Con: Demarcation Line Breakage
If you should decide to transition to texlaxed, it will be a long road before you are done (unless you’re bold and decide to big chop).
Just as with transitioning to natural you have to pay extra attention to your hair’s moisture levels, especially at the line of demarcation (where your texlaxed hair meets your bone straight hair). This area is more susceptible to damage and it is no cake-walk managing the two different textures.
Pro: Style Versatility
Your hair will be more full bodied and have a little texture making it a playground for all sorts of styles. Defined twist outs, bantu knots, braid outs, whatever your hair desires.
Plus, on the days when bone straight hair is calling your name, you’re only a flat iron away. It’s the best of both worlds really.
This definitely brought me back to my natural hair days when my mother would give me a nice press out and I’d go outside to be met with frizz and a full afro.
Of course it’s not as bad with texlaxed hair, but if you’re a weave or extension wearer and you’d like to keep your hair straight blending is an extra challenge. In the warmer months the flat iron will beckon you and you’ll probably fall for it trying to get that leave out hair straight.
Unfortunately once humidity gets to your hair that leave out will start looking more kinky straight that sleek straight and there is nothing worse than terrible blending.
My advice is ultimately to steer clear of weaves unless you opt for a curly style or find a texture that matches your hair even when reverted.
Texlaxing can be a happy medium for those of us who don’t want to be completely natural, but also aren’t completely committed to their bone straight hair and the limited length potential that goes along with it. Plus, there can be added style versatility that comes with your thicker, semi-curly strands.
If you think texlaxing will give you the same benefits you want from your relaxer with a little less work you’d be right…almost; healthy hair always requires work and a steady regimen regardless of what state it’s in. Ultimately, healthy hair is happy hair.
Originally posted 2013-09-24 15:00:51.