I’m a sucker for a good challenge/project to throw myself into. Freshmen year I wanted to master healthy relaxed hair. Last year I became a health nut/fitness guru. More recently, I started my transition to texlaxed hair.
There is an unexplainable joy in finding a new topic to engross yourself in and master. At the same time, change is always scary because you don’t know what to expect.
Once you’ve established a routine it is easy to become dependent on it, especially in hair care. When that happens, a type of separation anxiety and perhaps even panic sets in when it comes time to tweak or totally change what you’ve become accustomed to.
The cold hard truth, is that once you’ve gotten your hair routine down it is almost always time to change it, because as your hair gets healthier it needs different things.
Knowing this to be true kind of prepared me for the transition to being texlaxed because I realized that although I already had a routine going for myself while I was getting my frequent relaxers, it would have to change sometime.This new routine would come with a slew of new lessons.
As expected the transition to being texlaxed has taught me a lot. Here are the top five lessons learned:
1. You are two steps away from natural
Perhaps I was lost in the excitement of thicker more luscious hair and I skipped over this part in my research, but the lack of bone straight hair definitely lends itself to a more natural experience.
I hadn’t realized that this would be an issue until this summer when I discovered that the heat meant my straight hair only stayed straight for half of the time and then would revert to curly. Heat and humidity play a vital role in reversion. Needless to say braid outs and twists have become my new best friends.
2. Thicker hair means more work on wash day
Confession: I hate wash day because it takes so long to do it right. Washing in sections, multiple trips to the shower, sitting under the dryer and then styling is enough work to send anyone into exhaustion.
Plus, you have to move steadily and gently during the process by washing and styling in sections. I used to cheat because my hair was thinner, but now with these thicker strands from texlaxing (and the different textures I’m managing) there are more chances for tangles, so that means no shortcuts. Even though it’s harder and more work, the payoff is worth it.
Originally posted 2013-12-03 15:00:30.