Tightly Curly Method (help please)

My daughter is 11 years old with, I believe, type 3c/4a hair. When wet and/or straightened her hair is approx. to the middle of her back. I tried the tightly curly method on her hair yesterday, followed it completely and separated EVERY curl. While it was time consuming, her hair was beautiful and the curls remained frizz free, etc. which was wonderful!

I thought, however, that part of the point of the tightly curly method was to be able to wear your hang long, with minimal shrinkage and the method would actually lengthen the curl and reduce shrinkage. Her hair shrunk up to her shoulders. Could it be the type of combing conditioner I used?

I forgot to take pics right after we were finished (I think we were both worn out LOL) I did take a few last night and this morning which I will try to post in a bit.

Anyone have any idea why her hair had so much shrinkage? Thanks for any helps/tips.

Last edited by EmsMom; 01-31-2011 at 10:05 AM.
I have tried the tightly curly method as well, and my daughter hair had shrinkage as well. I just assumed that her hair's curls (3c/4a) would shrink due to her type of hair texture. Im in the same boat as you, hopefully someone will post and give better advice.
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Hi, I'm new here and I never heard of this method. Can someone please explain it to me?
My daughter is 11 years old with, I believe, type 3c/4a hair. When wet and/or straightened her hair is approx. to the middle of her back. I tried the tightly curly method on her hair yesterday, followed it completely and separated EVERY curl. While it was time consuming, her hair was beautiful and the curls remained frizz free, etc. which was wonderful!

I thought, however, that part of the point of the tightly curly method was to be able to wear your hang long, with minimal shrinkage and the method would actually lengthen the curl and reduce shrinkage. Her hair shrunk up to her shoulders. Could it be the type of combing conditioner I used?

I forgot to take pics right after we were finished (I think we were both worn out LOL) I did take a few last night and this morning which I will try to post in a bit.

Anyone have any idea why her hair had so much shrinkage? Thanks for any helps/tips.
Originally Posted by EmsMom
Shrinkage is just part of the territory with very curly hair. If your daughter is 3c/4a she will likely experience shrinkage of 50% or more. THIS IS 100% NORMAL.

The "point" of the tightly curly method is not about lengthening the hair, but to provide a healthy styling method for curly hair.

I do the tightly curly method (never called it that but I've been doing it for at least 20 years) minus the step of smoothing of each individual curl. I just don't have that kinda time. I just co-wash, comb though some leave-in condish and oil, and air dry.

Hi, I'm new here and I never heard of this method. Can someone please explain it to me?
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My daughter is 11 years old with, I believe, type 3c/4a hair. When wet and/or straightened her hair is approx. to the middle of her back. I tried the tightly curly method on her hair yesterday, followed it completely and separated EVERY curl. While it was time consuming, her hair was beautiful and the curls remained frizz free, etc. which was wonderful!

I thought, however, that part of the point of the tightly curly method was to be able to wear your hang long, with minimal shrinkage and the method would actually lengthen the curl and reduce shrinkage. Her hair shrunk up to her shoulders. Could it be the type of combing conditioner I used?

I forgot to take pics right after we were finished (I think we were both worn out LOL) I did take a few last night and this morning which I will try to post in a bit.

Anyone have any idea why her hair had so much shrinkage? Thanks for any helps/tips.
Originally Posted by EmsMom

Maybe play around with the amount of cond. you leave in or which one you use. I have never seperated each curl either i just run my fingers through. Both my girls have shrinkage though no matter what I use, but I have found that they have less shrinkage with this method.

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