Texlaxing, Texlaxed Hair and Texturizing all seem like the best of both worlds in the battle of team natural versus team relaxed. You get (1) more texture = more volume than relaxed hair; (2) you get more strength = less breakage than relaxed hair; (3) you get more manageability than your natural hair with the looser texture; and (4) you can still easily achieve straight styles. Well, the dirty truth about transitioning to texlaxed hair is that it’s hard — very hard. And getting a consistent texture is close to impossible which typically leads to a whole host of problems that start to make you wonder if transitioning to texlaxed hair is actually the worst of both worlds?
How to Transition to Texlaxed Hair?
Texlaxed hair is somewhere between relaxed and natural. It’s chemically straightened hair with a lot more texture. And if you are currently relaxed and want texlaxed hair instead, you’ll probably transition to texlaxed hair. Just switch your relaxer application process to a texlax application process and let the texlaxed hair slowly grow in over time. There are a few routes to take with each touch up: (1) you decrease your relaxer application time; (2) you add oil to the relaxer to slow down its processing speed; and/or (3) I’ve seen some people add strength to their relaxer or hair prior to relaxing using silk amino acids. The silk amino acids limit the relaxer’s ability to breakdown the bonds in the hair, i.e it doesn’t fully process your hair.
The Truth About Transitioning to Texlaxed Hair.
The “how to texlax” sounds pretty straight forward, right? But these are the questions that should be popping into your head: How much oil/silk amino acids to add? How long to process my hair? How do I ensure the same texture with each “relaxer”/texlax day? And those, my dear, are the million dollar questions. The answers to those questions require case by case investigations. That means a bit (or a lot) of trial and error. If you can commit to that trial and error period, then go for it! But for most people, after so many tester texlaxing applications you end up with multiple textures. (And it’s not just within the texlaxed versus relaxed portions of your hair. You’ll start to see different textures within the texlaxed portion too.) All those textures within the single strands of hair lead to frustration and/or breakage 100% of the time, which is exactly what most are aiming to minimize with their decision to transition to texlaxed hair.
The Inevitable Progression.
The journey from relaxed to texlaxed to natural is a common one. And the way I see it, the varying hair textures become a source of so much stress that they start to think, “This is so much work detangling. I’m already half way to natural, why not completely eliminate the hassle of processing my hair?” Or they realize, “Ughh! My hair has all these different textures and there’s so much breakage. A corrective at this point may make me bone straight or add to the breakage. Being natural has to be less stressful.“
My Final Thoughts on Texlaxed Hair.
It’s a true dilemma! And I’m not knocking the women who have ended up going down the path of relaxed to texlaxed to natural. Especially, since I look at most of their hair now and they look amazing and incredibly happy with their final decision. My only point of sharing this information with you is to say, don’t bother with the texlaxing. Unless you are going to professional stylist who has a proven track record with texlaxing hair, I wouldn’t even consider it seriously. The day that I’m looking for more texture in my hair, I’ll just go natural and skip the whole texlaxed thing.
NOTE: I know some look at my wet hair and tell me that I’m texlaxed. But the truth is my relaxer application time is 21-23 minutes every time. The texture I get is just what results even though I exceed the suggested application time. Also, I add nothing to my new growth or relaxers.