On this page I want to include a few terms that are commonly used by naturals and define them as I understand them.

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar

APL-Arm pit length (in reference to hair)

BAA- Big A** Afro

BC/Big Chop- Cutting off the relaxed ends of the hair

Braid Out- Style that involves braiding the hair, and then taking them out

BSL- Bra-strap length (in reference to hair)

Co-Wash- Washing with conditioner

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

No-poo-Refers to not using shampoo

Pre-poo- Using conditioner or oil before shampooing the hair to help reduce dryness

Product Junkie-Someone who has to a tendency to purchase and use lots of different products

Rodset- Hairstyle that involves using rods to curl the hair

Straw Set- A hairstyle that involves wrapping the hair around straws to create a coiled look

Transitioning- The process of going from relaxed hair to natural hair

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out- A hairstyle that involves doing double-strand twists and taking them out

If you have other words you want to see defined, place it in the comments section.  If you have a word that you want to define, you can place that there too.  Thanks!


3 Responses to “Glossary”

  1. LENDA July 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    This is very helpful!

  2. Naturaleza (Tasha) April 19, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    PROTECTIVE STYLING – hairstyles which protect especially the ends of you hair from damage. may include such styles as cornrow or pinups.

  3. naturalsheri May 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I’m a newbie as well Thanks for the info. This is very helpful!

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