We all know that nat­ur­al hair shrink­age is quite com­mon, and it’s actu­al­ly a good thing. Many nat­u­rals seek ways to decrease their shrink­age in order to show their true length, but it’s a sign of healthy hair. When the hair is dam­aged or dry, it lacks elas­tic­i­ty, which means less shrink­age or the hair’s abil­i­ty to “bounce back” when it’s pulled or weighed down.

Shrink­age can also be extreme, mak­ing bra strap length hair look ear length, or waist length hair look shoul­der length. But this shrink­age, shared by @healthy_hair_journey on Insta­gram, is def­i­nite­ly impres­sive. Check it out:

While the shrink­age makes the woman’s hair look like it’s only a few inch­es long, it in fact falls way past her shoul­ders. Nat­ur­al hair nev­er ceas­es to amaze.


Elle is the edi­tor and cre­ative direc­tor of the YouTube chan­nel and blog, Quest for the Per­fect Curl at www.questfortheperfectcurl.com. Her chan­nel focus­es on nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fit­ness. She loves prod­ucts that smell like dessert, yoga, and glit­ter. Fol­low her @qftpc.

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pam grier

wel­come to my world. i know nobody asked, but i shrink up like this every­time, but my hair is MUCH THICKER. the comb out is at least an hour, alone.
(and i know you didn’t ask but dust your ends, hun!)


She needs a trim.


Her shrink­age is crazy but her hair doesn’t look too good IMO. Those ends are ter­ri­ble

Miss Sophia

And I thought mine shrink­ing about 50% was bad! I’ll nev­er com­plain again.


Yeah, that’s about what mine looks like. :) And that’s about the length it was before I BC’d last year. I love WNGs too much…and with this tex­ture and kind of shrink­age, length becomes more of a hin­drance than a help.

Susie Dean

I keep
My hair in one large braid.


Oh ho ho, I see what you did there!
.….I think?


I don’t have a shrink­age prob­lem because my nat­ur­al hair bare­ly grows, I’m tempt­ed to take those vit­a­mins they’re sell­ing on inter­net.


It bare­ly grows because every time you comb it it pops and it has no life span on your head. If you want to wear it kinky try locs it will grow


@coco20bee:disqus I take Biosil. It makes the hair stronger so it will stay in. Also remem­ber retain­ing length is the issue. Vit­a­mins are for over­all health. Remem­ber not to much too much heat in the hair or leave it out all day.

You need to have blood tests to rule out you are not low in iron (haemo­glo­bin and fer­ritin) or vit­a­min D. Lots of women are low in iron and/or vit­a­min D, which is why their hair doesn’t grow.  Make sure when you have the tests you get the results and ranges as some­times doc­tors don’t tell you if you are just below range. Also insist that the doc­tor tests your fer­ritin as some don’t do this unless you clear­ly ask. Your haemo­glo­bin lev­el should be over 12 g/100 mL and your fer­ritin should be halfway in the lab range. Your vit­a­min… Read more »
Justice S

That super shrink­age I thought my shrink­age was bad


Wow! Sim­ply amaz­ing! Shrink­age! It looks short but it’s deceiv­ing­ly long.…My twist mea­sure to my eye­brows but when stretched, it’s to my top lip! Whoo hooo! #shrink­age



justtwo post

This is why I keep my hair in twists. I wash each twist one at a time and retwist. That helps me avoid shrink­age.


Those ends tho ??

Beverly Kesse

Every black under­stands this! But her hair looks amaz­ing!