Call me greedy, but when it comes to my hair I’ve always wanted the best of both worlds. There’s nothing better than hair versatility.
I’ve been caught plenty of times lustfully salivating over perfectly defined coils in great styles that could just as easily be straightened into silky straight locks.
My wishful daydreaming eventually led me to wondering how I could gain that versatility as someone without the guts to transition back to natural. Then I discovered texlaxing: the answer to my dreams.
After discovering what it was and how it was achieved I was still on the fence about it.
This indecisiveness has prevented (or saved depending on how you look at it) me from a lot of major hair changes including a deep burgundy dye job and Rihanna’s infamous pixie cut.
Needless to say I spent weeks reading up on texlaxing before finally deciding to take the plunge.
What Is Texlaxing?
Texlaxed hair is still relaxed hair of course; it is hair that has been deliberately under processed so that it maintains some of its texture and curl. There are lots of ways that ladies achieve this result, whether it be adding some type of carrier oil (ex: olive oil*) into the relaxer mixture to weaken it or just not leaving the relaxer in for its full recommended time.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not being texlaxed will work for you and your hair goals, there are lots of factors to consider. It’s certainly not a walk in the park, but no aspect of anyone’s hair journey is.
So before deciding what you want to do here are some pros and cons of texlaxed hair:
Since texlaxed hair is under processed it retains some of the thickness from your natural texture that you would ordinarily lose going bone straight. If your hair is already thin, like mine, this is a huge plus. Besides, who doesn’t love thick full bodied hair?
It’s hard to get the same texlaxed texture with every touch up and it will take a couple of tries to get your system nailed down. Plus, if you accidentally go bone straight for one touch-up you basically have to start over (yes, this has happened to me…don’t ask).
Pro: Healthier Hair
Personally, I’ve seen a lot less breakage with my own hair and you will also find that it is able to take a little more abuse than bone straight hair would. According, to some of my natural haired friends this is also true of their hair.
Picture it like this, black hair requires a bit more TLC in general despite what you do to it, then add in a relaxer which chemically breaks down hair to make it straight and it becomes a bit more needy.
Texlaxed hair falls somewhere in the middle; it’s not completely relaxed so you can baby your tresses a little less, but there is still some chemical breakdown.
Compared to bone straight hair, for me, it’s a lot less work to keep your mane in tip top shape when you are texlaxed.