My hair is fully texlaxed. I started transitioning to texlaxed hair when I started my hair journey. I am not sure when I got rid of all my relaxed ends but now based on the texture of my hair I am positively texlaxed from roots to ends.
What is texlaxing?
The word “texlax” is a combination of the words ‘relax’ and ‘texture’. Texlaxing is the process of deliberately under-relaxing your hair in order to avoid relaxing ‘bone straight’. Different methods can be used to achieve this:
1. Addition of Oil
I have never tried this method of texlaxing but it is logical and many persons have said that it works for them. Oil can either be added to the relaxer to weaken it or to the hair to reduce the amount of relaxer that gets on the hair. Depending on your desired level of texture you can add the oil to both your hair and the relaxer. Or you can choose to do one or the other.
2.Reducing Processing Time
Similar results can be obtained from reducing the amount of time the relaxer stays on the hair. You relaxer box or container usually has directions as to the length of time the relaxer should be eft on the hair for it to process. Your relaxer time should not exceed the recommended time for your hair type.
Based on the time recommended to get straight hair (for your hair type), the adjustment can be made to keep more curl in your hair. If you are not sure how your hair will turn out or how long to leave the relaxer on your hair you can do a strand test and choose your time based on that.
How I texlax
To texlax my hair, I use the latter method of reducing the amount of time I leave the relaxer on my hair. From application to the moment I am ready to rinse does not exceed 20 minutes.
Before I start application, I make sure I have everything I need eg. Comb, applicator brush etc., set a stopwatch to 20 minutes, press start and begin application. Within that 20 minute span I also smooth the relaxer. I will be doing a relaxer day routine post soon. If you are interested in a step by step of that then you can look out for that.
Quick tip: smoothing helps straighten the hair. So smoothing is optional.
The method I use to texlax gets me somewhere in the middle, where my hair is not too straight but not very curly at the same time. Some girls like Babylon Kay and Prettywitty77(I would leave links their YouTube channels but I am editing on my phone and its very tedious) prefer their texlax to be more on the curly side.
Why I Texlax
Choosing to texlax my hair has resulted in me having, stronger, thicker, voluminous, more resilient hair. My texlaxed hair is less damaged by the relaxer than my previously relaxed hair, because less of the protein bonds that keep my hair strong were broken during the relaxing process. Even though I take precaution to prevent over lapping relaxers and over processing, texlaxed hair makes it hard for my hair to be over processed because it is under processed so if relaxer accidentally gets onto areas that were already relaxed the damage wont be too extensive. With texlaxed hair I get the best of both worlds. I get the volume and thickness of natural hair and the ease of straightening of relaxed hair.
Why You Might not Want to Texlax
The biggest gripe I have with my texlaxed hair is that it is not as easy to straighten as my fully relaxed hair. Gone are the days when I could do a wet wrap and have perfectly straight hair when it dries. Other than that, I love it and I would take healthy hair that is hard to style over thin,over processed hair any day.
Having said all that, it is possible to have bone straight relaxed hair that is healthy and can grow long. There is much less room for error but it can be done.
Hopefully you have a better idea of what texlaxing is. Let me know in the comments if you are already texlaxed, what method you use and whether you prefer texlaxed or relaxed hair. Happy hair journey!