Breakage and Texlaxing

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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!


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