frequently asked questions

  • Q: Who runs CurlStylist.com?
  • A: The same great team that brings you NaturallyCurly.com developed CurlStylist.com. Stylists are eager for information about curly hair that is more tailored toward their needs.
  • Q: How do I become a member of CurlStylist?
  • A: Click here to become a member to become a more active participant in our community, to submit product and salon reviews, to engage on Chair Talk and more!.
  • Q: What's this “hair type” stuff everyone's talking about? Is that related to this number and letter combos I see people using? What is that about?
  • A: It's a system for labeling your hair according to its curl pattern and texture. Read more here.
  • Q: Some of my clients don't fit into one exact curl category. I can't decide if they're a 2B, 3A, or a 3B.
  • A: Don't worry; that's not uncommon. Many heads proudly flaunt more than one type of curl.
  • Q: What is this “No Poo” routine I keep reading about?
  • A: “No poo” means no shampoo. It's a term coined by Lorraine Massey, author of "Curly Girl: The Handbook.".
  • Q: What are cones?
  • A: Cones (short for silicones) are ingredients in some hair products that are not water soluble. They must be washed out using shampoo. Some people do not use shampoo and therefore should not use products with silicones, as they will build up if not properly washed out.
  • Q: What is the “No Oil” routine?
  • A: This is a hair care routine where oils (jojoba, olive, almond, etc.) or products with oils are eliminated from hair routine. Some types of hair do not absorb oils well and other products – such as aloe vera or glycerin – are used to moisturize the hair.
  • Q: What does “transition/transitioning” and the “big chop” mean?
  • A: To transition means to go from relaxed hair to natural hair either by gradually cutting perm off, cutting perm off all at once (big chop) or waiting to grow out permed hair until all hair is natural.
  • Q: What is silkening?
  • A: Silkening is a mild lye-based chemical (sodium hydroxide) or perm that is put on hair for 5-9 minutes to loosen the curl.
  • Q: What is the strawset hair style?
  • A: A popular African American hairstyle where setting lotion is used on the hair then rolled up and set on straws, secured with a hairpin or clip under dryer. Gives a spirally, curly look.
  • Q: What is "plopping"?
  • A: Plopping is a method of enhancing your curls.
  • Q: I have suggestions/comments; who can I talk to?
  • A: Well, you can either e-mail the owners of the site directly or there is always the feedback forum of CurlTalk that is checked regularly.

Chair Talk FAQ

  • Q: What does it mean when someone “bumps”?
  • A: Bumping is a way for a post to be up near the top of the page. If you notice, the most recent posts are found at the top. When a poster wants a topic seen, they might *bump* it to the top.
  • Q: I don't feel like I fit in when I post; what can I do?
  • A: In all honesty, we all have those days, even weeks. Just stick around; there's always something to strike everyone's fancy!
  • Q: Hey, why were some of my **** words censored?!
  • A: We try to maintain a friendly and open environment that people of any age can enjoy.
  • Q: Hey, my post disappeared, what's with that?!
  • A: Ahh, the enigmatic internet! there can be a few reasons for this:
    1. Cross-pollination: a silly term for two threads that become one and usually one eats the other and all the ensuing posts!
    2. Hey, sometimes it happens!
  • Q: I posted the same thing twice; what happened?
  • A: Easy on the “reply” button! Click once or you may be posting many, many, many times!
  • Q: I was jumped on for posting something that was already a topic. How can I avoid that?
  • A: A good rule of net etiquette is to read or scan the threads first before posting something that may be a duplicate. It's not a big deal but it may save you some grief!
  • Q: What does it mean to "guano"? Isn't that bat poop?
  • A: To "guano" a thread means to start a new question/topic not necessarily related to the original question/topic of the thread. "Guano" replaced "hijack" after the September 11th attacks. Yes, in the world outside of curly boards, guano is bat poop.
  • Q: What does “twa” and “BAA” mean?
  • A: These are referred to two popular African-American hairstyles. A twa means teeny weeny afro and is usually the hairstyle referred to after the “big chop”. A BAA is a “big ass afro” or hair that has been picked or combed out to the fullest.


Some definitions

'poo = shampoo
Condish = conditioner
pineapple = gathering hair gently on top of head with a scrunchie to preserve curls for 2nd day hair
2nd Day Hair = Hair that looks good enough the day after styling that it can just be misted with water or have a little product added try to revive and refresh its style.\
Canopy = the top layer of hair, which is exposed to the elements the most, and is prone to frizzing
Scrunch = encourage curl or apply product by gently squeezing/pushing hair upward from end toward root.
Crunch = the hard, crunchy feeling left by some gels when they dry, which can sometimes be scrunched out.
Clumping = strands of hair clumping together to form bigger, chunkier curls
PJ = Product Junkie (addicted to trying the next new, possibly better hair product)
Shrinkage = shortening of length due to curl tightness
SLS = Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (surfactant found in most shampoos)
PVP = A polymer found in most gels
plop = method of wrapping wet hair in t-shirt/microfiber towel
'quats = polyquaternium polymers found in styling products
clarify = remove build-up from the hair via ACV, lemon juice, or shampooing
Sallys = Sally Beauty Supply

Some abbreviations

ACV: Apple cider vinegar.
B&A: Batia & Aleeza
BAA: Big-ass afro
BTW: By the way.
CCSS: Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution
CG: Curly Girl routine or "Curly Girl," the book by Lorraine Massey
CK: CHS (Curly Hair Solutions) Curl Keeper
CO: conditioner or "conditioner-only" as in not using shampoo
CON: Cream of Nature
DH: Dear or darling husband
DT: deep (conditioning) treatment
EOs: essential oils
Elucence MBC: Moisture Balancing Conditioner
ETA: Edited to add
EVOO: extra virgin olive oil
FOTE: Fruit of the Earth (aloe vera gel)
HCC: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream
HE: Herbal Essences
HG: holy grail
HTH: Hope that helps
HO: Humble opinion
ITA: In total agreement or I totally agree
IMHO: In my humble opinion
KWIM: Know what I mean?
LOL: Laughing out loud
LOTD = Lily of the Desert (aloe vera gel)
M&H = Milk & Honey (as in Suave Milk & Honey conditioner)
MO: My opinion.
Nexxus POTAR = Phyto Organics The Arts Emphasis Redefining Gel
ORS = Organic Root Stimulator
Ouidad CC = Climate Control Gel
Ouidad CQ = Curl Quencher
PHHB: Panyhose head band
PM: Paul Mitchell or private message
RR = Jessicurl Rocking Ringlets Styling Potion
SAO: Sweet almond oil
SO = significant other
TIA = thanks in advance
TR: Thermal reconditioning
TS = Jessicurl Too Shea conditioner
TTO = tea tree oil
TWA: Teeny weeny afro

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