Four Reasons I Would Never Texturize My Natural Hair

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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:

Unpredictable results

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.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. Alishya Lockhart
    Alishya Lockhart

    DON’T DO IT…I called myself doing it and jacked my up in the worse way ever…I was depressed for some time…so I end up getting it all cut out but my style end up real cute

  2. Mesha Davis
    Mesha Davis

    Did it to my daughters hair n end up regretting it….thinking about giving her a perm now

    1. Nefertari Azure
      Nefertari Azure

      Don’t put chemicals on top of chemicals, her hair will fall out. Just let it grow out some and cut off the texturized ends.

  3. Steen How

    Why? It’s still a chemical. No Thank You!

  4. Jamie Carter-Bailey
    Jamie Carter-Bailey

    Look.. whether you are natural or relax we should embrace and uplift all women. We already have enough stigmas no need to add more unnecessarily. #allwomenarebeautiful#uplifteachother#wearepowerful

    1. Malakah Angellia Gladston
      Malakah Angellia Gladston

      Did you not read the article????? Did she not say that she’s NOT knocking anyone else, just sharing something about HERSELF??? Did it appears as if she’s not “uplifting” anyone or just sharing HER experience…smdh

    2. Sabrina Richmond Perkins
      Sabrina Richmond Perkins

      I just wanted to share my reasons for not wanting a texturizer. My path is not the same path as anyone else’s and I judge no one for wanting one.

  5. Andrea Angie Tater
    Andrea Angie Tater

    Worst mistake had to cut my 7year old daughter shoulder length hair after retouching it…… it’s a lie it is just as harsh as a relaxer or I should not have put the remainder on the processed hair.

  6. Malakah Angellia Gladston
    Malakah Angellia Gladston

    LOL women going natural but still can’t fully accept their natural hair so they have to get a texturizer. Still having a hard time accepting their real hair texture. Smh

    1. Malakah Angellia Gladston
      Malakah Angellia Gladston

      NOTHING is easy, our jobs are difficult, being a parents is difficult, being discriminated against is difficult……hell, living in this country is damn difficult but we all deal. Our HAIR is just a SMALL portion of “difficult” that we have to deal with. Just deal with it!

  7. Jamie Carter-Bailey
    Jamie Carter-Bailey

    Malakah Angellia Gladston I never said she did at all!!! My comment wasn’t defensive or putting her down . I’m so sorry you feel some type of way about my opinion . Just as she share her experience I shared my opinion. I’m not sure where your aggression or attitude came from but my intent was to add to what she said. It’s all in preferences , just because two do and one doesn’t it doesn’t make either greater then the next it’s about preference and what works for that individual. Good day to you

  8. Mahogany Tolbert
    Mahogany Tolbert

    I dont see anything wrong with the article. I dont see anyone putting anyone with a relaxer or texturizer down, just reason why they wouldnt. Which are good reason not to get one (Shrugs)

  9. Toy Jaynell
    Toy Jaynell

    I text my hair,some people text their hair or child’s hair like they would do a perm,which is the wrong way.its best to go to a salon and let them do it if you don’t know what to do

  10. Jamie Carter-Bailey
    Jamie Carter-Bailey

    Thank you DrKrishenna M Patrick …. it was a general based comment just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t make me right and you wrong or vice versa. Why can’t people have difference of an opinion without it getting nasty smh. It’s not that serious gheesh lmbo

  11. Tiffany Marie Banks
    Tiffany Marie Banks

    Hey license cosmo here and plz dont believe the hype a texturizer IS a relaxer. Its not “softer,” “less harsh,” or “safer.” Im not judging those who do it but know the truth. FYI your hair’s ph is 4.5-5.5 and relaxers start at around 9.5 depending on the brand with 12 being the highest on the ph scale….you do the math.

  12. MsCDwel

    True. I used a perm once that really acted like a texturizer. Hated it. Released just enough curl to make it shaggy and virtually not hold any curls, and hair was dry and lifeless. I let it grow out and never used again.

  13. Kelleigh

    A texturizer is still bad, you might as well get a perm if you get that. No chemicals or heat good for the head.

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