Please PM me if you've got something that needs to be added/changed to this list. I'll get to it as soon as I can!

I was asked to edit this original post and list all of the FABULOUS replies I've gotten (to include the FAQ entries). Here they are, in alphabetical order:

2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c = curl types
2nd Day Hair = Hair that looks good enough the day after styling that it can just be misted with water or have a little product added try to revive and refresh its style.
ABUHO= Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil
ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar
AD = Afro Detangler
AOHR= Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
AOMM = Aubrey Organics Magic Mandarin Jelly
AOWC = Aubrey Organics White Camilla
APL = arm pit length
AVG= Aloe vera Gel
B&A = Batia & Aleeza gel
BAA = Big-ass afro
BB=Blended Beauty
BBBB = Burt's Bees Body Butter
BRHG= Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee
BSL = bra strap length
BTW = By the way.
c = Coarse texture
Canopy = the top layer of hair, which is exposed to the elements the most, and is prone to frizzing
CCB = Donna Marie Coco Curl Butter
CCCC = Coffee Cocoa Curl Cream (By Curl Junkie)
CCSS = Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution
CG = Curly Girl routine or "Curly Girl," the book by Lorraine Massey
CHBC = Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Buttercream
CJ= Curl Junkie
CJAF = Curl Junkie Aloe Fix
CJCF = Curl Junkie Curl Fuel
CJSG = Curl Junkie Smoothing Gellie
CK = CHS (Curly Hair Solutions) Curl Keeper
clarify = remove build-up from the hair via ACV, lemon juice, or shampooing
Clumping = strands of hair clumping together to form bigger, chunkier curls
CO = conditioner or "conditioner-only", as in not using shampoo
CO wash = conditioner washing
CON = Cream of Nature
Condish = conditioner
Crunch = the hard, crunchy feeling left by some gels when they dry, which can sometimes be scrunched out.
CV= Chagrin Valley
DH = Dear or darling husband
DM = Sometimes used to preface Donna Marie products
DT = deep treatment (moisture, protein, etc.)
DW = Dairy Whip from Flower Moon Soaps
Elucence MBC = Moisture Balancing Conditioner
EOs = essential oils
ETA = Edited to add
EVOO = extra virgin olive oil
f = fine texture
FOTE= Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel
FSG=Flax Seed Gel
GDLI = Giovanni Direct Leave=In
GF= Garnier Fructis
GioDLI= Giovanni Direct Leave In
Giovanni DLI/ GDL= Giovanni Direct Leave-In
GVP = Generic Value Products (found at Sally's)
HCC = Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
HE = Herbal Essences
HEBE = Herbal Essence Body Envy
HESMU = Herbal Essence Set Me Up
HETT = Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
HG = "Holy Grail"
HIH = Devacurl Heaven in Hair
HJ = Donna Marie Honey Jelly
HO = Humble opinion
HTH = Hope that helps
i, ii, iii = Fia's hair-typing system descriptors for volume
IIRC= If I recall correctly
IMHO = In my humble opinion
IRL= In real life
ISO = in search of
ITA = In total agreement or I totally agree
JC C&S=Jane Carter Condition and Sculpt
JC N&S= Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
JC=Jessicurl OR Jane Carter
Jessicurl CCSS= Confident Coils Styling Solution
Jessicurl RR= Rockin' Ringlets
KBB = Karen's Body Beautiful (SS = Super Silky, LL = Luscious Locks)
KCCC = Kinky Curly Curling Custard
KCKT = Kinky Curly Knot Today
KCSS = Kinky Curly Spiral
Spritz
KWIM = Know what I mean?
KY = KY Jelly, the personal lubricant
L&T = Donna Marie Lock and Twist
LAL CG=LA Looks Curl Gel
LAL SG = LA Looks Sports Gel
LMAO = Laughing my [butt] off
LOL = Laughing out loud
LOOB= L'oreal Out of Bed (not to be confused with KY Jelly )
LOOC = Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol
LOTD = Lily of the Desert (aloe vera gel)
LVPNG = L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss (usually refers to the one for medium to long curly hair - be very careful as this variety is tough to find now)
m = medium texture
M&H = Milk & Honey (as in Suave Milk & Honey conditioner)
MGA= Max Green Alchemy
MHC = My Honey Child
MO = My opinion.
Nexxus POTAR = Phyto Organics The Arts Emphasis Redefining Gel
NG= Nature's Gate
OC = Devacurl One Condition
ORS = Organic Root Stimulator
Ouidad CC = Climate Control Gel
Ouidad CQ = Curl Quencher
PHHB = Pantyhose head band
pineapple = gathering hair gently on top of head with a scrunchie to preserve curls for 2nd day hair
Pixiecurl diffuser method= leaving diffuser OFF, using the bowl to scrunch hair up to root, turn ON for 30 seconds to 2 minutes-ish, turn OFF, and then repeat on next section of hair. Minimizes frizz and reduces the amount of disturbance on the rest of your hair while diffusing.
PJ = Product Junkie (addicted to trying the next new, possibly better hair product)
plop = method of wrapping wet hair in t-shirt / microfiber towel
Plop/plunk= Method for putting your wet hair into a towel to encourage curls (video on jessicurl's website)
PM= Paul Mitchell or Private Message
'poo = shampoo
PVP = A polymer found in most gels
QCCC = Innersence Quite Calm Curling Cream
'quats = polyquaternium polymers found in styling products, some are not water soluble
RR = Jessicurl Rocking Ringlets Styling Potion
Sally's = Sally Beauty Supply
SAO = Sweet almond oil
Scrunch = gently squeezing/pushing hair upward from ends toward roots. Often used to apply product or to remove gel crunch (aka "scrunch the crunch").
SheaM= Shea Moisture Leave In
Shrinkage = shortening of length due to curl tightness
SIF = Devacurl Set It Free
SL = shoulder length
SLS = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (surfactant found in most conventional shampoos)
SO = significant other or sebum only method
SOTC = scrunch out the crunch (see "scrunch")
TE = Terressentials
The Mother Ship = Devachan Salon in NYC (Lorraine Massey's)
Term = terminal length - the longest length hair achieves due to shedding, not cutting
TIA = thanks in advance
TIGI = TIGI is the brand name. They make the Bed Head and Catwalk lines.
TIGI MM = TIGI Moisture Maniac
TJ = Trader Joe's
TLBN = tailbone length
TR= Thermal reconditioning
TS = Jessicurl Too Shea conditioner
TTO = tea tree oil
TWA = Teeny weeny afro
Understory = hair under the top exposed layer
WDT= Jessicurl's Weekly Deep Treatment
WO = water only method
WSP=Wet Set Pudding which is by Curls by Sisters Smith (CBSS or CSS)


Oh, and I would encourage all you fabulously frequent posters to review/update your signatures - us newbies comb them like I used to comb my curls, and I would love to know all the little tricks you can squeeze into that little space!

Many thanks in advance!



Hair is best when wabi-sabi.
2b/2c at this length, more 3a when shorter
M/C ii

Mod CG: Sept 08
Using: Suave co-wash, GVP Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk OOC, MGA, BRHG
Humectants: @ dew point 40+
My blog for dry climate curlies and growing out a pixie: Colorado Curly

Last edited by ReddishRocks; 11-01-2013 at 09:46 AM. Reason: edited list