Tips for transitioning from relaxed to texlaxed

One of the benefits of texlaxed hair is how thick it makes your hair look. This picture was taken right after I finished blow drying my hair on my texlax day in March this year.

 

And just like that, December is upon us. 2016 has been a special year in so many ways and I feel blessed to have plenty to be grateful to God for. I hope your year has been fruitful and filled with more happy times than sad ones.

I often get inspired on what topics to write about from the comments and questions I get from so many of you. Today’s post is about texlaxing which I have written about a few times already but I clearly left some stones unturned since I still get many questions about this.
I thought I should  answer the most popular FAQ’s I get about texlaxing and also add links to my previous post about texlaxing. I hope this will make things clearer for any oldie or newbie who has questions about texlaxing.

If you would like to know what texlaxing is, methods of texlaxing, products used for texlaxing as well as the pros and cons of texlaxing please click here and here.

 

FAQ 1 – Do I need to do anything to my relaxed hair before I start texlaxing ?

No, there is no rite of passage for switching from relaxed hair to texlaxed hair. There isn’t any special product to be used or processed to be completed before a relaxed lady can begin to texlax her hair. You simply start under processing your hair instead of letting it become fully straight when next you relax.

 

FAQ 2 – Am I supposed to cut off all my relaxed hair when I start texlaxing?

This is entirely up to you. When you begin texlaxing your hair, you can decide to cut off all your relaxed hair or you can have a more long term transition by trimming off the relaxed hair gradually over a few months or years even. Whatever works best for you.

 

FAQ 3 – How do I manage the two textures in my hair ( texlaxed texture and relaxed texture) whilst I am transitioning to full texlaxed hair

You may find it difficult to manage texlaxed hair initially especially if you normally relax you hair bone straight.
The look and feel and maintenance of texlaxed hair may take some ladies a while to get used to depending on how much texture is left in your hair.

When it comes to managing hair of different textures some tips that never go wrong include moisturising and sealing regularly to ensure that both textures are well hydrated and flexible which will help reduce the risk of breakage.

Detangling and combing in sections, texlaxed hair tends to feel and look much fuller than relaxed hair so working in section will help you ensure you are more thorough with detangling and applying products. It also allows you to comb your hair more gently. Again this helps to reduce the risk of breakage.

Embracing the natural look and natural hair inspired styles also helps. You have to mentally adjust and be ready to embrace styles that work with your textured roots rather than recreate the extremely sleek looks you might have gotten away with when your hair was fully relaxed straight.

 

FAQ 4 – I have type 4 hair, will texlaxing give me type 3 hair?

Texlaxing does not convert your hair from one curl type to another especially if you have type 4 hair. The look many ladies with type 4 hair achieve with texlaxing is that of blown out natural hair.

 

I hope the contents of this post and the links to the older posts about texlaxing answers your questions and demystifies texlaxing once and for all. If however you have more questions about texlaxing please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please feel free to encourage other readers by sharing your own experience of transitioning from relaxed to texlaxed.

The next post will be a wig related/hair update/wig safety post.

Come back soon

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Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

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9 Comments

  1. Kay
    December 6, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Hello Lade. Please,write on grey hair. How to colour,if so desired without breakage. How to care,whiten the yellow strands etc for some of us who rock our greys

    • Lade
      December 8, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Hello Kay

      Thats actually a great blog post idea and I’ll work on it. Thanks for the idea
      So stay tuned :)

      xx
      Lade

      • Jessica
        April 3, 2017 / 11:58 am

        Please I have terrible dandruff issues and my hair never relaxes… I’ve tried all kinds of relaxer I know and my hair just gets burnt instead. Please any advice or help? Thank you xx

        • Lade
          May 3, 2017 / 9:20 pm

          Hello Jessica

          If you hair is very resistant to chemical processing there is a high chance that you have low porosity hair. You may need a strong relaxer but of course that is not ideal for your scalp if it burns easily.
          I suggest that you find a salon with professionally trained stylist who can relax your hair with very little contact to your scalp.

          I hope that helps and all the best
          Lade

  2. Kuukua
    December 9, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    hi lade. what would you say has contributed greatly to the thickness of your hair? texlaxing or castor oil? if castor oil, how often should it be used and in what manner? thank you!

  3. Tee
    December 13, 2016 / 1:18 am

    Hi Lade can you make a post on going natural after a big chop please… thank you

  4. Nothando
    January 1, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Hi I have an afro it’s been a long time, great blog cause I was thinking of dreds then I thought naaaa maybe relaxing that’s how I saw your blog, after reading I saw the texlax which sounds interesting. Oh and preparing before relaxing was a good read. Keep writing

  5. precious
    January 10, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Hi Lade,
    please I don’t know if you have any idea on how to remove flakes from scalp. I have tried so many, didn’t help.
    And I have been on my healthy hair regime for a year and 4 months, its been great. Tnx to you. want to ask if its okay to wear braid, cos I don’t want it to affect my hair.
    Thanks

    • Lade
      January 25, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Hello Precious

      If you have a flaky scalp you should ensure you wash your hair regularly enough. I don’t know whether your scalp flaking is dry scalp, dandruff and other types of skin/scalp disorders. If it is very persistent you may want to get a dermatologist or trichilogist to have a look at it.
      Well done on being on a hair journey. I hope its going well.
      Whether or not you can wear braids depends on your own hair type. Some ladies have very course hair that can take the tension of braids, some women on the other hand suffer hair loss because of braids. I don’t know what your own hair type is so I cant advise beyond this.
      Either way I wish you the best of luck on your hair journey.

      xx
      Lade

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