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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.

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    Like after a shampoo.

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

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    See definition for "stretch" here.

    6. VOILÀ!

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    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.

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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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    14. SO👏 MUCH👏 HAIR👏

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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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    17. This is not a drill, y'all.

    #BlackGirlMagic is NOT a game!

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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.