Combating Natural Hair Shrinkage

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Shrinkage can be seen as one of the most frustrating natural hair issues on the planet. One might call it the natural hair devil because it conceals our true length making things a little tricky with styling. At about this point we could get into a lecture session wagging our fingers at you telling you that shrinkage is just a part of life as a natural haired woman and so you have to learn to embrace it.

We could also say that even though every day your hair might seem to be at a different length due to shrinkage, it is a part of who you are naturally and you should love your hair in its complete natural state.

But we wont, instead we will acknowledge the issue and give you hope because there are ways to combat shrinkage so that you can enjoy more styling options. If you are at war with your shrinkage, you might find yourself searching for new ways or products to assist with combating it. Well girls search no more, today is your lucky day because we just happen to have a few tips, and all you have to do is keep reading.

Before we get into the tips though, there are some valid reasons a person might choose to avoid full shrinkage even though it adds to that gorgeous density we know and love. The first reason is extreme tangling leading to breakage.

Even though shrinkage is what we might refer to as our hair strands natural tendency, its very structure and nature alone can be detrimental if not manipulated in some way.

Naturally curly hair tends to curl on itself often creating tangles faster than you can read this sentence, tangles can get so severe that you might just find yourself ripping through them. We never encourage any kind of ripping around these parts but we realize is can happen sometimes even by mistake, breaking the hair leading to setbacks.


Another reason is simple aesthetics, sometimes a girl just wants some length. We get to see our length when we wash and detangle our hair but then it dries and poof! Just like that, it’s gone. Length and hair growth are big rewards for our hard work in caring for our hair so it can be frustrating when we are seeing the same length for months due to shrinkage. Now that we have the justification out of the way lets move on to the tips.

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About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

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Kelly Hall

Why combat it? Embrace it, it’s a beautiful thing!

Gwendolyn Stargell

I have shrinkage really bad.

Yoasp

Bantu Knots gives my 4c hair style and helps keep my hair stretched.

Mel
Mel

I have 4A hair and twists/braids stretch mine pretty nicely. I have curlformers too but they make my hair straight like I flat ironed it! >:(

Lesley O.
Lesley O.

Twist outs are my best friend for stretching my hair and keeping a pretty style. On my most recent I added a little ‘jam’ styling gel to each twist along with my water, oil and leave in conditioner. Gave me much better and longer lasting definition. Curlformers are a nice change when I want a straighter looking style.

Raeya Jordan

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