PATTERN GLOSSARY

A guide for getting familiar with PATTERN vocabulary.

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A guide for getting familiar with PATTERN vocabulary.

Here are a few words we want to remix and reimagine:

3 b ('thrē 'bē), adjective. stretchy curls with bounce to the ounce that doubledutch in the wind
3c ('thrē 'sē), adjective. flexible S-pattern curls that turn, twirl, and twist intoa two-step
4a (ˈfȯr ˈā), adjective. supple S-pattern coils that lean and strut their snap-back stuff
4b (ˈfȯr ˈbē), adjective. luscious Z-pattern coils that bend and flare in a zig zag pose
4c (ˈfȯr ˈsē), adjective. velvety coils with tight curves that flow, breakdance and freestyle
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B aby hairs (ˈbā-bē ˈhers), noun. small hairs that can be sculpted and designed into an art piece to frame the face
Big hair (ˈbig ˈher), noun. extravagant curls and coils proudly taking up space; a halo of hair resounding; big hair don’t care; big hair big time; free and rising
C lumping (ˈkləmp iŋ), verb. when curl strands band together, hold hands and have a reunion; when a sisterhood of curls find their way back to each other
Coily (ˈkȯi(-ə)lˈē), adjective. a revolution of volume; a pirouette of S-pattern and/or Z-pattern coils; a congregation of taut coils overflowing
Community (kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē), noun. a sisterhood, a brotherhood, a siblinghood gathering at the table where all curls and coils are welcome; coil squad; curly crew; where we hold our own equity
Crown and glory (ˈkrau̇n ən(d) ˈglȯr-ē), noun. royalty renown; where the mane is the main thing; the coiff in all its majesty; curls and coils in all their splendor; dignity in every pattern
Curl Pattern (ˈkərl ˈpa-tərn), noun. where originality is the standard; where you are your own prototype; constellations of coils, curves, curls, waves and ringlets; where every follicle flourishes
Curly (ˈkər-lē), adjective. an array of ringlets; a tango of spiral and S-pattern curls; a throng of waves and crinkles
D eep condition (ˈdēp kən-ˈdi-shən), verb. to immerse one’s roots, curls, and coils in heavy or intensive conditioner; when one’s curls and coils have profound revelations
Defy Gravity (ˈgra-və-tē), verb used with object. to make your own hair rules; when coils and curls resist and stand up; when natural hair texture exists and persists in the tension
Dense (ˈden(t)s), adjective. hair that is fortified in abundance; deep in the grooves of curls and coils.
F rizz (ˈfriz), noun. the aura of radiance that surrounds curls and coils; hair reverberation of a divine frequency; a ripple of coils and curls that begins at the crown and echoes into the wind
H air Story (ˈher ˈstȯr-ē), noun. a pattern autobiography; a texture adventure; a coil memoir; a curl narrative; a strand song; an epic for edges; a follicle legend
Healthy and hydrated (ˈhel-thē ən(d) ˈhī-ˌdrāt), adjective. where curls and coils are refreshed and thirst no more
Heavy conditioner (ˈhe-vē kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nər), noun. a creamy, luscious, invigorating boost that makes coils sing in celebration
Hydration Shampoo (ˈhī-ˌdrā-shən sham-ˈpü), noun. where curls and coils dance in a cleansing, liquid sunshine
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I ntensive Conditioner (in-ˈten(t)-siv kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nər), noun. where coils indulge in thorough and concentrated quality time
J uicy and joyful (ˈjü-sē ən(d) ˈjȯi-fəl), adjective. when curls are poppin’; when coils rejoice; succulent bliss in every PATTERN.
K inky (ˈkiŋ-kē), adjective. an elaborate mosaic of coils and curls; a spark of curl electricity
Kitchen (ˈki-chən), noun. the place at the nape of the neck where curls and coils gather to lean their elbows on the countertop and party
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L eave-in conditioner (ˈlēv-ˈin kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nər), noun. moisture lotion that lingers to make itself at home with your freshly washed curls and coils; a refreshing and restorative hair pick-me-up; treat your curls, treat yourself.
M edium conditioner (ˈmē-dē-əm kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nər), noun. a soft, smooth, strengthening boost that makes curls dance to their own unique rhythm
N atural texture (ˈna-chə-rəl ˈteks-chər), noun. the authentic, individual, bend, curve, and angle of your hair’s shape, feel and pattern
P orosity (pə-ˈrä-sə-tē), noun. your curl pattern’s native language; how your curls want to love and be loved
R ock your pattern (ˈräk yər ˈpa-tərn), verb. the world is your hair’s runway; you are royalty and you always wear our crown; let your curls and coils shine their own sparkle
S erum (ˈsir-əm), noun. a sacred space for your scalp; a mantra of meditation for your hair
Slippage (ˈsli-pij), noun. when your hair talks slick and walks smooth
T ight texture (ˈtīt ˈteks-chər), noun. your curl birthright; your coil legacy; a wealth of history written in every strand