Which one is for you?
Relaxing, texturizing and texlaxing are in actual fact quite similar. All 3 involve the use of chemicals which are either Sodium Hydroxide based (lye), potassium hydroxide, lithium hydroxide, or guanidine hydroxide based (no lye) or ammonium thioglycolate relaxers commonly known as ‘Thio relaxers’.
In essence all relaxers and texturizers penetrate the hair shaft causing it to swell and breaks it’s internal bonds which changes the hair texture from curly to straight. While all three processes are pretty similar, the length of time the chemicals are left in the hair and the type of chemical used, determine whether the hair is relaxed, texlaxed or texturized.
Determining which process is best for your hair depends on a number of factors. Mainly:
The health of your hair and scalp – Chemical treatments should only be applied to hair that is healthy with no scalp issues evident.
The porosity of your hair – High porosity hair absorbs much faster than normal or low porosity hair. Relaxers as a rule tend to increase the porosity of hair strands so if your hair is already high porosity to begin with, a relaxer may damage your hair beyond repair leading to major breakage. In this case gentler treatments like texlaxing or texturizing may be your best option.
The thickness of your strands – If your individual hair strands are fine then they may be unable to withstand a full relaxer process, this is a common reason why some women experience breakage when they relax their hair.
A strand test must always be performed before attempting to process the hair with any chemical. This tells you or your stylist the ideal processing time for the result you are looking to achieve.
Bear in mind that a person may have a variety of textures on their heads which may require a different processing time for each section. This avoids any over or under – processing of the hair.