When you hear the term ‘realistic expectations’ there is almost a tinge of negativity to it right? It might not be that bad but when the words ‘let me bring you to reality’ is thrown around with that one wagging finger it indicates somehow you were living in a bubble, that the real thing is not quite as nice.
Its kind of like when your man says to you, well don’t get your hopes up let me set your expectations, implying that the way things are may not be what you imagine them to be. But if you are a smart girl, you will welcome that sort of reality check, because truth be told you probably have some reality checks you can dish out to him too, but that’s a whole other post.
From the title of this post you may feel a bit slighted if you allow yourself to but you shouldnt, it is actually a great thing to know what to really expect from your hair so that you can set the right goals. I don’t know about you but ever since I discovered what my hair actually likes, and not what I wanted it to like, things have been a lot easier on wash day, my pockets have been a little heavier with all the cash I’m saving and I am less stressed about what the next chick is doing.
What then are the realistic expectations for high shrinkage 4b and 4c hair? Following I have compiled a list of the most common realizations that you may come to as your healthy hair journey progresses.
1. You may never have hair that shrinks to BSL – This is a common theme that we hear from women regularly. We don’t want to have to deal with stretching our hair all the time so how about we just grow our hair long enough so that when it’s shrinks, it will still be BSL?
But the truth is that if you have the teeny tiny curls that are typical of 4b and 4c hair, your hair will retain the ability to shrink up to your shoulders even when your are at waist length stretched, and as crazy as that sounds it is an absolute fact. This means a couple of things, for one you might have to have your hair grow to your knees before you see BSL shrinkage, something that genetics may not ultimately allow.
Your 4b 4c hair also swells a lot when it is wet and not only does it swell more as a unit but individual strands swell as well and so full shrinkage shouldn’t be something that you allow your hair to do regularly. Your focus should be always on healthy stretching techniques to keep your hair organised and mostly tangle free.
2. You may never be able to pull off a curly ‘do that lasts all week without restyling – Yes when you have hair that loves to shrink then your natural texture will fight against you and any style that involves a large deviation away from your natural curl size.
That means that without an industrial amount of holding gel, you will probably find yourself having to restyle your hair every other day to keep the same style all week.