There's nothing more irritating than seeing your length shrink up and disappear. Most curly girls express frustration with shrinkage. However, it's not something you have to take lying down! Here's how to minimize shrinkage in natural curls. Check out these great tips and then let us know what works for you.
How To Minimize Shrinkage In Natural Curls
First things first. Shrinkage occurs when naturally kinky, coily curls go from wet to dry. Most curly types 3 and 4 experience some type of shrinkage. Type 2s can occasionally experience it as well. This happens because when curls are saturated, the water weighs them down, giving the appearance of length. As the water evaporates, the curls shrink up.
Not only are bantu knots great for protective styling, it also can help curly hair retain the look of length. These knots will stretch out curls without causing breakage, and you don't need to use heat to achieve this look. To get bantu knots, section curls into even squares based upon the density of your hair. The smaller section the tighter knots you'll have. Work out any knots or snarls, and then begin twisting. Don't pull too hard to avoid putting pressure on the scalp.
A roller set can also help maintain the shape of your curls while encouraging length. Apply the rollers to wet curls and allow to air dry for damage free styling. Prior to rolling curls, all knots should be removed to avoid any breakage.
A bun can also be a fantastic protective style, while also serving to help keep curls stretched out. While curls are wet, apply styling product and detangle. Pull curls up to the crown of your head, and wrap the hair into a bun. Avoid pulling the curls too tight, or you'll risk creating a crease. Pin your bun into place using bobby pins, and allow your hair to air dry for several hours.