Hair Terms & Abbreviations

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar

APL- Refers to length– arm pit length.

BC – Big Chop – cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BSL- Refers to length– bra strap length.

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).

DC- Is a deep conditioner treatment. A DC 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.

EO- Essential Oil

EL- Ear Length

EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

JBCO- Jamaican Black Castor Oil

MBL- mid back length.

NL-Nape Length (Or Neck Length)

No-poo- It’s just that- no shampoo. People who follow this routine don’t use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp, or cleanse hair with ACV or detoxifying clays.

Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use topreserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loosepony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satinpillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently andall of your curls will have been preserved.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to cleansing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the cleansing or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during a drying cleansing (shampoo) process.

Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use water to moisturize, 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 the moisturizing water.

SL- Shoulder Length

SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos).

Transitioning – This is the period of time since one’s last relaxer or other chemical treatment altering the texture of your hair.

WL- Waist Length