I love my natural hair…period. I love the texture, color, versatility and unpredictability it offers me daily and that even means on the so-called ‘bad hair days’. I am a natural of almost a decade and although the journey has had several ups and downs the path is paved with positivity and rainbows as far as I am* concerned.
That is why I would never get a texturizer in my hair and find them unnecessary as well as detrimental to my natural hair journey. No judgement on anyone who has thought about it, tried it or who happens to be rocking one right now. Your path is yours and mine is mine so how we choose to get to healthy hair is ours to take. I get and respect that. I am Just sharing what I would never do.
Often, smart people say, “Never say never”, because our truth is fluid. What may be our truth one day, month or year may drastically change with the right circumstances or one may just feel differently about the same topic later in life. It is also hard to determine just what you might do in the perfect storm that will alter your way of thinking.
Too many variables to say such a statement and mean it but at my present state I fully believe I will never texturize my hair. I’ve complied a list on why the thought texturizing my hair is not only ridiculous (for me) but downright impossible:
The bottom-line is texturizers are unpredictable. There are clear differences between relaxers and texturizers and many are unaware of this and make bad decisions as a result. “Relaxers are typically left on the hair anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, while texturizers shouldn’t be left on for more than five to 10.” That is a really short amount of time so you should work fast and for the desired result you must adhere to the time.
The purpose of the two are very different as well. Relaxers are meant to straighten the curl whereas texturizers are meant to remove only some of the curl. Now, how can you properly determine just how much will be removed? You just cannot and that is the biggest problem with them.
Often, naturals who try texturizers end up with some coily hairs with straight hairs and the overall evenness they had of texture is gone. There needs to be constant conditioning and protein treatments and applying heat is not a good idea because of this.
Just like relaxers, touch-ups are necessary and the end result may not mirror the previous results you have had. If I am going to go through all that trouble, I might as well relax my hair and know exactly what I am getting. Since I do not want nor desire bone straight hair this seems like a bad idea for me.
Originally posted 2014-10-16 15:00:00.