Some of the most viewed posts on this blog are the ones related to stretching natural hair, especially after washing. Shrinkage is one the main challenges for women with natural hair. A lack of understanding about shrinkage can lead many to conclude that their natural hair is unmanageable or difficult to tame. Some have also had bad experiences related to shrinkage, such as irreparable tangles and breakage. Others may not like how shrinkage hides the true length of their hair and get tired explaining yet again, how they didn’t cut their hair or recently go natural. However, shrinkage is more important than we give it credit for.