Since I’ve started my hair journey, a little over 2 years now, a common question I get is “What is Texlaxed”? If you break down the word it basically means you are relaxed but leaving texture in your hair.
As a texlaxed girl, I do not relax my hair to be bone straight. Processing your hair to the bone straight texture would completely break down the proteins in your hair causing it to be really easy to break. I prefer to have more texture in my hair and in turn maintaining some of the strength of my hair allowing it to thrive.
You can go about texlaxing a number of ways. I’ve heard of some people who just underprocess the hair by keeping a relaxer in their hair for a shorter amount of time than what the manufacturers suggest. There are some who will apply the relaxer and rinse out immediately after completing a section of their hair.
If you watched my Texlax Day series over on the Kay’s Ways YouTube channel, you would have seen how I go about my self texlaxing process. I like to coat the ends of my hair (basically everywhere I don’t want to be processed by the relaxer) with an coconut oil or even petroleum jelly. You just want to be sure if you any of the relaxer gets on the shaft of this portion of the hair, it shouldn’t absorb in, making sure not to overprocess a section of hair that has already been relaxed.
When it comes to mixing the relaxer, in the past I”ve added conditioner in addition to natural oils but with my last relaxer I felt confident enough where I could just add some oil to the mixture. Using such a gentle relaxer as the Creme of Nature Straght from Eden Relaxer System made me feel confident enough not to have to add a lot of extra stuff to it.
(By the way, I was right; this was like the best relaxer ever!!! Be sure to check out the full review I wrote on the Creme of Nature Straight From Eden relaxer system here.)
Texlaxing my hair with this less harmful relaxer, has helped the overall health of my hair, allowing it to thrive and grow thicker while still being manageable. I love the extra texture to my hair and let’s not forget about the strength.
If I had to say there was a downside to it, it is the fact that since I do it myself, i have multiple lines of demarcation since I probably don’t stop relaxing exactly where the new growth ends but I don’t mind it at all. Through trial and error in my hair journey, I found that texlaxing works really well with my hair since I’m not yet ready for that natural hair life. I love the look of it though, (just not the extra work, trust me I know, I did a 7 month stretch from not relaxing my hair at all last year) so having my texlaxed hair lets me have the versatility of doing the twist outs, braid outs, bantu knots and other styles for that big hair look.
Of course, using any kind of relaxing method requires you add a lot more moisture back to your hair. As I mentioned, I have different textures running through my hair so I like to use only Jamaican Black Castor Oil for the roots of my hair. Then I focus my moisturizer more on the ends and shaft of the hair and seal all that moisture in with my Coconut Oil.
My regimen has been working so far and I am happy to have nursed my hair my hair back to health after that terrible incident that happened two years ago (if you missed what made me start my Texlaxed Hair Journey check that out here). Through trial and error I have found the products and methods that work for my hair.
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