4. Apply Aloe Vera Gel Before Styling
Aloe vera is loaded with hydration, enzymes, and amino acids for hair. These are the building blocks for healthy, strong hair. The gel has smoothing properties and will help to reduce shrinkage when you apply it before using your styling products.
Have you noticed that your hair has more length when it’s wet or hydrated? Aloe vera is one of the only substances on the planet that you could use instead of water.
In fact, some haircare brands opt to include aloe instead of water, resulting in a high-performance product. The hydration from aloe penetrates the hair shaft like water can, and then it feeds the hair nutrients too.
Aloe vera won’t straighten 4C hair, but it will help to smooth and elongate the curl, giving you more manageability.
5. Do Monthly Henna Treatments
Henna doesn’t have to be reserved for coloring gray hairs. It’s an amazing conditioner that will bind to the keratin in your hair and strengthen the strands.
This unique hair dye helps to reduce shrinkage by adding weight to each hair strand at the curve. It will make your hair smoother, softer, and stronger.
Henna deposits along the shaft are permanent, but it will take several treatments over the course of a few months to see a difference in shrinkage.
6. Use Anti-Frizz Products
Anti-frizz styling products will help to smooth and elongate your curls. Creams and gels are useful for reducing both frizz and shrinkage while you’re doing twist-outs, braid-outs, and even wash and gos.
Look for products that state “anti-frizz” on the front label. We formulated our anti-frizz products with the intention of smoothing the curl and reducing shrinkage.
Ready to Reduce your Shrinkage?
Keep in mind that if you’re aiming to reduce shrinkage, you might see some disruption in the curl pattern. Reducing shrinkage on the regular basis may even permanently break the curl pattern.
Treatments like henna may change your curl type, resulting in curls that are not as tight as they once were. It could also result in having two or more different curl patterns on your head, as some curls elongate, and others stay tight.
This can be a problem if your goal is to have defined curls. Using our Mango Moringa Moisture Max system will enhance curl definition, even while you stretch your hair.
Reducing shrinkage will ultimately make your hair much more manageable, healthy, and less prone to breakage.
If you're truly looking to reduce shrinkage while keeping your curl definition, you need to check out my Natural Hair Masterclass.
Inside the class, I show you everything needed to get more moisture and achieve defined curls while reducing shrinkage on your 4C hair, and all other types of curls.