So you’ve just embarked on this new healthy hair journey, but you have no idea what people are talking about. TWA, APL, Pre-poo…what IS that?? We’ll break it all down for you right here and get you on board for a successful journey to amazingly healthy hair.
BC: Big Chop. What one does in order to remove the relaxed portion of hair from the natural portion.
TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro. Very short afro textured hair, usually 2 inches in length or less. Often worn after a ‘Big Chop’.
NL: Neck Length
SL: Shoulder Length
APL: Armpit Length
BSL: Bra Strap Length
MBL: Mid Back Length
WL: Waist Length
BSS: Beauty Supply Store.
Pre Poo: Deep conditioning treatment done before shampooing. Usually done with a deep penetrating oil like coconut or olive oil.
Shingling: Method used to ‘shingle’ or separate individual curls with the use of a holding product, like gel, for curl definition.
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Co Wash: Conditioner wash. Cleansing the hair solely with a conditioner rather than with a shampoo.
Cones: Silicones. Chemical ingredient found in many hair products that is not water soluble. Must be washed out with a shampoo and can cause build up.
M&S: Moisturize and Seal.
W&G: Wash and Go.
Transitioning: One’s transition from relaxed hair to natural hair by letting new growth grow out to a desired length. Usually precedes a ‘Big Chop’
3c/4a/4b/4c: Refers to a hair typing system. CLICK HERE to view.
Protective Style: Any hair style that completely tucks the ends of hair out of sight and away from environmental elements.
Low Manipulation: Not to be confused with Protective Style. Low Manipulation styles require little to no handling (touching, combing, brushing, pulling, etc). Ends of hair are not necessarily tucked out of sight.