BC (Big Chop)
- Cutting off relaxed ends to reveal the natural texture of the hair.
- Applying a moisturizing agent to hair and then covering with plastic cap (or shower cap, saran wrap, etc). Allowing the product to penetrate in the hair overnight. This is done for moisture.
- Washing hair with conditioner. No shampoo necessary! Just rinse the hair with water and then wash hair with a conditioner. This method is used by many women who find that their hair is dry as a result of shampooing.
- Deep Conditioning or Deep Treatment. This is typically done for 20 minutes to overnight, depending on personal preference. If hair is very dry and brittle with breakage, this should be done once or twice a week to combat damaged hair.
- Classification systems for hair based on how the hair looks and feels. There are two that are commonly used. Most people use Andre Walker’s system (click here). Another popular system is the LOIS system (click here)
- Hair lengths usually have abbreviations and if you’re new to the game, they can be very confusing.
- EL- Ear Length
- NL-Nape Length
- SL- Shoulder Length
- APL- Arm pit Length (this one had me stumped for a long time as a newbie)
- MBL- Mid back Length
- WL- Waist Length (this is as far as I’ll go)
Henna, Cassia, Indigo
- Henna is a plant used to make a mixture that essentially conditions the hair. Henna is used to fortify and condition the hair. Henna also adds a reddish tint to the hair. Everyone does not enjoy the effects of henna. So if you plan to apply henna to your hair please do LOTS of research. I am a HENNA HEAD!
- Cassia is neutral and Indigo is black. Neither are henna and totally separate plants. Cassia does condition and strengthen the hair, but does not add any color (unless you have gray or blond hair). Indigo adds a blackish-blue color. Certain mixes can be done to create colors.
- Leave in conditioner. These are usually lighter than a rinse out conditioner and provide added moisture to hair. Very useful if you plan to use gels, prevents crunchiness.
- Applying a hair treatment before a shampoo to help combat the moisture stripping effects of most shampoos
- A hair style that allows the hair to rest, so to speak, so that it won’t rub against clothes, have the fragile ends exposed, and protect it from over manipulation (which can cause breakage). They also help retain moisture. Protective styles include twists, braids and buns.
- A product/hair routine done consistently to create and maintain your lovely hair
- Natural hair that grows in a different texture than normal. This is the hair that grows following the Big Chop. The hair is essentially a result of damage from the relaxer and is not a reflection of true texture. Scab hair is often dry and brittle.
- Sealing is essentially “sealing” in moisture. Following the application of a moisturizer, moisture is sealed in the hair typically with an oil such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, ect.
- Ingredients in hair products (as well as many other products) that keeps moisture from entering the hair shaft. That sounds like a bad effect, people use cones to limit moisture to decrease frizz. Some people love cones, some people can’t really tolerate them. Its a personal preference.
- Most cones have to be washed out with a sulfate shampoo, which can be drying to hair, especially if done often.
- Teeny Weeny Afro
- Silicone that can be removed from the hair without the use of sulfate shampoos.