A Quick Curly Girl Glossary To Memorize

Myleik Teele — December 08, 2020

Are you well-versed in your curly girl terms? Here's a quick refresher. 1. BANDING: This is the process of avoiding shrinkage by securing elastic bands at the roots of the hair all the way down to the ends. This helps your curls dry with length sans heat. 2. DUSTING: This is the process of trimming the hair 1/4 inch or less. A light “dusting.” 3. NO-POO: A non-foaming cleanser that removes dirt and oils from your hair without harsh detergents. It does NOT deliver suds, hence no “poo,” as in shampoo. 4. SEALING: This is the process of using oil after you’ve washed and conditioned your hair to seal in moisture and nourishment. It can also be done with a butter or cream. 5. CLARIFYING: This is the process of removing the heavy build-up of oils and dirt with a cleanser formulated to clarify. 6. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate): This is one of the main surfactants (cleansing agents) in most commercial beauty cleansers. It can occasionally contribute to dryness for curls, but doesn't have the same effect on everyone, so choose a shampoo that best for YOU. 7. CLUMPING: This a styling technique of applying copious amounts mousse or a defining creme, and fingerstyling groups or “clumps” of curls together for incredible definition. Once dry, you separate. What's in your curly glossary? Photo: @curlsbybran