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Miss Murphy
March 10th, 2008, 11:22 AM
We had a thread (I think it was even a sticky) like this before, and back in the day when I was a newbie it was very helpful for me.
Mods, feel free to move this if it belongs somewhere else :o

These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head:
Hair-related abbreviations:
CO: condition only
CWC: condition-wash-condition
WO: water only
NW/SO: no wash/sebum only
BBB: boar-bristle brush
CV: Chagrin Valley (soap manufacturer, www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com)
SLS: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Cones: silicones (and the related substances)

LHC-related abbreviations:
FYI: for your information
YMMV: your mileage may vary
BTW: by the way
TIA: Thanks in advance

I'm sure there are a ton that I'm missing right now. If anybody can think of anything I missed, please reply and I'll add them right to this post! :)

capelli lunghi
March 10th, 2008, 12:40 PM
This is what Teacherbear and Nightshade had posted.. [eta by Teacherbear: link to the article (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=10) here at LHC]

Basic Message Board Abbreviations

These are commonly used throughout the internet.

· BTW - by the way

· DH (DD, DS, DBF, DGF) - dear/ darn husband (daughter, son, boyfriend, girlfriend) sometimes a number will appear after DS or DD, like DS8 - 8 year old dear son to distinguish between multiple sons/daughters and/or to establish age of child

· ETA - edited (message) to add (more information/clarify)

· FWIW - for what it’s worth

· FYI - for your information

· HTH - hope that helps

· IIRC - If I recall correctly

· IMHO - in my humble opinion

· LOL- laughing out loud

· MIL - mother in law (FIL - father in law, BIL - brother in law, SIL - sister in law)

· NSFW - Not Safe For Work

· ROFL - rolling on floor laughing

· ROFLMAO - rolling on floor laughing my @ss off

· TIA - Thanks in advance (for the help/information)

· TMI - Too Much Information - a warning that you are about to read something that might make you cringe, get nauseated, blush, or otherwise say "why did they have to tell me THAT??!!! "

· WB - welcome back

· YMMV - your mileage may vary

· Name Abbreviations - Often an LHC member's name might be abbreviated. My name (Teacherbear) might be abbreviated as TB, LisaJaney - LJ, JennaPea - JP, etc.

Cont. in next post because of limits..

capelli lunghi
March 10th, 2008, 12:40 PM
LHC Abbreviations and Terminology
There are many products, styling tools, hair toys and hair styles that are frequently discussed in the boards.
NOTE: You cannot search the forum for any word/abbreviation shorter than 4 letters, unless you add an asterisk *.
A few of the common abbreviations and terms are listed here (some with links):

******Various length "definitions" for fun. ******

· 3MM - Aussie Three Minute Miracle conditioner

· ACV - apple cider vinegar which is mixed with water to rinse the hair. It is used to return your hair to a safe pH. Softens hair. White vinegar can also be used.

· AO - Aubrey Organics (shampoo and conditioner line found at most health food stores, like Whole Foods Market)

· Baby hairs - shorter hairs that encircle the face, especially with wavy and curly hair. These hairs could be new growth or broken hairs.

· Bangs - another name for fringe.

· BBB or bbb - boars bristle brush - a brush used for cleaning/shining, distributing oil . . . not for detangling

· Blowfryer - A name for a hairdryer, but with more description of what it actually does to the hair.

· BS, BSL - bra strap (length of hair)

· C-COW-C - Condition, Condition Only + Wash, Condition A wash method created by AnaisSatin

· CG - Curly Girl Handbook, a book available at your local or online bookstores by Lorraine Massey, who outlines a hair care routine featuring no or low shampoo.

CHEESE ! And just for fun, here is an explaination of the long-running Cheese joke.

· Classic Length - where the buttocks meets the thighs

· CO - Conditioner Only wash; using conditioner only as a cleansing agent. Another way to clean the hair without shampoo. Ask LisaJaney. The idea is based on this article look 3/4 of the way down the page. How do YOU CO?

· OR it can mean castor oil especially when talking about OCM. Check the context of the use of CO. OR it can mean coconut oil.

· Cones or ‘cones - various types of silicone products (usually anything in the ingredients ending in -one) that are put into many drug store conditioners. Many people avoid them because they coat the hair shaft, causing build up, and for some people actually damaging the hair shaft - similar to how fake nails damage your real nail’s bed. Other people like using them because they help protect their hair. This is one thread discussing cones: To Cone or Not To Cone.

· CV - Chagrin Valley a company/line of products which some people here at TLHC use.

· CWC - Condition, wash, condition; a way to protect the length from shampoo in order to reduce dry ends. (That's what that first coating of conditioner is for.) Some people also do a slight variation on this and call it CWCC. There are a number of threads, but this ought to get you started.

· DB - discussion board

DD# - Dirty Day # whatever. The person is on their whatever day since washing (Ex: DD3 means the third day since last shampooing/cleaning the hair)

· Denman - a maker of nylon brushes and other styling tools. They also sell BBBs, mixed, and other types of combs (especially a 3-row comb) and brushes. The Classic Stylers are very popular here at LHC

· Dusting - Dusting is a way of trimming the hair. After a dusting trim the hairs left on the floor appear as dust - not hairs. Sometimes refers to snipping split ends. This is just one thread discussing dusting.

· EOs - essential oils. These can be added to a variety of shampoos, conditioners, oils, infusions, etc. Some people add them for their scent. Other people add them for their benefits to the hair: shine, reduce dandruff, etc.

· EP - Evita Peroni - a line of beautiful hair toys

· EPO - evening primrose oil. An oil that is taken as a supplement.

· EVOO or evoo - extra virgin olive oil (the stuff you have in the kitchen)

· Fairytale ends - a natural hemline which results in very thin ends to the hair. This thread might help.

· Fak-arre - a hair clip that looks similar to a Ficcare, but might be plastic or metal.

· FB - Friendship Board

· Ficcare - Ficcare is a brand of high quality metal hair clip. This is a brand name. The clips were originally made popular by the actresses on Friends. There are four major clip types: beak, Maximas, Super Clip, and Ficcarismo. Cinnamon Hair has posted some of their catalogs here.

· FL - FranceLuxe - hair accessories

· Fringe - another name for bangs

· FTC - French Twist Comb

· GM - George Michael (Dr. George Michael . . . long hair guru). GM might refer to a salon where the stylist is trained in Dr. Michael’s philosophy of hair care, it might refer to the specialist/stylist himself or herself, to the GM line of products, or to Dr. Michael himself. There are several salons which describe the GM method, theories, products, etc. A few of them are: Madora's and Enchantress.

· H4H - hennaforhair.com. A site with information on dying hair with henna and other natural herbs. http://henna4hair.com/

· Hair toys - any type of decoration or styling item for your hair, including, but not limited to: scrunch’s , Hairagami’s, Hairdini’s, hair sticks, hair forks, clips, barrettes, ponytail ties, hair gloves, snoods, hair slides, bobby pins, Bunjii hair ties, etc, etc, etc. Here is a thread with links to many hairtoy makers/sellers. We have a number of members who make hairtoys. Check out the links.

· Halo - when those baby hairs puff out and create an aura around your head/face. Might as well be called a halo .

· HB - Hairboutique They have a great store, hairstyle gallery, and a variety of active discussion boards.

· Heating cap - an electric “cap” that is heated. It helps conditioners and oils get into the hair follicles. Be careful not to use too hot of a temperature. (Personally, I use my heating pad to get the same results!) There is also a microwave-able heating cap available.

· Hemline - the bottom edge of your hair. Different hemlines include: V shaped, U shaped, Blunt (straight across), and Natural/Fairytale ends.

· Henna - a conditioning product for your hair. You can use the traditional red henna dye, or other colors. There is even a clear henna. While TLHCers have created a massive Henna Thread, you can discuss henna and other herbal ingredients in the Recipes, Henna, and Herbal Haircare forum.

· LHC - LongHairCommunity (HERE! )

· LHL - Longhairlovers, a website owned and operated by Jennifer Bahney.

· Low-poo - a method of washing that uses very little shampoo.

· MM - Morrocco Method hair care system OR it could mean L'Oreal Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture conditioner in the short tub with yellow lid.

· MP - Mason Pearson brush, the Cadillac of bbb's. A premier brush and comb manufacturer. MP makes a variety of brushes, not just boar bristle brushes and combs.

· Messy scrunchie drying method - a way to dry wavy/ curly hair to bring out the waves/curls simply Link to article.

· Monoi - is fractionated coconut oil from Tahiti that is good for moisturizing hair. They have some FABULOUS scents! Tahiti-iti Monoi

· nc.com - Naturally Curly A site with hair care advice for the curly-haired.

· NG - Nature's Gate Organic shampoo/conditioners/products.

· No-poo - A method of cleaning the hair with baking soda instead of shampoo. You might check out this description.

NW - No water - a way to clean hair Check out this thread for information.

· OCM - Oil Cleansing Method. A facial cleansing method using oil.

· Plopping - a way of drying wavy/curly hair to enhance curls. Link to various threads.

· Pony stub - the first pony tail you can gather your hair into after having very short hair

· S/C or s/c - shampoo and conditioner

· S&D - Search & Destroy Mission - an in-depth split end snipping session where you aggressively eliminate splits.

· SAO - Sweet Almond Oil

· Scritching - a way of stimulating the scalp by using a comb, finger tips (pads, not nails), etc.

· Scrunchie - cloth covered pony tail holder, generally considered more decorative than plain pony tail ties - great for use with the scrunchie bun shampooing method or the messy scrunchie drying method

· Scrunchie bun shampooing method - way to shampoo just the scalp without getting the length wet

· SHT - some LHCers who wanted to do secret pals and this is the name they gave the group. Here is an older explaination. If you are interested in joining, check the Swap Board for more current threads.

· SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate) - A strong detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent. Can cause over drying in hair and dry scalp.

· SMT - Snowy's Deep Moisture Treatment. A combination of conditioner, honey, and aloe.

· Snood - a cloth covering for buns or it might cover the either head and hold the length of the hair in a type of pouch. They are typically knitted and have elastic to help hold onto the base of the bun.

SO - Sebum Only a way to clean the hair

· SS Oil - Moonchaser’s Sweet Success Hair Oil.

· TBB - The Beauty Bottle, LHC's parent site.

· Terminal (length) - the length at which the hair will grow no longer. Another way to say it is "I'm growing my hair as long as it will grow"

· TLHC - here, (The) LongHairCommunity.

· Turbie Twist - a towel/turban to help towel dry your hair. It is designed to be light weight, absorb water, be comfortable, and stay on your head! You can purchase them at stores like Walgreen’s or online. Aquis also makes a comparable product and our own LisaJaney makes a version of this.

· WO - water only washing; this is sometimes attempted - I don't know a lot about it, but this thread out to be a good starting point.

Miss Murphy
March 10th, 2008, 12:59 PM
Capelli Lunghi - here I am, feeling all sorts of inventive and racking my ole brain, when of course I could have just dug up the info that was already there!

Thanks so much, and I think I'll just leave that standing as is. :flower:

March 10th, 2008, 01:01 PM
:smooch: Capelli Lunghi! Thank you for retrieving that! I just went to my word documents to retrieve that. I think I updated it in January, so I'm not sure if that has the latest updates. I hope so!

capelli lunghi
March 10th, 2008, 01:06 PM
:smooch: Capelli Lunghi! Thank you for retrieving that! I just went to my word documents to retrieve that. I think I updated it in January, so I'm not sure if that has the latest updates. I hope so!YW!!.. At the bottom it said.. " Latest revision and reorganization 11/2007." and " Last edited by Teacherbear : November 25th, 2007 at 11:06 AM." So you probably have new stuff to add..

capelli lunghi
March 10th, 2008, 01:08 PM
Duh to me.. lol There were links in the post too.. here is the cached version from Google.. some of the links will work.. some won't.. ty.com/showthread.php%3Ft%3D7084+site:longhaircommunity.c om+abbreviations&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a

March 11th, 2009, 09:55 PM
I would like to humbly add IHW to the list. "Indian Herb Wash".

September 16th, 2009, 02:50 AM
Thank you ladies for all the info on abbreviations! Such a help to a newbie!

October 2nd, 2009, 04:54 AM
Yes, thank you for posting all the abv's

Very helpful. ;)

October 2nd, 2009, 02:26 PM

May 13th, 2012, 12:11 PM
I've seen AVG used in a few threads and am unable to determine what it means. It's used in conjunction with ACV (apple cider vinegar) castor oil, and coconut mixture... anyone have ideas about what it means?


May 13th, 2012, 12:24 PM
Here's the link for your query: