Since I decided to “big chop” and rock my natural hair six years ago, I always wanted to conquer the coveted wash and go style. The idea of just being able to wash, and go, sounded too good to be true. And that it was. What I learned along the way is that what is commonly known as the wash and go, is really just defining your curls. The looser your curl pattern, the easier to define your curls. The tighter the curls, better known as coils or kinks, the harder it is to define those tiny curls. The main culprit that denies many naturals from rocking the wash n go look is shrinkage.
It’s important to understand how shrinkage works. Even notice how a plant will grow in the direction of the sunlight? Curly hair is drawn to moisture, just like a plant is drawn to sunlight. Our hair is the same way. As our hair air-dries, the ends dry faster than our roots. As the hair at the end dries, it draws closer to the moisture still present at the roots, causing shrinkage. Now that we know how shrinkage works, here are three tricks to avoid major shrinkage.