Does roaching make a mane grow in thicker?

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Does roaching make a mane grow in thicker?

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    08-16-2009, 04:02 PM
Does roaching make a mane grow in thicker?

I propose an experiment to determine if this is fact or fallicy. The method is:
1. Take picture before roaching, but after brushing.
2. Take picture of roached mane.
3. Wait 6 months - post another picture of the mane growing in.
4. Wait another 6 months - post yet another picture of the now mostly grown in mane.
5. Let's compare picture number 3 to picture number 1 and see if we can tell the difference in thickness.

If any grooming products are used in the process that should be noted.

Personally, I'm not taking part, but I sure would be interested in the results. My horses need their manes for the flies here LOL.
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    08-17-2009, 12:49 PM
Someone at our county fair roached their horse's mane and the year before that horse had a really nice mane in my opinion, I could try to find out why they did it. I have personally thought about roaching my mare's mane just because I hate to braid her mane for shows but she has a beautiful mane so my trainer won't let me lol.
    08-17-2009, 01:53 PM
I think that with some horses, it does. My mustang Koda has always had a very long, thick mane but it was uniform in it's thickness. Last summer, he wore a part about 5 inches long off in the middle down to the follicles. Now it is growing in much thicker than the rest of his mane.

I know that when I was a kid, my hair was ridiculously thin and stringy. Mom started trimming it about once every 2 weeks and it started growning in thicker and darker (but that may just be because I was growing up too, I don't know).

Here is another one that will trip you out (people hair though). My aunt Carla had cancer about 5 years ago. Before, she had bright red, very straight hair that went down to her ankles. After she went through chemo she lost her hair. When it grew back in, it was a light brown and wavy.
    08-17-2009, 02:52 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    

Here is another one that will trip you out (people hair though). My aunt Carla had cancer about 5 years ago. Before, she had bright red, very straight hair that went down to her ankles. After she went through chemo she lost her hair. When it grew back in, it was a light brown and wavy.
This actually happens alot. One of my friends had cancer and after he went through chemo and lost all his hair it grew back very very blonde and thick too. He used to have thin dark brown hair.
    08-17-2009, 04:14 PM
Ok, off topic, but I have a story about hair turning colours too. My girlfriend was a full-fledged brunette. She went into hospital due to complications of pregnancy, lost the child :( and came out of hospital a platinum blonde.
    08-17-2009, 04:44 PM
I think when you roach a mane and let it grow back it gives the appearence of being thicker because everything grows back even and any ends that were broken can re-grow.
    08-17-2009, 09:00 PM
Matisan I think you have a good point.

Maybe I should do my own experiment after all, but only roach PART of her mane....Hmmm...I just might consider it if tomorrow is as bad as today has been. How long do you all think it would take to grow back? Right now her mane is just a regular ordinary length I think. Nothing to crow about, but certainly a decent looking mane.
    08-17-2009, 09:01 PM
I don't know if this is an old wives tail or not but I have always heard that if you pull a hair out by the roots, then the follicle devides or something and 2 hairs grow back in where there was previously only 1.
    08-18-2009, 12:50 AM
It certainly grows in healthier. Idk, I would think it grows in thicker....I'll have to see, too, I roached my welsh's mane
    08-18-2009, 08:33 PM
Crap... of course you do this AFTER I roach his mane!!!! Now I have to see if I have any pics of him before I roached it!! Lol

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