One thing that can stop you from having full hair length is shrinkage. Shrinkage is not a sign of unhealthy hair, but many curlies try to reduce it because of their hair length. In this post, we are going to check out how we can reduce shrinkage on 4c hair types. If you have this type of hair and dealing with this problem, this post is what you are looking for.
What natural hair shrinkage?
As I mentioned before, shrinkage is not a sign of unhealthy hair. And it actually means that you have healthy hair. Shrinkage doesn’t depend on your hair length, and it can even happen to long or even short-length hairs. The shrinkage doesn’t change your curl pattern, it just makes it tighter. The main concern for someone with curly hair is the length that is lost because of shrinkage.
What causes hair shrinkage?
We can compare the shrinkage process to how a sponge works. When a sponge is wet, it expands. And when it loses its water, it goes back to its previous shape. Similar to the sponge, the hair gains and lose moisture. When you are drying your hair with a diffuser or just letting it air dry, you are removing moisture. This removal of moisture is what will cause shrinkage.
You can also use this as a sign to see whether your curly hair needs moisture or not. If your hair is in its full length, this means that you don’t need moisturization for now. But, if you are noticing lots of shrinkages, then it’s time to use some moisturizing product. You can also spray water to refresh your curls.
Condition your hair with coconut milk
The first thing that you can try for your hair is coconut milk. Coconut milk can also provide many benefits for your curly hair. Use coconut milk during the conditioning phase and see the great results it can bring to your hair. If you want to reduce your hair shrinking and make your hair softer and stronger, add coconut milk to your hair routine.
Apply a aloe vera gel before styling your hair
Aloe vera gel can also be a great option for adding to your routine. Your hair tends to have less shrinkage when it is hydrated. And this is where an aloe vera gel can be helpful. An aloe vera gel contains enzymes and amino acids which is great for your hair’s health and smoothing it.
Keep your curls sectioned
This is one of the easiest ways that you can reduce shrinkage. Always keep your hair in several twists when you are washing it. Only take twists out one at a time for washing or conditioning. Repeat this process even for the styling part when you get out of the shower.
Use monthly henna treatments
Henna treatment is a great way for improving and enhancing your curls. It can provide keratin for your curls which will strengthen and make them softer and smoother. Henna can also reduce shrinkage by adding weight to each strand. Try a henna treatment for several months to see the result.
If you have found any method that works for your hair, feel free to share them in the comments with others. This can be very useful for those who have a hair type just like you. What methods do you use to reduce shrinkage on 4c hair types? Did these tips help you reduce it? Share your experience with us in the comments.