I hear this question quite often in hair forums, groups and on blogs. It’s a funny word that has been around forever (or so it seems) and if I try and think back to the first time I ever heard it was when A Different World was on TV. Jada Pinkett was one of the new cast members and she was rocking a short cut, what we would now today call a TWA and her hair was curly or wavy.
Everyone loved it and said she just has a texturizer in her hair to make it look that way. Sorry, but back in the day, if you had wavy hair or curly hair and you were brown you must have put some chemicals in it to look that way, pardon our ignorance but that’s what we all thought. Anyway, fast forward to today and the word is popping up again and with less restrictions.
Back then, it was understood that if you had a texturizer you could only wear your hair ultra short and honestly, I have no idea why. Maybe it was because longer hair needed higher maintenance and most women were already using full blown relaxers on their longer hair.
I’m not sure, but the word has resurfaced with a new branding because it’s a way for some naturals to “calm down” their coils without going completely straight. First and foremost let us get the “is it natural?” question out of the way quickly, Texlaxing or using a texturizer changes the texture of the hair and is not considered natural. On laymans terms you can refer to it as a mild relaxer. If you need a text book definition we have that too:
A texturizer, tex-lax or any other spelling variations is “a mild form of a relaxer which is applied for a brief amount of time in an effort to only slightly relax the curl instead of straightening it. This is a chemical-based straightener. A relaxer can be used as a texturizer; simply leave it on the hair for less time than designated for straightening.” About.com