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Glossary

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.

 

 

Poo: Shampoo

 

 

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.