natural hair terms


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Having natural hair comes with it’s own hair terms and unique jargon, here are a few that is popular: let me know in the comments which ones should be added.


  • ACV: Apple cider vinegar, used to clarify the hair and level acidity
  • Aloe Vera gel/juice: very moisturizing for hair and skin
  • ALS: Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate; ingrdients that can potentially harm your hair
  • AO: Aubrey Organics
  • APL: Arm Pit Length
  • ASL: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo


  • BAA: Big a** afro
  • 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
  • BBA: Big beautiful afro
  • BC: Big chop, cutting off all the relaxed and or chemically processed hair, to have fresh and free natural hair
  • BSB: Below Shoulder Blade
  • BSL: Bra-strap length
  • BSS: Beauty Supply Store


  • CC: Creamy Crack
  • CL: Chin length
  • CBL: collar bone length hair
  • Clarifying: when you wash your hair to remove product build up, dirt or anything clogging the follicles
  • Cones: silicones, which can lead to no moisture to adhere to the hair
  • CON: Creme of Nature
  • Co-wash: Conditioner wash; washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, also called cw


  • DC: Deep condition/Deep conditioner by leaving conditioner on the hair for 30 mins or more
  • DIY: do it yourself
  • Dry comb: Coming the hair while it is dry
  • DT: to deep treat the hair, same as DC
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E, F, G, H, I, J, K

  • EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil, very popular oil for hair and skin care
  • EVCO: Extra virgin coconut oil, a common oil to use for hair and skin due to it’s amazing properties
  • EO: essential oil
  • Flex-set: to flexi-rod set the hair
  • HE: Herbal Essences
  • HEHH: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
  • HG: holy grail
  • HHG: happy hair growing
  • HIH/HIF: hand in hair and hand in fro disease
  • HL: hip length hair
  • HSR: Honey Suckle Rose by Aubrey Organics
  • HTH: hope that helps
  • IMO: in my opinion
  • JBCO: Jamaican black castor oil
  • KCCC: Kinky Curly Curling Custard


  • Leave-in: this is a conditioner or mix that stays in your hair after it’s applied. It is not rinsed/washed out. Mean’t to moisturize the hair
  • LHCF: refers to the site Long Hair Care Forum


  • MBL: Mid back length
  • MN: Miconazole Nitrate
  • MT: Megatek


  • Natural Hair: to be completely free of chemical processing in the hair, aka NH
  • NG: New growth
  • NL: neck length
  • No-poo: Haircare regimens that don’t include the use of sulfate shampoo
  • Naturally Curly: popular site for naturals

O, P

  • PJ: product junkie, or one who likes to buy hair products or any products for that matter a lot.
  • Poo: Shampoo
  • Pre-poo: to apply a conditoning/ treatment to the hair prior to shampooing/washing so as to add moisture to the follicles

Q, R

  • Rod-set: uses perm rods to set the hair into curls
  • Rolls: the art of rolling the hair to create a style (french roll, finger rolls)


  • SAA: silk amino acids
  • Shea Butter: the most popular butter for hair and skin care. Has great properties to help moisturize and protect hair and skin. Can be used with other oils and plants.
  • SL: shoulder length
  • Slip: the measure of how well a product allows you to detangle your hair, or glide through it. Slip is the ease/leeway the product provides and sliperiness on the hair
  • SLS: Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo
  • SLES: Sodium Lareth Sulfate, another common ingredient in shampoo
  • Straw sets: setting the hair on straws for a curly outcome

T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

  • TWA: Teeny weeny afro
  • Water: the natural’s staple ingredient!!
  • WSL: waist length hair


  • 3A texture: Loose curls
  • 3B texture: Tight curls
  • 4A texture: Loose kinks/coils
  • 4B texture: Tight kinks/coils

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  1. Thank you times a million. Sending this to all my hair-concerned girls who haven't caught the lingo yet.


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