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

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 your hair.

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 product.

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.