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    Posted: Aug 16 2009 at 1:58am
This topic was begun by Zupreme over two years ago and I wanted to repost it because it is the best tutorial on texlaxing hands down and it is very helpful. The original thread is here.


Originally posted by Zupreme Zupreme wrote:


Topic: How To Tex-Lax.......
    Posted: 09 May 2007 at 11:00pm

What is "Tex-Lax"?

Tex-Laxing is a method that involves applying relaxer to your hair for a very short amount of time. The results obtained are basically a looser curl than you would get with a texturizer, yet not straight like you would with fully processed relaxer (hence the name). If succesfully tex-laxed, your hair should be curly.

What kind of hair types can benefit from Tex-Laxing?

Tex-Laxing only loosens your natural curl pattern. If your hair doesn't already have a natural curl pattern you will not obtain good results. Tex-Laxing is recommended for hair types 4a and looser. 4b hair will slightly wave but it will not curl! Tex-Laxer is not like a curly perm. It is an extra strong texturizer. It will therefore not damage your hair as much as a relaxer, but since it's still a chemical process, you should be sure to moisturize daily and deep-condition at least weekly to maintain your hair's health and prevent breakage.

What kinds of styles can I wear Tex-Laxed hair in?

Tex-laxed hair allows for alot of versatility. Because your natural curl is loosened but not eliminated it allows you to wear it a wash-n-go much like you would with naturally curly hair and it also allows you to straighten your hair easily. You can wear your hair wavy, loosely curled, tightly curled or straight. Options are endless. How much your hair curls will depend entirely on how much you scrunch your hair. The more your scrunch the tighter the curls. If you do not scrunch at all your hair may look loosely waved or even straight.

 

How do I scrunch my hair?

Grab a chunk of hair, squeeze and push the ends up toward your head, causing it to 'crinkle'. If you are using a diffuser, direct the air flow toward the chunk of hair you are working with. Drop that piece of hair and grab another chunk. Repeat the process until you have worked with all of your hair. Go over it again and again until your hair is dry.

Grabbing small chunks of hair and working more slowly will give you more curl.

Larger chunks of hair will give a larger wave effect.

 
 
 
 
 (no i didnt draw these lol)

 

What Relaxer can I use to Tex-Lax my hair?

I recommend you use a very, very mild relaxer to avoid mishaps. Revlon Realistic in Mild Strength is perfect for this reason. You can try any relaxer but you will have to watch much more carefully if you go for a stronger brand/make.

 

How To Tex-Lax:

What you'll Need:

*Mild Relaxer

*Household Vinegar

*Moisturizing Shampoo

*Moisturizing Conditioner

If you have a friend you can trust it will be much easier for you. If not, you can still do it o your own (I always did). You will obtain the best results if you apply the relaxer and wash hair out in sections (Apply to the bottom, wash out. Apply to the center, wash out. Apply to the top, wash out).

(**note: it is always smart to deep condition your hair a day before chemically treating it, and right after as well. )

 

1. You should first separate your hair into at least 6 sections. 2 at the top, 2 in the center, 2 at the bottom. You should apply the relaxer to 2 sections at a time starting from the bottom.

2. Take the bottom 2 sections and apply relaxer. Monitor closely every 1.5 to 2 minutes. When it's as loosely curled as you want, wash it out, being careful to not get the other untouched areas wet. You should not have the relaxer on for more than 6-8 minutes or you will risk ending up with relaxed hair. Virgi hair may take slightly longer but even then 10 minutes should not be surpassed. There will be no exact figure of time I can give you. Everyone's hair is different so monitoring every 2 minutes or so will be your best bet.

3. You must wash it out each section immediately with a one part shampoo/ one part vinegar mix to neutralize asap. Household vinegar is a better neutralizer than those shampoos. It will ensure that you do not overprocess your hair. If you like you can apply a good conditioner on the processed areas while you move on to the next sections.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with center sections.

5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with top sections.

 

How to determine when your hair is sufficiently processed:

To determine if hair is loose enough remember this:

If when you comb it with a fine tooth comb, and it curls back up, you need more time.

If you comb it and it stays straight it's over processed and you have ended up with relaxed hair.

If you comb it and it turns to "s" waves, then it is done.

How large the "S" waves are will determine the curl of your hair. Example: If you have 4a hair, For 3c curls, wash out the relaxer when your the "s" waves are about a half inch ot 3/4 of an inch. "S" waves that are about an inch with give you very loose 2c to 3a curls. The bigger the "S" waves the looser the curl. It will process fast so you will need to monitor closely and often to catch it at the right moment.

For looser curls or waves, you should use a mild relaxer anyways.

When chemically loosening your curls, it is always better to be safe than sorry. This means quit while you're ahead! If you underprocess and it's too curly it can always be fixed by reapplying a relaxer after deep-conditioning. If you OVERprocess however, there is no going back.
 
 
 
Styling Tex-Laxed Hair:

With all afro hair, retaining moisture is key. A good moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and leave-in will be very useful to you. I prefer to use Nexxus Humectress as a conditioner and leave-in. You can get other suggestions on the boards. You will also need a good moisturizer. My personal favorite is currently Qhemets Amla and Olive Heavy Cream. Popular choices are S-Curl or Stay Sof Fro. Again, for other recommendations you can always browse the boards.

For curls:

For maximum curl definition, apply conditioner in the shower and detangle hair while in this state. While you take care of other things in the shower, leave conditioner in the hair. When you are done, rinse conditioner thoroughly and then reapply conditioner a second time. Rinse out gently with cool waterr out without tousling hair and make sure to leave a little bit of conditioner in. Towel blot very lightly.

In order to get frizz-free curls, moisture will be very important. Sealing in moisture will be the key to soft, shiny curls. You should always apply moisturizer and seal it in with your favorite oil while your hair is still damp.

A good product for frizz-free curls is Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Creme though it is only good when used in very small amounts. You should apply only a little dab after your moisturizer and oil. Don't forget to scrunch more for tighter curls or less for waves!

Do not comb hair outside of the shower or you will get frizz.

 

For straight hair:

Style the same as you would relaxed hair.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 16 2009 at 7:39pm
Hi VKB247!
Thanks for posting How to Tex-lax with a relaxer so others will understand the process. I'm tex-laxed and love it. I visited your Fotki and love your curly hair. I also added you as a friend. Please feel free to add me as a friend and we can keep each other informed on different techniques. I updated my fotki to include my 2008 pics of when I was still going to the salon and had a professional tex-lax. I wanted tighter curls and more of a natural look so I cut it all off Feb 09 to 1/2 inch. I have mad growth and need to take new pics. Today I flat ironed my hair to dust my ends.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 19 2009 at 9:11pm
I added you jineat


Here is more information to keep hair healthy when texlaxing (texturizing with a relaxer)

The Mid-Relaxer Conditioning Protein Step
Several relaxer formulations come with a mid-relaxer protein conditioning step that involves the application of a mild protein treatment between the relaxer rinsing and neutralizing stages of the chemical relaxer process. This five minute step is done essentially to restore protein stores lost or compromised during the relaxer application. The great thing about this mid-relaxer protein conditioning step is that it can be safely performed with any chemical relaxer brand that you like and with any mild protein conditioner that you like! The steps are simple:
1. Thoroughly rinse the relaxer crème from your hair with warm water after processing.
2. Apply your mild protein conditioning treatment to your hair for three to five minutes.
3. Rinse thoroughly and proceed with the rest of your neutralizing procedure.


**Some people like to start washing out their relaxer 3-5 minutes earlier than normal to accommodate this step. This is optional. You can still safely fully process your hair with the relaxer for the normal, recommended time and incorporate this beneficial step.

The Benefits
The main benefit of this mid-relaxer protein procedure is the maximum penetration of the protein molecules deep into the hair shaft that it permits. As you have read, relaxers disturb and destroy the protein bonding structure of our hair. This is the same structure that is responsible for our hair's strength and elasticity. The point after the relaxer is rinsed, and right before the neutralizing phase is the most critical point in the relaxing process for the hair shaft. It is here that the hair cuticle is most open and receptive to treatments.
Yet another benefit of this mid-relaxer protein conditioning step is the increased body, strength, and volume it gives the hair following a chemical relaxer. The hair does not exhibit that limp, thin lifeless look that it typically has after a fresh relaxer. This mid protein step actually increases the body and thickness of the hair shaft!

Why this works
Because of the relaxer's high pH, the cuticle layer is the most open it will ever be. Introducing the protein at this phase allows for maximum protein penetration and replacement due to the extreme lifting of the cuticle layer following the relaxing process.

But Will the relaxer still continue to process my hair?

The relaxing process is a chemical reaction that is not compatible at low pHs. Relaxers work in the 10-14 pH range. It is the low pH of the neutralizer that stops the neutralizing process, nothing special. Any and all of the products you apply following the rinsing of the relaxer help to gradually bring the pH of your hair back down to its normal pH of about 4.5 to 5.5.

The water from the initial warm water rinsing of the relaxer has a neutral pH of around 7. The water's neutral pH helps bring the relaxer pH down a bit from its usual 10 to 14 pH range to a range of about 8 or 9 . The protein conditioner has a low, normalizing pH of 4 to 6 as well so it also brings your hair's pH down so that your hair isn't processing at full strength. The neutralizer finishes and seals the process. It typically bears the lowest pH of any product used during the relaxing process, so it helps bring down pH of the hair even more. This step is where the cuticles close back down the tightest. Doing the protein before this happens is the key, however, do not allow the protein treatment to linger on the hair longer than five to seven minutes. You still need to quickly move on to the rest of the neutralizing phase. This five minute protein step is optional, but it works!

The complete article:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/320975/guide_to_safely_applying_chemical_relaxers.html?cat=69



Edited by vkb247 - Aug 19 2009 at 9:14pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 20 2009 at 8:06pm
WOW! I always wondered how you tex lax because I was putting the texturizer and I was like "HOW DO THEY PUT IT ON FAST ENOUGH???"

That sounds REALLY difficult. What do you use to wash your hair without getting the other parts wet?? Do you have a hose or detachable shower head? I need a hose really bad.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 22 2009 at 1:15am
I think that this tutorial is the best at explaining how to get good results from texturizing with a relaxer. I know ladies that relax bone straight and relax in sections but that is too much for me.

I always mix conditioner with my relaxer. Many ladies who relax mix with oil, conditioner, or silk amino acids. It is another technique that keeps hair in great condition and gives you more time to work with the chemicals. One of my hair idols has MBL and she texlaxes with Regular Silk Elements mixed half and half with cholesterol and she leaves it in for 30 minutes.

I also always use lye
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 24 2009 at 8:49pm
I was looking at your pics, your hair is nice. Does it return to the curly look easy after flat ironing. I was flat ironing and the more i did it i found that my hair became straighter and straighter, I use a text though. What hair type do you have? I thought I was a4b until studying the hair types on this site, I think Im a 4a.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 25 2009 at 3:17pm
Thanks for the info. I am interested in texlaxing. Do you eventually have to clip your relaxed ends as your hair grows out?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 27 2009 at 4:18am
Originally posted by TexturedWays TexturedWays wrote:

I was looking at your pics, your hair is nice. Does it return to the curly look easy after flat ironing. I was flat ironing and the more i did it i found that my hair became straighter and straighter, I use a text though. What hair type do you have? I thought I was a4b until studying the hair types on this site, I think Im a 4a.


Thanks! I just straightened my hair for the first time -check out my fotki for pics!- so we will see when I wash (but serious my stylist was natural and specializes in straightening natural hair while keeping it curly so I'm not worried) but I did use some Lustrasilk Professional leave in I just bought for two days before straightening because it has hydrolyzed collagen (the same protein hair is made of) as the second ingredient and should strengthen the hair. Plus I henna on a regular which makes my hair very strong.

If you are straightening with high heat and without a heat protectant than you risk losing your curl even if your natural. Shoot, some people's hair can't take heat period but make sure that you do protein treatments and keep your hair healthy and moisturized and that should prevent that from happening. I am 4 a/b. My hair is kind of silky 3cish behaving at my nape and temples and gets more coarse as it moves toward the crown where I have a patch of hair that is quite delicate and coarse and very different from the rest of my head. But with enough gel I can make it show a defined pattern that is more wavy than curly. My special spot.

Texturizing alone can make your hair straighter and straighter every time you retouch if you are not protecting your ends with heavy conditioner or grease or something.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 27 2009 at 4:25am
Originally posted by vette2100 vette2100 wrote:

Thanks for the info. I am interested in texlaxing. Do you eventually have to clip your relaxed ends as your hair grows out?


I have relaxed to get straight hair since about '98 when I first transitioned. After that I was using Wave Nouveau for several years then suffered breakage from pressing so I transitioned with weaves and extensions for 18 months as I slowly cut off my processed hair all back to one length. When it was long enough to get in a pony puff (last June) I stopped wearing extensions and texturized my hair.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 29 2009 at 3:27pm
Hmmm you use lye relaxer and mix half/half.

Is the container that comes with the relaxer kit big enough to fit half and half? Because when I mixed conditioner with my texturiser, the bottle was barely big enough for maybe 1/6-1/4 of it to be conditioner.
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