If you’re a naturally curly girl (especially, kinky curly), then you are quite familiar with this word. Regardless of your hair texture and type, you’re not a foreigner to natural hair shrinkage.
I’m always in awe of how versatile natural hair is. We can style our hair in so many ways and sometimes shrinkage is good. Other times, not so much.
I have tried natural hairstyles like bantu knot outs to no avail. They just never look right to me. I think it has to do with the amount of shrinkage my hair gets. My hair is just not long enough to create a bantu knot out that I’m satisfied with. I think if I did the bantu knots on straightened hair, it might come out nicer but since I’m not inclined to straighten my hair I simply stay away from this style….for now.
Shrinkage also brings with it, the propensity for our hair to tangle and snarl. That’s why it’s so important to keep natural hair moisturized and as tangle free as possible. I recently trimmed off an inch of hair from my nape because of the increased snarling. Part of that was the fineness of the hair back there but the other part is….shrinkage.
While I don’t have really strong feelings against shrinkage, it’s still an annoyance from time to time. That’s the ONE thing I miss about having a relaxer. I do miss being able to display my true length but that’s not the main reason.
Shrinkage is a part of having natural hair. You can embrace it or not. I may not have strong feelings about shrinkage but I know that some do.
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