The ABC’s of Natural Hair Decoded

I cracked up laughing when I found this article because there are a lot of little natural hair codes that are a bit much to take in when you’re transitioning 🙂 I hope this article helps the natural newbies and long time naturals who want to know all the latest natural hair codes.  If you have some that you don’t see in the article please leave a comment and share them 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for

Are you a PJ who BC’d and loves a good WNG?  There’s a lot of jargon thrown around on natural hair blogs and forums, and if you’re new to the conversation, it can be quite puzzling.  Well, you can (TMN) thank me now because I’m about to help you decipher the word play, so you can get clear on what it all means for you.

A is for APL (Arm Pit Length) which refers to length.  BSL (Bra Strap Length), CL (Collar Length), MBL (Mid Back Length) and WL (Waist Length) are all common descriptors.

B is for BC (Big Chop). This is the courageous act of chopping off your relaxed hair. Some opt to do the Big Chop with only an inch or so of new growth remaining on their heads leaving them with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro).  Another option is the (LTT )Long Term Transition where you cut the relaxed hair out gradually.  Either way, the first day you step out with your freedom hair (relaxer free) is a milestone moment.  Relish it.

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