If you're new to the natural hair community you have likely come across a plethora of terms that you've never heard before. Each community has its own terminology and the natural hair community isn't any different. CurlyNikki has put together a handy guide that I have posted below.


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!

3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system developed by Oprah's hairstylist, Andre Walker.

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle...final rinse) A hair type classification system.

APL- Refers to length-- arm pit length.

BAA-Big a** afro

Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.

BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.

BSS- Beauty Supply Store

CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.

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" method explained in the 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.

Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

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)

HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

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.

Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to
preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and all of your curls will have been preserved.

PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

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.

Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a conditioner or detangler) the more slip it has, the more effectively it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).

TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

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.

Anything missed?

The latest Interview with a Curly series features YouTube Vlogger, Nureka D. Her videos and commentary were so entertaining that I just had to subscribe. Listen to her enthusiastic interview below.

How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How has going natural changed you?

What made you go to YouTube to document your natural hair journey?

As a self-proclaimed product junky what drives you decide a new product?

I discovered your page because someone posted a link to one of your Curlkit unboxing videos. Tell my audience about Curlkit and why you love them so? 

Since you have daughters do you think it’s important that they are natural?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? Anything coming up you can tell us about?

Where can we connect with you online?

She can be found online at:

YouTube - NurekaD
Twitter - NaturallyNu502
Blog - Naturally Nu

This YouTube Tuesday MahoganyCurls provides a complete review of all the EcoStyler gels. The gels come in color-treated or sport (blue), anti-itch (pink), protein (brown), krystal (clear), olive oil (green), argan (light yellow) and firm hold (yellow). 

The variety of EcoStyler gels was news to me as I was only familiar with a couple. Hopefully this review will help make your choice easier the next time you're at your local BSS (aka beauty supply store).

Today's interview features curly cutey Monica who is originally from St. Thomas. I first met Monica when I visited Atlanta for the Natural Hair Show. I am excited to share her natural hair journey with you all. Enjoy!

To add a little spice to my deep conditioning I ordered the cordless thermal turban by Hair Therapy Wrap.  I made sure my hair was coated from root to tip with conditioner, I then put on my plastic cap and after heating the gel packs I assembled the Hair Therapy Wrap. I left it on my about 45 minutes.

I like how moisturized my hair felt afterward so I would definitely recommend spending the $25. You can get it even cheaper when Curlmart has a sale and with Black Friday coming up you may want to add this to your list of purchases.

Tuesdays from  now on will officially be YouTube Tuesdays where For the Love of Curls will highlight the best YouTube videos. This week's video features popular natural hair guru, Taren Guy (Taren916) as her hair is curled with steam rollers. I had never heard of steam rollers until this video but her hair comes out really cute!

A set of 30 Caruso steam rollers are available on Amazon for $36.24 and the reviews are positive.

LaVonta Big Chopped!

The latest For the Love of Curls interview features LaVonta who big chopped in May 2012.

Elle Pixie, editor of Quest for the Perfect Curl and the YouTube channel Denim Pixie, sat down (at least virtually) for an interview with For the Love of Curls. She's a fellow LA Curly Girl so it was a pleasure hearing about her natural hair journey.

Topics we covered:

How long have you been natural?

What made you decide to go natural?

What brought you to YouTube to document your natural journey?

As a self-proclaimed product junky what drives you decide a new product?

There SO many products on the market catering to natural hair. What tips would you give to help someone to find the right products for their hair?

Since you've experimented w/ color what advice or warnings would you give?

What encouragement would you give to someone who's struggling with their natural hair journey?

There has been some controversy with the hair typing system. What are your thoughts? Is it a good or bad thing?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Your short hair was super cute, would you ever consider cutting it again?

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? Anything coming up you can tell us about?

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? Anything coming up you can tell us about?

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For the Love of Curls had the pleasure of interviewing Lelah G, Model and Mogul. Please enjoy the interview below. Lelah G can be found online @ 

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LelahGTheMogul 
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/InglewoodDiva

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural, on & off, since July.

What made you decide to go natural?
Well, for starters I was in between checks, and getting my usual weave is about $500 ($300 for 12oz of Brazilian hair, and $200 for sewing and styling).  And, my roommate went natural (cutting the relaxer out of her hair), so I decided to go natural myself.  And with the summer heat, it was an excellent decision.

How did you go natural? Transition? Big Chop?
I began with a relaxer to soften up the texture, post-weave, and I decided to use a curling wand for an all-around curly style.  I did clip my ends, but that is the extent of my drastic change.  I decided not to use heat, which easily breaks my hair strands, therefore I tried Bantu knots, and the style definitely added a totally new look to me.

What has going natural changed you?
Actually nothing has changed.  As a professional model, my look frequently fluctuates.  One day I may have to wear a weave/wig, another day I may have to wear a natural.  Another day I may have to wear an added ponytail.  Right now, I have a French braid style.  I absolutely love the versatility.  I don't like to be confined to one hair style.

What's your current regimen?
I wash my hair with Organic Root Stimulator products, or Miss Jessie's products.  After a deep condition for an hour, I rinse, softly comb out, and dry my hair.  Then I part my hair into small sections, apply moisturizer, and twist my hair sections into Bantu knots.  I wrap my hair up, sleep on it, and then in the morning I un-twist the strands, lightly combing through the coils, and voila, I have a natural! :-)  I can actually style my hair damp or dry. 

What would you say to encourage someone that is considering going to natural?
Honestly, I would say, just do it!  There should be no quarrels or questions about it.  Find a style, whether it's Bantu knots, Afro, dreads, braids . . . find your style and rock it!  However, you must be able to do it confidently (because it is typically going against the American standard of "beauty)", and you must find a style that complements the shape of your head & face.

What are you doing when you're not tending to your natural hair?
I am either wearing a ponytail, braids, or a weave/wig.  The only problem I have with constantly tending to my natural hair, is that the maintenance can be pretty strenuous.  I would have to twist my hair every 2-3 days, maintain moisturization, and there are many things I cannot do. I cannot sleep "sexy", I cannot shower "sexy", I cannot get in a pool or immerse myself in beach water with my hair exposed, I cannot sweat too much, be in an and overly-dusty atmosphere, and I have to be mindful of the products I use in my hair.  With added hair, you do not have to use products that aren't solely geared toward ethnic hair care.  With natural hair, you HAVE to use products that are specifically geared toward ethnic hair care.  And if you are not styling your hair on your own, it can become pretty costly for weekly or bi-weekly salon visits, as opposed to a weave which can be worn for up to 3 months.

Where can we connect with you online?
You can visit my Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/LelahGTheMogul, or contact me via Twitter,www.twitter.com/InglewoodDiva

I think most of my friends and family would agree that I am a pretty passionate person. When I'm into something, I'm really into it, when I'm down for you I'm ride or die. With that being said I'm really, really into natural hair.

I usually begin and end my day with natural hair. Whether it is reading a blog, viewing the latest YouTube video or updating my own blog it makes me happy to be involved with natural hair on a daily basis.

Some may call me a natural hair junky and I'll be that but I'm an informed junky so present me with your natural hair problem and I'll help you find a solution. As they say knowledge is power and I have A LOT of knowledge about natural hair. They (I still haven't figured out who they are but I digress) also say sharing is caring so I am more than happy to share the knowledge I have acquired to help others love their hair as much as I love mine because that makes me happy!
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