Navigating Curly Hair Speak: A Newbie’s Companion

If you’re a newcomer to the world of curly hair methods or find yourself puzzled by the jargon, don’t worry – the Curly Cuts team has your back!

We’ve compiled a straightforward list of common curly hair terms and their simplified meanings to clarify things.

Here’s a list of common curly hair terms and what they mean.

Cleansing Curly Hair

  • No-poo: A gentle, non-foaming cleanser.
  • Low-poo: A mild shampoo with less harsh cleansing ingredients.
  • Co-wash: Washing with a cleansing conditioner.
  • Deep treatment: A highly moisturising treatment.
  • Squish to condish (S2C): Conditioning technique: using water and hands to squish in conditioner.
  • Bowl method: Similar to S2C but done with a bowl.

Curly Hair Styling

  • Roping: Applying products in sections, circling both hands as if pulling a rope.
  • Slip: Well-hydrated hair that feels like wet seaweed.
  • Finger combing: Gently detangling with fingers.
  • Raking: Using fingers in a “raking motion” to disperse products.
  • Scrunching: Using the hands to scrunch after evenly distributing the product.
  • Prayer hands: Applying styling products by pressing palms on small hair sections.
  • Wet Brush: A brush to disperse products on wet curly hair for even application.
  • Denman Brush: A brush used similarly to a Wet Brush.
  • Finger curling: Twirling individual curls.
  • Cocktailing: Using multiple styling products.
  • Cast: Occurs when curly hair becomes crunchy due to styling products.
  • Scrunch out the crunch: Once dry, loosening up the cast with a gentle scrunch using your hands.

Curly Hair Drying Methods

  • Plopping: Use a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel to position hair at the top for initial drying without twisting or pulling.
  •  Micro-plopping: Use a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel to gently squeeze excess moisture from the hair before drying.
  • Wet-plopping: using a shower cap to hold hair on top of the head once all styling products are applied.
  • Diffusing: Using a diffuser attachment on a hairdryer to dry hair.
  • Hover diffusing: Keep the diffuser close to the hair to dry without cupping.
  • Cupping: Placing small sections of hair in the diffuser and holding it close to the head.
  • Air-drying: Allowing hair to dry naturally.
  • Root clipping: Using metal clips or mini claw clips to create root lift and prevent flat hair on top.

Caring for Your Curls

  • Pineappling: Loosely tie hair at the top front with a scrunchie for nighttime hair protection.
  • Buffs: Cotton tubes for nighttime hair protection.
  • Bonnets/caps: Silk/satin protection for hair at night.
  • Refresh: Styling hair in the days after washing can involve various methods to refresh your look.
  • Wet refresh: Reactivating styling products with water.
  • Dry refresh: Adding more product to dry hair.
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