The curls have a language all their own.
1. “Wash Day”
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Common meaning: A day for doing laundry. Curly meaning: The day you wash your hair, which you plan your whole week around.
Common meaning: The stinky stuff. Curly meaning: A shortened version of “pre-poo,” which is a concoction created to strengthen and prepare hair for washing.
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.
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Common meaning: Those freaky-deaky things you ONLY do for someone special.Curly meaning: A super tight curl pattern.
Common meaning: All-together now, let’s take a shower!Curly meaning: Washing your hair with two conditioners instead of a shampoo and conditioner.
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.
7. “Arm strength”
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Common meaning: Something you get when you DO curls.Curly meaning: Something you get because you HAVE curls.
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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.
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Common meaning: Therapy for your mind and/or body.Curly meaning: Therapy for your hair which indirectly soothes your mind and your body.
Common meaning: Something a fairy godmother might say.Curly meaning: What most would call a ponytail becomes a poof when you have big hair.
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Common meaning: Something you can surf on.Curly meaning: Something that your hair does. Sometimes. When it feels like it.
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Common meaning: What you do before and after a workout.Curly meaning: The use of braids, twists, rods, etc. to combat shrinkage (see #6).
13. “Olive Oil”
Common meaning: A necessary and wonderful cooking oil.Curly meaning: A necessary and wonderful hair product for sealing in moisture.
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.
Common meaning: A smelly good thing that’s a perfect housewarming gift. Curly meaning: The one thing that turns a blow dryer from an evil frizz monster to helpful hair tool.
Common meaning: Rod Stewart. (What, there’s another use for this word?)Curly meaning: Used to set and stretch curly hair and give it some semblance of a uniform look.
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Common meaning: A secure form of tying. Curly meaning: Same, except in your hair. And painful. And annoying. And constant.
Common meaning: A style popular during the disco era. Curly meaning: MY HAIR.