I’m sure that to some, the abbreviations and jargon I (and hair idols) use may be a bit perplexing. Here’s a list of commonly mentioned ingredients/techniques/abbreviations, that you will run across on CurlyNikki.com and other hair sites:
2nd day hair– Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning…you don’t have to do much before walking out of the house. Some are lucky enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!
ACV– Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle…final rinse)
BAA-Big ass afro
Co-Wash– Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo
Cones- Are ‘silicones’, or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).
CG– Refers to the “Curly Girl” book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing…among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.
DT or DC– Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.
EO– Essential Oil
EVCO– Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)
EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)
HG– Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)
No-poo- It’s just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG’ers and don’t use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.
PJ– Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight…forever on a mission to find the next best thing.
Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.
Search and Destroy (S&Ds)- I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends…whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task (purchase from Sally’s or Walmart)m this is key. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage. Every now and then (when my hair is excessively tangly), I’ll do a Micro Trim, which is snipping off the last 1/4 of an inch of my ends…I do this while my hair is in twists for ease.
SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG’ers avoid poo).
TWA– Teeny Weeny Afro
Wash and Go– Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO 😀 You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn’t handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.