Ever heard the term used within the natural hair community saying shrinkage is real? Well, it is. For every natural, their hair will experience shrinkage in some way shape or form. It can be after washing and styling their hair. Shrinkage is when the hair appears shorter than it actually is. Your hair could be at bra length but after washing and styling, it reaches shoulder length. Depending on the hairstyle as well the hair can shrink up to 50% of its true length. You should not be alarmed by the shrinkage that your hair receives because it is a sign of health.
How Does Shrinkage Happen?
Remember that shrinkage occurs naturally. Due to the curly nature of our hair, sebum isn’t able to travel down to the tips of our hair. The oil gets stuck at the crevices or corners of the curls. Hence, the majority of our natural hair doesn’t get the moisture, protein, and sheen that it needs from our natural sebum. Therefore, we have to apply products to our hair, specifically water-based, to add moisture, protein, and lustre. When water is applied to our hair, the hair cuticles are lifted, and the water is absorbed. Once the water is absorbed, the hair curls or shrinks into its natural curl pattern. Also called shrinkage. As you can see that shrinkage is not bad, it indicates that our hair is healthy because it is able to absorb moisture and hold it. Therefore, if your hair does not shrink after a water-based product is applied then your hair is not in a healthy state!
Solutions To Combat Shrinkage:
The Solution to keep your curls elongated for a long time is through the use of products, styles or embrace it.
Remember shrinkage is natural for black hair. How do you combat it or do you embrace shrinkage?