How do I stop my hair from shrinking?

JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
My hair is fairly long, straight but when I wear it curly it always shrinks waaaay up. Any tips/tricks to stop this? This is one of the main reason I don't like to wear my hair curly! tia!
2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.

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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Is shrinkage really a bad thing? Or is it mostly because your curl pattern varies so much?

    I have about 50-70% shrinkage. The longest layers of my hair are almost bra-strap length(when straightened), but barely brush the top of my shoulder when dried naturally.

    There really is no way to "stop" shrinkage. Your hair will pretty much do what it wants to do. :) But if you want more length to your curls, some ladies here put twists or braids in their hair when wet, and once dry, gently separate them in the morning. Another way to loosen your curls is to put your hair in a bun at night, and then in the morning, unravel it. If the curls are alittle flat, you can spritz it with water and scrunch in your gel or styling creme.

    I'm sure some of the other curlies can offer more suggestions.

    HTH
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  • JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
    I think my hair shrinks the same as yours. Straight, my hair is about 3 inches above my bra strap. When curly my hair hits my shoulders. Thanks for the tips!
    2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.
  • Pacific PoppyPacific Poppy Posts: 253Registered Users
    Any one else? Shrinkage is starting to bug me, for the first time. I've been growing it out, but its only getting longer when its wet :? . I really, really, want long hair, now that I've got the idea into my head. I've never had it.
    3c, CG Fine hairs, med growth.
    Formerly "Rainyday"
  • queencurlyqueencurly Posts: 56Registered Users
    I don't really think there is way to eliminate shrinkage either. But I do notice that I have more shrinkage in my hair when I use oils, like olive oil. Or even conditioners that contain lots of oils like aubrey organics create more shrinkage versus if I just use Suave Tropical Kiwi as a leave-in, which contains no oils. I think because i use gel on top of my leave-in that that creates shrinkage too... but that's ok because without the gel, I would have no hold, and my hair would be a mess!
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  • JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
    Since this post, I started using the IC gel and it really helped w/ shrinkage and poofy-ness. I think using a thick gel is the key for my hair. hth!
    2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.
  • ColochaColocha Posts: 344Registered Users
    Another way to loosen your curls is to put your hair in a bun at night

    Is this the pineapple method?

    I guess I have to get ready when I get my hair completely natural. It shrinks quite a bit(shrinks like a slinky) and I want to keep it a little long.
    "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

    Hair type: 3b/c
  • JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
    Colocha wrote:
    Another way to loosen your curls is to put your hair in a bun at night

    Is this the pineapple method?

    I'm going to try this tonight and see how it works. :D
    2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.
  • beauty7beauty7 Posts: 7Registered Users
    My hair shrinks too and I don't like it. It's very long almost down to my butt, but it shrinks to my neck. I don't understand it. I am new to the forum and I want help. I've been wearing it curly for years and it has grown a lot and I want the length to show. I want my hair to be a long wavy curl. Like the pictures below... Christina Milian is a singer and actress and I lover her hair! I read that she uses Redken Water Wax and other Redken products. I'm going to try a few soon. If those don't work, I have another method that I am thinking about.

    christinahair.png
    christinahair2.jpg
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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    beauty7 wrote:
    My hair shrinks too and I don't like it. It's very long almost down to my butt, but it shrinks to my neck. I don't understand it. I am new to the forum and I want help. I've been wearing it curly for years and it has grown a lot and I want the length to show. I want my hair to be a long wavy curl. Like the pictures below... Christina Milian is a singer and actress and I lover her hair! I read that she uses Redken Water Wax and other Redken products. I'm going to try a few soon. If those don't work, I have another method that I am thinking about.

    christinahair.png
    christinahair2.jpg

    Welcome to the site, beauty7. :)

    WOW! Your hair is close to your behind and shrinks to your neck! That's some major shrinkage! I've never heard of shrinkage this severe.

    Christina is naturally a 3b/c (more of a 3c curls wise) and she has a texturizer/relaxer in these pics(she's had one for awhile now, actually). There are natural ways to stretch out your curls(twists, banding, bantu knots) but it sounds like you may not want to do that. I've kinda accepted my shrinkage, but not everyone is the same in terms of dealing with shrinkage. The only other way to get your hair to look like that is if you texturize. I don't recommend it(because of there being to many things to worry about), but that's really the only way to get your hair like that.
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  • ColochaColocha Posts: 344Registered Users
    What are bantu knots?
    "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

    Hair type: 3b/c
  • beauty7beauty7 Posts: 7Registered Users
    I've never heard that Christina had a relaxer/texturizer. :? I thought her hair was naturally curly like this. Do you know her? I know her hair used to be black and she dyed it, but when it was black it was like this. She said she can get it straight very easily with a flat iron. I'm thinking about trying a few things that I recently learned about from this site and I'll see what happens. I'll keep everyone updated. Thank you!!! :D
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  • JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
    this is a pic of Christina that looks like her natural hair:
    milian_lovedontcostathing.jpg


    Colocha Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:23 am Post subject:


    What are bantu knots?


    I think they are just sections of hair you twist like a mini bun
    2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.
  • DelmaDelma Posts: 1,121Registered Users
    JEM wrote:
    this is a pic of Christina that looks like her natural hair:
    milian_lovedontcostathing.jpg


    Colocha Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:23 am Post subject:


    What are bantu knots?


    I think they are just sections of hair you twist like a mini bun


    Maybe she just lost texture do to bleaching it out like in the first pics
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    JEM wrote:
    this is a pic of Christina that looks like her natural hair:
    milian_lovedontcostathing.jpg


    That's not her natural hair(those pics were manipulated with curling irons). That pic is from the movie, "Love Don't Cost a Thing."

    I wish I could find a pic of her from back in '99 when first came out. Her hair is closer to looking like Nesrine's or Spiderman5000's hair (fellow NCers)than the pic above.
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

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    http://naturalurbanista.blogspot.com/

    "You see, when it comes to language competence, a true patriot must hit that sweet spot between "job-stealing immigrant" and "liberal elitist." ~Eilonwy

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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Colocha wrote:
    What are bantu knots?

    This link shows what a bantu knot is.

    http://www.naani.com/index.html?lang=en-us&target=d73.html

    After they dry, or after set, you take them out and separate the curls with your fingers. This will give you loose waves. It may not look exactly like Christina Milian's curls, but it will give you something similar.

    HTH
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

    http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb133/shyygirl_2007/
    PW: curlyhair

    I have a blog now. Follow meeeee! :)

    http://naturalurbanista.blogspot.com/

    "You see, when it comes to language competence, a true patriot must hit that sweet spot between "job-stealing immigrant" and "liberal elitist." ~Eilonwy

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  • ColochaColocha Posts: 344Registered Users
    Colocha wrote:
    What are bantu knots?

    This link shows what a bantu knot is.

    http://www.naani.com/index.html?lang=en-us&target=d73.html

    After they dry, or after set, you take them out and separate the curls with your fingers. This will give you loose waves. It may not look exactly like Christina Milian's curls, but it will give you something similar.

    HTH

    Is it done on wet hair?

    Thanks for the link!
    "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

    Hair type: 3b/c
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Colocha.............You can do bantu knots on wet or dry hair. I know that Portae has some pics in her yahoo folder where she did a few bantu knots on dry/blow-dried hair and showed how it looked when taken out. It was very pretty.
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

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    PW: curlyhair

    I have a blog now. Follow meeeee! :)

    http://naturalurbanista.blogspot.com/

    "You see, when it comes to language competence, a true patriot must hit that sweet spot between "job-stealing immigrant" and "liberal elitist." ~Eilonwy

    Wanna have access to the top names in fashion and luxury at up to 70% off retail? Sure you do. http://tinyurl.com/3yxneol

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  • ColochaColocha Posts: 344Registered Users
    I´ll take a look at Portae´s pictures. Thanks again! :D
    "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

    Hair type: 3b/c
  • JEMJEM Posts: 57Registered Users
    JEM wrote:
    this is a pic of Christina that looks like her natural hair:
    milian_lovedontcostathing.jpg


    That's not her natural hair(those pics were manipulated with curling irons). That pic is from the movie, "Love Don't Cost a Thing."

    I wish I could find a pic of her from back in '99 when first came out. Her hair is closer to looking like Nesrine's or Spiderman5000's hair (fellow NCers)than the pic above.

    I said this "looks like her natural hair" Yes I know this pic is from a movie, it was the closest I could find. All her other pics are straight. :D
    2a with 3a mixed in. Fine, thin hair; straight at crown for 2 inches, then curl. Clips are my friend or I'd have no volume on top. Currently using DevaCurl line. Also love aloe vera gel and KCCC. CG since Feb 2010. First Deva Cut April 2, 2010.
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    JEM wrote:

    That's not her natural hair(those pics were manipulated with curling irons). That pic is from the movie, "Love Don't Cost a Thing."

    I wish I could find a pic of her from back in '99 when first came out. Her hair is closer to looking like Nesrine's or Spiderman5000's hair (fellow NCers)than the pic above.

    I said this "looks like her natural hair" Yes I know this pic is from a movie, it was the closest I could find. All her other pics are straight. :D

    I knew what you meant. :) And you're right, ALL of her pics out there are of straight hair. There is a picture floating around with her and her sister. Her sister's hair is pretty much identical to Christina's. Very pretty.
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

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  • beauty7beauty7 Posts: 7Registered Users
    These are a few old pics of her. I really don't think she has anything in her hair, but color. I'll post a hair article/interview of hers soon.

    christinaoldpic.png

    christinahair3.png
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  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Posts: 5,398Registered Users
    Christina Millian has beautiful hair and is a beautiful young woman, but shows a bit too much cleavage for her age in some of those pictures!

    But I can't figure out why she is on this particular thread since her curls (in any of the pictures, including the curliest one) don't seem to shrink much at all :?
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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Posts: 4,151Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Curltopia wrote:
    But I can't figure out why she is on this particular thread since her curls (in any of the pictures, including the curliest one) don't seem to shrink much at all :?

    I think Christina was mentioned because one of the posters stated that they wanted their hair to look like hers. Wanted the looser curl look, since their hair has shrinkage and wanted to know how to get it to look like hers.
    A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

    http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb133/shyygirl_2007/
    PW: curlyhair

    I have a blog now. Follow meeeee! :)

    http://naturalurbanista.blogspot.com/

    "You see, when it comes to language competence, a true patriot must hit that sweet spot between "job-stealing immigrant" and "liberal elitist." ~Eilonwy

    Wanna have access to the top names in fashion and luxury at up to 70% off retail? Sure you do. http://tinyurl.com/3yxneol

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  • curlyboricuacurlyboricua Posts: 59Registered Users
    Christina Milian is Cuban. I have seen pictures of her before and she has naturally curly hair about 3b, 3c. The reason I mentioned that she is Cuban is that alot of dark skinned Latina women have their hair 3b/3c and we wear it natural. Plus all she has to do is blow it out and it's straight without putting a relaxer. That's what I do.

    I also understand what shrinkage is to a degree. When my hair is straight it is at my waist. When it's curly it's at my bra strap sometimes even higher. I think the best thing for that is to put a product in that weighs your hair down, like alot of leave in or even regular conditioner and alot of gel.
    3b hair and long
  • ILuvCurlzILuvCurlz Posts: 169Registered Users
    I stopped "scrunching" my hair when its drying. This helped my hair not shrink nearly as much!!!! The scrunching is just making it more curly and tightening the length/curls up.
    "Eventually I knew what my hair wanted. It wanted to be itself. To be left alone by anyone, including me, who did not love it as it was."
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  • souffouesouffoue Posts: 21Registered Users
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    There really is no way to "stop" shrinkage. Your hair will pretty much do what it wants to do. :) But if you want more length to your curls, some ladies here put twists or braids in their hair when wet, and once dry, gently separate them in the morning. Another way to loosen your curls is to put your hair in a bun at night, and then in the morning, unravel it. If the curls are alittle flat, you can spritz it with water and scrunch in your gel or styling creme.

    I'm sure some of the other curlies can offer more suggestions.

    HTH

    This is my dd's biggest complaint about her curls. she really wants to wear her hair LONG more often. When wet (in the tub) it is down to her "patootie" as she calls it (hey she is only 6) :wink: when it dries it is above her shoulders! When you say you put it in a bun at night - is that on top of your head? Is your hair still wet? Thanks for the info!
    Susie
    straight-haired mommy to a curly 3c/4a (7 yr old)

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