Stopping the shrinkage?

SandiSandi Registered Users Posts: 364 Curl Neophyte
I am incredibly proud to say that I have grown out my hair completely from the BC, and now it's a couple of inches BSL wet. Unfortunately, the shrinkage when dry is absolutely killing me.

Currently, I follow my sealing spritz (generally diluted olive oil... shea was not working) with Umberto curl lotion.

I really don't know what I should do--- I'm about a few days away from buying some light-weight plastic clips to weigh down my hair.

Any suggestions?
Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
Curly since '09

Comments

  • elenaaelenaa Registered Users Posts: 190
    for me i usually wait til my hair gets dry after im done and put it in a low bun for about 30 mins and when i take it out it gets pretty stretched:hello1:
  • RunawryeRunawrye Registered Users Posts: 32
    I also low bun, but I have to pin the sides back instead because if I pull them into the bun they stretch too much.

    Plopping also helps stretch the hair, and when my hair is completely dry I use a pick and kind of pull the hair at my nape downwards, it helps stretch it.

    If I really want stretched hair naptural85's stretched twist out is my go to.
  • elenaaelenaa Registered Users Posts: 190
    Runawrye: i never thought of pinning the sides back cause usually mine gets stretched out too much too so ill have to try that :blob8:
  • hambo02hambo02 Registered Users Posts: 480
    when i scrunch my product out my hair ill kinda pull down my curls and they stretch out a little
  • SweetummsSweetumms Registered Users Posts: 37
    I use the metal duck clips on my ends to stretch. The plastic were too light weight for me.
    3b/c with some 4a in the middle of crown and back, medium to high porosity, frizzy, thirsty hair!
  • Curly_JammyCurly_Jammy Registered Users Posts: 626
    Have you tried banding?
    I smooth my hair in a low pony then use little scunchies down the length of my hair, and let it dry this way. It gives my WnGs more hang.

    For Braid-outs
    I wrap a flexi-rod around the end of each braid, it gives the end a smooth finish + weights down each braid for a more elongated look.
    3c, fine, porous,MBL
    Pre: EVCO Poo: GTTT DC:AO GPB, TJ Nourish Spa+EVOO
    LI: Cantu Shea butter LI, YesToCarrots,(AVJ+H2O) Spritz
    Style: AVG, Eco Seal: Qp Mango & Olive oil, Shea AloeMix
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Registered Users Posts: 1,354 Curl Neophyte
    i must be the only one who (kinda) likes my shrinkage. i find that if i stretch my hair then my curls are gone. of cause i wouldnt mind longer hair, but i love my 3c curls n i guess i accept that i got alot of shrinkage it will be nice and long some day, but till then im enjoying how healthy it is n how much i can do with it right now. when its really long, it'll be too heavy, (i think) to put up or do cute styles with n stuff.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • SandiSandi Registered Users Posts: 364 Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for the suggestions, curlies.

    I'm thinking of the clips idea, but manually stretching while diffusing seems to help a bit.

    @Fmasuhr: My hair is ridiculously dense, and my hair is basically all ringlets, so shrinkage = an utter style disaster because there's just so much hair.
    Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
    Curly since '09
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Registered Users Posts: 1,354 Curl Neophyte
    my hair is like that as well. every day its different. it depends how i prepar my hair with what kinda results i get. my fav is after shower i use a condish and oil mixture to syle and moisturise. then i let it air dry and shake it as much as possible as it drys. this does take 3 hours though and on a day to day basics i dont have time for that. i like to wash my hair at night and put it up in a high pony tail. in the morning i take it down and its streched.
    when i let it air dry and move it my hair is nice and full with tones of volume, yes also lots of shrinkage n tight curls.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:

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