Hair terminology

This is a requested post. I’ll do a more extensive one later going into more detail and what not but for now, here are a few hair terminologies that are common in the hair journey world. I hope this will be helpful to anyone who has just recently started learning about healthy hair care.

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
WL – Waist Length Hair

Moisturizing & Sealing
Moisturizing is basically adding water, hair lotion, hair butter or a homemade mix to your hair to replenish lost moisture. Black hair/African hair/Afro hair is prone to dryness (and thus breakage) so its a good idea to moisturize it as needed. Focus more on the tips/ends of the hair as these are the oldest parts of the strands.
After moisturizing hair, one must use an oil to seal in the moisture. This will keep your hair from drying too quickly. It will also kepp the hair soft and prevent frizz.

Oil prepoo
This is a pre-shampoo treatment done by saturating hair with a natural oil of your choice for a given period of time (30 minutes to several hours). You can choose to sit under a hooded dryer as the heat generated there helps the oil penetrate the hair strands faster. Alternatively, you can just go about your daily routine as the oil penetrates your hair. Remember to cover your hair with a shower cap and maybe a scarf to keep the oil from running down your neck and ruining what you’re wearing. Check out the benefits of doing an oil prepoo here

Also known as conditioner washing. This is washing your hair with just conditioner. Shampoo is not used at all. This is done when you want to replenish lost moisture or to just freshen your hair (e.g after a workout). Since frequent shampooing is discouraged, cowashing is perfect for those who like to wash their hair more than once a week.

Deep condition
Applying a deep penetrating conditioner (not the one you rinse off after its been in your hair for a few minutes). Otherwise known as treatment here in Kenya. Other people call it a hair masque. You apply it and sit under a steamer, or cover your hair with a shower cap and sit under a hooded dryer for upto 20 minutes (or longer if you please). You can also leave it on your hair for several hours while you go about your duties, e.t.c It adds moisture to the hair, making it soft and strong.

When the comb easily glides through the hair that is laden with conditioner. Also used to describe a conditioner that allows this easy comb movement.

This is snipping off the very ends of your hair. The length of hair that is snipped off is usually very small such that once its all collected, it looks like dust.

This varies from dusting in that the length off hair taken off is longer…half an inch or more.

Search and Destroy
This is going through individual strands of hair searching for split ends and destroying (snipping) them [once you find them]. It sounds time consuming, most people do it when they are bored or just passing time.


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