If you have tightly-coiled hair, you are intimately familiar with the phenomenon of ‘shrinkage’. Some embrace shrinkage as natural side-effect of a moisturized, healthy spiral-shaped curl. However, for others, it is extremely frustrating, particularly when you are trying to grow out your hair. Original Moxie Production and Operations Manager, Jacoba Williamson, herself a Coily Girl, has developed her own damage-free stretching method that works so well, we want to share it with the world. Here’s her personal anti-shrinkage Rx:
After washing with Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo and conditioning and finger-detangling with Intense Quench Deep
Conditioner, Jacoba moisturizes with Lux Locks Styling & Shine. This not only keeps her hair from drying out (and shrinking up) too quickly, it also helps to keep her hair moisturized until her next wash day. She then applies Everyday Leave-in, to provide extra moisture and definition. She will sometimes add in a bit of Hold Up Defining Serum to get a stronger, longer-lasting set.
- When her hair is approximately 80% dry, she pulls her hair in two sections as shown, with the top and
sides pulled back and the lower layers pulled down. Pulling the top layers back, rather than up, as in the ‘pineapple’ method, helps to add more length and stretch. Jacoba uses a cotton scrunchy to fix the sections into place. Do not wrap the scrunchy around the section of hair – that will lead to a visible indentation in the hair. Instead, simply slide the scrunchy over the section of hair and allow it to remain somewhat loose.
- Finally, she pins up the bangs, tucking them back towards the base of the top section. As she explains “I found this made a big difference in the front. It helped keep the curl pattern there and disguise any other bits underneath that may have a little too much stretching.”
- She allows her hair to fully dry – this is generally an overnight process. The style looks nice as it’s drying, which is an added bonus given the lengthy dry time.
- In the morning, she
removes the scrunchy and fluffs her hair with her fingers. And, just like magic, she has an extra three full inches of length and a completely different shape to her hair! To maintain this look for as long as two weeks, Jacoba re-sections her hair at night in the same manner. In the morning, she showers with hair still up. She’ll sometimes spritz a bit of Twist Mist in for extra shine before she takes it all down. Within a half hour the hair starts to relax from the root and falls naturally, without any hint of the pinned-up style. Repeating the procedure over time, adds even more length to her look and helps to preserve her curl definition. For those of us who value our time as much as our hair, easy techniques like this one are a lifesaver. Ready, stretch, GO!