By Winnie The Fashionista | Dec 24, 2019
What is texlax you ask? This is a creature from Mars. Just kidding. It’s a term used to refer to the process of intentionally disregarding a relaxer’s instructions so as to avoid bone straight hair. Let me explain.
You know how a relaxer box comes with instructions on how to apply it and the amount of time the relaxer should stay on before being washed off? Yeah. Those instructions. Following these instructions ensures that your hair is relaxed and becomes straighter than a pole. But you decide to go against those instructions so that you can achieve the opposite-you want your hair to retain some volume. You little rebel, I like you!
Texlaxing means you either leave the relaxer on for a less amount of time. For instance, if the relaxer requires you to leave it on for 20 minutes, you leave it on for only 9 minutes. Some people also texlax by adding oils to the relaxer to make it less effective. Some texlaxers use less than the recommended amount of relaxer. The aim of all this is to have straight, manageable hair but maintain some curl pattern. It’s positive sabotage.
Texlaxing means that you have to repeat the exact same steps you took the last time you texlaxed. This is the only way you will not end up with straight hair. Some of the benefits of texlaxing is that there is less of the work that comes with natural hair: less shedding, less drying time, easy detangling etc. If you don’t want the commitment of natural hair but want the perks, try texlaxing, however, be careful as it can end up badly. Watch a few videos to get the hang of it!
A major point against texlaxing is the fact that you obviously will not have natural hair anymore. If you’re a purist, texlaxing is definitely not for you.
To the texlaxed beauties, how do you do it? Sound off in the comments below! And use the hashtag #blackhairhub on social media for a chance to get featured!
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