FAQ | Frequently Used Hair Related Terms

Acronyms:

ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar
ALS – Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
APL – Arm Pit Length
BC – Big Chop
BHM – Black Hair Media

CCB
 – Complete Care BalmBSL – Bra Strap Length
Cones – Silicones
CW – Conditioner Wash
DC – Deep Condition
EL – Ear Length
EO – Essential Oil
EVCO – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
HE – Herbal Essences
HHG – Happy Hair Growing
JBCO – Jamaican Black Castor Oil
LHCF – Long Hair Care Forum
MBL – Mid back Length
MMF – Mizani Moisturefuse.
MNT – Mane N Tail
MT – Mega Tek
NG – New Growth
NL – Neck Length
PJ – Product Junkie
S&D– Search & Destroy (Method for Trimming off Spilt Ends)
SAA – Silk Amino Acid
SL– Shoulder Length
Slip – When the comb easily glides through the hair
SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
WSL – Waist Length

Definitions:

Baggying:Trapping moisture into the hair by covering it with a plastic cap/bag after moisturising. Either the ends or full head can be baggied. This is very helpful treatment for those with dry damaged hair and dry ends.

Braid-Out
: Braiding hair in sections while still damp after deep conditioning/co-washing. Once dry, unravel the braids and style.

Carrier oil
: Known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils i.e. Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil etc.

Co-washing:
 Washing hair with a moisturising conditioner instead of shampoo. This helps to put moisture back in the hair without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

Cuticle:
 The cuticle is the thinnest layer. It is transparent and consists of overlapping scale-like cells. It protects the cortex from chemicals.

Deep conditioning
 (DC): Deep conditioning is vital for hair which has been chemically processed or is dry and brittle. Deep conditioning with a specifically formulated conditioner helps revive dull lifeless hair by replenishing lost moisture. This gives hair more strength, elasticity, softness, and shine.

Dusting:
 A very light trim. Cutting only 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch.

Humectants: 
Attract and retain moisture from the air i.e. Glycerin, Honey, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol.

Leave-in Conditioner
: A quick way of adding moisture back into the hair after shampooing/conditioning. It helps to detangle the hair leaving it soft and manageable. Most leave-ins provide thermal protection for heat styling.

Line of Demarcation:
 Where the natural hair and relaxed hair meet. This location can be very delicate and is the point at which most stretching related breakage occurs.
Low Manipulation: Minimum manipulating of hair, which leads to less shedding and breakage. For example, buns, twist-outs, braids, braid-outs etc.

Moisturising:
 Applying a leave-in moisture based product to dry hair. A water or cream based moisturiser can be used and this should be done at least once a day. This helps prevent breakage and increase elasticity in the hair.

Pre-poo
: Preparing your hair prior to shampooing. This helps keep moisture in the hair after shampooing or clarifying and can be done either with a moisturising conditioner or by applying natural oils to the hair. This treatment can be done overnight or 30-40mins prior to shampooing.
Protective Styling: Wearing the hair in a style that minimises strain on the edges/nape and keeps the ends off the back and shoulders. This protects the hair from outside elements and reduces the amount of moisture lost e.g. buns, pony tails.

Relaxing:
 Chemical straightening of hair using an alkaline based product.

Sealing
: Using a natural oil to lock in the moisture after the hair has been moisturised i.e. Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sealing the hair allows it to stay moisturised longer.

Shedding: 
Normal loss of strands of hair with white bulbs on the root. Hair goes through a natural shedding period.

Stretching
: Prolonging the time between relaxers beyond the minimum 6 week period.

Texlaxing: 
Deliberate under-processing of relaxer process to give hair additional thickness.
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