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ESSENCE's Ultimate Natural Hair Dictionary

There's a lot of natural hair lingo out there, and keeping up can sometimes get confusing. Here are all the terms you'll ever need to know.
Do the acronyms “TWA,” “BSL,” or “ACV” sound familiar to you?  What about the terms “pre-poo,” “seal,” or “pineappleing?” If you’re totally confused, fret not because we’re here to decode the entire gamut of natural hair lingo in the ESSENCE Ultimate Natural Hair Dictionary.

We enlisted the help of Jenell Stewart, naturalista blogger of Kinky Curly Coily Me, to help us explain all the terms you’ll need to know when you decide to do the “BC” — Big Chop that is.

Read on for the most thorough natural hair dictionary you’re ever going to need!