Curly girls, especially those with 4C texture, know that shrinkage can leave you wondering what happened to your length, or worse, ruin your hairstyle!
Shrinkage, the godforsaken extra tight coiling of the hair, normally happens after wash day, but can also occur when the weather is humid, or when a twist-out goes bad.
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No matter the reason, it’s always a huge eye opener when the hair transforms from its shrunken state to a more stretched pattern. We live for it!
And you don’t have to be a professional hair stylist to get your hair to its longest lengths. Although blow-outs normally give the most length, styles like bantu-knots, twist-outs, and even old school corn-rows can also do the trick. Check out these amazing pictures of healthy hair shrinkage transformations and get inspired for your next lengthening style!
1 of 14 @adoringblackwomen/Instagram
We can’t decide if we prefer this beauty with her naturally coily texture or straightened curls.
2 of 14 @yummiiecakes/Instagram
Who would’ve known this totally shrunken ‘fro would grow to a super long lion's mane? We had no doubt!
3 of 14 @limelighetxtensions/Instagram
This is one beautiful crown; from bundles of coils transformed to full length tresses and tons of sheen.
4 of 14 @bignaturalhair/Instagram
Braiding day probably takes this stylist a full chunk of time, but imagine the lengths this young hair will grow. Whoa!
5 of 14 @sophiachokoletaaida/Instagram
Your curls may swell toward your scalp after a good cleanse, but no worries; nothing a little stretch-and-go cant fix!
6 of 14 @mrs.wh1te/Instagram
Shrinkage can’t keep this 4C naturalista down. She took her blow dryer and got to work!
7 of 14 @_teammelanin/Instagram
Don’t be discouraged; 4C hair can grow just as long as any other hair type! The proof is in the picture.
8 of 14 @tite_naturale88/Instagram
Either way, we love it!
9 of 14 @styledbybonita/Instagram
Her hair went from ‘fro to fleek! Love it.
10 of 14 @4naturals/Instagram
Skip the flat iron and lengthen your curls naturally with a twist out. Bantu knots are also an awesome way to grow your tresses, and can be worn for a couple of days if you want to give your hair a break.
11 of 14 @putsomerespeckonmyhair/Instagram
She may be little, but she has lots of length. Wouldn’t you agree?
12 of 14 @theenaturalstate/Instagram
Wavy girls may experience less shrinkage, but it’s still nice to see their transformations in action, too!
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Her hair grew quite a few extra inches!
14 of 14 @itsjustkoala/Instagram
Where did all of that beautiful length come from?
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