I don't use the curly girl method so why is my hair becoming MORE curly?

I've realized that my hair is too short to style it the way I like it at this length so I've refrained from using products meant to enhance curls because the curls are TOO tight and makes it harder to style. But I've noticed that my hair seems to be MORE CURLY than it was before I stopped using curl enhancing products. Does the hair become more curly with length? Is there anything I can do to get my hair less curly (at least for now) until it grows out and looks prettier curly instead of so much shrinkage. I've attached a pic with NO PRODUCT. As you can see, the hair is really shrunken. The piece I pulled shows how curly the strands are as well as a comparison in shrinkage. I like wearing buns with a twist or braid across the front. When it's super curly, I have a harder time creating those styles. 

2 Answers

I'm not 100% on the way it works, but I think hair might actually appear shorter when it gets longer due to shrinkage. I'm currently transitioning and I know my hair is growing because whenever I cut it, it looks shorter but will stretch back to the same length in about a month. If I were to just look at the curls though, it looks about the same length all the time. I just started assuming that the more it grows, the more chance it has to just shrink up on itself. To increase length braid outs, twists out, etc. on your hair while it's slightly moist and then let them loose when it's completely dry. If you want a more natural looking curl pattern, you could try putting your hair into a bun while it's wet. That may keep it in a stretched state once it dries.
I'm not 100% on the way it works, but I think hair might actually appear shorter when it gets longer due to shrinkage. I'm currently transitioning and I know my hair is growing because whenever I cut it, it looks shorter but will stretch back to the same length in about a month. If I were to just look at the curls though, it looks about the same length all the time. I just started assuming that the more it grows, the more chance it has to just shrink up on itself. To increase length braid outs, twists out, etc. on your hair while it's slightly moist and then let them loose when it's completely dry. If you want a more natural looking curl pattern, you could try putting your hair into a bun while it's wet. That may keep it in a stretched state once it dries.