As naturals, we have our own language, don’t we? It isn’t that we do not want to invite others to the party, but rather if you cannot speak the language either learn or move on.
We have are so busy discussing and learning that we often times forget some may be missing the meaning of our discussions. I see the questions from newbies in hair groups…“What’s is a cone?”, “What does LOC stand for?” You see those question slightly less than often than the “What is my hair type?” and although they can be annoying, they are necessary for the newbies to grasp what we are discussing.
When I go spouting off my natural terms in mixed company I may get some rather strange looks and even some gasps. BC for one is most known as Before Christ, so if I’m just talking and rattle off, ” I think it is time for me to do another BC since my ends are raggedy”, someone might just look at me like I am insane. OK, an exaggeration on my part but you obviously get the point and the idea on just how different natural hair terms or meanings have compared to others.
Not only is this hard for non-naturals to decipher but there are newbies who are struggling with our language and it seems our terms and abbreviations are getting bigger and gaining ground. We keep adding new ones to the list so if you do not want to be totally lost it might be time to see what they mean and how they differ from the ‘real world’.
BC – just explained how this can mean Before Christ but it also can stand for B.C. Comics and BC Powder, a brand of pain reliever. None of those even come close to what BC to a natural means.
It means the Big Chop or chopping off all of your relaxed hair so you can be completely natural. Big Chops are not just reserved for newly naturals and often veteran naturals will do a 2nd or even 3rd big chop and not even just to remove damaged hair.
Originally posted 2014-12-14 15:00:07.