If you've ever landed on a curly hair article or forum then you will have quickly realized that this community speaks its own language, some of which was started here in our CurlTalk forum. If you're new to caring for your curls then the terms can feel overwhelming, so we created this comprehensive curly hair glossary as a tool you can use to look up commonly used ingredients, techniques, and abbreviations. You can find part two of the hair glossary here!  

2nd Day Hair

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Accordion Technique

Aloe Vera Gel



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Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate



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Apple Cider Vinegar



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Products with ACV

Armpit Length (AL)

Ayurvedic Regimen



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Baggy Method



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Banding

Bantu Knots



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Big Chop



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Blow Out

Bra Strap Length (BSL)

Breakage



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Butter



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Castor Oil



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Clarify



Clarifying cleansers

Cleansing Conditioner



Cleansing conditioners

Clumping

Co-Wash



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Co-wash products

Coconut Oil



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Products with Coconut Oil

Crown

Crunch

Curly Girl Method



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Deep Condition

Density



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Diffuser

Dusting



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Elongation

Emollient



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Essential Oil



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Extra Virgin Olive Oil



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Fatty Alcohol

Fine Texture

Flat Twists

Fluff

Glycerin



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Hair Type

quiz

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Henna



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Holy Grail

Humectant



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Jojoba Oil



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Products with jojoba oil

Leave-In Conditioner



Leave-in conditioners

Locks/Locs

LOC Method



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Medium Texture

Moisturizer

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Moisturizing products