ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. Used to cleanse dirt from the
hair shaft, close cuticles and add sheen.
BAA: Bad Ass Afro
BC: Big Chop. Usually referring to the cutting off chemically treated hair, leaving only
unprocessed hair behind.
Braid Out: Setting the hair with plaits or cornrows, then unraveling them, leaving hair loose.
Banding: A method of stretching hair where sections of hair are bound with several ponytail holders from root to end
Bantu Knot: Dividing hair into small section and then twisting the hair those individual sections around each other until the hair forms a knot.
Wash n’ Go: Adding gel, mousse, or another variation of a setting solution to freshly washed and conditioned hair in order to define the natural curl.
Clarify: To cleanse the hair of product or build up.
Co-Wash: A way to cleanse hair while preserving moisture, by rinsing with conditioner.
DC: Deep Conditioning
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Knot out: Setting the hair with bantu knots, then unraveling them, leaving hair loose.
No-poo: To cleanse the hair without the use of shampoo.
Oil-Based Moisturizer: Moisturizing product with oil as the first ingredient.
Pineapple: A way of preserving curls, by banding them loosely at the crown.
PJ: Product Junkie. Referring to naturals who impulsively buy and collect hair products.
Pre-poo: Treating the hair before shampoo.
Protective Styling: Styling the hair in such a way that prevents damage from everyday elements.
Sealing: Closing the hair’s cuticles to keep moisture secured inside.
Shingling: To part hair in thin, long parts, resulting in the shape of the section of hair resembling a roof shingle.
Stretching: To temporarily lengthen the hair.
Transitioning: The process of growing out chemically treated hair.
TWA: Teeny Weenie Afro
Twist out: Setting the hair with two strand or flat twists, then unraveling them leaving, hair loose.
Water-Based Moisturizer: Moisturizing product with water as the first ingredient.