high moisture/low shrinkage? the conundrum!
we were recently asked the question: how can i keep my hair moisturized and combat shrinkage?
what a conundrum! shrinkage is the natural response of highly textured hair to water, and water is our friend when it comes to moisture… so we actually encourage you to embrace it a little bit. most products or product combinations that would seek to elongate our curl pattern actually do so by locking moisture OUT of the hair – since moisture causes shrinkage. and to achieve the LOOK of moisturized hair, they will often coat the hair with light-reflecting plastics (like silicones), which make the hair seem shiny or sheeny, but also keep moisture away, and can build up over time.
an alternative is to style one’s hair in ways that either employ shrinkage to their benefit (2-strand twists are a great example of this) or are relatively impervious to shrinkage (like cornrows or a bun) while still allowing moisture to reach and nourish the hair.
all that having been said, oyin shine&define is a product that provides a light, non-drying hold, and can be mixed with other oyin products (like HH conditioner or WP rich cream) for greater moisture while styling. if you allow your hair to air-dry in a stretched position (like in plaits for a chunky braid-out, or in a few buns) you will experience a stretched length and elongated coil pattern, but only until your hair gets moist again. (like being misted in the shower, for instance.)
again, moisture is GOOD for the hair, and shrinkage is just one of the things that makes highly textured hair so unique and versatile. enjoy! )