ALS – Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar
APL – Arm Pit Length (hair length)
Aussie 3MM – 3 Minute Moisture (deep conditioner)
BB- Blended Beauty (products)
BC – Big Chop
BM – Bee Mine (products)
BRB- Be Right Back
BSB – Between Shoulder Blade, Below Shoulder Blade
BSL – Bra Strap Length
BSS – Beauty Supply Store
BTW – By The Way
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CD- Carol’s Daughter (products)
CON – Creme of Nature (products)
Cones – Silicones
Co-wash or CW- Conditioner Wash
CWC – Conditioner, Wash, Conditioner
DC – Deep Condition
DD- Darling or Dear Daughter
DH- Darling or Dear husband
DS- Darling or Dear son
DIY – Do It Yourself
EFA- Essential fatty acids
EL – Ear Length
EO – Essential Oil
ETA – Edited To Add
EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVCO – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
F2F – Face to face
FIY- For Your Information
Fotki- Hair photo album website: www.fotki.com
FWIW – For what it´s worth
HE – Herbal Essences
HH- Human Hair
HHG – Happy Hair Growing
HTH – Hope This Helps
HHJ – Healthy Hair Journey
HOTD – Hair of the Day
ITA – I Totally Agree, or I too agree
IA – I Agree
IIRC: If I Remember Correctly
IMO – In My Opinion
IRL- In real life
JBCO – Jamaican Black Castor Oil
JC- Jane Carter
J/K: Just Kidding/Just Joking
JIC: Just In Case
JMHO- Just My Humble Opinion
KCCC: Kinky Curly Curling Custard
KISS- Keep it Simple Sista (hair social network)
KWIM – Know what I mean
L4L – Longing 4 Length (owner of this booklet!)
LF- Lacefront weave
LOL- laugh out loud
LMAO- Laughing my a** off
LMBO- Laughing my butt off
MBL – Mid back Length
MIL- Mother in law
MMF – Mizani Moisturefuse.
MN – Miconazole Nitrate
MNT – Mane N Tail
M & S – Moisturize and Seal
MT – Mega Tek
NG – New Growth
NL – Neck Length
NLV – Non Length Victory
NTM – Neutrogena Triple Moisture
ORS: Organic Root Stimulator (products)
OT: Off topic
PJ- Product Junkie
PM- Paul Mitchell
PM- Private message
Prepoo – Any treatment you apply to your hair prior to shampooing
RPC – Roux Porosity Control
RS – Rodset, Rollerset
S&D – Search & Destroy (Hair trimming method)
SAA – Silk Amino Acid
SBH- Science of Black Hair
SIL- Sister in law
SL – Shoulder Length
Slip – When the comb easily glides through the hair
SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
SMH – Shaking My Head
SO- Significant Other/Spouse
TIA – Thanks In Advance
WSL – Waist Length Hair
WTH- What the Heck?
Adapted from KISS Hair Social Network
Baggying – Putting on your moisturizer and then applying a plastic bag over the hair to trap the moisture in. You can either baggy your ends with a small sandwich bag or you can full head baggy with a plastic shower cap. This is very helpful treatment for those with dry damaged hair and dry ends.
Braid-Out – Braiding your hair in sections for a period of time, usually overnight, and unbraiding to release waves and curls, great heat-free style.
Breakage - Broken pieces of hair without the white bulb. This can be caused by too much moisture or protein, hair accessories, and poor hair care practices.
Carrier oil - Known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essentials. Examples include coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, etc.
Cowashing - Washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This helps to put moisture back in the hair without stripping the hair of its natural oils, great for long-term protective styles and after exercising.
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 –Applying a conditioner specifically formulated to penetrate the cuticle of the hair; helps revive dull lifeless hair thus giving it more strength, elasticity, moisture, softness, and shine. It is a good way of replenishing lost moisture in the hair leaving it less prone to breakage and unmanageability. I suggest deep conditioning once per week.
Dusting - A very light trim. Cutting only 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. Good idea if you don’t want a full blown trim.
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 styling afterwards.
Line of Demarcation - Where the natural hair and relaxed hair meet as your hair grows; the point where your new growth meets your previously chemically treated hair. This location can be very delicate so be very gentle when stretching.
Low Manipulation – Styles that do not require much manipulation which leads to less shedding and breakage which eventually leads to healthier hair. For example, Rollersets, Twistouts, Braids, Braidouts, Afro’s etc.
Moisturizing – Applying a moisture based product to dry hair without washing it out. You can use a water-based or cream based moisturizer 1-2x per day. This helps to prevent breakage and increase elasticity in the hair.
Prepoo – Preparing your hair prior to shampooing. You do this by adding a moisturizing conditioner or natural oils into the hair . You can do this overnight or 30-40mins before you shampoo. This helps keep the moisture in your hair after you shampoo or clarify. Prepooing helps keep that moisture in.
Protective Styling – Wearing your hair up in a style that doesn’t put strain on your edges/nape and keeps your ends off of your back & protected from outside elements, i.e. Buns, Clips, Pony Tails etc.
Sealing – Using a natural oil to lock in the moisture after you’ve moisturized the hair i.e. Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Using an oil over the moisturizer will allow your hair to stay moisturized longer.
Shedding - Strands of hair with white bulbs on the root. Hair sheds 150 strands per day on average. If you notice excessive shedding, examine your diet – lack of protein, anemia, dehydration can all cause shedding. If it continues, see your physician.
Stretching – Prolonging the time between relaxers. Instead of relaxing at 6 wks, relax every 8, 10, 12 weeks and so forth.
Texlaxed/Relaxurized – Purposefully not allowing the relaxer to completely straighten resulting in highly textured hair that is of a looser curl pattern than completely natural hair, intentionally underprocessing.