Natural Hair Terms






ACV: Apple cider vinegar rinse, commonly used to clarify hair

AOHSR: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, a popular deep conditioner often found at Whole Foods or Akins Natural Grocery store.

APL: Arm pit length (when measuring hair 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

BC: Big chop, when women cut off chemically processed or heat damaged ends to attain a fresh head of natural hair.

BSL: Bra-strap length (when measuring hair length)

CL: Chin length

Clarifying: Washing the hair to remove dirt, product build up or anything else that is on the follicle

Coily: 1)The hair texture of many women with natural hair. 2) A hair texture resembling a spring or slinky, and is most often visible when hair is wet: There is so much definition to Talia's texture when she lets it air dry; you can really see the pattern of her beautiful coily hair.

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

Creamy Crack: A term referring to chemical relaxer products:

DC: Deep condition/Deep conditioner

Dry comb: Coming the hair while it is dry

EVCO: Extra virgin coconut oil

EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil

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

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

ORS: Organic Root Stimulator

PJ: Product junky (may also refer to ‘product junky-ism’), 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 slip.”

SLS: Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo

TWA: Teeny, weeny afro

3A texture: Loose curls

3B texture: Tight curls

4A texture: Loose kinks/coils

4B texture: Tight kinks/coils