Bookmark This: Terminology For Wavy, Curly and Coily Hair

Between having to do daily product experiments on hair and learning all the new lingo, we’d argue that curly people should have a right to add “Scientist” and “Scholar” to their job titles!

Below are a few terms to add to your vocabulary when it comes to all things hair. Bookmark this page because we’ll be updating it periodically. 😉

LINGO IN THE CURLY COMMUNITY

BUFF

A tube of fabric worn around the hair usually while sleeping or working out. Meant to preserve curl pattern while minimizing frizz.

CO-WASH

Short for conditioner-only washing. This method of washing skips shampoo in the routine and instead the scalp is cleansed with conditioner.

CURLY GIRL (CG) METHOD

A globally recognized curly haircare routine based on Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey. Can be adopted for multiple types of hair patterns and textures.

DIFFUSER

A hair dryer attachment and tool designed specifically for curly hair. This tool helps dry hair without blowing strands everywhere and reduces frizz.

FINGER COILING

A technique to enhance your curl pattern during the wet styling routine.

GEL CAST

Refers to the end result of styling products hardening around strands of hair as the hair dries.

PARABENS

A type of artificial chemical preservative found in hair products.

PINEAPPLE

A loose ponytail on the top of your head. Hair can be tied using a spiral hair tie or silk/satin scrunchie.

PLOP / PLOPPING

A method of wrapping up hair that helps encourage curl formation. 

PATTERN / TEXTURE

The specific shape that the strands of your hair make. Patterns are identified from 1a to 4c.

PRAYING HANDS

A technique to apply product to hair during the wet styling routine. Put your hands flat together and gently run them down the length of your hair. Scrunch gently afterward to re-encourage the curl.

NO POO

A hair cleanser that does not have sulfates or silicones.

SILICONES

Chemical compounds that coat the hair to make hair look shiny.  

SCRUNCH OUT THE CRUNCH (SOTC)

Acronym for “Scrunch Out The Crunch” which means to release the gel cast formed after hair is 100% dried from wet styling.

SULFATES

Harsh cleansers that create bubbles which is often found in shampoo as an ingredient.

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