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Box braids

This type of hair style is best described as “boxy”, consisting of square-shaped hair divisions. Box braids are generally created by using synthetic hair to add thickness as well as length. Because they are not attached to the scalp like other styles such as cornrows, box braids can be styled in a number of different ways. The installation process of box braids can be lengthy, but once installed they can last for 6-8 weeks. They are known for being easy to maintain. However, these braids can also be done with natural hair.

Canerows

See Cornrows.

Cleansed Hair:

Hair that has been Shampooed and conditioned or Cowashed and Conditioned.

Co Wash

Co-washing or Conditioner washing, is the act of washing your hair solely with conditioner instead of shampoo. If your hair is afro, mixed-textured, very curly or extremely dry, there’s a good chance that your haircare routine could benefit from it. There are now products made and sold as CoWash

Coily Hair:

Coily hair is a type of curly hair that is super voluminous. Also known as Type 4 hair. Coily hair refers to strands that form tight curls in a zig-zag pattern from the scalp. This naturally curly hair type has a very dry and spongy texture. Within the coily hair type, there are three subcategories based on the size of the hair pattern Type 4a, 4b and 4c. (click here for more info link to types of hair).

Cornrows

Cornrows or braids, also called canerows in the Caribbean, are a style of hair braiding, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to make a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines, as the name implies, but they can also be formed in elaborate designs.

Curly Hair

Something that's curly is wavy or spiral-shaped. You're most likely to use the adjective curly however, to describe someone's hair if it falls in ringlets.

Kinky hair

See Coily hair.

Leave-In Conditioner or Leave-In:

A leave-in conditioning product is used to add extra conditioning to your hair and to provide your locks with much-needed moisture and softness. It can help provide extra moisture as well as detangle strands, which can help make styling easier. Typically applied to freshly cleansed hair (see cleansed hair) and left in until the next wash, It can also be used on dry hair. Purchase as spray, lotion or cream.

L.O.C or L.O.C Method:

LOC = Leave-in, Oil, Cream. ‘The L.O.C Method’ refers to the procedure of layering products on your hair in a particular sequence in order to maximize moisture retention. Once you’ve moisturized your hair with leave in conditioner, you “loc” the moisture in with oil then cream/butter.

Porosity

Determines your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. The more porous a strand is, the more quickly moisture will be absorbed into the cuticle. On the other hand, it will lose moisture just as quickly. Common usage: high porosity hair, low porosity hair.

Protective Styles

Are styles that consist of your ends tucked away. Protective styles prevent manipulation of the hair thus preventing breakage and encouraging length retention. Examples of Protective styles include but are not limited to twists, braids, canerows/cornrows, updos, weaves and wigs.

Relaxer

Hair relaxer is a lotion or cream that straightens hair making it easy to manage. It reduces the curl by breaking down the hair strand and chemically altering the texture. Most women who decide to get their hair relaxed have curly hair and want it to be straight without any frizz. The results vary depending on your hair type, but usually a hair relaxer will leave your hair straight for about six to eight weeks. Unlike other permanent straightening methods, relaxing your hair will require touch-ups from time to time. You can go to a professional stylist, or you can purchase a hair relaxing kit to be used at home.

Relaxed hair

Hair straightened by relaxer. (See Relaxer)