As/Is·Posted on Apr 3, 201617 Photos That Explain Shrinkage To People Who Don't Understand Black HairFor anyone who's ever asked, "How does it grow like that?"by Essence GantBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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 GIF Tap to play 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.