Decoder Ring

In my posts I’ll be using some hair terminology and abbreviations that are common on other sites and forums.  Here is a brief list for future reference. There may be some additions to the list in the future.

BC/Big Chop–The point when you “chop” off any chemically relaxed ends to finally expose your natural hair texture.

Co-wash (ing)–Using Conditioner to cleanse the hair instead of Shampoo
DT/DC–Deep treatment or Deep condition sometimes done overnight or using a hooded dryer/heating bonnet.

Pre-Poo–Prepping the hair prior to Shampooing using conditioner or natural oils
Search & Destroy–Method used to trim splits or knots from individual strands of hair
SSK–Single Strand Knot; common with natural hair. These usually occur when the hair is worn in naturally curly styles often.
Transitioning–Growing your natural hair out from a chemical relaxer. During this time you will have both natural new growth and relaxed ends.

Henna–Natural hair dye that is derived from the Henna plant. Lawsone is the active ingredient and has a red/orange tint. It attaches itself to the keratin in the hair leaving the it with a permanent reddish tint and added strength.
Indigo–A natural dye that can be combined with Henna to produce shades from brown to jet black.
Cassia–Sometimes called “clear henna” provides conditioning to the hair and will impart a yellowish tone to light hair (leaves no color on dark hair)

*Braid-Out–Setting the hair overnight using braids for a crimped, wavy look
*Twist-Out–Using two strand twists to set the hair for a wavy/curly look
*Also used to stretch afro textured hair to show more length and fullness
Wash n’ Go–A style where the hair is left curly after washing and conditioning. It is common to use Conditioner, gel or other products to help define the curls and
minimize frizz
Roller Set–Using rollers (mesh, magnetic, perm rods) on wet hair and using a hooded dryer to “set” the style. The result; curls with a silky feel that lasts for days.

Hair Length Abbreviations
NL–Neck Length
CL–Collar Bone Length
SL–Shoulder Length
APL–Arm Pit Length
BSL–Bra Strap Length
MBL–Mid Back Length
WL–Waist Length

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