Texlax? Texturize? Ugh.

Hey Ladies (and possible gents) -

I just joined because I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I currently have natural 4a hair, but would like to chemically process it again in the upcoming months. I want to be able to do wash and go's. Part of the reason I went natural was because it was taking me 3 hours to do my hair with a relaxer which was just ridiculous. I want to be able to wash it and air dry it so that it's wavyish I guess...aka I can leave the house without having to put heat on it etc. But at the same time I want it to be easy to straighten with a flatiron if I want to achieve that look and easy to bring back my curls when I want that. What would I need? A texlax? Texturizer? BKT? I'm so confused. I don't know what's what. My roommate was able to air dry with a wave to her hair and this was with a straight up relaxer, but she wasn't able to bring back her natural curl.

Thanks in advance!
There's a texlax support thread here - 4a/b texlax support and advice - that will probably be more helpful. hth
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You can do a wash n go w/o going the chemical route AND you can straighten it. I know that I can, but it just takes time in learning the best techniques and the best products in getting optimal results.

It sounds like you went natural hoping for your hair to act/look a certain way, but now that you're natural and it's not the way you maybe wanted(or expected), that you're hoping to get those results using a texturizer.

Even if you go that route [chemically], it still may not garner the results you want. And then you could possibly be stuck having to repeat the same chemical process(touch ups to keep the look uniform).

I recommend just being a wee bit more patient and look into protective styles that allow you to achieve a wavier look. I don't know how short your hair is, but you could do twist/braid outs, bantu knots, and even do wet sets on perm rods to get a looser look. And if you want to wear it straight every once in while, you can do a roller wrap on magnetic rollers, wrap it up, and if needed, go over lightly with a ceramic iron to smooth out the puffiness.

There are many MANY ladies who have blogs and youtube accounts w/video tutorials on achieving many styles. I'd recommend perusing those. Many of these ladies are members here. Maybe they'll chime in with that info, but look at your many other options before going back to chemicals. Ultimately though, it's up to you since it's your hair and only you know what'll make you happy.
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This topic has been discussed on this forum in the past so you may want to start by doing a search for "texturizer" or "texlax". Here is a link to one discussion that happened a few weeks ago, but there are many.

Texturizers

I would also suggest experimenting with different products for your natural hair before you decide to texturize. Results vary with this process so it would be hard to predict what your hair would be like after a texturizer and you might be able to acheive the look you want from different gels or moisturizing products.
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Hey Ladies (and possible gents) -

I just joined because I'm hoping someone on here can help me. I currently have natural 4a hair, but would like to chemically process it again in the upcoming months. I want to be able to do wash and go's. Part of the reason I went natural was because it was taking me 3 hours to do my hair with a relaxer which was just ridiculous. I want to be able to wash it and air dry it so that it's wavyish I guess...aka I can leave the house without having to put heat on it etc. But at the same time I want it to be easy to straighten with a flatiron if I want to achieve that look and easy to bring back my curls when I want that. What would I need? A texlax? Texturizer? BKT? I'm so confused. I don't know what's what. My roommate was able to air dry with a wave to her hair and this was with a straight up relaxer, but she wasn't able to bring back her natural curl.

Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by brightpinkie
I am transitioning into natural, and I know that when I wash my hair or wet it that it waves (and even curls in some areas) but the only problem I can see with texalaxing (however you spell it lol) is what are you gonna do when your hair starts growing in? You have to keep using the stuff to get it to match the grown out texture right?

I have resigned myself to the fact that my hair is gonna take time, relaxed, texturized, or natural. I just wanted to go the healthier way which is why I chose natural. To each her own. Good luck!
Thanks for everyones responses. I think the problem is that I'm just frustrated with the length. I realized that this morning. My hair has been in twists for a couple of days and when I took them out today it was as stretched as it's ever been. It doesn't look like a puff anymore, but almost exactly what I was talking about before. I think I'm just tired of rockin the puff and ready for some length, but very impatient. I will hold off on the chemical services at least until summertime. I figure if I keep telling myself that, it's like I have the option, but I'll most likely keep pushing it back and never do it. Haha.

And to answer FoxyCleopatra's question (by the way, LOVE your screen name), one of the reasons I was interested in texlaxing was because I was under the impression that I'd only have to do it 4x/year. Maybe I'm misinformed. I did run a search on here, but didn't find the info that I was looking for. Thanks to everyone again for your help!

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