Useful Words & Phrases


BC - Big Chop; cutting all your hair off, this is often done when going from relaxed hair to natural

Cornrows - Hair do where the hair is braided close to the scalp in rows

Co-Wash - Washing with conditioner only, leaving out shampoo.

DC - Deep Conditioning

Flat twist - Hair do when the hair is twisted (similar to two strand twists) close to the scalp, like cornrows but using a twisting technique instead of braiding

Leave-In - Conditioner that is left in the hair, instead of rinsing it out with water

Locs/Dread locs - Hair style where hair is not combed, thus forming sections of hair that holds together, can be done by not combing hair or by different methods twisting hair into shape

Naturalista - Woman who leaves her hair in its naturally curly state

Product Junkie - A person who is addicted to buying and trying new products

Sister locs - A type of very thin locks (not anyone can do sister locs, you have to take a special course to learn how to make them the correct way)

Transitioning - When letting the hair grow out from relaxer to naturally curly

TWA -Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist out - Hair style that is achieved by doing two strand twists and then taking them out

Two strand twist - Hair do that is acheived by twisting to strands of hair around each other

Wash 'n' Go - Hair style that is achieved by washing, conditioning, and going (letting it air dry)

Any good to know words or phrases that you think I should add to this list? 

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