The topic of natural or relaxed hair is much like every other topic in the world today. They both have their pros and cons.

The chemicals contained in creams or lotions help create a relaxed hair texture by breaking down the hair’s natural curl pattern and overall texture which ends up leaving the hair with a sleek and/or straight appearance. This chemical alteration allows the hair to hold styles longer, and you don’t have to worry about hair expansion in humid weather.

Similarities and differences between natural hair and relaxed hair

Natural hair can be stronger and tougher than relaxed hair because chemicals have not stripped it. Natural hair fibres however have better volume, and bounce. Hair in its natural state has a high level of elasticity and this helps fight breakage. Relaxed hair on the other hand is softer and smoother than natural hair.

Furthermore, relaxed hair is easier to manage as it’s less prone to tangles and knots so you don’t have to spend a lot of time untangling daily, and it’s easier to comb. While natural hair is prone to tangling, making it time consuming to untangle and style your hair.

Lastly, natural hair is non-porous, the hair cuticles are close so it repels most times. For instance, if you want to colour your natural hair, you are going to need a semi-permanent or permanent colour. A developer will also be needed to open the cuticles seeps.

Some say a hair that is coloured is no longer natural, but that’s a discussion for another day. You should also know that permanent colour doesn’t damage hair the same way relaxers do. On the other hand, relaxed hair is porous and will soak up colour, oils and moisturiser with ease. For colouring your relaxed hair you’d need semi-permanent

or temporary hair colour and you do not want to over-process your hair as that can cause a lot of damage and possible hair loss.

Regardless of which you go for, both serve their purpose and if maintained right will serve you.

Did you find this helpful, will love to know your thoughts in the comments😊


Published by Favour.Uche

I am a natural hair enthusiast based in Lagos with a penchant for taking long walks and soliloquizing. I love meeting new people, trying new things and not being the conventional woman, I will be sharing from my hair journey.


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