A reader asks:

I tried self-relaxing for the first time, and my hair came out seriously underprocessed. I’m really worried about breakage now. Have you had breakage since you started texlaxing and if so, how have you dealt with it?
I’ve definitely experienced breaking at the line of demarcation, where my new growth meets my texlaxed hair, and also were my texlaxed hair meets my relaxed bone-straight hair. In terms of protein versus moisture, I’ve found that keeping my hair moisturized has been the route to go. I alternate the days I moisturize my new growth and the days I moisturize my texlaxed/bone straight ends.

Every other day, I focus specifically on my new growth. I used to take a spray bottle and fill 1/2 water and 1/2 Hairveda Whipped Creme Ends and spray that directly to new growth and massage it in. Then I found Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme and now use that on my new growth because it’s much lighter, absorbs more easily, and doesn’t leave my hair with an oily feel.

The remaining days, I moisturize and seal, focusing on the boundary between my texlaxed hair and bone straight hair. I hope that was clear. Keeping these areas moisturized has helped my hair maintain elasticity, thereby decreasing breakage.

While I do place more focus on moisture to curb any breakage due to my three textures, I do protein treatments every 6 weeks or so, as well as using Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. I swear this serum is a breakage-halter in a bottle. Sometimes I use it to seal my moisturizer and sometimes before I bun, I apply a bit before tucking my ends away. This serum works best on my processed hair than my new growth. I actually don’t bother sealing when I’m only moisturizing my new growth. I seal my moisturizer with either grapeseed oil or Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum when I’m working on the length of my hair.

Lastly, I never skip on deep conditioning after I wash my hair, especially after I’ve done a protein treatment.

Hope this helps!



  1. Hello!
    I just came across your blog, and although I understand you are no longer texlaxed, I was wondering if you could help me?
    I just started my texlaxed journey with my first texlax on one year’s worth of virgin hair a few months ago. I used the ORS Lye relaxer in Normal Strength (first time I used lye!) and to about 6oz of relaxer, I added 1 tbsp of olive oil. I plan on doing my next texlax about three weeks from now, when I am 12 weeks post (instead of 55, which caused a lot of breakage haha).

    Would it be advisable to add oil directly to the jar of (lye) relaxer “once for all time”, so that from now in every time I want to texlax my hair from the same jar I don’t need to add oil; or should I only add oil to the amount of relaxer I will be using on each texlax day? Would the relaxer “go bad”, or something, if I added oil now so that whenever I need to touch up I just scoop without adding oil? Or must I only add oil for each touch up I do?

    I hope that makes sense haha.

    Thank you in advance!

  2. Hi there, how often do you texlax your hair or how long do you stretch your relaxer?

  3. If you're suffering from breakage, especially from a relaxer or texturizer, I recommend the transitioning kit from Nutress Hair. Even if you're not trying to transition, the regimen will allow you to transfer from damaged to healthy hair. Also, they have a GREAT one step protein treatment-the Protein Pack for Extremely Damaged Hair.

  4. Hi Jeni, do you moisturize and seal your relaxed ends daily. I've been moisturizing and sealing my ends nightly but I'm finding that causing my relaxed end to break, mostly at nape area.

  5. Oh wow…I didn't realize Michelle posed the same exact question already. Oops.

  6. I'm experiencing more breakage and shedding while being texlaxed. I've been wearing buns to shelter my hair from the cold. I alternate my protein/moisture DC's and moisturize and seal almost daily. I don't think it's my line of demarcation though. I think it's the texlaxed strand being a different texture. Because I'm not relaxing bone straight, I can never get my hair 'under processed' the same way twice. Each touch up is coming out a different texture. I'm using the same relaxer and leaving it on the same amount of time. Any tips on a corrective relaxer or what I may be doing wrong with my texlax method that is causing the 5011 textures? Thanks in advance.

  7. Hi,
    Although I've been on my hair journey a little over a year, I've only recently stumbled upon your blog. One word: Love!!!!

    I, too, am texlaxed and have only about 2 inches of bone straight hair at the ends of my hair (hovering between APL and BSL). I have texlaxed my hair three times since beginning my hair journey, about once every 4-6 months. Anyway, my question for you is how do you achieve similar textures after each texlax? Each time I texlax, I wind up with a different texture varying from almost untouched to a few steps away from bone straight. This results in different hair textures along each hair shaft, which can make for breakage (except that I protective style every day [literally every day]). Also, I feel I should mention that I always use Phytospecific relaxer Index 2 (with the exception of the first relaxer in which I used Index 1) and always add 1/4 of EVOO to the mix. Any advice?

  8. This is Excellence Coach! Smh you're the BEST! Ljquinn

  9. I took your advice and it worked. Very relieved!

    Thank you so much!!!

  10. Hey there, I wonder if you could help me?

    Last time I went to the hairdresser, she ended up underprocessing my hair by accident. NOw, 2 weeks afterwards, I've noticed that I'm having alot more breakage at root. It's not shedding and I think it may be the line of demarcation.

    I usually do a moisturising DC (elasta qp intense fortifying hair conditioner)every week but I decided to try a protein DC (keratin 2 min recon) as a change because sometimes my hair is definitely too mushy afterwards. Do you think the breakage is because of the protein treatment I tried or the underprocessing on my last relaxer? And if it's underprocessing, should I be using a protein treatment or a moisturising treatment to try to stop the breakage?

    Many thanks!!!Any/All help is appreciated!!!

    1. Author

      Hi Lou,
      If you normally use a moisturizing DC each week, I don't think one protein treatment would tip your balance towards the protein side and cause protein overload. Every head of hair is different but that's just my thought. I'd like to say your underprocessed hair is the culprit. Since you've already done a protein treatment, I'd say try the moisture approach next. When breakage at the line of demarcation rears its head, I find that moisture works best for me (although I still do protein treatment from time to time) to help restore the elasticity to prevent my hair from snapping at the line of demarcation. Hope this helps!

  11. I'm gonna make that a goal for March too…remembering to moisturize with a water and moisturizer mix, cant buy darcy's at the moment

  12. Great post! The PJ in me wants to try the Organix Anti-Breakage serum!!

  13. Oh ok, thanks! This makes sense. 🙂

  14. Hi, great post! I was wondering, if your hair is underprocessed, do you still wait the normal 10-16 weeks before doing a touch up or do you make an exception and touch up before 10 weeks? thx!

    1. Author

      I was not intentionally underprocessing my hair I would most likely wait about 6 weeks and do a corrective relaxer touch up, but because I do intentionally underprocess I stretch as normal.

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