AfroRiri Hair glossary

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Co-wash: A method of washing your hair with conditioner only. This helps to keep your hair soft and manageable.

Nappyversary: This is the Anniversary date of when your hair became fully natural.

Protective Hairstyle: A hairstyle that tucks the ends of your hair away from being exposed to damaging agents such as sun, heat, and constant manipulation. The purpose and benefits of this hairstyle is to grow healthier, longer hair and reduce split ends and damage. Some examples are Buns, Braids, Sew-in Weaves and Wigs.

Regimen: Your day to day or weekly hair care and styling guide.

TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro): A small Afro, typically in reference to the first stage after the Big Chop (BC).

Transitioning: Process in which you take steps to stop relaxing the hair to grow out your natural hair texture.The period of time since one’s last chemical relaxer.

Alopecia: The loss of hair. In some cases, alopecia is due to medical conditions, but it can also result from hairstyles such as tight ponytails or braids, which is known as traction alopecia.

Length check: A technique performed to stretch, measure and record the length of the hair.

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