Overwhelmed With All The New Hair Lingo?

March 30, 2012  |  

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Over the past years with the huge influx of new hair terms and products for African-American women, it can kinda get overwhelming. What does this mean, what does that mean? Let’s get down to the basics of a couple of newbie items to help you maneuver the beauty aisle!


Sulfate Free Shampoo- Sulfate free shampoo is really big right now, ladies with natural and color-treated hair. This type of shampoo typically doesn’t have any suds so it’s not your typical shampoo you grew up on. It has been said that sulfates are very drying to our curls and using a sulfate-free shampoo will put life back in lifeless curls.

Dry Shampoo- This is something a little new. Dry shampoos are basically just that- it doesn’t involve wetting your hair. This typically comes in a spray format and is deposited on your scalp and it cleanses your scalp in between washes. At first it sounds pretty untraditional, but it works wonders if you have a weave, braids, locs, twists, etc.

Shampoo/Conditioner Mix– This is great that they came up with this mix. It cleanses and moisturizes in one bottle! This is a great collaboration.



Leave In Conditioner: Typically leave in’s come in sprays or in a cream/lotion form. Instead of rinsing this out, it stays on your hair and prepares your hair for styling leaving your hair moisturized.

Co-Washes- Conditioner as a Shampoo- Conditioning washes, AKA co-wash, has become quite popular.  It’s basically washing your hair with just conditioner. It get’s straight to moisturizing and doesn’t strip your hair.

Oil Rinse– An oil rinse is using different oils and massaging it on your scalp and throughout your hair. You wash it out and your hair will be very soft. This could include many types of oils like EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), jojoba oil, lavender oil, etc…


Heat Protector- Everyone that straightens their hair, relaxed or natural needs to protect their hair from heat.  Heat protectors weren’t always around. Remember the old press n’curl wax? Well, heat protectants these days leave your hair bouncy and not heavy or oily. Heat damage ain’t no joke so protect your strands.

Curl Creams-Just 10 years ago, curly stylers weren’t really around unless it dealt with a jherri curl. Over the years, the curly hair aisle has evolved into literally like a whole row for women with natural hair! Their goal is to keep the frizz down and keep the curls defined!

What are some newer terms that you now use for your hair or products? Please share them in the comments or e-mail me so we can talk about them in the next couple of weeks. 

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