Hair Terminology

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DEFINITIONS:
Aloe Vera Gel: Conditions the hair adding moisture and shine. It is also known for aiding in hair growth for people with hair loss. Aloe gel can replace many gels that have bad ingredients.

Almond Oil: Moisturizes and softens hair. Softens dead skin on the scalp, making the skin easier to remove.

Amla Oil: This is part of the Ayurvedic regimen. The oil comes from the Indian gooseberry and is very nourishing for the hair and scalp. It strengthens the hair, adds shine, and is said to promote hair growth, prevent premature graying, and hair loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar: This is diluted with water and used as a rinse to clarify the hair and scalp, removing build up and preventing dandruff. ACV also corrects pH balance of the hair, which closes the hairs cuticle, making it smooth with less frizz and giving you ultimate shine. For your ACV mix you will need 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: Found in most shampoos, and is an ingredient to stay away from because it is very drying.

Ayurvedic Regimen: This regimen uses all natural Indian products to grow healthy, thick, long hair. Some of the products include: Amla oil or powder, Henna, Neem, Vatika, Brahmi, Shikakai, Marshmallow root,

Big Chop: When you decide to go natural and cut off all your hair to transition.

Baggying: You can use a shower cap/ plastic cap, or plastic bag to do deep conditioning or deep treatments.

Carrier Oils: These oils are known as base oils and are often used to dilute essential oils(EO). They are thicker fatty oils derived from plants. They have many therapeutic properties and have huge benefits on the hair and scalp. Some carrier oils are, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, and shea butter.

Castor Oil: Has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties of Ricinoleic Acid, this prevents scalp infections which can cause hair loss. It is also a humectant, humectants draw moisture from the air. Contains fatty acids which nourish the hair and prevent dry scalp. Softens hair and moisturizes. Great for generating new hair growth. Best time to use it is in the winter season or colder weather, because it is the thickest of the oils.

Clarifying: Ensures that you will remove any dirt/oils and product build up from the hair using shampoos or natural products that are said to clarify. FYI, not all shampoos clarify and can put further build up on your hair, so make sure is says “clarifying” on the label.

Coconut Oil: Its molecular structure makes it easier to penetrate the hair shaft. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties; rich in vitamins and minerals. Contains protein which prevents hair breakage and loss. Softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using it as a pre wash conditioner can get rid of dandruff.

Cones: Are silicones, an ingredient in some hair products. This ingredient is not water soluble and leaves a film on the hair strands. When using products with cones one must use shampoo to get rid of the build up it causes.

Co-wash: This is when you use conditioner to wash your hair instead of shampoo.

Deep Condition: Is when you use a leave in conditioner on your hair for a longer period of time, either with heat or no heat. Depending on the conditioner you use, this can aid in adding protein or moisture back into the hair.

Dusting: Slight trimming of the hair. The hair should look like dust falling during the trim.

Essential Oils: These are liquids derived from flowers and parts of many plants. Known for their healing properties and aromatic scents that have therapeutic benefits. Great for maintaining a healthy scalp. Some essential oils for the hair are, tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, chamomile, myrrh, basil, sage, and peppermint oil. This can be mixed with carrier oils.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Is ultra hydrating and softens hair. It improves elasticity of the hair preventing breakage

Honey: Is a humectant , which means it draws in moisture from the air. Its a great way to add moisture and shine to your hair.

Jojoba Oil: Non greasy; moisturizing hair oil because the molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair cuticle. This oil is closest to your natural hair oil and closest to sebum produced by the sebaceous gland. Develops new hair cell growth.Uses:treats dandruff, dry scalp, has antibacterial properties, adds shine, prevents split ends, removes sebum and other oil build up.

No-poo: When a person chooses not to use shampoo in their routine.

Oil Rinsing: Is a step that you do in between shampooing and conditioning. You add your favorite oil to wet strands and leave on for about 5 minutes. This step helps to detangle and adds extra moisture to the hair.

Pre-poo: This is done before you shampoo your hair. Oils and/or conditioner are applied to the hair the night before or right before you shampoo. This process helps hair to retain moisture after being shampooed, and also softens and helps detangle the hair.

Regimen: Is a step by step process of what products you use on your hair.

Moisturizing: Applying a moisture based product to dry hair without washing it out. You can use a water-based or cream based moisturizer 1-2x per day. This helps to prevent breakage and increase elasticity in the hair.

Sealing: The first step is to apply a leave-in conditioner and/or a moisturizing cream; these must contain water as an ingredient for it to work. The last step is applying a bit of oil or shea butter all over, or just on the ends of the hair. This process seals the moisture from the leave-in or cream into your hair strands.

Shea Butter: Comes from the nut of the shea tree, and is rich in vitamins A and E. It restores moisture and prevents weather damage on the hair. It is great in preventing dry scalp and does not clog pores. Shea butter is great for sealing the ends of the hair.

Slip: Refers to the feeling of your hair when conditioner is in it. If your fingers, comb, or brush can slip through your strands with ease, then you have found a winner! If a product gives you great slip, you can get through tangles easier preventing breakage and hair fall.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Found in most shampoos, and is an ingredient to stay away from.

Line of Demarcation: The area between a person’s natural hair and their chemically processed/relaxed hair. It is a weak point that is prone to breakage.

Search and Destroy: Snipping single strand knots and split ends individually.

Twist Out: Twisting hair and then releasing them to form a wavy/coil pattern

Protective Styling: Wearing your hair up in a style that doesn’t put strain on your edges/nape and keeps your ends off of your back & protected from outside elements.

ACRONYMS:
EL – Ear Length
NL – Neck Length
SL – Shoulder Length
APL – Arm Pit Length
BSL – Bra Strap Length
BSB – Below Shoulder Blade
MBL – Mid Back Length
WSL – Waist Length Hair
NG – New Growth
BC – Big Chop
ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar
BAA – Big A$$ Afro
TWA – Teeny Weeny Afro
BSS – Beauty Supply Store
PJ – Product Junkie
EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVCO – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
JBCO – Jamaican Black Castor Oil
MN – Miconazole Nitrate
EO – Essential Oil

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Erickah

Erickah

Hi, my name is Erickah and I am the founder of Audacity to be You(nique). I have been on my hair journey since 2009, and what a ride it has been. My hair has been through many stages of relaxed, transitioning, to where I am currently - Natural. Being confident in your own skin is the message I like to promote. Ultimately, we should all love being you(nique).

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