What Products and Styles Minimize Shrinkage?

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Celebrity Master Textured Tresses Hair Artist and Author Tameeka McNeil-Johnson AKA #TheCurlWhisperer has taken the natural and textured tresses scene by storm. So we’re excited to apply her expertise to your crucial hair concerns. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page.



My daughter has very kinky hair that tends to shrink. Do you have any advice on what products/how to style her hair that will minimize shrinkage?

– Kiara



Hello Kiara,

In terms of products, my suggestion is to stay away from any “enhancing” products. Although they are moisturizing, they will just allow more shrinkage during the summer months. I would suggest that you look for elongating products. My personal favorite is the Curl Prep Sweet Buttah. Other good brands include: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale and 4Naturals.

I would also suggest that you try twisting her tresses in medium sized twists and at night use bobby pins to stretch them or wrap the twists to elongate them. I know first hand that shrinkage can be extremely disappointing. However, it is important to keep in mind that shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair that has good elasticity.

Please keep me posted!

All the best,


 Editor’s Note: Tameeka is the Director of Global Eduction at Curl Prep Natural Hair Solutions 


An expert with more than 20 years of experience Tameeka’s goal is to teach women, men and children to embrance their coils, kinks, and curls and equip them with the tools and knowledge to grow their healthiest mane of hair ever! To connect with Tameeka please visit JadedTresses.com.

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