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 and by then I had fallen in love with the thicker texture and decided to transition to texlaxed. Bye bye bone straight hair.
Pros to Texlaxing Your Hair
1. 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.
2. 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 to Texlaxing Your Hair
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. It takes longer to detangle
he 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.
o 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?