Texlax Update

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Hello ladies

As you can tell from the blog post title I texlaxed my hair which brought my 25 week stretch to an end. I intended to stretch for 22 weeks but was extremely busy a while back and couldn’t fit it in.

It turned out well and I followed my usual process which you can read here .

I air dried my hair after texlaxing because….I felt like it. On my next wash day I will blow dry my hair and take proper length check pictures.

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In other news, I got featured on Bella Naija last week as part of the Fro Friday series. It was such an honor to be featured on such a big platform.
One great thing about the interview was how the Beauty Editor referred to relaxed hair as relaxed natural. I have always seen my hair as natural albeit being chemically altered, it is still my natural hair growing out of my scalp. So saying my hair wasn’t natural never really sat well with me but I love the term relaxed natural, that most certainly works well for me.
If you would like to see and read my interview with Bella Naija please click here.

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Has anyone else relaxed or texlaxed lately? Are there any naturals reading this? How ‘s your journey going?

The blog post about porosity is almost done and will be up soon.
Happy hair journey
x

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10 Comments

  1. Dominique
    September 20, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I am going to relax my hair soon and start a new healthy hair journey. Your blog has been very helpful and I like the term relaxed natural because at the end of the day it’s still the hair that grows from my scalp :) x

    • Lade
      October 15, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      I hope your new hair journey goes well and I am happy to hear Hairducation has been helpful to you.
      Hair that grows from our scalp certainly cant be described as synthetic even if we relax or colour it. It may not be virgin hair anymore but it is certainly natural.

  2. Janet
    September 27, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Hello, Lade, thank you so much. I started reading your blog July, started my healthy hair journey August 1st and Lade, it seems between August and this month September it has grown 1 inch. I used protein conditioners for a month and when I used a moisturising conditioner the 5th week, my hair looked like it grew an inch. Even my hair stylist noticed a difference. Thank you so much, your tips and advices went a long way. I was looking forward to length, but after one month and nothing happened, I just deceided to focus on achieving a healthy hair and my hair grew drastically. Love you much….

    • Lade
      October 15, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Hello Janet

      I truly appreciate you taking the time to tell me about the progress with your hair. At the beginning of a hair jouney we tend to get a bit impatient but when we focus on simply caring for our hair the length and thickness comes eventually with consistency.
      I am glad Hairducation was of some assistance. Messages such as yours are truly motivating because every once in a while I forget that it really does make a positive difference to the health of its readers hair. Thank you for reminding me…

      x
      Lade

  3. Yalonda
    October 4, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Good afternoon Lade. I just recently texlaxed(fail) my natural 3c hair and have decided to grow it out enough to cut most of it off to apply a textured instead. I had grown my hair into a pretty healthy head of coils although inconsistent (too many natural curl patterns). A little history…I lived in California most of my life and kept my hair braided most of that time which always worked great. I then got married and moved to humidity stricken Alabama where my hair raised a white flag and gave up..lol. that was 2 years, 5 months ago. Since then, I’ve chopped 11 inches of hair from my head from forgetting to apply a heat protestant, and making too many passes with an unprotected flat iron trying to get my hair to do what it did in the dry heat of Cali…smh. I’ve also come into contact with stylists that insist that they can do something that clearly they were uneducated to perform..hence a crochet braid fail a few months ago where the stylist crochet braided to my already frail edges not the cornrows, did not do the invisible part as I requested, did not style it afterwards, or even cut the knots of hair balls I accumulated from the install…needless to say, 6 days of pain later after install I had my daughter help me to remove them to find blood clots in my scalp, edges gone, no cornrow pattern and white pustules all across the back of my nape area( note to stylists: watermark your photos before displaying them on social media. Note to clients: Do as much research as you deem necessary to make you feel comfortable). I waited for my hair and scalp to recover…(everything but my edges did) so I could relax my hair, as the more it grew out, the more unmanageable it became for me…FAIL FAIL FAIL! I ended up with straight, coily, wavy and something else inconsistent throughout my head…Ughhh, here I go again…4 X’s to be exact…I will be chopping it off again, but trying a textured instead of a relaxer…I applied an S Curl years ago that came out perfectly on my 3c hair. I should have stuck to what I knew. Common sense should have told me that I wasn’t going to be able to apply a chemical to my hair with the technique I was using ( mid strands 1st, roots 2nd, edges last) in such a small window of time..Oh well, hair grows, so the journey begins…again.

    • Lade
      October 16, 2016 / 12:55 am

      Hello Yolanda

      Thank so so much for sharing your hair history with us and I am really sorry about the issues you have had.
      I think that going forward IF you decide to keep working with relaxers or texturisers that you go to a professional, a really good and qualified stylist who will help you through the process especially as you are not getting the results you desire doing it yourself.
      I know you have experienced bad stylists in the past but please don’t give up on them all, there really are some amazing ones out there.

      Like you said, its a journey and I wish you an improved one going forward.

      x

      Lade

  4. Janet
    October 13, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Hey Lade, it’s me again. I know this is just the beginning of my healthy hair journey, so I might experiences some hitches on the way. Well I have a problem with the mid part of my hair, early this year, when my hair experienced great damage and breakage due to relaxer abuse, it was this part and front part that suffered the most, I had to trim the sides and back shorter to make all the same length. A month after the commencement of my healthy hair journey, my hair bounced back and started growing, it was like the mid part grew faster and it even looked longer than other parts of my hair and it was pretty obvious. So I took a scissors and snip snip to level it with other parts of my hair, unknowingly to me, I was trimming 2 inches of my mid part while I thought I was levelling, now it’s back to square 1, please what do I do?

    • Lade
      October 15, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      I am sorry to hear about the issues with your hair.
      I can only recommend that you remain consistent with your hair journey and that you are very careful when self trimming your hair.
      Unfortunately there isn’t any magic product or technique that can speed up growth in various parts of your hair.
      Good luck and don’t be discouraged, we get setbacks sometimes but don’t let that put you off

      x
      Lade

  5. Joanna Marimo
    February 20, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Hi Lade..

    I am now 30 weeks post relaxer. I was contemplating on becoming a Naturalista.
    When u changed from Relaxer to Texlax – did u trim off the relaxed ends gradually?? Your ends are not bone straight. How did you achieve this??

    • Lade
      February 28, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Hello Joanna

      Yes I trimmed off my relaxed hair gradually over two years.
      Good luck with your hair.
      x
      Lade

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