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17 Photos That Explain Shrinkage To People Who Don't Understand Black Hair

For anyone who's ever asked, "How does it grow like that?"

1. So this is shrinkage, guys.

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2. It's basically when our hair looks short...

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3. ...but really it's waaay longer.

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4. It "shrinks" after it absorbs lots of moisture.

Like after a shampoo.
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Like after a shampoo.

5. But then, when we pull, or "stretch" it, the actual length is restored!

See definition for "stretch" here.
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See definition for "stretch" here.

6. VOILÀ! / Via @sed_lewis

7. "How could this be?" you ask.

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8. Well, it's a glorious superpower!

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9. Our majestic ancestors passed it down to us. 👑

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10. And even the tiniest babies possess it.

Tell us your ways, young queen!
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Tell us your ways, young queen!

11. Get into this length, why don't ya. 😩

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12. And all this lush fullness 🙌.

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13. Admire the grandeur and get your life!

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15. Honestly, the stretch game is on another level.

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16. One has never seen a more glorious crown.

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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.

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