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When you begin your journey of becoming natural, there are many things you have to learn. You have to figure out how to take care of your hair. Figure out what products will work on your hair. Figure out how to keep your hair growing month after month.

Natural hair lingo is something to know as well. If you are just beginning your transition into natural, you may be confused by all the abbreviations and new terms.

Of course, we are here to help with our very own natural hair dictionary:

BC (Big Chop)
This is the first step to transitioning for many women. You cut off your relaxed ends to reveal the natural texture of your hair.

Baggy
It is a great technique to seal in moisture to your tresses. You apply a moisturizing agent to your hair and cover it with a plastic cap or saran wrap.

Braid Out
It is when you take out your braids, it creatures a full, crimped hairstyle.

Co-Wash
It is when you wash your hair with conditioner. No shampoo is necessary.

Coils
A common hairstyle for short and medium length hair that looks like tiny, sectioned curls.

DC/DT
DC is Deep Conditioning. DT is Deep Treatment. This is typically done for amount of minutes or overnight. If your hair is very dry, it can be done once or twice a week.

Hair Elasticity
Showcases how the hair that can stretch out and return to its regular shape without breaking.

Hair Lengths
Hair lengths usually have abbreviations.

EL- Ear Length
NL-Nape Length
SL- Shoulder Length
APL- Arm pit Length
MBL- Mid back Length
WL- Waist Length

Hair Porosity
Your hair can soak up moisture or not. The more porous, the quicker the water will be absorbed.

Henna
Henna is a plant used to make a mixture that essentially conditions the hair. Henna can also add a reddish tint to your hair.

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