Pros And Cons Of Texlaxed Hair

Straight hair close upCon: 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.

Con: Reversion


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.

Conclusion

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.

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About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

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Comments

    1. Jessika Hispinklove Adams
      Jessika Hispinklove Adams

      what is the difference between telaxer and texturizer chemical wise? My daughters hair was relaxed (permed) before and it was breaking off so for the last year I have NOT put a perm in her hair. but the new growth is so THICK, not at all like it was BEFORE.. I just want to calm it down a lil bit for better manageability. was thinking texturizure, but?????? on the fence due to lack of info. THANX

    2. Nicole Perez
      Nicole Perez

      I read the link, and one version is to apply a regular relaxer, only you leave it on for a fraction of the time. It is just on long enough to calm some of the crazy and will result in more manageability. I have been doing this for about 15 years.. had no idea it was a ‘thing’ until stumbling upon this page. The hardest part for me is just staying at the new growth by myself since I use an at home solution– I need to enlist my daughter next time! I love the versatility, easier maintenance and less damage. I am not a professional, but I use a home product, apply only a lower strength product so I don’t process too fast and end up with bone straight hair, missing the objective completely. I make it easy on myself and use the “fine hair” timing chart on the shortest times to take my guesswork out to get it to how I like it. You could do a small section test in the back underneath and gauge/adjust from there. Pin curl the section to avoid re-processing. Take your time to do it right 🙂

  1. Tandon Bunch
    Tandon Bunch

    It would be about the same. Texturizer is just a milder form of a relaxer (in essence) and you could say it was texlaxed if you had a texturizer. Also many people you relaxers to texturize as well.

  2. Morgan Stroud
    Morgan Stroud

    I read somewhere the chemicals in them are different. Either way I’ve been texlaxing & love my stronger hair.

  3. Perplexed

    I simply love the look, feel and ease of my texlaxed hair. It took 3 tries to get it correct but the 3rd time had a more consistent and softer look. It’s now easier to maintain. I did not have the time or patience to spend hours detangling. I’m so happy that I decided to do this before I just gave up and went back to the bone straight relaxer.

  4. Laura DJH

    My relaxer of choice is the ORS Olive Oil No-Lye Relaxer™ – Normal Strength. It’s been about 5 weeks since my last relaxer and I’m going to try to wait until the end of Feb. 2014 before I have a retouch. I’m hoping that my retouch will be my first time texlaxing.

    For all of you that are texlaxing, what is your method?
    Are you leaving the relaxer in for a shorter time and if so, how many minutes are you averaging?
    Are you weakening your relaxer? If so, how are you doing that? This is the method I’d like to use but I didn’t know that you could weaken a relaxer. I know the article mentioned olive oil but I’m wondering if you could use coconut oil or any other natural oils or products.

    I’ve just started researching this so I don’t have much info yet. Thanks for any help you can give as I begin my healthy hair journey 🙂

  5. Kashmere Noel
    Kashmere Noel

    Unfortunately texlaxing still makes hair a lot more susceptible to thinning and breakage than being all natural :/

  6. Grace

    TO ME THE EASIEST THING IS HAVING A TEXTURIZER DONE.

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