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    I wash my hair and my hair strinks alot. I have to do twistouts just to wear my hair out and show off my hair length. My hair is about 3 1/2 inches now. There's got to be other ways besides doing two strand twists to stretch out my hair.

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    My hair is about the same length as yours and I have a lot of shrinkage as well. For about two weeks now, I have been plaiting my hair at night, then using sta-sof-fro the next morning (after I unplait, but before I pick it out). I have been able to wear scarfs (as headbands) every since. I like the new versatility.

    My co-workers have been asking me how did my hair grow so fast!

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    banding methods will always work.
    until it gets wet. <_<

    just part of our hair.

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    you know shrinkage can be a good thing. One day you can have a BAA and the next day a TWA. I think that the more your hair grows the length will overcome the shrinkage.

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    Why not take advantage of shrinkage by wearing styles that compliment it? Such as finger or comb coils? I admit that I was really eager for my hair to grow too when I was newly natural, but it's the shrinkage that makes for the gorgeous puffs and full-out-'fros that I love to sport. And once your hair gets longer you'll be thankful for the shrinkage for keeping your hair out of your way! I don't know what I'd do if I had hair that I had to curl on the ends!

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    Awwwww.... I feel your pain. For me, I just push it back with an ouchless, and that gives me the illusion of actually having a puff. I don't like the hassle of taking down and putting up twists, so I just had to learne to deal with my hair. If I wnt my hair to look bigger, heathly hair butter or most ANY type of butter/oil like product seems to keep my hair "out" a little bigger. I don't really like usinfg things like that, so I just settle for hair that looks like it is only one inch (or less) long.

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    Well, I've tried the twisting/braiding every night and what happends is that my hair gets to straight and loses it's curl. So part of my hair is curly and part of it is less curly.

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    Jaila what I do is this. I dont know How long your hair is, but I got 15 cm on my head and I got extreme shrinkage too. But anyways this is my method.

    Before I go to sleep I section my hair, as if I would twist it. So I take a small piece of hair( the same amount I would twist) and rub it from roots to ends with sheabutter and olive oil. It takes an hour to do this. You will see that your curls will be more defined and shrinkage is reduced. But thats not all. After I did my whole head I sleep with a satin scarf.

    The next morning I take of the scarf, spritz my hair to bring the curls back alife and then head on to where I have to go. I have no shrinkage and very nice coils. I got four bee type hair.

    I dont do this every night because I am too dang lasy to do that. When I feel like it I do this.

    Maybe it'll work for you, good luck.

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    buy a blowdryer with a diffuser. After washing and conditioning your hair, hold some of your hair in one hand, place the diffuser in the other and lightly stretch the hair just a bit as you dry it on very low heat bent over so your hair is hanging to the floor. Make sure the diffuser attachment is on so you don't straighten your hair on accident.

    This really works I swear:-). It also makes a bouncy rounder fro as opposed to a Michael Jackson circa Beat it.

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    buy a blowdryer with a diffuser. After washing and conditioning...

    I'm not sure if this is a good suggestion to give because I know people on this site are against heat styling of any kind (check the hairboard rules). I'm just giving you a heads up in case the thread gets closed or someone calls you on it.

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    Oh really? Hmmm how scary. So like if you jump out the shower and you have to leave to go to work, u just have to be drippy and wet in the cold?

    I'm hoping it isn't that rigid where drying your hair becomes a act against your God given folicles. Maybe I should read the rules and regs, cause I thought this website was about hair acceptance. I'm starting to get the impression that grooming is also against the rules.

    Thanks for the heads up. I'll watch what I say from here on out.

    FYI my hair is so thick that if I walked around with wet hair, it would mildew and be damp in the roots for three days. So I am very interested in what some of the thicker haired natural gals do to dry their hair.

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    I'm sure the people don't mind you doing it, it just would probably better if you didn't talk about it.

    Maybe I'm wrong but like I said, I was just letting you know because I know you just joined.

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    This really works I swear:-). It also makes a bouncy...

    Ive been a member of forum for a long time and yeah there are somethings that they dont like being discussed but its really not that bad. I think everyone needs to relax and remember we all have the freedom to express ourselves....

    Anyways Chlyric Images..
    I think thats a good suggestion I have mentioned it a few times on here. The point of the diffuser is to blow air without the heat and without disturbing the hair ...not to straighten. It does help with shrinkage if its something you dont personally like. I do it when I want my hair to dry faster or for a "bigger/fuller" look to my wash and go...

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    A paddle brush on wet hair does the trick. I use Conair brand.

    Wet your hair, add your leave in conditioner, and brush section by section with a paddle brush. This leaves my hair stretched and wavy (wavy describes my hair better than curled/defined)
    I don't have extremely thick hair so this may make a difference.

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    Jaila, how big are the twists you're putting in. Try doing about 10 fat twists, not too tight. I usually secure mine with a bobby pin. For me this takes about 15 minutes (or a bit longer if I put shea butter on my ends)and in the morning my hair is stretched with texture.

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    I like doing smaller ones because I like how it makes my hair look curly. I think I might get a diffuser.

    Yeah, you do have to watch what you say on here. I would definitely read the Board Rules. I've gotten called out once for something I said about a Natural celebrity wearing a straight hairstyle.

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    Yeah, I promise mine is growing too, I have at least 6 1/2 inches, look at my avatar, you sure couldn't tell ^_^ it still looks like that, sometimes I get frustrated, but it's cool though cause my shrunken fro is super duper low maintenance.

    I'm not even gonna start braiding evey night and picking it out everyday to show length, if I start that, I won't have any length B), I know what's up there, I guess that's all that matters to me at this point.

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    I have shrinkage and here is what I have noticed:
    certain conditioners give me more shrinkage than others.
    Nuetrogena Triple Moisture shrinks my hair very tightly, VO5 clarifying leaves it loose.

    Right now my hair is braided but when I take my braids out I will be doing further experiments to see which conditioners give me shrinkage and which leave the hair looser

    I used to be upset when my hair would shrink up but I'm used to it now, I can go to the salon have my hair washed, cornrowed in the front and walk out with my shrunken puff and head held up high!.
    In a few days it loosens up.

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    I think banding works really well now. When my hair was your length I wasn't aware of this method I use to spray my hair and braid or plait it each night and the next morning I had big hair for a while anyway.

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    does or did anyone used to be 'paranoid' about the health of their hair? when my hair has 'shrinkage' it looks lovely, thick and healthy.... it's only when i take a little bit of hair away from the main 'fro that it looks thinner.... is this normal?! LOL <_<

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    Shrinkage.. I don't like it that much myself. Not because of the hairs themselves but because of what's attached to them. I have some straight (relaxed, I think) strands. They're barely noticeable in a stretch afro, but in shrunken afro or reg afro they stick out A LOT. I'm gonna get it nice and rounded, so I don't have to worry about shrinkage anymore. I must admit I feel regal or like some kind of princess when wearing a stretched afro. The very front just stands up above the rest by a little and it reminds me of a crown. Hopefully, I'll feel the same way once I'm more rounded.

    As far as would I like it to show its length? Not really. I don't want my six or more inches to look like six. I'll settle for three or two is perfect.

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    There was just a recent thread on here, I think it went to 13 pages or more, it was about the perceived obession some people felt other natural sistas have with trying to achieve long hair. Don't be surprised if you get some rants up in here from people telling you to not worry about your hair and be happy with what God gave you, etc, etc, etc

    Back on topic, I just do like 6 or 7 twists at night and finger style it when I wake up. It gives me the same effect I would have with banding, except it is more curly. I sometimes band too whenever I want to rock my BAA.

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    When I want to stretch my hair, I'll put it into several plaits or twists. Welcome to our world of shrinkage....it always be with you as long as you remain natural. Embrace and accept it.

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    I think Shrinkage will be cool when my hair gets longer (i.e. more than 10"). Until then, it works my last nerve too! I just do fat twists at night, and undo in the AM. The hair is bigger then.

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    It's not that I'm trying to get long hair. I'll be honest though, I look better with longer hair styles. Someone said it best about how with a longer afro, they feel like it's a crown. I just love my hair when it's stretched out. But don't get me wrong, I can still hold my head high with my short afro.

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