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The Truth Behind Transitioning to Texlaxed Hair

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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.

Have you tried texlaxing? What are your thoughts? Do you agree with me or not at all?

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12 thoughts on “The Truth Behind Transitioning to Texlaxed Hair

  1. Completely agree with you. I experienced a hair setback, where I needed to cut off about 3-4 inches, about 2 years ago due to breakage during my attempt to transition from relaxed to texlaxed. I asked my stylist to go back to relaxing “the regular way,” and my hair has recovered nicely. I don’t plan to texlax ever again, and will just transition to natural if I get to a point where I want more texture.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. It just seems like such a wild card to experiment with texlaxing. I’m glad you were able to find a way through it and back to healthy hair.

  2. Don’t agree. I just started texlaxing this year and without a salon and it’s been so simple. Please don’t try to delete disappoint females that want to give it a try

    1. Hey Latia! These are just my thoughts on the process. I haven’t made any attempts to texlax so I can appreciate your experience. Would you care to share your tips for doing it successfully? I think it would be helpful for people to read along with what I wrote. It’ll give a more pro/con view of transitioning to texlaxed hair.

  3. Seems like a big jump, to go from relaxed to natural just to get more texture. Big changes to styling methods, caring for the hair…

    Is the term texlaxed only used to describe hair that is intentionally under-processed (adding oils, limiting processing time), or can it also be used to describe any relaxed hair that is not fully straightened? Meaning, if someone has hair that is more resistant to relaxers, and the result is relaxed hair with texture (achieved without additions to the relaxer, etc) is that considered texlaxed hair?

    1. Personally, I only consider hair that is intentionally under-processed texlaxed. But I guess it depends on the person. And I agree, that “more texture” is probably one of many reasons why someone would transition.

  4. I accidentally ‘started texlaxing’ when I started self-relaxing. I used the normal strength relaxer I had used for years at the salon and followed the manufacturer’s directions to the letter (no added oil or conditioner, and leaving it on for the recommended time). I was left with hair that was not natural, but not bone straight either (my air-dried texlaxed hair is the texture of a blow out on my natural hair, if that helps).

    At first I was upset at having ‘messed up’ my hair, but then 2 things became apparent to me. One, my texlaxed hair was almost as strong and thick as and blended more easily with my natural new growth, making it easier to stretch my relaxers (I now relax 3 times a year and am looking to go to 2). And two, all those years of waiting until the relaxer started to burn, or until my stylist finished with another client, was overprocessing my hair, not relaxing it. Bone straight was never something I should have been trying to achieve anyway, and often meant leaving the relaxer on for at least twice as long as the manufacturer suggested. Once I realized this, I kept going and never looked back. I went from fine-to-medium waist-length bone straight hair to now having normal-to-thick bra-strap length ‘texlaxed’ hair (with about an inch or two of relaxed ends that will get trimmed off with my next relaxer in April or May).

    I agree that if you are adding things to your relaxer, or trying to get the entire process done in a few minutes, consistent results will be difficult. However I get consistent results every time, because I am simply following the manufacturer’s directions. ‘Texlaxed’ hair may not be for everyone; if you like your-hair bone straight all the time, then doing it chemically is probably better than flat-ironing it every week to get the same effect. For me, I like being able to wear fluffy braid-outs and bantu knot-outs without a lot of effort or holding products while still being able to get straight hair using a roller set and wrap. Just my 2 cents, and BTW I have been reading your blog for years and love it. So happy to see you posting again (although with 2 little ones I don’t know how you do it)!

    1. Isn’t it crazy how after decades of salon stylists allowing the relaxer to process on our new growth for 30 + minutes that we now come to think of that as relaxed hair and not overprocessed hair? And now when anyone relaxes their hair per the actual instructions we get put into the category of texlaxed because we aren’t bone straight. I’m often told that I’m texlaxed because of the texture of my hair too (especially now that I’m using a lye relaxer). But, like you, I don’t aim to texlax. I follow the instructions (actually I go over the time by 5-8 minutes) but I still get textured results. And as far as I’m concerned that will always be relaxed hair regardless of how it looks. I just refuse to refer to my hair as texlaxed because I don’t want anyone to confuse how I process my hair with intentionally texlaxing. This is because in my mind when you start researching texlaxed hair, you’ll end up in the arena of oils and silk amino acids. And I think that’s just a risky road to head down (see blog post above, lol).

      So I’m with you. I follow the instructions and relax my hair the same way every 5-6 months and have been able to get very consistent results. Some will call it texlaxed, but I won’t for the sake of clarity.

      And by the way, thanks for keeping up with my blog all these years (and in my absence). I really appreciate it, Tineybean!

  5. I texlax my hair .. and yes you are 100% right. Texlaxed hair can be very difficult. To be honest I have had some setbacks, but I’m loving my thickness. It is a ungoing battle but I have come so far .. lool

    1. Thanks for getting the point of my post, Eems! I wanted to post the reality of transitioning to texlaxed hair from relaxed hair. It’s only fair that difficulties as well as the benefits are shared. There’s definitely a way to successfully texlax hair, it just can be difficult to crack the code. You’ll get there!

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