will be updated as necessary.

*1st Day Hair – Hair/style that is being worn right after styling – 1st day of wearing a hair style.

*2nd Day Hair – Hair/style that is being worn for the 2nd day without having to completely restyle.

*3rd Day Hair – Hair/style that is being worn for the 3rd day without having to completely restyle.

*(The days can continue as the style is worn without having to completely restyle. It’s usually stretched more each day.)

ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar

BC – Big Chop – when you first cut all of your permed hair off

Baggy Method/Baggying – a way to add moisture to the hair by covering it with a plastic bag for an extended period of time and allowing body heat to create a steamy, warm environment. Conditioner and/or oils may be applied to the hair for extra moisturizing benefits.

Carrier Oils – oils that are used to carry, dilute, and distribute the essential oils to the hair and/or scalp; can also be used for moisturizing, sealing, and other purpose for hair and body

Clarifying – washing hair using a shampoo with a sulfate to remove product build up. dirt, excess oil, or anything else that clogs the hair follicles

Cones – silicones; synthetic chemicals used to coat, seal, and close the cuticles to create shine and prevent frizzines;  will produce build up in your hair and scalp due to their inability to dissolve in water. Since their names can be difficult to remember, just keep in mind that anything ending in “cone,” “conol,” “col,” or “xane, except when “PEG” or “PPG” are in front of them. This means they are water-soluable and won’t produce build up. Non-water soluable silicones need sulfate shampoos to remove them from the hair, which can cause dryness.

Co-Wash – conditioner washing – using conditioner to wash your hair; appealing to some naturals because using shampoo cand be drying to the hair.

DC – deep condition

EASE Method – an acronym for moisturizing the hair. The letters indicate the order in which you apply the moisturizing products to the hair: Edges, All over, Sections, Ends

EO – essential oils

Essential Oils – not really oils because they don’t contain fatty acids, rather “highly concentrated plant constitutes possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities” according to Valerie Gennari Cooksley, author of Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal. However, they are commonly referred to as oils; these oils come from natural sources, usually plants, are not diluted, and provide certain benefits to the hair and skin; must be used with a carrier oil to prevent hair damage and skin irritation

EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

EVCO – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

GHE – Greenhouse Effect – a way to add moisture to the hair by covering it with a plastic bag for an extended period of time and allowing body heat to create a steamy, warm environment. Conditioner and/or oils may be applied to the hair for extra moisturizing benefits.

Humectants – ingredients used in hair care products that draw moisture from the air and into the hair shaft; most naturals don’t like to use humectants when the air is dry because the product will then draw the moisture from the hair, causing it to dry out. Ex: honey, glycerin, Panthenol

JBCO – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

LOC Method – an acronym for moisturizing the hair. The letters indicate the order in which you apply the product: Liquid, Oil, Cream

LCO Method – an acronym for moisturizing the hair. The letters indicate the order in which you apply the product: Liquid, Cream, Oil

Pre-poo – apply an oil to the hair and let sit on the hair to prepare for washing; helps in preventing dryness and stripping of oils from the hair during the shampooing process

PJ – product junkie

Slip – how well a product allows your fingers to glide, slide, or “slip” through your hair as you detangle; how slippery a conditioner makes your hair feel

SSK – single strand knots

TWA – Teeny Weenie Afro; this is what you have most of the time after you big chop.

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