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.
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.