Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

The Curly Hair Dictionary

  1. Begin Slideshow



    See All Slides

    Co-wash, pre-poo, pineappleing — the world of curly hair care can be a confusing one for even the most advanced student of spirals. For those that decide to embrace their natural texture after years of fighting it with chemical processes and products, it can be a bit confusing trying to learn the natural-hair speak. Heck, there a quite a few words within the community that even those long-standing naturals have to Google from time to time.

    The natural-hair grassroots movement took hold in the late '90s and grew up during the dot com boom. The same way that LOL made its way into the texts of millennials across the globe, so too did no-poo, APL, 4B, and wash-n-go make their way into chat rooms and discussion boards across the Internet.

    Today, that movement is finally starting to go mainstream. To help clear up the confusion for any newbies (and those seasoned pros who need a refresher course), we've compiled this Curly Hair Dictionary. It features all the need-to-know styles, treatments, techniques, and acronyms every naturally curly lady needs to master. Read on for a master class in all things curls.

    Want even more R29? Get the latest news, tips, and can't-resist stories delivered straight to your newsfeed, in real time.

    Illustrated by

    Begin Slideshow


Blame Miley: Raver-Girl Beauty Is All The Rage

This just in from backstage at Fashion Week: It's not all about moisturizer! That's right: As the month has progressed, we've seen a lot of very inspired — and even downright bizarre — things walking down the runways. And, while most of them are still distinctly wearable (see: the leather-adorned "crocodile tails" at read

Repotting 101: How To Stop Killing Your House Plants

We do a lot of potting and repotting here at the office. Plants typically need to be repotted every year to 18 months. A common misconception is that it's simply about choosing a cute, new pot, when the purpose is really changing a plant's soil or potting mix. This is obviously great news if you love your planter. On the read