Hair Shrinkage! I can't stand it

First off, lets talk about Black Hair! 
Black hair, African American textured hair, etc., are terms used to refer to the typical texture of our hair that has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals (by perming, relaxing, or straightening). Each strand of our black hair type grows in a tiny spring-like, corkscrew shape. The overall effect is such that, despite relatively fewer actual hair shafts compared to straight hair, our texture appears (and feels) denser than straight hair counterparts. Due to this, it is often referred to as 'thick', 'bushy', 'coarse' or 'wooly'. Which hardly ever truely decribe the actually type. For several reasons our hair type can convey a dry appearance. Our hairs unique shape renders and is very prone to breakage when combed or brushed. Adjectives such as "kinky", "nappy", or "spiralled" are often used to describe natural afro-textured hair in Western societies, but this will not work in my society. So you better not say I have nappy hair! GOT IT?! GOOD

My hair strands together in one curl
 The Hair Industry:
The hair industry is currently length obsessed as evident in the success of the hair extensions market today but shrinkage doesn’t have to be a bad thing. There are plenty of stylish ways that curly hair can be worn in its natural state without resorting to heat or chemicals to straighten it out. Heat every once in a while is certainly not a bad thing but applying heat on the hair too often and especially when the hair has not been freshly washed and deep conditioned can be detrimental to the health of the hair. Trust me, I've seen this happen, not on my own natural hair, but to a few people I know with natural hair, and to my own hair when I had a perm.
Another positive aspect about shrinkage is that it allows for versatility that straight hair does not have. You can go from long flowing locks on one day to a short bob style the next without chopping your hair off! There are a variety of techniques that some people use to stop or reduce the shrinkage of the hair, but I will not recommend it.

I know that shrinkage can be a pain. Trust me, I know, but let your hair be, and continue to shock people when you straight your gorgeous curl out :-)

A few notes from Black Hair information
Shrinkage in our very curly or curly/coily black hair can be a friend or a foe. Depending on the size and degree of curl, shrinkage can be 50% or even up to 75% of its true length. Hair that falls to the mid back when straightened could shrink up to just below the ears when it dries naturally after a wash! It’s no wonder that some black women turn to relaxers and texturizers to ‘loosen’ or straighten out the curls and kinks. Some do this to show the true length of their hair, and for the straight look. Some just do it because that's all they know, but the only problem is that chemicals are notorious in their ability to weaken the hair during the straightening process which makes breakage imminent, and in the end, You will never see growth. My natural hair has a serious shrink and its a TWA, but I do lots of flat twist and two-strand twist to show length. I am just fine with it! I love my hair.


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