Category: Glossary

LCO method

A variant method the LOC method for moisturizing brushable hair after washing. The name of the method is an acronym for “Liquid-Cream-Oil.” A water-based moisturizer is applied to the hair first, then a heavy cream...

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LOC method

A method of moisturizing brushable hair after washing. The name of the method is an acronym for “Liquid-Oil-Cream.” A water-based moisturizer is applied to the hair first, then a sealant oil is applied over it....

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accelerator

An external product, such as a spray or rinse, that “accelerates” the maturation process by creating a chemical environment in the hair that damages the cuticle layer and encourages the strands to knot.

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alopecia

Medicalized permanent hair loss that can be caused by a combination of factors, such as age, hormones, chemical exposure, radiation, poor health, and prolonged pulling.

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big chop

Slang in the black hair community for cutting off all processed hair so only the hair’s natural texture remains.

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box braids

A protective style where natural hair is braided with an extension, typically synthetic hair. Box braids are sometimes wrapped with an outer layer of synthetic hair mimic the look of locs.

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braidlocks

Locks started from braids. A head of loose hair is sectioned and braided, and the new growth comes in as locks. Once enough new growth has come in at the roots, the braids may be kept at the ends or cut off. In the case of...

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breakage

When the individual hairs in a lock break, usually caused by manual manipulation (maintenance) or dehydrate hair. If enough breakage occurs in a concentrated area of a lock, then the lock itself may break and shed completely...

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