by Nisus of It’s Just Hair
Shrinkage is totally annoying when you know you have long hair and you can’t seem to get any hang time. Completely frustrating when you want to have hair on your shoulders or back, or surrounding your face, but alas, your hair coils up to your ears. I find that the warm flat iron is the answer for those times, for me. Using the tension method with a blow dryer works well too, but takes a little longer, and seems more drying.
Either way, you end up spending more than a day getting your hair “right.” It has to be completely dry before the stretching process. That takes a full day for my hair! And you also have to have a very solid shingle set before hand. Defined, moisturized curls stretch, and stay stretched better. I don’t always have time for that, and the stretched look is also not always what I’m going for. It’s nice when I want a different look, or when I have plenty of time to do it, but there are other times when the shrunken shape of my hair is cute and easier to work with for certain styles.
When I want to wear my hair shrunken up, I just have to beware of tangles, and single-strand knots after the first day. Here are some other tips for wearing fully shrunken hair for more than a day:
Here are some picts of my BSL hair shrunken into a bob with a side part. I also have a headband on in these picts. It looks like I had a major haircut! Fun to throw people off sometimes, though their curiosity can be tiring lol.
Ladies, do you rock your hair in its shrunken state? What tips do you have for making it work?
Nia (Nisus of itsjusthair.com) started this blog to share what she’s learned about caring for her natural hair for the past 12 years and to encourage others to embrace whatever texture naturally grows from their head. However, there is a cultural impact in changing ones viewpoint on something as simple as hair. How and why does one grow, love and respect a hair type so different than most, and so unique to each?