What's wrong with shrinkage?
There's nothing inherently wrong with shrinkage but it causes irritation for some because:
How can you stretch hair?
When your hair is wet, typically after your weekly wash and deep condition there are many techniques you can use to stretch it:
If your hair is dry dampen it a little before stretching. Dry hair does not stretch well.
Why not just stretch natural hair with a blow dry?
You could but heat damages hair over time so many people prefer to avoid heat styling where possible. Remember that heat damage is cumulative so every time you apply heat you increase the amount of damage done the last time. If your heat use is very irregular you're fine but with regular use you'll quickly notice the toll on your hair.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
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