my hair shrinks as it dries, I've tried defusing and twists, what can I do?

Even in twist outs and defusing I cant get that long curl I have while I style. My hair has two textures 4A up top 3c on the bottom.

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You might want to try using some product and curl concoctions to stretch your hair. Two really good articles come to mind: Curl Elongating Cocktails and How to Stretch and Soften Natural Hair
I've seen some kind of creme from the brand Aunt Jackie's at Curlmart, called: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel.