The Natural Dictionary

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Per recommendation of my readers, I have complied a list of frequently used terms and acronyms in the natural hair community. I don't know why I didn't think of sooner, especially with all my newbies around here. If you have any additional terms to add, please leave them in the comments section. I will post a quick link on the side of the page to refer to since this will be a living document.



  • 2nd Day Hair = hair that looks good enough the day after styling that it can just be misted with water or have a little product added try to revive and refresh its style.
  • ACV Rinse = apple cider vinegar rinse (used to clarify hair)
  • APL = arm pit length
  • AVG= aloe vera gel
  • BAA = Big-ass afro
  • BSL = bra strap length
  • Canopy = the top layer of hair, which is exposed to the elements the most, and is prone to frizzing
  • CJ= Curl Junkie
  • Clarify = remove build-up from the hair via ACV, lemon juice, or shampooing
  • Clumping = strands of hair clumping together to form bigger, chunkier curls
  • CO = conditioner or "conditioner=only" as in not using shampoo
  • CO wash = conditioner washing
  • Condish = conditioner
  • EOs = essential oils
  • EVOO = extra virgin olive oil
  • HEHH = Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
  • HETT = Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
  • ISO = in search of
  • KCCC = Kinky Curly Curling Custard
  • Pineapple = gathering hair gently on top of head with a scrunchie to preserve curls for 2nd day hair
  • Pixiecurl diffuser method= leaving diffuser OFF, using the bowl to scrunch hair up to root, turn ON for 30 seconds=1 minute, turn OFF, and then repeat on next section of hair. Minimizes frizz and reduces the amount of disturbance on the rest of your hair while diffusing.
  • PJ = Product Junkie (addicted to trying the next new, possibly better hair product)
  • Plop = method of wrapping wet hair in t-shirt / microfiber towel
  • Plop/plunk= Method for putting your wet hair into a towel to encourage curls (video on jessicurl's website)
  • 'poo = shampoo
  • no 'poo = no shampoo
  • Sally's = Sally Beauty Supply
  • SAO = Sweet almond oil
  • Scrunch = encourage curl or apply product by gently squeezing/pushing hair upward from end toward root.
  • Shrinkage = shortening of length due to curl tightness
  • SL = shoulder length
  • SLS = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (surfactant found in most shampoos)
  • TJ = Trader Joe's
  • TWA = Teeny weeny afro
  • Understory = hair under the top exposed layer