Naturalista Jargon

"BC??, pineappling??, I'm so confused, what are they talking about?" If that's you then this Hair Jargon Pictionary is just for you.

·        3abc, 4a, 4b, 4c- These are classifications of different hair curl patterns.

  • ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar. This is one of the natural products used by naturalistas it's used to seal cuticle, when rinsing hair after a wash.
  • APL- This refers to the length of your hair- armpit length 


  • BAA-Big a** afro
  • Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.
  •  BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair.
  • BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.
  • BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.
  • BSS- Beauty Supply Store


  • CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.
  •  Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo
  • Cones- Are 'silicones', or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).
  •  CG- Refers to the "Curly Girl" method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing...among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

  • DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.
  • Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.


  • EO- Essential Oil
  • EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)
  • EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

  • HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)
  • HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating/touch your hair.
  • HL- Hip Length hair.

·      MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

  • Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural
  • NL- Neck Length hair.

  • PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.
  •  Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and all of your curls will have been preserved.
  •  Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.
  • PS- Protective Style

  • SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).
  • Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in moisture ;)
  • Search and Destroy (S&Ds)- I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends...whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage.
  • SL - Shoulder Length hair.

  • TL- Tailbone Length hair.
  • TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.
  • Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.
  • TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro
  • Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

  • Wash and Go- Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream
  • WL- Waist Length hair.

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