Hair Products That Prevent Shrinkage

Curly yet long does not have to be an anomaly.

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Unless you have naturally curly hair, you may not be familiar with hair shrinkage. And yet, if you do have highly textured hair, hair shrinkage is almost as annoying to you as acne. Naturally curly girls may adore their coils but find themselves frustrated by the massive difference in length from where hair hangs when wet compared to how much it shrinks in its dry state. Luckily, there are products that solve this conundrum.

Condition, Condition, Condition

Keeping hair from frizzing up into a fuzz ball is all about the choice in conditioning products. Ultimately what happens is we wash and condition our hair and with the conditioner still in our hair, we wonder, “why can’t my hair look like THAT when it’s dry?” Impressed with our natural curl pattern and length, we are then thoroughly annoyed when we rinse out the conditioner and towel dry to find a head of hair that doesn’t look like it belongs to the same person. Fret not! It is the conditioner that assisted in defining your curls and, therefore, a great “post-wash” product can give you the same results. Results will vary as much as hair texture varies, of course, but a fantastic leave-in conditioner can give hair its spiral spunk back instantly. Spritzing the tresses with Infusium 23 Frizz Controller Leave-In directly after rinsing out the conditioner helpe the curls return quickly, but a liquid leave-in isn’t enough to keep frizz-free. You must chase it with something with a bit of weight.

Thick and Creamy is Totally Dreamy

The thick, creamy water-based moisturizers that contain butters and oils on the shelves all work pretty well for most curly hair mavens. The “mane” concerns are the list of ingredients and price. You will want products that will replenish the health of your hair, while making enviable bouncing coils and be worth every penny. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Moisturizer is a favorite. No flaking and no crunchiness once dry. Plus, it’s conveniently available nearly everywhere, including Target and Wal-mart, and it's budget-priced. A more expensive product like Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding serves the same purpose but is more than triple the price. According to Naturallycurly.com, Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding provides maximum curl definition and is perfect for avoiding shrinkage.

Magic Potion

The hair type that shrinks the most is kinky hair, which can shrink up to 75 percent of its length. Unless you prefer a short, poufy afro, which can be super cute, too, curly girls with the kinkiest hair tend to have the most interest in shrinkage-preventing products. Online, all curl types have raved about Kinky Curly Knot Today. It has an user-friendly price tag and is rated one of “The Best Products for Curly Hair” on Curlmart.com to “smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls and tangles from wavy, curly and kinky-textured hair."

Swell Gel

Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel is a popular product with curly hair women. It’s nicely priced. The primary ingredient is 100 percent pure olive oil and is alcohol-free so it won’t dry your hair like traditional hair gels. It smooths out the hair shaft and keeps it in its elongated, defined state until the next shampoo. Gel or a thick pomade or custard will have the most shrinkage prevention and curl definition but will be the heaviest of the options.

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