Pros and Cons To Texlaxing

Amy asks: 

Hi Jen, what are some of your highs and lows of texlaxing? Why did you decided to texlax your hair instead of continuing bone straight?

Hi Amy, when I first started my hair journey I relaxed my hair bone straight and had no idea that “texlaxing” was an option. When I first started out, I actually saw texlaxing, which is just a fancy name for purposely underprocessing your hair, as a bad thing. It wasn’t so much that I preferred bone straight relaxed hair, it was the only thing I knew because prior to committing to self-relaxing in May, 2011, I only went to stylists for my touch ups and my stylists had one agenda: smooth out all texture. I didn’t realize I was “texlaxing” my hair until August, 2011 and by then I had fallen in love with the thicker texture and decided to transition to texlaxed. Bye bye bone straight hair.

Touch up – March 2012

 

PROS

Thicker, bigger hair.  My hair is dense but I have fine strands so the biggest reason for texlaxing my hair is the thicker texture I retain by under-processing my hair.

Less breakage. My thicker texlaxed hair withstands manipulation much better than my bone straight ends. Here’s my theory: relaxers straighten hair by breaking down the protein bonds in hair; the more protein bonds are broken in the hair shaft, the processed/straighter the hair is. So in my mind it follows that less protein bonds are being broken when I texlax and my hair as a result retains more strength.

 

CONS

Breakage between the two textures. It may seem like I’m contradicting myself because I listed less breakage as a plus to texlaxing but the breakage I’m referring to here is at the line of demarcation between my texlaxed hair and my relaxed hair. My breakage between the textures hasn’t been horrible (and I walked in expecting some breakage) but as the months have gone by, my bone straight ends have thinned out more.

Different textures have different needs. Managing my three different textures has been the biggest, most frustrating part of this transition to texlax. My bone straight hair reacts differently to products than my texlaxed hair does. For example, my bone straight hair likes Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm while my texlaxed hair doesn’t care for it.

It takes longer to detangle. Ah! The thicker my hair has become, the longer it takes to detangle and it doesn’t help that the different textures don’t always get along, especially when you throw new growth into the mix. After 6 weeks post, when excluding an inhuman amount of patience, it takes between 45 minutes – an hour and 30 minutes to fully detangle my hair.

So there you have it. My list isn’t a long one, but the pros and cons listed are the ones that have made the most impact. Even though the negatives outnumber the positives, the good (for me) outweighs the bad. Even with the increased detangling time and disagreeing textures I’d gladly make the choice to texlax all over again. My transition to texlax wouldn’t have lasted this long if I wasn’t so stubborn about maintaining MBL-WL through the whole thing, but hopefully it’ll be over by end of the year.

Are you transitioning texlaxed? To natural? Why did you make the choice to transition? What are your pros and cons?

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  2. I transitioned in 2015 February, oh MSN I just got tired of the natural and decided to relax. I did relaxed but my hair got texlaxed. I was like what is this? Dry hair kind of messy hair. And a friend said nayyy this is not good. She bought a new relaxer cream and really relaxed it. Gossh… Bone straight. But after reading many blogs and yours I will start texlaxing. I am four weeks post and hope to stay 15 or 20 weeks post. Lol

  3. I've been natural for about 3 years but I want to start textlaxing. Do you have any advice of how to transition from being natural to textlaxed without severely damaging my hair?

  4. This April 2014, I telaxed my 4c natural hair with a RELAXER not a texturizer and I ABsolutely LOVE it, but my hair is always dry, I have to moisturizer at least two to three times a day. Any suggestion, what would work GREAT and on this 4c texlaxed hair.

  5. I am 3 months from my last relaxer and am trying to go natural. I have slightly longer than shoulder length hair and want to maintain as much as possible as i transition. Is it feasible to texlax as a transition to going natural without a big chop?

  6. Hello Jen!

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Thanks for giving the idea by providing the pro's and con's of texlaxing! Great help for every naturalista that have plans to texlax! Good job! 🙂

  7. Hi Jenijen,

    I an new to texlaing. I was natural for about 7 months and couldn't take it anymore. I tried to relax my hair but was scared to leave it in too long. To my surprise, I had beautiful bouncy curls after the shampoo. I thought the relaxer did not take. I loved what I saw in the mirror; but was scared that I might've cause damaged. I got on Utube and found Texlaxing videos and thanked God that I did. My first week was great. The second week; not so much. My hair is starting to revert back daily. Any tips other than heat to keep it smoother or at least an illusion of smooth.

  8. Hi Jenny! Thanks for you post. I am bra strap length and fully relaxed. After reading your article I am considering texlaxing my hair. I am just worried about the thin ends… How long is it going to take for me to be fully texlaxed… Was your hair that long before you started texlaxing? thank you!

    1. Author

      Hi there, how long will take on how much your hair grows every month/how often you trim your hair. I think I was BSL when I started.

  9. I LOVE texlaxed hair. At first I had to figure out what moisturizers went with my newly texlaxed hair since i used a texture softener and boy was it a challenge. My hair was dry and I was worried that I made a big mistake. But after a while I found what worked. I can't wait to be 100% texlaxed though…..I'll take the thickness over the sleek edges any day. lol.

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  10. Great post. The cons of texlaxing are really affecting me at the moment – especially thin ends, they're such a killer! I agree with you on the good outweighing the bad though. I can't wait to I'm fully texlaxed, this middle stage can be rough x

    1. Author

      Thin ends are a pain! The middle stage gets better over time, I promise!

  11. i agree, at first texlaxed hair was quite an adjustment for me but ive grown to love it! as for detangling, mane n tail detangler has been a life saver…i want to try other detanglers though of a creamier texture…but im loving the thickness and versatility

    kim

    1. Author

      Hi Kim, yay for texlaxing! I've heard good things about the M&T Detangler.

  12. I transitioned to texlaxed before deciding to transition to natural. I think that it helped to make my transition to natural a bit easier since the textures are so similar. One con for me was the frizz of texlaxed hair. It took a lot more heat to get it smooth and straight, but I LOVED my texlaxed hair. If natural hair becomes too much, I would definitely return to it.

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    1. Author

      I totally agree about being texlaxed helping when transitioning to natural. I'm not transitioning but being texlaxed has made managing my new growth easier. I love your transition update posts.

  13. I started transitioning to texlaxed when I started self relaxing. I never retained length because my hair always got overprocessed when I got a relaxer done at a salon, and I would have major breakage a few weeks after the relaxer. I like texlaxing coz its easier to blend the new growth with texlaxed hair. The tangles and matting can be irritating, but just having healthier looking hair is a win for me.

  14. I decided to transition to texlaxed hair because I hated the thin appearance of bone straight relaxed hair. The biggest pro is fuller looking hair. The con is I miss the sleek look after a fresh relaxer.

    1. Author

      Yay for texlaxing! But I know what you mean about missing the sleek look. Sometimes I miss those days, detangling was so much easier!

  15. I have been all four: relaxed, natural, transitioning and texlaxed, and my favorite is texlaxed. I literally knock the frizz out and that's it. I keep the majority of my texture, when I do wash and gos I still look natural. I think texlaxing is the best! Your hair is an obvious testimony to that. Love your blog. God bless!

    1. Author

      It's so great you've got to experience it all! God bless you as well!

  16. I texlaxed for the first time on July 30th and boy is it an adjustment! two weeks in and I'm itching for a touch up :-). My friend mixed conditioner with the relaxer (Mizani for fine hair) so I don't think my hair even texlaxed that much, I think the mixture was too weak. I hope I can stretch for about 8 weeks before another texlax (so six more weeks) but we'll see. I too experienced the snapping off of hair right between the relaxed portion and the new growth, but I think my new regimen (pre poo-ing, deep conditioning, less heat, etc) is helping.

  17. Hi,
    I'm an avid stalker of your blog. several times DAILY!!
    I've not a comment but a question: Have you ever achieved straighter than desired texlaxed hair during a touchup which resulted in hair strand looking something like this? where between the thicker texlaxed section there's a somewhat straighter section ? wavy—-straight —-wavy

    something like this ————————~~~~~~————~~~~~~

    And what would you recommend as possible "Fixes"

    Somehow I haven't come across a blog post which addresses this issue directly…except perhaps from "Simply into my hair " on Corrective relaxers. Does the same concept apply here??

    1. Author

      Hi anon, yes I do have a section that is straight, mine is like this: ~~~~~——–~~~~

      However it's only in one area: front, right side. There are only two fixes: I'd either have to do corrective relaxer on the thicker texlaxed portions by going back and relaxing them again (applying the relaxer for only a few minutes) to get them to match the looser texture, OR waiting and cutting over time until the uneven textures are cut away and I'm left with ~~~~~~~. I've chosen to go with the second option since I'd rather have the thicker texlaxed texture rather than the looser texture.

  18. Like you, I started texlaxing by accident when I started relaxing (consistently) myself. While at first it annoyed me, over time I grew to LOVE it! For me the advantages is that I can easily flat iron the texlaxed portion to match the bone straight ends, yet I don't get the easy reversion that my new growth gets. It's also much healthier than my bone straight ends and easily blends in with my faux natural styles. Disadvantages are DEFINITELY the detangling. For now, my hair is almost collar bone length, and so I think 15-20 minutes is a long time to detangle. But 45 min+?! GEEEZ!!! Idk how you do it Jen!

    1. Author

      Some days idk how I do it either lol! I agree with your advantages, my texlaxed doesn't revert as easily as my new growth, thankfully!

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