As you take your first tentative steps on the path to
natural hair, you’ll have much to learn, such as how to take care of your hair,
what products will work best on your new hair texture, and how to keep your
hair growth consistent. You’ll also need to learn a new lingo so you won’t be
confused along the way. To help, here’s all the hair language skills you’ll
ever need, from CocoandCreme.com.
BC (Big Chop): This is usually the first step in your
transition. It’s when you cut off your relaxed ends to let your hair grow out
in its natural texture.
Baggy: This is a moisture-sealing method for hair strands.
You apply a moisturizing product to your hair and then cover it with a plastic
cap or Saran wrap.
Braid Out: This is a full, crimped style created when you unbraid
Co-Wash: This means washing your hair with conditioner only,
no shampoo necessary.
Hair Elasticity: This refers to the ability of a hair strand
to stretch and return to its regular shape without breaking.
Hair Porosity: This measures your hair’s ability to soak up
moisture. The higher the hair’s porosity, the quicker it absorbs water or
Henna: A plant-sourced natural hair conditioner and
strengthener that also doubles as a dye and may add a reddish tint to tresses.
Humectants: Products that help draw moisture from the air or
the hair into the hair shaft.
Protective Hairstyles: Styles that require little to no
manipulation and that protect the hair’s ends.
Transitioning: The period of time since your last chemical
relaxer that it takes for your hair to return to its original texture.
Wash and Go: To wash your hair, let it air-dry and get a
finished look with minimal styling.
Class dismissed. Next up, the ABCs of hair products. Click here to learn what’s in that bottle of stuff you’re putting on your hair.