Texlaxing is the process of purposely under processing the hair in order to loosen the texture of the hair without completely straightening it. Texlaxed hair can allow much of the original texture and curl to remain in the hair while still allowing it to straighten easily to near straightness.
Why Should you Texlax Your Hair?
Texlaxing your hair can be extremely beneficial. For one, by allowing a bit of natural texture to remain in the hair, texlaxing is able to drastically improve the thickness of the hair. No more limp, lifeless bone straight hair. Texlaxing also helps the hair retain its elasticity so that it can resist breakage. Texlaxed hair is a healthier head of hair. It is less damaging to the hair. Texlaxing reduces the number of broken protein and bonds in the hair. This is responsible for the hair's natural strength because less bond breakage means stronger hair. Great for people that are thinking about being natural and don't want to do the big chop. Its also great for people with fine or thin hair.
Tips(1st you need to determine how much texture you want)
-Diluting your relaxer
Downgrading the actual relaxer formula strength, adding extra virgin olive oil to your relaxer formula also decreases the strength of the relaxer. Olive oil reduce this straightening power by making the creme less thick so that the curls are not weighed down and flattened as easily by the relaxer. If you decide to add oil to your relaxer, add a little at a time and check the consistency of your formula. Do not make the formula too runny or soupy, some thickness is desired. Around 1/4 cup of oil works well with a small, single use relaxer tub. Another variation of relaxer dilution can be done with no-lye relaxer formulas where a separate activator must be added to the relaxer creme. Adding only 3/4 or 1/2 of the activator to the formula automatically reduces the relaxers strength.
-Coat you hair with Vaseline or Extra virgin olive oil from root to tip. This should slow down the relaxer from processing the hair.
-When the relaxer is in your hair make sure you skip the smoothing step.
-Try to stretch your relaxer
-Apply the relaxer to the hair and remove it fast (this is what i do)
Moisturizing shampoo- A good moisturizing shampoo that do not contain sodium/ammonium lauryl sulfates and will not leave your hair feeling stripped. It should be used once a week.
Products: Shea moisture moisture retention shampoo, Moroccanoil moisture repair(expensive), Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo, Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo, etc.
Clarifying/ Chelating shampoo- Clarifying shampoos strip the hair of product buildup and are great for starting the hair off fresh each month. Your hair will and should feel squeaky clean after clarifying. Chelating shampoo removes mineral deposit from hard water. This should be used once a month. Products: VO5, ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo , any shampoo with sulfate.
Moisturizing Conditioners- Great for co-washing (just washing your hair with conditioner) It should be done whenever your hair feel a little dry between shampooing.
Products:VO5 moisture milk, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Moroccanoil moisture repair conditioner(expensive), etc.
Protein based conditioner/treatment- Protein-based conditioners and treatments are used for rebuilding the hair, and work best when followed by moisturizing deep conditioners to restore moisture and pliability to the hair. Protein treatment can range from light to heavy. light to moderate protein treatment should be done once a week or once a month. Heavy protein treatment should be don't every 6 weeks. Products: Light- Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor, ORS replenishing conditioner Moderate- Organic Root Stimulator hair mayonnaise Heavy- Aphogee 2 step treatment and this is followed with a balancing moisturizer
Moisturizing Deep conditioner- Contains no protein. A moisturizing conditioner will follow your moisturizing shampoo at every wash. I recommend deep conditioning for as long as you want. Some times i leave it on for several hours.You should do it once a week, with heat (hooded dryer)or without heat. Invest in a lot of conditioning caps.
Products:Elasta QP DPR-11, Mixed chicks, Macadamia natural oil deep repair masque, Neutrogena triple moisture deep recovery hair mask, etc.
Leave in conditioner- light protein. Leave-ins usually help with detangling after shampooing and conditioning. Products:Aphogee pro vitamin leave in conditioner, Cantu Shea butter leave in, Mixed chicks leave in, neutrogena triple moisture silk touch leave in, etc.
Moisturizer- Must be water based. Used daily with a light oil to seal. Products:Elasta QP olive oil and mango butter, ORS olive oil moisturizing lotion, Luster's S-curl no drip activator moisturizer, etc.
Oils- Light oils great for sealing and adding moisture after moisturizer. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil and Castor oil (a little thick) Note: all the oil are 100%
Tools your going to need
-Wide tooth comb
-Satin/Silk scarf, bonnet or pillowcase
I just experienced a major set back. I never knew this can happen to me but i experienced over moisture. I was so disappointed after i removed my poetic justice braids. I had no problem detangling my hair after my braids were out. But after i washed my hair it felt too mushy and soft, so i decided to do a quick 2 minute reconstrutor. My hair felt a little better but nothing prepared me for when i had to apply my leave in. My hair was beyond knotted. I just stared at the mirror for a couple of minutes in disbelief. I knew what i had to do but it was late at night and i didn't want to do an intense protein treatment. So i decided to move forward and try to detangle my hair. I was still experiencing some shedding but i expected that i did just have my braids in for a month and three weeks. I had breakage from trying to detangle my hair, but it wasn't much. It took me an hour to detangle my hair, which felt like an eternity. I decided to wear a wig for the rest of the week. I didn't want to do anymore damage to my hair.