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Old 07-15-2007, 06:11 PM
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Question Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

After reading the thread wanna go natural, it reminded me to ask the question I keep forgetting to ask every time I come to LHCF. Does relaxed hair grow much faster than natural hair?

I just happen to wonder because it seems that most ladies on here who are relaxed seem to have better hair growth progress in having relaxed hair and stretching in between touch ups. Believe me, I've seen some beautiful heads of hair on this forum that's natural, but it just seems so much easier to have relaxed hair and watch for the new growth, and care for it.

I've been natural for three years after transitioning from relaxed hair. I didn't realize however how much thicker and coarser my hair is. It also seems to grow much slower in comparison when I had relaxed hair. Does it have something to do with my curl pattern being much looser allowing moisture to sink in? I ask this because now that I'm natural, every time I add moisture, my hair seems to drink it up and dry out like a desert. I only wash twice a week and add light oils such as grapeseed and jojoba. But the only time I seem to be getting anywhere is when my hair flat ironed and not tightly coiled in natural curls. I hope to use caruso steam rollers to do the trick in making my hair a bit more manageable.

I apologize, I just had to vent out my frustration at that moment. But I am still curious for your answers and opinions.
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I believe that the growth rate is the same for healthy relaxed and natural heads. The difference that you are talking about may be in the retention of hair. I dont know, but if I were to theorize, maybe the looser curl pattern of relaxed hair facilitates (for some people) better retention because there is less manipulation?

Hmmmm.
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I've been natural and relaxed and my hair growth was the same. It's just harder to tell because of the shrinkage with natural hair.

And often times relaxers are dont improperly and cause damage so the hair is breaking and seems to grow more slowly.

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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

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After reading the thread wanna go natural, it reminded me to ask the question I keep forgetting to ask every time I come to LHCF. Does relaxed hair grow much faster than natural hair?

I just happen to wonder because it seems that most ladies on here who are relaxed seem to have better hair growth progress in having relaxed hair and stretching in between touch ups. Believe me, I've seen some beautiful heads of hair on this forum that's natural, but it just seems so much easier to have relaxed hair and watch for the new growth, and care for it.

I've been natural for three years after transitioning from relaxed hair. I didn't realize however how much thicker and coarser my hair is. It also seems to grow much slower in comparison when I had relaxed hair. Does it have something to do with my curl pattern being much looser allowing moisture to sink in? I ask this because now that I'm natural, every time I add moisture, my hair seems to drink it up and dry out like a desert. I only wash twice a week and add light oils such as grapeseed and jojoba. But the only time I seem to be getting anywhere is when my hair flat ironed and not tightly coiled in natural curls. I hope to use caruso steam rollers to do the trick in making my hair a bit more manageable.

I apologize, I just had to vent out my frustration at that moment. But I am still curious for your answers and opinions.
Generally this is true because (in short) the hairs are not causing friction amongst them selves.

IMO...what you do to your hair (relax, natural) has nothing to do with the growth. It is all about RETENTION. Hair grows from the INSIDE, what we do or don't do on the outside will make a difference in retention.

Maybe during your period of slower growth there was something going on internally, maybe you were stressed more, maybe you took for granted that your hair was natural and just going to grow so you didn't take care the best care of it like you did your relaxed hair. There are just so many variables...

Are you using the same products as when you were relaxed?

I wish you all the best and know you will get some great advice...hang in there girl!!
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I don't think the hair grows faster. It's all natural when it grows out of your scalp. I'm sure shrinkage with natural hair makes it appear that it isn't growing as much. Also, there's no new growth so you can't actually see where the new hair has come in.
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I don't think the hair grows faster. It's all natural when it grows out of your scalp. I'm sure shrinkage with natural hair makes it appear that it isn't growing as much. Also, there's no new growth so you can't actually see where the new hair has come in.
I agree...I think that shrinkage makes is seem link natural hair doesn't grow as fast, but I def. don't think that's true. My hair is THRIVING now...something it didn't do when I had relaxers, because the relaxers bothered my scalp so much.
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I agree...I think that shrinkage makes is seem link natural hair doesn't grow as fast, but I def. don't think that's true. My hair is THRIVING now...something it didn't do when I had relaxers, because the relaxers bothered my scalp so much.
I AGREE! My hair seems to be growing more now than ever and quicker (which its never done before). I think it appears, when you have a relaxer, to grow a lot quicker but its only because when you get a touch-up, you're only straightening out the new growth and so it feels like its growing faster. Honestly? its just because the new growth is straight....for years I believed this but then I realized I only noticed the growth when i touched-up and not really otherwise.

Even if you do just grow your hair out natural, imagine how much less breakage is faced versus the shedding from relaxers. I don't know this is just my personal experience- but the relaxers irritated me and made my hair thin something fierce..
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I don't believe that having relaxed hair makes your hair grow faster, just more noticeable. People that have natural hair have to give just as much TLC to their hair as relaxed people and that is where the common misconception is. I find that some naturals don't believe that they have to do anything to their hair because its natural,however, with the hair coiling around each other and constant friction it does take work. Even though my hair is short because I just BC'ed I notice that I have to work moisturizers down my hair shaft where before I could just apply and run through. Nope not now, I apply dabs in sections and ensure its getting to my ends. I can tell that this is going to take longer when my hair gets longer but that is okay with me, its just something that I have to do. Natural hair takes just as much care and maybe even more so then relaxed hair....
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

As a WHOLE (everyone has varying factors) I don't think one type grows faster than another.

You just SEE the length more because there is less shrinkage with relaxed hair.
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Isn't ng natural hair...

We don't have relaxed hair growing OUT of our head

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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

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Generally this is true because (in short) the hairs are not causing friction amongst them selves.

IMO...what you do to your hair (relax, natural) has nothing to do with the growth. It is all about RETENTION. Hair grows from the INSIDE, what we do or don't do on the outside will make a difference in retention.

Maybe during your period of slower growth there was something going on internally, maybe you were stressed more, maybe you took for granted that your hair was natural and just going to grow so you didn't take care the best care of it like you did your relaxed hair. There are just so many variables...

Are you using the same products as when you were relaxed?

I wish you all the best and know you will get some great advice...hang in there girl!!
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I really want to try henna, but fear that it will cause my hair to clump together.
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I was relaxed for over 15 years and I'm natural now. My hair grew fast with the relaxer and without it. The difference is, I actually retain more healthy hair (thickness all the way to the ends) with natural hair than I did with relaxed hair. I can grow long hair either way, but being natural allows me a little more freedom so I'm not babying my hair all of the time to retain the ends. You can definitely see the length more in relaxed hair, but you can flat iron natural hair occassionally to see the length as well.
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I believe that the growth rate is the same for healthy relaxed and natural heads. The difference that you are talking about may be in the retention of hair. I dont know, but if I were to theorize, maybe the looser curl pattern of relaxed hair facilitates (for some people) better retention because there is less manipulation?

Hmmmm.
As a natural I agree.
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I retain length easier with natural hair...but either way it grew the same rate.
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

Both hair relaxed and natural grows the same, but with natural hair, there is shrinkage and it is sometimes difficult to see the growth.
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I voted it depends on the person and hair type that determines the growth rate. Hair grows nonetheless and it depends on how you take care of your hair that determines how much you retain, which is important for noticing that your hair is growing. Relaxers straighten the hair, so it looks as if it's growing faster, but I've seen to many natural ladies on here whose natural hair grows like a weed to believe otherwise!
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Default Re: Does Relaxed Hair Grow Faster than Natural Hair?

I could not retain growth beyond BSL with relaxers. Now that I am natural, I am able to retain the growth and my hair is longer than it ever was relaxed. If the growth rate is better now, it has to do with other factors, like nutrition, rather than the relaxed/natural difference. IMO.
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My hair grows faster natural than relaxed. For me the chemicals slowed down my growth.
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I get the same growth as a natural that I did when my hair was relaxed.
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A relaxer does not change the growth rate of your hair.
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