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.
If you get henna on your Snappee hair ties you can always put it in the washer and dryer to get it off!
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 which state “anti-frizz” on the front label. Manufacturers formulate 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’ll likely 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. Reducing shrinkage is helpful if you like to wear your natural hair straight or in updos a lot. But you may not want to change a thing if your goal is to have ultra-defined curls for a wash and go.
However, loosening the curls is inevitable if your goal is to reduce shrinkage. So, you’ll have to decide whether you want defined curls, or looser curls. It’s entirely possible to have both, but it helps to begin with one objective and go for it.
Reducing shrinkage will ultimately make your hair much more manageable, healthy, and less prone to breakage.
If you would like more help with your natural hair then check out Curl College!
What’s your favorite way to reduce shrinkage on 4C hair?