Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Acronyms Used in the Natural Hair Community

Natural Hair Terminology

ACV: Apple cider vinegar, commonly used to clarify hair

APL: Arm pit length

ASL: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo

Baggy method: Applying conditioner to the hair then wrapping it with saran wrap or covering it with a plastic/shower cap for an extended period of time

BC: Big chop, when one cuts off all their chemically processed or heat damaged ends to attain fresh head of natural hair

BSL: Bra-strap length

CL: Chin length

Co-wash: Conditioner wash; washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo

DC: Deep condition/Deep conditioner

Dry comb: Coming the hair while it is dry

EL:Ear length

EVCO :Extra virgin coconut oil

EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil

HEHH: Herbal essences hello hydration

Leave-in: Or leave in conditioner; conditioner that stays in your hair throughout the day/is not rinsed out after application

MBL: Mid back length

NL: Neck length

No-poo: Haircare regimens that don’t include the use of sulfate shampoo

PJ: Product junky: a person addicted to buying new hair products

Poo: Shampoo

SL: shoulder length

Slip: Refers to the slipperiness of hair prior to detangling, which makes the process easier. Products are often spoken of in terms of whether or not they “give the hair good slip.”

SLS: Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo

TL:Tailbone length

TWA: Teeny, weeny afro

3A texture: Loose curls

3B texture: Tight curls

4A texture: Loose kinks/coils

4B texture: Tight kinks/coils

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