Hello Kings & Queens!
Have you ever been involved in a convo with a whole bunch of naturals and come to the realization that you have no idea what they are talking about half the time? I feel you. I’ve been there! Today all of that changes…. I put together some common terms used in the natural world. This will make your hair journey a little simpler here we go!
CARRIER OILS: are often used to dilute essential oils. Carrier oils also have a whole bunch of healing properties to the hair and scalp.
Some of these oils include: shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, and almond oil.
CLARIFYING: Removes any dirt, oils and product buildup from the scalp. Usually comes in shampoo form.
*IMPORTANT! Not all shampoos are clarifying and can cause more product build up. So make sure to read your product labels carefully!
COCONUT OIL: Gods gift to all of us…. jk but honestly, its pretty amazing. Coconut oil has tons of vitamins and minerals that prevent hair breakage it is also really good for your skin.
CO-WASH: Using conditioner instead of shampoo to wash your hair.
DEEP CONDITION: When you use a leave in conditioner or a hair mask and leave it on your hair for more than 10 mins. Aids in bringing protein and moisture back into the hair.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Come from a variety of plants. They carry amazing healing properties and are great for maintaining a healthy scalp.
Some EO’s include: lemon, lavender, basil, sage, ylang ylang, and peppermint oil.
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Great for hydrating and softening hair.
PRE-POO: The shampoo… before the shampoo expect instead of shampoo conditioner is used. Great for detangling..
REGIMEN: A hair or skin routine and frequent products used.
SEALING: The process of sealing moisture into the hair.
1. Leave in conditioner
2. Massage into the hair
3. Carrier oil
4. Seal up that moisture!
TRANSITIONING: The stage of your natural hair journey where your hair is still relaxed but you stop getting touch ups. Transitioning sucks sometimes because it makes it hard to do twist outs or Bantu knots. It can be solved by a BIG CHOP! 😮
WASH AND GO: When you wash your hair apply your fav products, and jet out the door!
There it is Queens! A peak into the natural world you now have the knowledge to make your hair journey a tad bit simpler.. Enjoy!!
P.S if would like learn more about the natural world Cal State East Bay’s Naturally Me is hosting a Natural Hair and Self Care Expo May 4th, 5th and 6th. The event will have local hairsylists there to answer any questions you might have, free yoga, and DIY’s the show is FREE so make sure you come and learn something new!
Peace and Love,