I hear so many women with curly hair complain about their shrinkage. They feel as if it doesn't show their true hair length (and believe me, I'm with you).
But the longer my hair has gotten over these past seven years, the more I've come to appreciate my shrinkage when styling. I also learned that having shrinkage shows your hair's health - which you can read all about here (6 signs of damaged hair).
If you aren't there yet and want some ways to stretch your natural hair and get rid of the shrinkage, here are some ways you can do so.
The tension method is perfect for those who are washing and styling all in the same day. This method does involve heat, but I always use the "cool" button on the blow dryer. I love how this really shows off your length in a matter of 15-20 minutes. Learn more about the tension method here.
Got a bunch of hair ties lying around? Try the banding method to stretch your hair overnight. It is sort of similar to the tension method but less extreme. It involves wrapping hair ties down the length of your hair and allowing it to dry. Learn more about banding here.