Battling Shrinkage

Battling Shrinkage

SHRINKAGE:  The act of
shrinkage.  The act or process of
becoming smaller in amount, size or value.

Hair shrinkage is a battle for many Naturals.  The tighter the curl or coil the more
shrinkage you will have.  I’ve seen some
say they have as little as 40% shrinkage to others who swear they have
90%!  It truly depends on each Natural’s
curl pattern.

 It’s really up to each Natural on whether or not this is
actually a problem.  Since I’m an avid
WnG Natural, I embrace my shrinkage and have no problems with it.  There are tricks to combat it but I’m pretty
low maintenance and don’t want to be bothered with them.  If I really wanna see my length i can get my
hair flat ironed or merely pull a curl and see where it would be if
straightened out.

It would be arrogant of me to assume all who read this blog
feel the same way I feel about shrinkage. 
We may all be Natural but our pasts that led us here are as unique as
the falling snowflakes outside my window.  
With that I will discuss different ways to lessen the shrinkage and
retain as much length as possible for a Natural.

Banding:  Putting hair
in one low ponytail or several ponytails with ponytail holders to stretch the
hair out.

Twists:  Twisting or
braiding the hair when wet.

Stretching with Blow drying

Hair treatments: 
Dairy based yogurt treatments.

I’ll discuss each method in greater detail in later
posts.  I will try the banding method but
I figure that’s the only one I’ll do. 
I’ll probably try it on the weekends because I can’t image doing that in
the morning before work and I don’t like going to bed with wet hair.   Hey, we all have our quirks.  Wherever you stand on the hair shrinkage
issue/problem is fine and realize what makes you happy is really all that

Take care Naturals,



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