Here is a list of common words used when describing black hair.
If you have “Natural” hair, then you don’t put any chemicals on your hair. If you have “Relaxed" hair, then you put chemicals in your hair. For a white person, a perm will usually curl the hair. For a black person, a perm will straighten the hair.
Weave refers to artificial hair that is attached to your hair. Weave can be sewn or it can be glued to your head.
Wigs and Ponytails are very convenient. You hide your hair under the wig by using a wig cap. The material is like a stocking or hosiery, but it fits your head and not your legs..
People with natural hair are able to wear twists and dreadlocks.
Braids can be done with synthetic hair or with human hair. Synthetic hair tends to have a hard texture and most of the time a person can tell that it is not real. Human hair has a softer texture and looks more natural. Each piece of fake hair is braided or twisted with your real hair. The process can take 8-10 hrs. For professional braiders it may take up to 6hrs. Some people have more than one person braiding their hair and that process can take up to 4 hrs.
Common Phrases<br />I’m going to get my hair done.<br /> (I have an appointment with a hair stylist.)<br />I need to take my hair down.<br /> (I need to wash it/take out braids/take out weave.)<br />I have to tie my hair up.<br /> (I need to put a scarf/bonnet on at night.)<br />My hair is nappy.<br /> (I can’t comb my hair.)<br />
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