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Show Us Your Shrinkage!

Avatar • Aug 23, 2011

Callie says;

I was recently discouraged about the length of my hair until I did a blowout and realized that my hair shrinks up about 60%!! I was shocked by this, and the pre and post shrinkage pictures were absolutely stunning! I thought it would be cool if your readers could share their shrinkage pictures. It would be interesting to see how shrinkage affects different heads of hair.

We think it’s a great idea! And to make things interesting, we’ll select one participant to receive 100g of henna, compliments of BGLH Marketplace. Alright ladies, show us your shrinkage!

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Kaybeautyful
Kaybeautyful
9 years ago

I don’t know the percentage, but I do have a lot of shrinkage.…..

Kaybeautyful
Kaybeautyful
9 years ago
Reply to  Kaybeautyful

Curly hair

Kaybeautyful
Kaybeautyful
9 years ago
Reply to  Kaybeautyful

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/K&M3.jpg[/img]

Kaybeautyful
Kaybeautyful
9 years ago
Reply to  Kaybeautyful

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2711.jpg[/img]

Shrinkage is a mofo lol.….…

E
E
9 years ago
Reply to  Kaybeautyful

Wow your hair looks amazing it’s like night and day gorgeous.

Claire
Claire
9 years ago

This is just for folks’ information: People, you do NOT need to do a blow-out in order to tell how long it really is.

WORK with it. Braid it, put it in twists, play in it.

As requested, here’s a goofy shot of me and my hair from a little while ago. The shrinkage I pointed out is pretty standard all over my head.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/basicshrinkageshot.jpg[/img]

Yirssi
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/myfro.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/P2260017 (2).JPG[/img]

These two pictures show my shrinkage the best. The first one is right before I walked out the door with my girls. The second one is when we were getting margaritas a few hours later. And my hair wasn’t even completely dry by then, so it shrank even more from there.

Miss. Leah
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1312311776-picsay.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1314068470-picsay.jpg[/img]

I have crazy shrinkage on the right side of my head lol

Grace
9 years ago

Love your site! Posting my pics as well tonight! #TeamNatural

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago

This is a very timely post for me. I just blew out my hair for the first time since my BC in FEB. There’s way more hair than I even knew up there.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_20110821_161609.jpg[/img]

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago

Awww man,it didn’t post my BEFORE (shrunken photo). Here it is:
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_20110821_142212‑1.jpg[/img]

E
E
9 years ago
Reply to  IcyPlunder

Wow that is some shrinkage, because I would never have figured it was that much until seeing the result looks good.

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago
Reply to  IcyPlunder

Thanks E. Isn’t that something?! Look at my poof (these were taken the same day.) I would so far as to call shrinkage Magical.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_20110821_170316.jpg[/img]

intelligentblackbeautiful
intelligentblackbeautiful
9 years ago

Well…I’m glad I have some pretty recent pics of my hair since I’ve got kinky twists in…but I’d say I have about 60–75% shrinkage
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shrinkage.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/blown-out.jpg[/img]

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago

how did you stretch it? is that blowdry?

duval
duval
9 years ago

Yes! I have been waiting for this post. 1 inch shrunken (how I normally wear it) just over 6 inches stretched. Top THAT! 🙂
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Picture1‑2.jpg[/img]

ElectricFeel
ElectricFeel
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

LOL! Game… over you win!

Adeyinka
Adeyinka
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

WHOA!

df
df
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

daaaang!!! shrinkage is no fun but i figure it’s my hair’s way of protecting itself so that makes it a bit better 🙂

Nappynfree
9 years ago
Reply to  df

Wow!

Apples
Apples
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

That is INSANE!

a
a
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

I love this type of shrinkage. Your hair is sooo cute shrunken.
Mine kinda just sags instead of shrinking up to my head like that. Plus it locs up, which is cool but not what I’m going for.

flabbergasted
flabbergasted
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

Game, Set, Match.
You win !
Your shrinkage is craaaaaazy !

duval
duval
9 years ago
Reply to  flabbergasted

Hilarious. I’m not quite 2 years natural, fast fwd 2yrs and I’ll rock a twa one day and a puff ponytail or bun the next! I have learned and embraced that my hair will default to twa bliss at possibly any length and I let it do what it do 95% of the time. I do get a pinch salty when I see ladies with 3 inches after 2 years but then I get finger cramps after a twisting session and get right on over it. I LOVE the fact that no two hair textures or skintones are the same. Gotta… Read more »

Queeen
Queeen
9 years ago
Reply to  duval

lol This pic brings me much joy! Thats serious shrinkage! I agree you win 🙂

Steph...In Motion
9 years ago

I haven’t blown my hair out in almost a year, but this is the difference between my wash-and-go and my braid out. 🙂

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shrink.jpg[/img]

Jaslene
Jaslene
9 years ago

I don’t get why we call our hair in its NATURAL state shrunken or that we have shrinkage. If you wash your hair let it dry NATURALLY then to me that is its natural length when you pull it or stretch it then that is not the natural length its stretched. Let’s eliminate this word shrinkage as if its a bad thing.

lexibugg
lexibugg
9 years ago
Reply to  Jaslene

i disagree, the reason is simple because my shrinkage varies depending on if the final rise is warm or ice cold water, if i allow it to dry from dripping wet or just damp after towel drying, these simple variations effect my shrinkage greatly!! cold water and drying from damp results in my shrinkage being reduced by 50–60%, therefore i consider it to be a characteristic of my hair, a reaction to what i do to it, not necessarily its natural state, its a reaction i would compare to the different reactions various product provoke. the same way someone with… Read more »

a
a
9 years ago
Reply to  Jaslene

Shrinkage is a neutral, descriptive term. Sometimes you want a shrunken look, sometimes you don’t. Personally, I “stretch” my hair by letting it dry in braids, as opposed to letting it dry loose, which creates a giant tangled mat in my hair. And, in the days after a wash, my hair just naturally gets stretched more and more. All I do is braid, twist, or bun it. There’s no pulling or heat training or banding (all of which I think are totally natural styling methods anyway). So how could you say that’s not my natural length? That doesn’t even make… Read more »

Jaslene
Jaslene
9 years ago
Reply to  a

No I’m just saying people seem to use the term negatively that’s all I’m trying to say. Nothing about weaves or wigs or fake hair and length.

Tatie
9 years ago

this summer i have avoiding blowing my hair out because of the pool, but when I did I was impressed. My shrinkage is crazy but I love it both ways. The pictures are 1 1/2 months apart.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo 257.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG-20110622–00361.jpg[/img]

E
E
9 years ago
Reply to  Tatie

Yep that’s alot of shrinkage, and I love the blowout with the flower added gorgeous.

Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago

I have tons of shrinkage too. I love this post because I know I am not alone.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/72726_1544952460619_1139220088_31490476_8323297_n.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/294705_2102682443520_1139220088_32195880_4521593_n.jpg[/img]

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

you are stinkin’ cute.

Chic
Chic
9 years ago
Reply to  IcyPlunder

I know. She’s like adorable!!!
Made me smile.lol

Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Thanks guys. I just blushed

Adwoa
Adwoa
9 years ago

I always get comments/questions at work about the length of my hair…one day it’s short, the next day it has some length…lol..it keeps them guessing!

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/123.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/456.jpg[/img]

tinuke
9 years ago
Reply to  Adwoa

I love to do the same at work too! I may do a few days in a wash and go hairstyle, then a couple of days in a french plait or a twist out. People are never sure what’s going on with all the different lengths!!

IcyPlunder
IcyPlunder
9 years ago
Reply to  Adwoa

One of my co-workers tried to play me the first time I blew my hair out. She thought my puff was a piece, “Looks like you took some super-gro vitamins over the weekend.” She was non-plussed when I told her it was my own hair– just blow dried. It was embarassing for both of us- mostly her though.

Monzi
Monzi
9 years ago
Reply to  Adwoa

LOL, you doing this at work.…I’m telling! LOLOL XD

E
E
9 years ago

FYI News:

New! Shea Moisture Curl Defining Gel Souffle
available August 28th in Target stores. It’s
made with Agave Nectar and Flax seed oil, sugar cane extract and pectin.

OMG!
OMG!
9 years ago
Reply to  E

Shut up! I am soooo there. I love everything Shea Moisture. I have been waiting for their gel to come out. Move over Eco Styler… I hope Shea Moisture doesn’t let me down (nervous).

Lauren
Lauren
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_4015.JPG[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_3627.JPG[/img]

I couldnt find a good pic of my shrinkage. You can probably see it in my make-up pic.

nellboogie
nellboogie
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo%20on%202011–03-23%20at%2013.04%20%232–1.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-05-28 at 20.07–1.jpg[/img]

nellboogie
nellboogie
9 years ago
Reply to  nellboogie

Ugggghhh!!! The pic of my afro won’t come up!!! 🙁

mysskay
mysskay
9 years ago
Reply to  nellboogie

I love your curly hair cut!

nellboogie
nellboogie
9 years ago
Reply to  mysskay

Thanks a bunch, I did it myself… 😀

nellboogie
nellboogie
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo%20on%202011–03-23%20at%2013.04%20%232–2.jpg[/img]

TraNaturally
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/my shrinkage‑3.jpg[/img]
And this is the more loosely curled section. The shrinkage in the back is insane.

JJ
JJ
9 years ago

Just when I’ve stretched out my hair lol. Lemme dig around for shrunken hair pics.

cassandra
cassandra
9 years ago

this was 6 days after I cut the relax end off. I have a lot of shrinkage!

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG00404-20100224–0112.jpg[/img]

Lola
Lola
9 years ago
Reply to  cassandra

That’s alot!

Jazz
Jazz
9 years ago
Reply to  cassandra

wow!

Ijeoma
Ijeoma
9 years ago

This is my hair freshly washed. The back is my fastest growing portion and also has the tightest curls on my head, so my shrinkage is the most dramatic here.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG02264-20110315–2107.jpg[/img]

jenna marie christian
9 years ago
Reply to  Ijeoma

so pretty 🙂

Ijeoma
Ijeoma
9 years ago

aww thanks!

just sayin
just sayin
9 years ago
Reply to  Ijeoma

Wow…You win.

Katia
Katia
9 years ago
Reply to  just sayin

deff does, that’s crazy(in a good way)

lexibugg
lexibugg
9 years ago
Reply to  Katia

i can totally relate.…

Jazz
Jazz
9 years ago
Reply to  Ijeoma

Damn, that’s major. I have a client like that. when we wash her hair it tightens up like that but when it’s time to braid it goes on forever.Your hair is awesome tho. LOVE IT!

jenna marie christian
9 years ago

i also get quite a bit of shrinkage…
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/d23.jpg[/img]

here is a pic of my hair blown out
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/jenst7mm.jpg[/img]

Liz
Liz
9 years ago

My shrinkage!
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shrinkage‑1.jpg[/img]

lovelee
lovelee
9 years ago

my shrinkage:)

lovelee
lovelee
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/phone pics2011 227–1.jpg[/img]

lovelee
lovelee
9 years ago
Reply to  lovelee

after
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/phone pics2011 294.jpg[/img]

Ms. Sassy
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMGP2253‑1.JPG[/img]

Joanne
Joanne
9 years ago

I get tons of shrinkage. I’m not sure how to rock my hair when it shrinks. I don’t really do blow-outs, but I just braid my hair when it’s wet and let it air-dry to gain a little length. This picture is of my shrinkage
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-02-22 at 09.43.jpg[/img]

Joanne
Joanne
9 years ago

this is when it’s stretched.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-01-19 at 18.28 #2.jpg[/img]

Joanne
Joanne
9 years ago

This is after a braid-out for a fashion show 🙂

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/fashion show.jpg[/img]

Rae
Rae
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/76.JPG[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/93.JPG[/img]

mia
mia
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-08-22 at 09.42.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-08-03 at 14.36 #2.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-08-22 at 09.36 #2.jpg[/img]

mia
mia
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Photo on 2011-08-03 at 14.36 #2–1.jpg[/img]

Tiffany
Tiffany
9 years ago

This is my shrinkage

Tiffany
Tiffany
9 years ago

Well that didnt work so well lol OK now this is a picture of my shrinkage
[file]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/9–1.bmp[/file]
And this is a picture of my hair pressed out
[file]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/14–1.bmp[/file]

EJ
EJ
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shrinkage-white out‑2.JPG[/img]
It was still not completely dry in this pic, had I let it dry completely it would have been even more pronounced…

Real RBN
Real RBN
9 years ago

Washed (2 pic) air dried in minutes shrinkage into a tangled mess(1 pic)
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMAG0121.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMAG0129.jpg[/img]

MzNappyTrini
9 years ago

yeah my shrinkage is pretty ridic and I LOVE IT! lol here is my hair after a kinky curly wash and go
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_3788.JPG[/img]

MzNappyTrini
9 years ago
Reply to  MzNappyTrini

and here is my hair after a blowout
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/wl.jpg[/img]

Rachel
Rachel
9 years ago

[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_3562.JPG[/img]

This is my shrinkage! I can’t wait until the front reaches to collarbone length. 🙂

Miss. Leah
9 years ago

I’m just curious … Who won the henna? Or has drawing taken place?

tbaby
tbaby
9 years ago

Ive got some serious shrinkage! for a while i wasnt sure if my hair was growing until i straightened it!
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Snapshot_20110903_12.jpg[/img]

tbaby
tbaby
9 years ago

straightened.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/straightenedhair.jpg[/img]

And the back of my hair is even longer to my shoulder blades! I’ll take a better picture next time

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