Soooo True!!! Shoutout to this OG edge control right here! My whole family used the ‘Let’s Jam’ with the green lid.. Even my brothers hahaha
Okay, so Hair We Go… As the warmer weather approaches if you have hair anything like mine, you are probably dreading it because … EDGES!!!! It’s bad enough that curls doesn’t last in my hair. I am natural so a perm isn’t coming to my rescue. Once the sun hits my hair, that is pretty […]
Not my original post, I just re blogged the post & added the top part
Though they are just meant to protect your eyes from sweat & other particles coming down your face, in all honesty your eyebrows make a statement long before you actually utter a word! That’s literally the first thing I notice on a person’s face. Its like that’s the window to their beauty regime or something […]
Now I know I’m not alone when watching YouTube or reading on the world wide web (yes I know I could’ve just wrote www but I like world wide web better) and I come across words like TWA, LOC method, BAA, Co-wash all that good stuff. And I’m just like wahhh are they saying?! I’m talking just completely lost in the sauce because folks want to just create a whole new language & not inform the rest of us, tuh! Then we have no choice but to start googling every term (rolls eyes). But not to worry I’ve complied a mini natural hair vocab below.
So “hol’ on hol’ up let me break it down so it can be forever & consistently be BUH-ROKE!” (gotta watch Love Jones scene to understand that reference haha) Here’s the
Love Jones Linkfor that scene I just quoted, go to 6:18 mark pure awesomeness! Ahh how I love that movie!
Anywho here are some pix to match a couple of the naturals terms. The mini vocab is under the pix.
*None of these pictures are mine*
TWA = Teeny Weeny Afro
Gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o rocking twa
Jill Scott with her gorgeous low cut twa
Viola Davis with a twa
11. Natural Hairstyles Teeny Weeny Afro Twa On Pinterest Big Twa Afro Hairstyles – Proper Hairstyles
BAA = Big Ass Afro
Natural Hair Vocab
2nd day hair:Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning and you don’t have to do much before walking out of the house.
3c/4a/4b/4c etc: A hair type classification system, for further clarification, see THIS LINK or THIS ONE
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar): Washing/rinsing hair with ACV to cleanse, condition, and remove bacteria or restorer the hair’s natural PH.
APL: Refers to length- arm pit length.
Alopecia: Medical condition where you loss hair in bald spots (can google for more info)
BAA (Big A$$ afro): A large afro hairstyle; sometimes curly, round, or both.
Baggy: After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shower cap over the entire head or on each plait overnight.
BC/ TBC aka (The) Big Chop – cutting off all your chemically treated hair
BNC (Braid-n-Curl): simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis. Similar to TNC (Twist-N-Curl)
Box braids: Plats or simple braids where the root is parted into small boxes and braided.
Braid out: Individual braids or cornrows left in then taken out for a crinkly pattern and stretching benefits Similar to the twist out.
BSL: Refers to length- bra strap length.
BSS: Beauty Supply Store
CG (curly girl): A method/book made by Lorraine Massey that many naturals follow.
Coily: The hair texture of many women of the African diaspora with natural hair. It is a hair texture resembling a spring or slinky, and is most often visible when hair is wet
Co-Wash: Using conditioner to wash the hair instead of shampoo
Cones: Are ‘silicones’, or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage.
Cornrows: Hair that is braided against the head to make patterns
Creamy crack: Used to refer to perms (relaxers) to straighten hair every 6-8 weeks. It’s a nickname was given by those who found it hard to stop getting relaxers before they transitioned to natural hair
Denman: refers to a the Denman (a company) series of brushes; a brush that is used widely among the natural hair community to help define curls
DC or DT: Is a deep conditioner or treatment. A DC is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with an optional heat source to aid in penetration.
Dusting: Dusting is trimming about a quarter inch off your ends. It’s less than a usual professional trim…it’s just enough to get the split ends off. It is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.
EO (Essential Oils): refers to a large group of naturally occurring oils (For example: lemon oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, etc.)
EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)
EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)
HG: Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)
HIH: Hand in Hair. It’s a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.
Kinky: Tightly Curled Hair
LOC Method: The Liquid Oil Cream Method or L.O.C method is a technique for moisturizing hair. It consist of hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product which is your liquid, sealing in the moisture with oil and then applying a cream product to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss
Line of Demarcation: The point between the relaxed and natural hair where the hair is weakest and needs extra moisture and care.
Lye: A chemical straightening treatment commonly used to relax hair. Just as bad as No-lye relaxers and “kiddy perms”
MBL: Refers to length- mid back length.
Natural Hair: Free from Chemicals; the hair you were born with
No-poo: Washing method that does not involve the use of shampoo; co-washing is a type of no-poo method. Often done between washes to bring back the coily/ curly hair texture.
Pineapple-ing: a type of sleeping technique use to preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and all of your curls will have been preserved.
PJ(Product Junkie): A person who consistently purchases product after product to try on their hair. A shopping habit that is very common in the early stages of becoming natural, hoping to discover the product of all products.
Plopping: A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth or microfiber towel) to dry your hair instead of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.
Pre-pooing: A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.
Protective Styling: Styles that hide the ends and protects hair ends rubbing against clothing, rough texture material etc. Two strand twists, braids, etc are a few choice protective options.
Scab hair: The hard new growth that feels dry, brittle and fuzzy because the hair follicles are so damaged. Some believe this to be their hair’s texture, and it’s the reason many people stop transitioning. The good news is, most people stop growing scab hair 3-6 months after starting their transition.
Sealing: Sealing “locking in” moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter (usually shea) and oil(coconut, olive oil). The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair.
Search and Destroy (S&Ds): Every so often hunt for spilit ends or knots and destroy on sight. Go to a salon or DIY with good hair scissors but ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage.
Shealoe: Shea butter and aloe blend
Slip: Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a conditioner or detangler). The more slip it has, the more effectively it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.
SLS: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos)
Sulfates: Detergent in most shampoo that can strip hair of natural oils.
TNC (Twist-n-Curl): Twist the hair all over and roll the ends with flexirods or rollers.
Transitioning: Going from relaxed to natural. This can be long or short period. Long Transition consists of letting natural hair grow out as you take care of relaxed ends. A short transition consists of cutting hair short to avoid having the 2 texture situation.
TWA(Teeny Weeny Afro): A small afro often worn after cutting off the remainder of a relaxer. Usually worn after doing the big chop.
Twist Out: Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.
Wash and Go: After conditioning your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. A simple and cute style. Make sure your ends are good.
The list continues to grow as new words are created and added so if you know some please feel free to write them below.
Since Mother Nature has decided to “bless” the east coast with nothing but rain, fog, & chilly crabby weather. This picture is really how I’m feeling about all this rain hahaha
I figure we should take this time to appreciate the women that rock beanies and make it look so effortlessly stylish. Because lets face it, finessing a hat much less a beanie & making it transcend throughout your whole outfit is no easy feat to accomplish!
So props to these women & their dopeness!
I wish these beautiful women were all rocking satin lined beanies to protect their gorgeous locs too!
*I do not own any of these pictures*
Whole outfit crack!
Love the angle!
Love her shirt too!
Simple yet super cute
TWA? I love!
I dig everything about this pic
Ugghh I just love this!
Such a cute style
You can purchase our Skatsz satin lined beanies here eBay & Amazon
Welcome to our very first blog! Yayy it’s been a long time coming (well not really) but it just sounded good hehe.
So what is Skatsz?
Skatsz is a Satin Lined Hat company hailing from the DMV! All of our hats are satin lined. We launched our very first collection this past December & it has been a whirlwind to say the least. A little background about the minds behind Skatsz; we are sisters not from another mother haha & we both are Howard University alums (HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! You Know) I love love love wearing hats! I have an extensive collection of beanies especially in the fall/winter months; you can pretty much catch me 99% of the time with a hat on. My obsession with hats was birthed really through both necessity & my love of fashion. For me it’s a staple accessory because I love how it adds a little pizzazz to my outfit. Also because I’ve learned over the years that I tend to lose a lot of warmth from my head, so naturally I wear tons of hats (Mostly cotton/ sometimes wool) through the fall/winter and even into the spring months.
How did Skatsz come about?
The idea of Skatsz/ Skatsz came about when I started “trying” to take the health of my hair seriously (emphasis on trying) and I started going to an actual salon where I had to pay upwards of $50 to get my hair back on track (sooo worth it tho) Khadija, my hair stylist, is beyond amazing at resurrecting your hair back from the keratin dead
Anyway she educated me on the importance of satin, the benefits it provides for my hair & how I need to wrap my hair as much as possible. Now wrapping my hair with a satin scarf when going to bed is nothing new so I figured that’s what she meant. But even when I started to religiously wrap my hair to sleep, Khadija would STILL complain about the crown of my hair being super dry but she did mention that the front of my hair was much softer. I had bangs at the time so my hats would only cover a portion of my head, leaving the front part out. Frustrated at how dry my hair was, I started to wrap a satin scarf around my head & would just throw on my hats on top of the scarf; I did this 2 weeks consecutively & I noticed my hair became much softer & shiner but I wanted to see if Khadija took notice. After the two weeks went by it was time to go see Khadija again. Sure enough, she enthusiastically complimented me on how my hair looked so much healthier & better moisturized! I told her that I kept my scarf on under my hats, to which she replied “well then keep doing that!” Thus the idea of wrapping my hair under my infamous beanies was born!
Wrapping my hair under my hats was cool at first because I didn’t have to give up wearing hats & I could still keep all the moisture in my hair but it became a chore for me (hahah Im lazy as heck!) So I moved to wearing a satin bonnet instead. In sharing the benefits of wearing a scarf/bonnet under your hats with my older sister the idea of Skatsz was born. So there you have it folks Skatsz came bout from ; a hat loving, natural hair having Nigerian (even though at the time I was permed) that didn’t want to always wrap her hair underneath her hats!
You can purchase yours here for $19.99 on both eBay & Amazon