I came across a video by You Tuber Amber Renae where she talked about “texlaxing.” This was the first time ever hearing the term so I decided to do some research and find out exactly what it meant. I know all about relaxers or (creamy crack) and I’ve heard of texturizing so I came to the assumption that texlaxing must be less evasive than a relaxer but it still requires chemicals?
According to bellanaija.com, Texlaxing is a process whereby a relaxer is used to loosen the texture of hair without making it straight like relaxed hair. This means your hair is under-processed. For example, if you usually sit for 40 minutes with a relaxer in your hair, when you texlax that time reduces to about 20 minutes for the entire process, from start to finish.
The choice to go natural is a tough decision and takes serious patience if you choose to transition as opposed to the big chop. Studies show that 2/3 of black women were natural in 2014 and that number continues to grow at a rapid pace. Being natural has become a sisterhood. We see each other in the parking lot of Target and we give a smile or a nod. We are bonded by a conscious choice and a boatload of natural hair products. Go to the store when there is a sale on natural hair products and you will think you stepped into an Angela Davis convention. Curls, kinky, coily, frizzy for days. So what would be the benefit of telaxing as opposed to just going natural? I had to know…Here are 3 reasons I found
1. Texlaxed hair is a great concept when transitioning because it gives you the best of both worlds: You still have the manageability of a relaxer that will loosen your curls while getting some of the texture of natural hair. Texlaxing can also be a way to ease into going natural without the frustration that many transitioners go through. Your hair is also more manageable if you have a more kinkier texture or tighter curl.
2. There is more versatility with texlaxed hair. If you enjoy wearing your hair straight, texlaxing makes it easier to straighten, and even gives you more volume to work with. This way you can practice your natural hairstyles in preparation for your natural hair; or easily revert to relaxed hair if you don’t want to continue to natural hair.
3. Texlaxed hair is less damaged of course because you have less processing time than if you were relaxing hair. Texlaxed hair only takes half the time it takes for a relaxer.
Some things to be aware of
If you are transitioning and still have relaxer in your hair but are now texlaxing keep in mind that you may have some breakage when the different textures converge on each other. If this is you I would strongly suggest that you do the following before attempting to texlax already relaxed hair:
- Do a serious protein treatment prior to texlaxing. Aphogee has a good protein treatment but beware the smell if horrific but it will wash out.
- I would recommend using a no lye relaxer to texlax because it would be less damaging which means less breakage and healthier looking hair.
- Be sure to put conditioner or some sort of sealant on the relaxed hair before you texlax so that the relaxed hair doesn’t get overprocessed.
- Remember you are only texlaxing the new growth not the already relaxed hair. You will have to use spiral rods or braid outs to make the relaxed ends blend with the texlaxed hair.
- Whenever you use a relaxer always rinse with a neutralizing shampoo so your hairs ph levels return to normal.
So there you have it. If you are transitioning to natural or if you are fully natural but are unhappy with your curls, texlaxing may be another option for you as opposed to running back to the creamy crack. Here is a video by You Tuber Michelle B where she shows you how she texlaxes her hair. I hope this was helpful.
Do you think you would ever texlax your hair? Let me know in the comments