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Posted 06/08/2024 in Styling Tips by CrownThrive

Glossary of Natural Hair Care Terms


Glossary of Natural Hair Care Terms

Aloe Vera

A plant with natural healing properties often used in hair and scalp treatments for its moisturizing benefits.

Bantu Knots

A hairstyle where hair is sectioned, twisted, and wrapped around itself to form small knots.

Big Chop

A term used when someone cuts off all their chemically treated hair, leaving only natural hair.

Co-Wash

The practice of washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo to maintain moisture.

Cornrows

A type of braid where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to create a continuous, raised row.

Detangling

The process of combing or brushing hair to remove knots and tangles.

Dreadlocks (Locs)

A hairstyle in which the hair is matted and knotted into ropelike strands.

Hair Porosity

The hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. Categories include low, normal, and high porosity.

Interlocking

A technique used to maintain dreadlocks by pulling the ends of the locs through the roots to tighten them.

LOC Method

A method of moisturizing hair using liquid, oil, and cream to retain moisture in natural hair.

Loc Maintenance

Regular upkeep to keep locs neat and healthy, including retwisting, interlocking, and moisturizing.

Protective Styling

Hairstyles that protect the ends of the hair from damage, such as braids, twists, and updos.

Retwist

The process of re-twisting the roots of locs to keep them neat and maintain their structure.

Shea Butter

A natural fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, used for its moisturizing properties.

Shrinkage

The tendency of natural hair to appear shorter than it actually is due to its curly or coily nature.

Transitioning

The process of growing out chemically treated hair to return to its natural texture.


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