I voted "NOT" easier, but at the same time I find strength in the hard work that comes with it. "Good things don't come easy". "To whom much is given much is required". It may seem like I'm reaching, but yes these quotes can be applied to hair. lol
At first finding what products work for you, but then it gets easier. Also being relaxed is much harder because of breakage and constant money beginning spent
Its easier when you don't have to go to the Salon once a week or every two weeks to get your hair done and waiting hours, you don't have to worry about not scratching your scalp (you know now that I think about it I don't scratch my scalp as often as I did when I had a relaxer), you don't have to worry about your hair messing up when it rains, and I don't have to worry about having the same hair style as anyone else.
I voted it is much easier in my opinion. Due to the fact that it's freedom hair. You don't have all the worries as with a relaxer. To me it takes more time to straighten my hair (when I had a relaxer) than it is to just use product, twist or braid it up and go. I don't have to spend my money anymore on salon visits, or sit in the salon waiting for a couple hours to get my hair done. If I travel, I do not have to tote blow dryers/flat irons around, worry about the rain, or be afraid to work out in fear of busting my do'. All I need is my comb/brush...fingers lol, and a couple of my fav hair products and that's it. I also agree with anonymous above, and I don't have to have the same cookie-cutter hairstyle as everyone else. :)
I was surprised at these numbers...i guess I find that the versatility of being natural adds to it's ease (at least for me)...when I became comfortable with wash-n-gos and my hair being "out" and the amount of growth I have retained once I fully grew out my relaxed hair...I knew my hair and I would no longer have such a strained relationship
I vote, the same as being relaxed. You have to look after your hair, when I first went natural, I had to relearn how to look after my hair, also my hair like moisture and deep conditioning treatments, henna and it is took five years to realise that, after I did, I started to retain more growth.