Welcome to Hairpedia our very own black hair dictionary! This is a reference page providing short descriptions of knowledge within hair terms, hair products, hairstyles, hair accessories and more!

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    13×4 Lace Frontal

    A lace frontal that is 13inch by 4 inches.

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    4C Hair

    A hair type – Tightly coiled hair.

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    4×4 Lace

    A lace unit that is 4 inches by 4inches.

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    613

    Pre-bleached blonde hair extensions.

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    A lace wigs

    A wig that has a lace/net as the base/ or front hairline area

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    African Pride

    A hair care brand that focuses on products for naturally curly hair.

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    Afrocenchix

    A natural and vegan friendly black owned hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Ali Express

    An Online Chinese E-commerce website.

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    Alopecia

    The partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows;

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    As I Am Naturally

    A hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Auntie Jackie’s

    A hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Baby Hairs

    Baby hairs are those small, very fine, wispy hairs located around the edges of your hair

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    Balayage

    Balayage is a free-hand technique of applying highlights

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    Bantu Knots

    A hairstyle that has small, coiled buns secured against the side of the head

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    Big Chop

    Cutting off a large portion of your hair, and starting the growing process again.

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    Bleached Knots

    Applying bleach on the lace section of a closure or frontal. This removes the black knots the hair strands created when the unit is made.

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    Blue Magic

    A hair grease that caters for black hair.

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    Blunt Cut

    When hair is straight cut with no angles

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    Bold Hold

    A strong adhesive used for lace frontal wig units

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    Box Braids

    This hairstyle is described as boxy, consisting of square-shaped hair divisions that are matted into a braid

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    Brazilian Knots

    This is a method used to add hair extensions to the hair. They are applied strand by strand by tying the hair extensions with a string around the hair shaft at the scalp.

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    Bun

    A bun is a type of hairstyle in which the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself.

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    Cantu

    A hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Carol’s Daughter

    A black owned hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Cornrows

    Three strand plaits done your head. It can range from straight back pattern to different shapes and zig zag.

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    Creme Of Nature

    A  hair care brand that focuses on products for curly hair.

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    Crochet Braids

    This is a technique used for protecting the natural hair. It involves the adding of already prepped hair extensions onto the cornrowed hair using a latch hook.

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    Customised Lace

    A lace wig unit, that has been plucked, toned and customized to compliment the hair line of the client.

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    Dandruff

    Pieces of dead skin found on the scalp or hair stands

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    Dense Lace

    A lace frontal or closure that has a heavy/thick amount of hair strands

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    Distressed Locs

    Bohemian distressed locs aka messy locs are a type of faux locs achieved by wrapping different textured hair.

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    Drawstring Pony

    A ponytail styled hair extension that has clips and a draw string.

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    Dreadlocks

    A Rastafarian hairstyle in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides.

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    Eco Styler Gel

    A hair gel that also caters for naturally curly hair.

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    Faux Locs

    Commitment-free dreadlocks, created using hair extensions.

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    Feed-Ins

    These are a type of cornrow. The method used to create this hairstyle is done by increasing the thick pieces of hair extensions added onto the natural hair.

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    Fish Bone Braids

    Just as the name states, these are cornrows plaited in the shape of a fishbone. They are plaited closely to the scalp with one thick braid in the centre

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    French Braids

    French braid is a type of braided hairstyle. It is one large braid starting from the crown of the head going down to the nape of your neck.

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    Frontal

    An un-plucked net of hair, that measures from ear to ear.

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    Fulani Braids

    This hairstyle is styled with unique patterns of thin to medium tightly plaited braids with the use of hair extensions, that loosely fall one’s back.

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    Ghana Weave

    This is a type of cornrow done using hair extensions. The hair extensions are added gradually to create a denser and fuller look one done.

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    Ghost Bond

    A glue formulated for oily scalps, heavy perspiration, high temperatures and excessive humidity to keep the bond strong between your skin and hair. Works well with lace.

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    Glue-less Wig

    A wig unit that does not require glue to hold into place

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    Goddess Braids

    Braids that have been curled at the end

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    Got2b

    Water-resistant spiking glue that delivers a stronghold and can be used to secure your wig down.

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    Hair/ Wig Band

    Wig bands can be worn under wigs, scarves and hats to keep it completely secure, One side grips to your hair or skin the other side to your wig.

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    Half Up Half Down

    This is a hairstyle that has half the hair tied up and the bottom half left out.

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    HD Frontal

    A frontal that is transparent and thin, providing a HD appearance.

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    Hollywood Curls

    A hairstyle that has curls in unison, usually achieved by using a wand hair curler.

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    Hot Comb

    A hot comb (also known as a straightening comb or pressing comb) is a metal comb that is used to straighten moderate or coarse hair and create a smoother hair texture.

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    Jumbo Twists

    These are done by parting the hair into several sections and using hair extensions to create large twists that look rope-like.

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    Kinky Straight

    A texture of hair extension that closely replicates natural black hair.

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    Kinky Twist

    Kinky twists are a two-strand twist that generally falls at the shoulders with curled ends.

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    Knotless Braids

    Knotless braids are created using a feed-in technique, where braided hair is fed into your natural hair to get a flatter installation that isn’t as heavy on your scalp or your edges.

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    Lemonade Braids

    A braided cornrow, with a pattern circling one side of the head to the other

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    Lifted Closure

    A closure that is not laid flat to fit well on your head.

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    LOC method

    This is the acronym for the order in which products are applied to the hair. It goes from applying a liquid, to a cream then sealing the hair with some oil. It is designed to lock in moisture.

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    Marley Twists

    A two-strand twist using natural-looking hair extensions

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    Melt

    A frontal or Closure that is plucked effortlessly to be made to look like the hair on your wig is coming out from your scalp.

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    Micro links

    Micro-link extensions are beads that link a small strands of hair to extensions

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    Mohawk

    Mohawk- This is a type of haircut which is done by making the sides of one’s hair relatively shorter than the middle.

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    Net Lace

    Lace closures or frontals are hairpieces where hair strands are tied on a beige or dark brown lace. They are used to give off a natural look.

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    Ninja Pony

    A high sleek ponytail.

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    Ombre

    Ombre hair typically is darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends.

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    Parabens

    These chemicals are added to prevent and reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and mold, increasing the shelf life of the product

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    Passion Twist.

    Passion twist is a twisting method to braid hair using a water wave braiding hair.

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    Pin Curls

    Vintage inspired hairstyle, curling your hair and using a hair clip to pin it to the base of your head for drying.

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    Pixie Cut

    Is a type of hair cut which is cut very short and layered. It is usually short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top and very short bangs

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    Platinum Blonde

    Platinum blonde hair colour is the lightest of all the blonde shades

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    Pluck

    The process of using a tweezer to pluck out excess hairs around the frontal to provide it with a natural hairline appearance.

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    Pre Poo Hair

    Pre-pooing is done before shampooing or washing the hair. The process of pre-pooing involves treating hair with oils or conditioner treatments before washing it.

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    Protective Styles

    Protective styles are a range of different hairstyles that protect your natural hair against environmental factors.

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    Purple Shampoo

    Purple Shampoo helps you maintain cool blonde or brown dye colour after bleaching hair. It helps remove the brassiness and ashiness from the dyed hair colour.

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    Quiff

    A type of hairstyle like a mohawk where a large amount of hair is flipped at the top.

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    Relaxed Hair

    A hair straightening method, using a chemical cream which reduces the natural curl pattern of hair by breaking down the strand and chemically altering the texture to make the hair more manageable.

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    Reverse Ombre

    Is a hair colouring technique opposite to ombre, it starts off with lighter colour and gets darker.

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    Senegalese Twists

    A hairstyle other known as rope twist.

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    Shea Moisture

    A hair care brand that caters for naturally curly hair.

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    Silk Press

    A temporary straightening method, which involves chemical-free products and a flat iron.

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    Slip

    Slip describes  how lubricious the product makes your hair feel after applying. This is used to describe hair products e.g deep conditioners which are usually applied during washing and detangling.

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    Split Ends

    The tip of an individual’s hair which has split due to lack of hair or hair naturally fraying.

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    Stitch Braids

    This is a technique of braiding which was derived from cornrows. They are done by dividing the hair into a few lines down the head

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    Sulphate Free

    This phrase refers to the lack of sulphates in hair cleansing products. Sulfate-free cleansers retain the natural oils on the scalp and hair when washed, which therefore leaves the hair with more moisture.

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    Swiss Lace

    This is a type of material used in the making of closures and frontals. It is a fine material that is soft and delicate. It is used to create a better blend with the skin for a less visible appearance when worn.

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    Tapered Cut

    This is a haircut done by reducing the thickness of the hair towards the end. In other words, going from thick at the roots to thin at the ends.

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    Texture Release

    This is a hair straightening method designed to go deep into the hair fibers and in turn enable styling versatility.

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    Tinted Lace

    This is the process of colouring the lace on a closure or frontal to give it a more natural look.

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    Traction Alopecia

    A form of alopecia or gradual loss of hair which is typically caused by pulling force being applied to the hair.

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    Transitioning Hair

    The process of growing out the natural texture of hair before cutting off the processed or damaged ends.

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    Triangle Braids

    Braids, where the scalp parting is in the shape of a triangle

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    Trichologist

    A person who specialises in the treatment of hair and scalp problems. For Example, alopecia.

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    TWA

    This is an abbreviation for the term “Teeny Weeny Afro ”. This is used to describe the stage at which a person transitions from relaxed to natural hair. The first step to wearing your natural curls.

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    U-Part Wig

    This is a type of wig that is shaped in the form of a U. It is sewn on a U part cap with clips and adjustable straps around the perimeter. U part wigs require a small portion of hair being left out to cover the top.

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    Water Coloured Method

    This is a method used for dyeing hair extensions/wigs. It involves the use of hot water with a mixture of hair dye.

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    Widow peak

    This is a V-shaped point in the hairline in the centre of the forehead