Let’s talk SHRINKAGE

First of all, to those following me and those who will in the future (I hope!) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!! My NYE was pretty eventful! Memories made that will last a LIFETIME! Let’s try to stick to our resolutions, aye? More like our 1 week commitment! LOL! Only 6% of Americans actually keep them.. Now, back to the subject at hand!

SHRINKAGE!  Exhibit A then B 

ImageImageWhat is shrinkage, and why does it only seem to occur in women of color? (The Structure of Our Hair)

Different ethnic groups have observable differences in the structure, density, and growth rate of hair. With regards to structure, all human hair has the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content.[6] Franbourg et al. have found that Black hair may differ in the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft.[6] Classical Afro-texture hair has been found to be not as densely concentrated as other phenotypes.[1] Specifically, the average density of Afro-textured hair was found to be approximately 190 hairs per square centimeter. This was significantly lower than that of Caucasian hair, which, on average, has approximately 227 hairs per square centimeter.[1]

Loussourarn found that Afro-textured hair grows at an average rate of approximately 256 micrometers per day, while Caucasian hair grows at approximately 396 micrometers per day.[1][7] In addition, due to a phenomenon called ‘shrinkage’, Afro-textured hair that is a given length when stretched straight can appear much shorter when allowed to naturally coil.[8] Shrinkage is most evident when Afro-hair is (or has recently been) wet.

Laymen’s Terms

So pretty much our hair shrinks up because it is in our genetics. Some women will have 3A-3C hair while others are 4A-C.. None the less embrace it, whatever your texture! Scientifically proven, all that other ish.. LOL! Shoutout to Wikipedia!

I decided to blow dry my hair on a medium setting.. I won’t be doing that again. I’m absolutely terrified of heat damage.. And to think I use to WANT my hair to be “trained” translation of that bullshit is HEAT DAMAGE! But hey, you live and you learn, right?? GOOD! I write this blog to say this.. Learn to embrace the shrinkage, because it is your friend, and is a sign of healthy hair. It’s a bit of a struggle to combat, but with patient and care you’ll find what works for you!

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4 thoughts on “Let’s talk SHRINKAGE”

    1. Thank you so much! It’s a struggle. I have to keep them arched every 2 weeks or I’ll look like a catepillar! I have a unibrow. Sadly, this arch was ruined. I have to wait about 6 weeks to go back to my regular brow lady! 🙂

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