calling all reformed relaxed-heads

i started relaxing when i was about nine or so and continued until i was around 16. im now 2 years post and flat iron from time to time.
heres whats interesting: when i flat iron now that im natural ive noticed that my hair always feels waaaay better than it ever did with the relaxer. it feels smoother, as more body, and actually blows through the wind. in many ways it behaves similar to what i would imagine naturally straight hair is like.
is this due to different product usage and my hair just generally bing more healthy? thats all i can think of. im now questioning why i even got a relaxer in the first place! if i would have kknown at the time that my natural hair could do whatever i wanted it to i would have never had to go through that miserable transistion year! ughh....atleast now i know better =]

has anyone experienced anything similar to this?
3c/4a fotki [update 4/18/09]
approaching BSL
BC 4/26/08! Last relaxer April '07

aussie moist /suave coconut conditioner (cowash/leave-in)
long aid activator gel
random condish+honey+olive oil+cocnut milk+whole milk+conditioner (DT)
finger combing>>>>Tangle Teaser

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