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I am Tiffany Gunn, Blogger of Knotty By Nature. I am a wife, a mother, provider, nurturer, and I love to learn and interact with blogs and have discussions about natural healing, hair, religion, and many other things.I am an advocate of domestic violence and encourages others to be active in their community and stand up for what is right. "Do not lose hold of your dreams or asprirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." -Henry David Thoreau

The Natural Hair Guide of Terminology

Natural Hair GuideThousands of people are transitioning, getting the BC, or are already natural and have been so for so many years. Newcomers and some veterans in the natural hair community are so lost by the different acronyms and abbreviations they can get lost in translation and not understand a thing they read in a blog or article. Here is a little help for your natural hair journey:

Hair Terminology


ACV: Apple cider vinegar, used to clarify the hair and level acidity
Aloe Vera gel/juice: very moisturizing for hair and skin
ALS: Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate; ingrdients that can potentially harm your hair
AO: Aubrey Organics
APL: Arm Pit Length
ASL: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo

BAA: Big a** afro
Baggy method: Applying conditioner to the hair then wrapping it with saran wrap or covering it with a plastic/shower cap for an extended period
BBA: Big beautiful afro
BC: Big chop, cutting off all the relaxed and or chemically processed hair, to have fresh and free natural hair
BSB: Below Shoulder Blade
BSL: Bra-strap length
BSS: Beauty Supply Store

CC: Creamy Crack (relaxer, perm)
CL: Chin length
CBL: collar-bone length hair
Clarifying: when you wash your hair to remove product build up, dirt or anything clogging the follicles
Cones: silicone, which can lead to no moisture to adhere to the hair
CON: Creme of Nature
Co-wash: Conditioner wash; washing hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, also called cw

DC: Deep condition/Deep conditioner by leaving conditioner on the hair for 30 mins or more
DIY: do it yourself
Dry comb: Coming the hair while it is dry
DT: to deep treat the hair, same as DC
E, F, G, H, I, J, K

EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil, very popular oil for hair and skin care
EVCO: Extra virgin coconut oil, a common oil to use for hair and skin due to it’s amazing properties
EO: essential oil
Flex-set: to flexi-rod set the hair
HE: Herbal Essences
HEHH: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
HG: holy grail
HHG: happy hair growing
HIH/HIF: hand in hair and hand in fro disease
HL: hip length hair
HSR: Honey Suckle Rose by Aubrey Organics
HTH: hope that helps
IMO: in my opinion
JBCO: Jamaican black castor oil
KCCC: Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Leave-in: this is a conditioner or mix that stays in your hair after it’s applied. It is not rinsed/washed out. Mean’t to moisturize the hair

MBL: Mid back length
MN: Miconazole Nitrate-providing oxygen for the hair when used in the process of hair restoration and hair growth.
MT: Megatek -hair cell regenerator for hair damaged by perm, chemicals or heat.

Natural Hair: to be completely free of chemical processing in the hair, aka NH
NG: New growth
NL: neck length
No-poo: Haircare regimens that don’t include the use of sulfate shampoo
Naturally Curly: popular site for naturals
O, P

PJ: product junkie, or one who likes to buy hair products or any products for that matter a lot.
Poo: Shampoo
Pre-poo: to apply a conditioning/ treatment to the hair before shampooing/washing to add moisture to the follicles
Q, R

Rod-set: uses perm rods to set the hair into curls
Rolls: the art of rolling the hair to create a style (french roll, finger rolls)

SAA: silk amino acids-protein
Shea Butter: the most popular butter for hair and skin care. Has great properties to help moisturize and protect hair and skin. Can be used with other oils and plants.
SL: shoulder length
Slip: the measure of how well a product allows you to detangle your hair, or glide through it. Slip is the ease/leeway the product provides and slipperiness on the hair
SLS: Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in shampoo
SLES: Sodium Lareth Sulfate, another common ingredient in shampoo
Straw sets: setting the hair on straws for a curly outcome
T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

TWA: Teeny weeny afro
Water: the natural’s staple ingredient!!
WSL: waist length hair

3A texture: Loose curls
3B texture: Tight curls
4A texture: Loose kinks/coils
4B texture: Tight kinks/coils


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Tropical Roots Product Review Part 1: Stimulating Growth Oil

Tropical Roots Stimulating Growth OilI am excited to announce that Bronner Brothers Retail has given me the opportunity to review their Tropical Roots product line. This article will primarily focus on reviewing the Stimulating Growth Oil however, I will also be reviewing three other product reviews from this line as well.

Each product within the Tropical Roots line, has two main ingredients, pineapple and guava. Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C, E and has Bromelain. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, removes impurities, shrinks pores, and makes your skin glow. Guava also has vitamins A, C, & E but it also provides shine to the hair, deep conditioning through the high vitamin and anti-oxidant properties, and removes frizz.  Other ingredients in the Stimulating Growth Oil consist of: Canola Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Castor Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin Am Cyclomethicone, Sheep Sorrell, Sage, Ginseng, Yarrow, Wheat Germ, Slippery Elm Bark, Henna, Comfrey, Burdock Root, Goldenseal, Cherry Bark, Black Walnut, Chamomile, Alfalfa, Hyssop and Fragrance.

What is Tropical Roots Growth Oil?

“The Tropical Roots Growth Oil is a lightweight oil that seals in moisture and shine while strengthening braids, locks and twists. This product can be used as a finishing spray after styling or as a daily spray for dry scalp relief for all natural hairstyles. Use the Tropical Roots Growth Oil after washing and before styling on all natural hairstyles to seal in moisture” (source)

How to Apply the Tropical Roots Growth Oil

Apply BB Tropical Roots Stimulating Growth Oil to hair and scalp. Use your fingertips to massage into scalp. For hot oil treatment: Apply BB Tropical Roots Stimulating Growth Oil to hair and scalp. Use your fingertips to massage into scalp, place a plastic cap over hair and sit under a warm dryer for 5-10 minutes. Rinse  with lukewarm water. Towel dry and lock with BB Tropical Roots Locking Gel.

My Results

I have to say, the Stimulating Growth Oil works really well. Since using the product I have noticed a big change in my hair and its growth. My hair is shinier, softer, more moisturized and my scalp is not as itchy. I use this oil as a sealant and a prepoo for a hot oil treatment before I deep condition, and a finishing mist after styling. A light mist of the Stimulating Growth Oil to the hair is enough for gloss and moisture. If you apply the oil too heavily, your hair will be moisturized but greasy; three or four pumps to the hair shaft is sufficient.

You can purchase the Tropical Roots product line at your local Sally’s Beauty Supply Store, WalMart, or local beauty supply carrier. The next Tropical Roots product review will be on their Shampoo Spray, see you then!!!


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A Series for Dry Hair Pt 1: Do You Really Understand What Causes Dry Hair and Why?

There are many of us who have had the pleasure pain of experiencing dry hair at some point in our life. Contrary to popular belief, many of us suffer from dry hair on an everyday basis, regardless of if we wear our hair natural or not. What if I told you some of the everyday products we use affects the moisture outcome of our hair? No, I’m not only talking about hair products, I’m actually referring to one of the most important resources on Earth: H2O aka Water.

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To Grease or Not Grease? What is your answer?

Recently, there has been a lot controversy over grease/vaseline being used as a moisturizing agent for natural hair. Traditionally grease is used in the African-American community as a moisturinzing agent to oil the scalp. Many Naturalistas have shared there disagreements for the typical usage of grease however, Knotty By Nature Divas such as CurlyNikki have come out of the closet admitting “Yes I still use grease

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