Shrinkage is a fact of life with any curly hair. The tighter the curl, the more shrinkage. Beautiful hair is beautiful hair, regardless of the length. Work on getting your curls well defined and shiny. The rest will come with time.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix