Shrink City. Shrink, Shrink City. Hiding up to 90% of the actual hair length in some cases, shrinkage proves itself to be the ultimate magician when it comes to natural hair. Even though shrinkage is a common occurrence amongst naturals, our jaws dropped when we saw these photos.

LadyKandDice has since cut her hair, but this shrinkage picture she posted back in October had people’s jaws dropping.

Natural hair blogger AHairStory said that her shrinkage has made her “a fan of blowdrying”.

This is reader, Nicole R.’s daughter’s hair! Click here to see the video!

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And you thought your shrinkage was intense…

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Stylist Reniece of goes from a tight fro to mid- back length.


Ashley of Barbie Bones

Natural hair sensation Ebony Clark, had people dyyying with this picture

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A fistful of length

Just a TWA right? Not!

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Last but not least, we just had to include our writer, Chinwe’s infamous shrinkage photo.

These photos just go to show, “Shrinkage does not discriminate!” No matter how long your hair gets, one wash can have you rocking a TWA. Remember, shrinkage is not a bad thing! It’s a unique aspect of our versatile hair 🙂 Peace, Love and Detangling!

How much hair length does your shrinkage hide? Feel free to share your own shrinkage pictures!

Editors Note: If any of you know the above un-credited naturals, please link us in the comments!


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Wow!!! The shrinkage is indeed REAL!!! Beautiful!


[…] or a weave in my hair when it is straightened. The length of curly hair is quite deceiving because shrinkage makes it appear to be much shorter than it actually is. And with this straight hair, the slightest […]


I love seeing this.Its like looking at a magic trick.makes me feel like mine and all other black girls hair is magical too 🙂


[…] 1 hair has essentially no shrinkage, whereas type 4 hair has the most, because of the coils (check this out! @ […]

[…] So check thisbout; I am a girl with natural curly hair. I love my curls, fro, puff ball, and any other natural style I decide to do. However, it is only ONE thing that Ibtruely hate about having natural curly hair….the SHRINKAGE! No more elingated curls and it seems so much shorter than what it really is, and I love big hair. Shrinkage isn’t so bad though. That link shows why we should praise our shrinkage rather than scold it. It’s really a good sign for a couple of things. Such as showing a sign that your healthy which… Read more »

African hair is longer than most Caucasians it just shrunk. ?


I have a teeny bit of shrinkage but it’s not so intense my natural plain hair is shoulder length and my stretched, relaxed hair is armpit length.


That’s why I don’t do wash and Go’s anymore.


My hair when straightened is to the middle of my back, but with shrinkage, it is to the nape of my neck. I have a love/hate relationship with shrinkage. Most days I think it’s the debil, but some days I can deal with it. My hair just will do its own thing. It doesn’t care what I want it to do.


Can someone please give me the explanation of “TWA?” There are a lot of acronyms and slang I’m just not familiar with! Like “fleek.” I have NO idea what that means…


Teenie Weenie Afro or something


Thanks very much, I appreciate it.

I used to straighten my hair (without heat protection!!) about every other day when I was going through my emo scene girl phase in high school. Once I grew out of that phase I only straightened it about once every month at most, basically whenever I felt bored with my natural hair. I didn’t cut it at all for about a year and a half, and since I was no longer constantly straightening it, it got curlier and shorter each day. Up until I did cut it, people kept asking if I got a haircut, and were absolutely floored whenever… Read more »

wowowowowowow!!!!!! I cant wait for my first dominican blowout! i hate shrinkage so much!

Nia Unscripted

This is totally me, except my hair isn’t nearly as long as these ladies, but shrinkage is amazing. lol