1. So this is shrinkage, guys. @unconditionedroots / Via instagram.com 2. It's basically when our hair looks short... @westafricanbaby / Via instagram.com 3. ...but really it's waaay longer. @rumqueen_again / Via instagram.com 4. It "shrinks" after it absorbs lots of moisture. @cola_notthesoda / Via instagram.com Like after a shampoo. 5. But then, when we pull, or "stretch" it, the actual length is restored! @theycallmemi_ / Via instagram.com See definition for "stretch" here. 6. VOILÀ! instagram.com / Via @sed_lewis 7. "How could this be?" you ask. @iam_naturallychic / Via instagram.com 8. Well, it's a glorious superpower! @eclectic_vibez / Via instagram.com 9. Our majestic ancestors passed it down to us. 👑 @passionmethis / Via instagram.com 10. And even the tiniest babies possess it. @thereal_cassi3 / Via instagram.com Tell us your ways, young queen! 11. Get into this length, why don't ya. 😩 @eclectic_vibez / Via instagram.com 12. And all this lush fullness 🙌. @eclectic_vibez / Via instagram.com 13. Admire the grandeur and get your life! @naturalhairdreams / Via instagram.com 14. SO👏 MUCH👏 HAIR👏 @naturallychea / Via instagram.com 15. Honestly, the stretch game is on another level. @themisfitmantra / Via instagram.com 16. One has never seen a more glorious crown. @yandimak / Via instagram.com 17. This is not a drill, y'all. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @theefatimah #BlackGirlMagic is NOT a game! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com / Via giphy.com WARNING: Please don't get it twisted and think that this intro lesson to shrinkage grants you the right to approach a black woman and fix your hands to pull her curls. Consequences for such an action are beyond our control.