Relaxing, texturizing and texlaxing Black hair

Long relaxed hair blowing in the windWhich one is for you?

Relaxing, texturizing and texlaxing are in actual fact quite similar. All 3 involve the use of chemicals called relaxers or texturizers to change the basic structure of the hair. 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.

A strand test must always be done before attempting to process the hair with any chemical. This gives you the ideal processing time for the result you are looking for. 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.

Relaxing – This involves the use of a Sodium Hydroxide hair relaxer (Lye Relaxer) which is the strongest and gives the most dramatic effect or a Guanidine Hydroxide hair relaxer (No Lye) which is considered healthier for hair based on its lower alkalinity. The relaxer is applied to the hair in sections then smoothed through with the fingers or with a comb until the desired level of straightness is achieved or until the processing time elapses. The relaxer is then rinsed off thoroughly and hair washed with a neutralizing shampoo which sets the hair in its new straight shape and also stops any more relaxer action which could over-process the hair leaving it weaker

Pros of a relaxer:
• Easier styling of the hair as hair can be combed dry and easy detangling
• Many like the look of ‘bone straight’ hair
• More variety with sleek straight styles without using much heat

Cons of a relaxer:
• Notoriously difficult to maintain length without the use of many products to strengthen the now weakened hair
• Breakage begins if hair is not constantly conditioned to alleviate the inherent dry condition of the hair.
• Touch ups required every 6-8 weeks to keep the hair (especially around the edges) sleek and straight which can become quite expensive
• Hair that lacks body – tends to look a bit flat.

Texturizing – Generally this utilizes a very mild form of a relaxer called a texturizer which is processed according to the guidelines of the product. The aim of this is to soften the hair texture leaving it with curls or waves but leaving much of the volume in the hair. The texture of the hair after the texturizer depends a lot on the initial curl pattern of the hair. Large corkscrew curls will become S-shaped curls after a texturizer, tighter curls will look loosened and hair with no definite curl pattern tends to get waves.

Pros of a texturizer
• Easier detangling of the hair as the texture has been softened
• May impart more of an even curl pattern to those who haven’t got it while leaving a lot of volume in the hair
• Less frizz is experienced with the curls left in the hair
• Less shrinkage is experienced
• Easier to style – straighten etc as hair does not revert very quickly

Cons of a texturizer
• As the hair has been chemically treated, constant conditioning and protein treatments are required
• Breakage may ensue if not taken care of properly
• Touch ups are necessary. They are not required as often as with a relaxer but would still be needed to keep the look
• If care is not taken during the touch up of the texturizer, the ‘run off’ when rinsing the chemical out could make the previously texturized hair turn straight so its not uncommon to find a multitude of textures including straight ends on people who texturize.

Texlaxing – This is a term that was recently coined in hair boards and is done more or less the same way as a texturizer but with a relaxer chemical instead of a texturizing one. The relaxer chemical has oils or conditioner added to it to make it less potent then it’s applied to the hair the same way as a relaxer. The aim of texlaxing is to loosen the natural curl pattern of the hair but leave a lot of the elasticity in the hair for strength. While texturized hair tends to look quite similar, texlaxed hair can vary depending on the degree of curl left. 80% texlaxed looks just slightly wavy while 40% texlaxed may look just like texturized hair.

Pros of texlaxing
• Easier detangling of the hair as the texture has been softened
• Gives variety as depending on the curl left behind, hair can be worn in a ‘wash and go’ style
• Hair still has a lot of it’s elasticity left behind so is less prone to breakage than relaxed hair
• Easy to style as you are still able to achieve a sleek straight look with heated tools without hair reverting quickly.

Cons of texlaxing
• The hair has been chemically treated so constant conditioning and protein treatments are required
• Breakage may ensue if not taken care of properly
• Touch ups are necessary but may not be required as often as with a relaxer depending on the amount of curl left in the hair

With this information you can choose which process will best suit your hair and give you the desired results. As always, the health of your hair should not suffer for the style! See the article on how to stop relaxed hair from breaking.


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Alma

About Alma


Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


  • http://www.facebook.com/nathalie.lamothe Nathalie Lamothe

    Can I do the texlaxing method with a texturizer? Or how to go from texturized to texlaxed hair?

  • Charlisa

    I need more help on how to texlax my hair. I just took my hair out of braids and its been awhile since i last permed my hair so there isnt much perm left and i was wondering if somebody can tell me how to do it step by step..I tried watching other people's videos but they act like it'll kill them to open their mouth and talk so im kinda lost..Can anybody help me?

  • Rita

    Dear Alma, I had my hair relaxed five months ago and am on braids for 2 months, I am thinking of going natural but do not want to cut off my 16 inches hair. Can I use a texturizer to make it soft for transition as I cannot endure the pains of my harsh hair texture. Where can I get to buy texturizers in Poland? Thanks.

  • Bria Pierce

    Hi Alma!
    So I have a short 4c TWA and sometime towards the end of Octoboer, I used a Pink ShortLooks texturizer on my hair to TRY and loosen up the curls, but it didn’t do much at all. Now, here we are towards the end of January and I’d like to get a relaxer and rock the short Eva Marcille type of cut. What would you recommend or what is some advice you have?

    • Alma

      I’m generally against mixing chemicals because of the risk of over processing. If you are looking to keep your hair short anyway then it’s not a big deal to relax over the texturizer (making sure that you use the exact same chemical) That is to say that if you used no lye to texturize then use no lye again to relax. If you used thio to texturize then you can’t have a relaxer at all because you hair will completely break off.

      Now if you are looking at this short cut as a way to launch you to longer lengths then you won’t be starting on the right foot. It may not look like the texturizer did much but trust me, it did. Texturizers are recommended only to make your hair softer and easier to comb, they don’t give you any curl nor do they change your texture substantially. hth

      • Kitten

        Im just curious…can a person texlax their hair using a thio based perm. I ask because I have a dry curl and the double processing has taken a toll on my very fine hair. So, I figure if I can texlax it with the same chemical (thio based) which it does say it can be used as a relaxer as well, why not then? What are your thoughts?

  • Diamond

    I had my hair permed with Amla Legend Regular Relaxer By Optimum over a month ago. I’m want to put Texture My Way Organics Texture My Way No-Lye/No-Mix Organic Conditioning Texturizing System in my hair now. Love the texturize look. How much longer should I wait before doing that? Thanks.

  • Kitten

    Im just curious…can a person texlax their hair using a thio based perm. I ask because I have a dry curl and the double processing has taken a toll on my very fine hair. So, I figure if I can texlax it with the same chemical (thio based) which it does say it can be used as a relaxer as well, why not then? What are your thoughts?

  • https://www.facebook.com/MrzC2rt3r Ta Ca

    I never had issues with relaxers and I only relaxed my hair every 16 weeks. My hair was actually really healthy. Going natural actually ruined my healthy relaxed hair. So I cut it off and now I am completely natural. It was a horrifying experience lol. But I like my natural hair. It is definitely a lot more work. I do miss my relaxed hair. It WAS almost waist length.

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    all same…

  • https://www.facebook.com/rivianj Rivian Jones

    I hate natural hair it’s too time consuming and such a hassle. I am in a transitional period right now because im pregnant and put a perm on my hair that didn’t take. I’m scared to perm it now because my texture is so messed up but as soon as, I have her I’m putting a perm on. My permed hair was healthy and beautiful I never had the issue of damaged hair.

  • https://www.facebook.com/latanya.harris.3 LaTanya Harris

    I textlaxed my hair for close to two years and it was horrible. My hair had all of these different textures. It was dry brittle and broke off everywhere. I have been transitioning to all natural since Sept 2013 and have a few inches of processed hair left in certain parts. I find it much easier to deal with my hair natural and I wear it straight not in its natural curl state. I also save a ton of money since I’m not buying a bunch of hair products.

  • https://www.facebook.com/none2faceboo Kyé Pettiford-Smith

    I’m good


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