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Now I Know My ABC’s…

By:  Laquita Thomas-Banks On:  May 19, 2011 0 Comments

Do you know your ABC’s? The ABC’s of “Hair Speak” that is. Within the natural hair realm, along with the trials of learning what our hair likes and doesn’t like, there are tons of natural hair tools, ingredients and techniques.

Naturals even have their own lingo – HIF aka hand-in-fro, meaning someone who has the inability of keeping their hands out of their hair. And, Shrinkage or Jumping, referring to natural hair’s magical ability to appear two inches long, but when stretched it’s actually a foot. There are many more terms.

To some it can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, there are numerous places on the Web, where information is available at our fingertips. One of these places is YouTube. I love YouTube. Amongst the clips of piano playing cats or talking dogs and the latest dance moves, by simply doing a search on natural hair you are exposed to a wealth of information.

There are hundreds of naturals and transitioners with channels that touch on all types of subjects under the natural hair realm. They break down washing, styling and conditioning techniques and share their ‘Big Chop’ videos. One such channel is that of Kimberly Gray’s Journey to My Roots.

In her latest videos Part I and II of The ABC’s of Hair Speak, A Course in Hair Care University, she painstakingly lists ingredients, chemicals, tools, vitamins, natural hair lingo etc., as well as defines each item, explains where it comes from, what it does and its uses.

I say painstakingly because the terms are all listed alphabetically – some alphabets even having more than one term, and the videos are thoroughly detailed. She even gives a chemical breakdown of the Amino Acid Structure, a graph depicting the elements within, as well as a description of their importance to healthy hair.

Another one of my favorites – because I am a chemical nerd -  is her detailed explanation of alcohol. She gives the different forms, and states the pros and cons of each. Of course, this is all done to music and with graphics, all time lapsed with plenty of time to read the information provided. At the end of Part II, viewers are awarded with a virtual honorary bachelor’s in “Hair Speak”.

Earn your honorary bachelor’s in hair speak by viewing Part I and II of The ABCs of “Hair Speak”. For those who would like a printed, hard copy of the series, inbox Kimberly Gray (see her contact information below) to purchase bound copies for $35 for the entire series.

To watch, go to her YouTube Channel Journey To My Roots

More Information:

Journey to My Roots Blog

Kimberly Gray/Journey to My Roots on Facebook

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