You've decided that bone straight hair as the result of relaxing is not what you want. Your hair doesn't look as thick and full as you'd like. However, curly or wavy hairstyles aren't always your thing, so texturizers aren't for you. Don't worry because there is an in-between process known as texlaxing.
What You Will Need
- Complete relaxer kit, including gloves and neutralizing shampoo
- Oil or conditioner: Olive oil and coconut oil are good choices for oils; your regular rinse-out conditioner will do if you choose to use a conditioner instead
- Plastic hair clips
How to Texlax
- Separate your hair into four sections. Part horizontally from ear to ear, and from front to back. Use clips to hold hair out of the way when not working on that section.
- Apply oil or conditioner to each section. Do not saturate your hair! It shouldn't be wet or damp, simply well-coated. Gently work through with a wide-tooth comb to ensure even coverage. Alternately, you may choose to add a small amount (approximately 1/4 cup) of oil or conditioner directly to the relaxer mix, making sure it's completely incorporated in it. This dilutes the straightening chemicals and weakens them when applied to your hair.
- Mix the relaxer as you normally would for a virgin hair application or touch-up, and apply to your hair as directed. Remember, only apply all over if your hair is 100% natural. Otherwise, apply as instructed for a touch-up.
- Leave the relaxer on for anywhere between three to ten minutes. Timing is often the most difficult part of texlaxing. Check your desired pattern by gently pulling a small section of hair. Once it resembles an 'S', your processing time is complete. If it's straight upon pulling, it's overprocessed.
- Follow the directions for rinsing and shampooing with a neutralizing cleanser.
- Apply a conditioner/deep conditioner and rinse out as directed.
- Style as desired.
Tips for Successful Texlaxing
- Because timing is so crucial, this is one of the more difficult processes to get perfectly right the first time. Unfortunately, if your hair winds up overprocessed, there's nothing you can do to reverse it. As with other irreversible treatments, you have to wait for your new growth to come in. With texlaxing, it's better to err on the side of less time rather than more. This isn't the time to apply chemicals and then veg out in front of the television, especially since you only have several minutes to get it right. Stay close to your clock or timer and check your hair every minute or so.
- Smooth conditioner or oil over previously processed hair. This places a barrier between the relaxer and your tresses in case the chemicals spill over.
- Enlist a friend's help to reach the back areas of your head. It's not easy to self-texlax once you reach the back. Having another set of eyes and hands can help ensure the process goes more smoothly than trying to manipulate a mirror or simply guess what's going on back there.
One of the reasons some women resort to texlaxing is to make their tresses more manageable, particularly when it comes to straightening with thermal tools. Although you can wear a wash-and-go with ease, texturizing is usually the process someone resorts to when they want to sport curls most of the time. Texlaxing, when done correctly, provides your tresses with more body and fullness than a bone straight relaxer. Also, the lesser amount of time the chemicals stay on your hair, as well as the barrier created with oil or conditioner, cuts down on damage.