Shrinkage

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How do you guys deal with shrinkage? When I say shrinkage, I mean the type of shrinkage where shoulder length straightened hair, looks ear length curly(what I'm going through right now). Lately I have been getting out of the habit of neglecting my hair, but I am finding this to be quite a challenge. It's just easy to just put on a wig and just forget about my hair underneath. On the contrary I do want to wear my hair out more often, and I want to get to a point where hopefully , I don't have to resort to wigs or weaves for length. I hate both, just as much as I hate ps. >_< Even so I feel traped, like I have to, because my hair in its natural shrunken state simple doesn't suit my face shape. Don't get me wrong, I love my 4a coils, whenever I do twistouts and braidouts they look great, but I never actually wear them outside, because it just doesn't look right on me at my current length. Between now, and whenever I reach sl curly(my ultimate goal), I don't know what to do with my hair. I was thinking about putting it in a bun, but it's a bit hard to do unless it is stretched to the max, and dry(moisture-wise). Any tips?
I personally think a picture would help tons to give suggestions. If only to tell you your hair natural looks great. could you post one?

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I accept it and take delight in what makes my head of hair unique. My hair is about 5 to 6 inches when stretched but only 1 1/2 inches when not stretched.

Learn how to work with the natural state of you hair instead of against it. I find all curly types pretty but wouldn't want to change my own no matter how much it shrinks. I don't even like to do twist outs because I love the natural state of my hair so much.

Find some pretty accessories that not only compliment your hair but also highlight your face. Flat twists are nice to spice up a hair do.

Flat twists across the front, flat twist along the sides... bantu knots...head scarves...faux hawk...
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Last edited by Nebh; 04-01-2014 at 11:39 AM. Reason: edited to add hair length
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I understand your dilemma, my hair is APL when straightened, but is collarbone length when curly and in a twist-out or wash n' go (if I were to wear it without any product it would be about shoulder length). The length it shrinks to is extremely awkward for me. It's not long, but it's not short.

Have you ever tried banding? It will stretch your hair out quite a bit, farther than twist-outs or braid-outs. I have two different methods of banding. One way is by putting my hair in 6 sections, applying shea butter to each section, and putting each section in a ponytail with a soft elastic, then placing more elastics on each section (about 1 inch away from one another) until I'm all the way at the end. That way stretches my hair out quite a bit, even though I'm not a big fan of it because it makes all of the volume in my hair completely go away.

The second way is pretty much just a way for me to stretch my hair but in a very wash n' go like manner. Instead of shea butter, I use Proclaim curl activator gel on all 6 sections and I put the elastics on more loosely and spread them farther apart from one another. I leave more hair loose at the bottom so that I can twist the ends. It gives me the exact look of a wash n' go but gives more stretch and control to the style.

The best (and main) way I deal with shrinkage is putting my hair up. When your hair is up you don't see or think about the length, nor do you have to deal with or worry about the shrinkage. I don't know if you like the look of crown braids or twists but if so that would also be a good option. Since right now you can't put your hair in a bun, doing a crown twist would be an alternative option so that you don't have to worry about shrinkage.

This woman's hair when curly looks about ear length in the front, neck length in the back: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-73h1tpXal8...u+knot+out.JPG

She did a bantu knot out on it, you may have success with that.
Curl Pattern: Chunks of 3B, 4A, and 4B mixed all up in this odd head of hair of mine.

Normal porosity, high density, medium width strands.

Current length: Between armpit length and bra strap length
Short-term goal: Bra strap length
Long-term goal: Mid-back length
Ultimate Goal: Waist length

Last edited by CloudNine; 04-02-2014 at 01:13 AM.
Sorry, I just saw this(I though I would get emails when I got new replies, but I guess not). I can't post a picture right now, because it's in braids. ^^; I'll post a picture this weekend.
Find some pretty accessories that not only compliment your hair but also highlight your face. Flat twists are nice to spice up a hair do.

Flat twists across the front, flat twist along the sides... bantu knots...head scarves...faux hawk...
Originally Posted by Nebh
Thanks for your reply, I appreciate it. Yeah, that's also another thing I'm trying to do, improve my hair accessory collection. I haven't worn hair accessories since I was 9(it's been nearly 7 years!) so I only have those children beads and barrets lol.
As for flat twists, I've heard of them, and hopefully I can successfully learn how to do it, because it looks easier than cornrows. I've never heard if bantu knots though. ^^ I found some pictures online, and I'm happy you mentioned it because I think a bantu knotout may actually look nice on me.
I have tried banding before, but I don't know if I did it right. I guess I made the bands too tight, because the take down was a nightmare. I'll give it another try though. And thanks for the sample picture
Find some pretty accessories that not only compliment your hair but also highlight your face. Flat twists are nice to spice up a hair do.

Flat twists across the front, flat twist along the sides... bantu knots...head scarves...faux hawk...
Originally Posted by Nebh
Thanks for your reply, I appreciate it. Yeah, that's also another thing I'm trying to do, improve my hair accessory collection. I haven't worn hair accessories since I was 9(it's been nearly 7 years!) so I only have those children beads and barrets lol.
As for flat twists, I've heard of them, and hopefully I can successfully learn how to do it, because it looks easier than cornrows. I've never heard if bantu knots though. ^^ I found some pictures online, and I'm happy you mentioned it because I think a bantu knotout may actually look nice on me.
Originally Posted by Blissy101
You are welcome and hope the bantu knots work for you. I do sympathize with your concerns regarding shrinkage.

I used to have locs that reached my tailbone. A big change from my current style where second day hair is less than an inch, plus I have a big head lol.

I found this video on another hair site. It shows how to use a blow dryer to elongate the hair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4J2...layer_embedded
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Hm shrinkage is a part of the curly lifestyle. If you don't like banding you could try twisting your old wash and go and pinning it...let it set overnight. It my be a little distorted at first, but your curls should bounce back after a few minutes.

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