Poll on Shrinkage

I have read several posts and watched videos about shrinkage. The conclusion is that the majority of people do not like shrinkage and can't wait until their hair grows longer or, they will stretch their hair.

Though a poll might be stating the obvious, I would still like to know so that I can help ladies who will encounter shrinkage when first becoming natural.


1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair?

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage?

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor?

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage?

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options?

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.?

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage?

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage?

*This poll is also on the 4a forum
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Shampoo/Clarifier:various
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*experimenting and loving it!


when I first went natural, I knew about shrinkage but I wasnt aware that it would be so much,LOL.
I think I still would have gone natural, I would have just known to not except my hair to be 5in long but only look 1in in length.
I would like my hair a lot more if it didnt have so much shrinkage. I know of styles that work with it, but my hair shrinks then too.
Yes shrinkage does affect what styles I can aciheve.
I blow dry it out soldemly, but when I do it just shrinks anyway. I really dont see any benefits for hair that shrinks
Hair: 4b/c
BC: sept '09
Last relaxer: Apr '09
Shampoo: 365 whole food brand
Co-wash: Suave coconut
DC: phytojoba or alter ego (I add a little EVOO and honey to both)
Twist outs: Miss jessies curly pudding
Experimenting with: unrefined cocnut oil, infusium23 leave in, KCCC, and anything I can get my hands on
(I plan on shortening this list as I find out what my hair likes!!!!)
1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? YES
2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage? YES
3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor? YES
4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? YES
5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options? Somewhat
6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? NO
7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage? Somewhat
8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage? NO... The poofing makes my head too big for my little body!

I would love to find products (w/o 'cones or mineral oil) that would reduce the shrinkage, but that still define my curls.

The quest continues....

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1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? YES I was in high school when I permed my hair, so I knew alot about my own hair. I remember being in the mirror after every wash, looking at my hair when I was younger too.

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage? Well I knew about shrinkage before, so yes, I went natural knowing about it.

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor? I love my hair regardless of the shrinkage. It depends on the style I want. If I blow my hair out today and it rains also, I will be a bit upset at my hair. However, I don't dislike it.

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? Many of my styles fit my shrinkage. I style my hair usually when it's wet anyways, so I know it will shrink up as my style dries. So I guess you can say, that I work with it .

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options? Not really.

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? For the most part I don't. It depends on what style I am doing. However, I usually style it while it is wet so that it can dry/shrink into the style.

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage? Well if its not well detangled it can be.

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage? Yes, It gives me more styling options.

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1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? I was aware, however, not ready for the amount of shrinkage.

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage?
Yes.
3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor? Yes.

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? Yes!

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options? Yes.

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? I blow dry sometimes twice a month (trying to find an alternative that I like). What is stretching?

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage?
Yes
8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage?Yes, I do love the texture of my hair in its natural state. I have to be careful sometimes because I can't keep my hands out of it!
1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? yes

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage? Definately yes

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor? hate to admit it but yes

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? yes

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options? sometimes

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? I don't really stress it so much anymore but occassionally do twist outs for length

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage? yes because it's also really thick.

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage? Good question I have to really sit and think about that one and find some gratitude for my shrinkage
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Answers are from when I had loose natural hair and my now loc'ed natural hair.

1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair?

Yes. I had to wait until 13 to get a relaxer, and before that I had APL natural hair that shrunk just about to ear length (I didn't know jack about hair moisture and used drying products back then). I have APL hair now, but of course that isn't reflected with the locs that are shorter due to the style.

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage?

I knew about it but had to go back to natural to save my hair from relaxer overlap damage and my scalp from feeling tight, swollen, super itchy, inflamed and sensitive. So skrinkage was never a worry.

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor?

I have fully accepted skrinkage. I loved how my hair looked with certain styles when it skrunk such as afro puffs and twist outs. I liked the versatility. Now that I'm loc'ed, I love my hair and know it being loc'ed will never show the true length.

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage?

I know those styles, and so, yes, I accept the skrinkage.

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options?

No.

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.?

When I had loose natural hair I did banding to stretch the curls. With my locs, I don't give one care about my true length being reflected.

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage?

When I had loose hair--if I allowed it to dry without product in it such as a leave in + oil and if I wore loose styles too often it would pitch a fuss.

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage?

As mentioned before, I liked the skrinkage factor with lose styles like Afro Puffs and Twist Outs and with my locs I don't even care about skrinkage. I just want my locs to look properly maintained and loved.
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Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 01-28-2010 at 02:30 AM.
1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? i had heard about it, but it was one of those things that I didnt believe could happen to me

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage? yes, because hair grows

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor?hmm...so if my curls stayed as long as they are when wet? maybe?

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? ...i think i know them

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options?nope! its my short hair that limits my styling options, shrinkage just doesnt help

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? all of the above!

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage? no

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage? my head is warmer? if im having a lot of shrinkage, it probably means I spent less time doing my hair so maybe the benefit is that I was spending my time being productive not in front of the mirror?
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last relaxer: November 2008
big chop: November 2009
4a, fine, dense, teeny weeny coils with low porosity


1. When you decided to go natural, did you know about shrinkage in natural hair? Yes.

2. Would you have gone natural if you knew about shrinkage? I did know so yes.

3. Would you like your hair more if shrinkage was not a factor? I normally prefer my hair to be on my shoulders, with shrinkage it is not, it took me some time but it is my hair & I love it as it is.

4. Would you like your hair more if you knew styles that would fit shrinkage? I do know styles, but don't want to bother.

5. Does shrinkage limit your styling options? Sometimes.

6. Do you use various methods to minimize shrinkage such as stretching, blow drying banding, etc.? I do bantu knots sometimes to stretch my hair before doing my twists.

7. Is your hair less manageable with shrinkage? No.

8. Is there at least one benefit to your hair shrinkage? Versatility, I can go from a shrunken fro to stretched out twists to blowdried.

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Last edited by chicagodiva; 02-10-2010 at 07:14 PM. Reason: spelling

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