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18 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You Have Natural Hair

The curls have a language all their own.

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3. "Perm"

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Common meaning: A chemical treatment to make your hair super curly.

Curly meaning: A chemical treatment to do the exact opposite. Sometimes called a relaxer, this actually loosens curls or completely straightens.

6. "Shrinkage"

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Common meaning: An unfortunate thing that happens when a man is chilly.

Curly meaning: An unfortunate thing that prevents you from ever truly knowing how long your hair is.

8. "Pick"

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Common meaning: To choose something.

Curly meaning: The wide-toothed comb you use to attempt combing your curls. Then your curls laugh at you for trying, and you decide it's better used as an accessory.

10. "Poof"

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Common meaning: Something a fairy godmother might say.

Curly meaning: What most would call a ponytail becomes a poof when you have big hair.

14. "Steamer"

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Common meaning: A tool for cooking yummy veggies. Or, for you nautical types, a type of boat.

Curly meaning: A tool that makes hair really happy. And if you can eat steamed veggies while you're steaming that's a win-win.

18. "Afro"

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Common meaning: A style popular during the disco era.

Curly meaning: MY HAIR.

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