Just for Me Texture Softener??

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http://www.texturesoftener.com/index.html


Its marketed for multicultural little curlies. Is is bad for the little ones hair? Is it a chemical treatment , its calcium hydroxide based?
Wiry?, baby fine strands densely packed with different textures and curl diameters seemingly on each individual strand.
From the Product Instructions:

This product is not a toy. This product contains calcium hydroxide
and guanidine carbonate (toxic). Keep out of the reach of children.
Keep this product and all others away from eyes and mouth. Product
may be harmful, if it accidentally gets in eyes or mouth. If product
gets in eyes, rinse eyes thoroughly with water. Consult physician if
irritation persists. If product is swallowed, consult a physician.
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What type of poduct is this? I'm confused. It says its not a relaxer or texturizer. Is it just a softener then? Its brand new at the CVS drugstore around here.
Wiry?, baby fine strands densely packed with different textures and curl diameters seemingly on each individual strand.
calcium hydroxide is a relaxing chemical.
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Please don't use this on your little one!!! It's a relaxer - no matter what the label says. It contains calcium hydroxide, it's like sodium hydroxide - same purpose - to chemically relax or straighten the hair. It could burn her scalp or hurt her eyes, not to mention damage her hair.
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Oh no, the marketing had me fooled. Good thing I checked here first.
Wiry?, baby fine strands densely packed with different textures and curl diameters seemingly on each individual strand.
HAHAHAHA I just watched that video for the "instructions" and this product is so BLATANTLY marketed towards white moms with biracial kids or white moms with adopted ethnic kids that doesnt have A CLUE how to do hair. they made it look like giving a perm was a science fair project!
3c in front/rest is 4a, i would probably say i am a pretty even mix, with some confused patches in the crown region
HAHAHAHA I just watched that video for the "instructions" and this product is so BLATANTLY marketed towards white moms with biracial kids or white moms with adopted ethnic kids that doesnt have A CLUE how to do hair. they made it look like giving a perm was a science fair project!
Originally Posted by kamris
You are sooo right! I watched the video - it brought back such bad memories of having that done to my hair when I was little. That poor little girl - her hair didn't even look difficult to manage at all.

Mommies - please don't buy this stuff!
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

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Use only the PURE STUFF
Wow Thank God for this board because I was going to try this stuff on my hair. I read on their blog site that some adults used it to soften the hair.

Thanks guys I will not be using this I do not want any chemicals on my hair
3c/4a Relaxer free since 04!
I saw an ad in a magazine yesterday and thought this would be a good solution. But I don't want to try it now.I just need something to make this less painful for her (and me!)
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ITS HORRIBLE!!! MY MOM USED IT ON MY LITTLE BROTHER AND SHE FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY IT COMPLETELY STRAIGHTENED HIS HAIR!!!!!!! AWFUL PRODUCT!!!
I began using this product on my twin nieces' hair this year. The reason? Because their mother is absolutely clueless about their 4a hair. She had already given them a kiddie relaxer at 4 years old. (They're 9 now) Of course their hair got damaged and luckily for them I was able to salvage their hair with expensive conditioners and regular trims. It took about 3 years for the relaxer to get out of their hair.

But this year, they're hair had grown very long, and they themselves were encouraging their mother to get their hair relaxed because ALL of the kids in their classes have relaxed hair. Their mother was convinced that the only reason their hair got damaged before was because they were too young.

When I saw this product advertised, I knew it would be a very mild relaxer. It was a case of the lesser of 2 evils. Those No-Lye Kiddie Relaxers are the worst.

So I used the product first on my sister/their grandmother, whose hair is curly like theirs and thinning due to age. My sister's hair actually came out great. She still had curl, but her hair was not hard and felt very conditioned. She actually liked the results. She was able to maintain texture, and get a straight style if she wanted. I noticed that the damage in terms of hair breakage was neglible to be honest, none at all. She suffered no hair breakage and being that her hair is thin now, that was a blessing.

Just For Me is a mild relaxer which leaves the hair with a texture different from kiddie relaxers. Yes, if you leave the product on too long you could ostensibly 'relax' your hair and release most of your curl. But you can, if applied correctly, not destroy your curl pattern.

But of course, that's the problem with texturizers, the application. It's a hit or miss situation.

The end result on my nieces' hair has been great. They can wear their hair curly, or straight. Hair breakage, again no different than without the product. And when new hair grows in, there is not such a drastic difference in texture that they have to get a touch-up right away. Depending on what level loose curl pattern you're going for, you could probably apply this twice a year certainly no more than 3 times, some even once-a-year.

This summer for example, I did not re-apply the product and their hair pretty much looked like their regular hair, only easier for them to manage. They were able to go swimming everyday, condition wash and air dry into a curly look, wear loose braids, twists or wear a pony tail with texture. And considering how damaging chlorine is, I have to say I was impressed. Of course they use good products, like Shea Moisture leave-in and monthly Olive Oil packs as a DT.

But of course, the key is always hair maintenance with good conditioning and trims.

If I were their mother, of course, I would not use this product. But since I'm not, I think this product is far superior to the no-lye kiddie relaxers and I would recommend this to parents who insist on chemical processing, instead.

It's a sad reality that AAs are reluctant to leave their kids' hair alone. But it's a fact that I've come to accept. This weekend at a community fair, I saw nothing but little AA girls with relaxed hair and many of them were under 6 years old. Their hair looks dry, damaged and dull. My nieces' hair in contrast still looks like healthy hair that maintains the integrity of AA hair texture. I'm sure some people would say their hair looks nappy. Yes, that's crazy.

I have a neighbor who is a barber and raising a 4 year old daughter. He is a great guy who understands AA hair. Recently, I noticed that his daughter had her hair in a blown out style. He assured me that he had only let a co-worker blow her hair out, but confessed that his daughter was already beginning to pressure him about getting her hair relaxed. (Peer pressure).

I told him about this product and frankly, since it's impossible to convince these young mother's otherwise, I recommend the texture softener over the relaxer any day. The images these kids see influence them. Right now, I'm watching the woman's USA basketball team at the Olympics and not one of the AA players is wearing their natural hair. They either have relaxed ponytails or braids/extensions.

I tell any AA mother I talk to about this site. I recommend learning how to manage your own hair texture. But the bottom line is if these women are resistant to learning, there's nothing anyone can do. In that case, I think this product, compared to no-lye, is a terrific product.

I recommend finding out about texturizing techniques before using it. Knowing how much curl pattern you want to release, and drawing a 'hair map' of your hair so that you know how to apply the product. For example, the bottom back of one of my nieces hair has very soft silky tightly coiled hair, so I apply only a small amount to that area last and smooth it lightly. The result is that she still has that curly pattern only slightly looser.

I took the time to post this to give a wider perspective. Again, leaving the hair natural and learning a curly girl hair regimen is the best. But, for those who simply don't want to do that, the texture softener is a better option than no-lye kiddie relaxers.

Sorry for the long post.
I began using this product on my twin nieces' hair this year. The reason? Because their mother is absolutely clueless about their 4a hair. She had already given them a kiddie relaxer at 4 years old. (They're 9 now) Of course their hair got damaged and luckily for them I was able to salvage their hair with expensive conditioners and regular trims. It took about 3 years for the relaxer to get out of their hair.

But this year, they're hair had grown very long, and they themselves were encouraging their mother to get their hair relaxed because ALL of the kids in their classes have relaxed hair. Their mother was convinced that the only reason their hair got damaged before was because they were too young.

When I saw this product advertised, I knew it would be a very mild relaxer. It was a case of the lesser of 2 evils. Those No-Lye Kiddie Relaxers are the worst.

So I used the product first on my sister/their grandmother, whose hair is curly like theirs and thinning due to age. My sister's hair actually came out great. She still had curl, but her hair was not hard and felt very conditioned. She actually liked the results. She was able to maintain texture, and get a straight style if she wanted. I noticed that the damage in terms of hair breakage was neglible to be honest, none at all. She suffered no hair breakage and being that her hair is thin now, that was a blessing.

Just For Me is a mild relaxer which leaves the hair with a texture different from kiddie relaxers. Yes, if you leave the product on too long you could ostensibly 'relax' your hair and release most of your curl. But you can, if applied correctly, not destroy your curl pattern.

But of course, that's the problem with texturizers, the application. It's a hit or miss situation.

The end result on my nieces' hair has been great. They can wear their hair curly, or straight. Hair breakage, again no different than without the product. And when new hair grows in, there is not such a drastic difference in texture that they have to get a touch-up right away. Depending on what level loose curl pattern you're going for, you could probably apply this twice a year certainly no more than 3 times, some even once-a-year.

This summer for example, I did not re-apply the product and their hair pretty much looked like their regular hair, only easier for them to manage. They were able to go swimming everyday, condition wash and air dry into a curly look, wear loose braids, twists or wear a pony tail with texture. And considering how damaging chlorine is, I have to say I was impressed. Of course they use good products, like Shea Moisture leave-in and monthly Olive Oil packs as a DT.

But of course, the key is always hair maintenance with good conditioning and trims.

If I were their mother, of course, I would not use this product. But since I'm not, I think this product is far superior to the no-lye kiddie relaxers and I would recommend this to parents who insist on chemical processing, instead.

It's a sad reality that AAs are reluctant to leave their kids' hair alone. But it's a fact that I've come to accept. This weekend at a community fair, I saw nothing but little AA girls with relaxed hair and many of them were under 6 years old. Their hair looks dry, damaged and dull. My nieces' hair in contrast still looks like healthy hair that maintains the integrity of AA hair texture. I'm sure some people would say their hair looks nappy. Yes, that's crazy.

I have a neighbor who is a barber and raising a 4 year old daughter. He is a great guy who understands AA hair. Recently, I noticed that his daughter had her hair in a blown out style. He assured me that he had only let a co-worker blow her hair out, but confessed that his daughter was already beginning to pressure him about getting her hair relaxed. (Peer pressure).

I told him about this product and frankly, since it's impossible to convince these young mother's otherwise, I recommend the texture softener over the relaxer any day. The images these kids see influence them. Right now, I'm watching the woman's USA basketball team at the Olympics and not one of the AA players is wearing their natural hair. They either have relaxed ponytails or braids/extensions.

I tell any AA mother I talk to about this site. I recommend learning how to manage your own hair texture. But the bottom line is if these women are resistant to learning, there's nothing anyone can do. In that case, I think this product, compared to no-lye, is a terrific product.

I recommend finding out about texturizing techniques before using it. Knowing how much curl pattern you want to release, and drawing a 'hair map' of your hair so that you know how to apply the product. For example, the bottom back of one of my nieces hair has very soft silky tightly coiled hair, so I apply only a small amount to that area last and smooth it lightly. The result is that she still has that curly pattern only slightly looser.

I took the time to post this to give a wider perspective. Again, leaving the hair natural and learning a curly girl hair regimen is the best. But, for those who simply don't want to do that, the texture softener is a better option than no-lye kiddie relaxers.

Sorry for the long post.
Originally Posted by auntcurly
relaxers and texturizers are the exact same thing.
no lye relaxers are basically "over the counter" relaxers. in the professoinal world, there is no such thing as no lye relaxers. the reason they sell no lye relaxers at stores is because after a while they stop processing on there own. since youre basically giving nonprofessionals a caustic chemical they need a way to safeguard the comsumer the best way they can.
also, there is no such thing as a kiddie relaxer. just like the "texture softener" the name is a marketing ploy to make you think youre giving your child something safer or better for their hair.

in the end, its all a relaxer.
Someone please help me, I used the Just for me Texture softener on my son who is mixed race. (White/black) He had very curly hair and I just wanted to make it soft and easy to manage. I did not know that it would take out all of his curles and leave it dry. What can I do to save his hair and get back his curles? Will his curles ever come back? Should I just shave his head now? Someone please help, I dont know what I'm doing.
Someone please help me, I used the Just for me Texture softener on my son who is mixed race. (White/black) He had very curly hair and I just wanted to make it soft and easy to manage. I did not know that it would take out all of his curles and leave it dry. What can I do to save his hair and get back his curles? Will his curles ever come back? Should I just shave his head now? Someone please help, I dont know what I'm doing.
Originally Posted by elizabeth m
*sigh*

His curls will not come back. Only with new growth. So if shaving his head is something you want to do, go for it. That's the only way his curls are coming back. If you don't want to shave his head, make sure you keep his hair well moisturized. Try Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Mixed Chicks, Shea butter, etc...

I just made a post this month about the Just Say HELL NO Texture Softener. You can check it out if you want.

http://beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.co...-softener.html

Good luck.

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I began using this product on my twin nieces' hair this year. The reason? Because their mother is absolutely clueless about their 4a hair. She had already given them a kiddie relaxer at 4 years old. (They're 9 now) Of course their hair got damaged and luckily for them I was able to salvage their hair with expensive conditioners and regular trims. It took about 3 years for the relaxer to get out of their hair.

But this year, they're hair had grown very long, and they themselves were encouraging their mother to get their hair relaxed because ALL of the kids in their classes have relaxed hair. Their mother was convinced that the only reason their hair got damaged before was because they were too young.

When I saw this product advertised, I knew it would be a very mild relaxer. It was a case of the lesser of 2 evils. Those No-Lye Kiddie Relaxers are the worst.

So I used the product first on my sister/their grandmother, whose hair is curly like theirs and thinning due to age. My sister's hair actually came out great. She still had curl, but her hair was not hard and felt very conditioned. She actually liked the results. She was able to maintain texture, and get a straight style if she wanted. I noticed that the damage in terms of hair breakage was neglible to be honest, none at all. She suffered no hair breakage and being that her hair is thin now, that was a blessing.

Just For Me is a mild relaxer which leaves the hair with a texture different from kiddie relaxers. Yes, if you leave the product on too long you could ostensibly 'relax' your hair and release most of your curl. But you can, if applied correctly, not destroy your curl pattern.

But of course, that's the problem with texturizers, the application. It's a hit or miss situation.

The end result on my nieces' hair has been great. They can wear their hair curly, or straight. Hair breakage, again no different than without the product. And when new hair grows in, there is not such a drastic difference in texture that they have to get a touch-up right away. Depending on what level loose curl pattern you're going for, you could probably apply this twice a year certainly no more than 3 times, some even once-a-year.

This summer for example, I did not re-apply the product and their hair pretty much looked like their regular hair, only easier for them to manage. They were able to go swimming everyday, condition wash and air dry into a curly look, wear loose braids, twists or wear a pony tail with texture. And considering how damaging chlorine is, I have to say I was impressed. Of course they use good products, like Shea Moisture leave-in and monthly Olive Oil packs as a DT.

But of course, the key is always hair maintenance with good conditioning and trims.

If I were their mother, of course, I would not use this product. But since I'm not, I think this product is far superior to the no-lye kiddie relaxers and I would recommend this to parents who insist on chemical processing, instead.

It's a sad reality that AAs are reluctant to leave their kids' hair alone. But it's a fact that I've come to accept. This weekend at a community fair, I saw nothing but little AA girls with relaxed hair and many of them were under 6 years old. Their hair looks dry, damaged and dull. My nieces' hair in contrast still looks like healthy hair that maintains the integrity of AA hair texture. I'm sure some people would say their hair looks nappy. Yes, that's crazy.

I have a neighbor who is a barber and raising a 4 year old daughter. He is a great guy who understands AA hair. Recently, I noticed that his daughter had her hair in a blown out style. He assured me that he had only let a co-worker blow her hair out, but confessed that his daughter was already beginning to pressure him about getting her hair relaxed. (Peer pressure).

I told him about this product and frankly, since it's impossible to convince these young mother's otherwise, I recommend the texture softener over the relaxer any day. The images these kids see influence them. Right now, I'm watching the woman's USA basketball team at the Olympics and not one of the AA players is wearing their natural hair. They either have relaxed ponytails or braids/extensions.

I tell any AA mother I talk to about this site. I recommend learning how to manage your own hair texture. But the bottom line is if these women are resistant to learning, there's nothing anyone can do. In that case, I think this product, compared to no-lye, is a terrific product.

I recommend finding out about texturizing techniques before using it. Knowing how much curl pattern you want to release, and drawing a 'hair map' of your hair so that you know how to apply the product. For example, the bottom back of one of my nieces hair has very soft silky tightly coiled hair, so I apply only a small amount to that area last and smooth it lightly. The result is that she still has that curly pattern only slightly looser.

I took the time to post this to give a wider perspective. Again, leaving the hair natural and learning a curly girl hair regimen is the best. But, for those who simply don't want to do that, the texture softener is a better option than no-lye kiddie relaxers.

Sorry for the long post.
Originally Posted by auntcurly
relaxers and texturizers are the exact same thing.
no lye relaxers are basically "over the counter" relaxers. in the professoinal world, there is no such thing as no lye relaxers. the reason they sell no lye relaxers at stores is because after a while they stop processing on there own. since youre basically giving nonprofessionals a caustic chemical they need a way to safeguard the comsumer the best way they can.
also, there is no such thing as a kiddie relaxer. just like the "texture softener" the name is a marketing ploy to make you think youre giving your child something safer or better for their hair.

in the end, its all a relaxer.
Originally Posted by subbrock
Exactly.

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The Hair Texturizer bullsh*t is such a slap in the face to humanity. The sh*t is a scheme and it's a way to further teach people to hate themselves. It makes me angry just thinking about it.
I am so sick and tired of Just for Me. I almost fell into the trap after my BC and did a blog post on it as well.
http://newlynatural.com/blog/2009/11/texture-softeners/

VERY misleading website and claims.

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What really kills me is how can something give "worry free maintenance" when you will have to keep putting it in your child's hair in order to "make it more manageable"? That right there should turn the light bulb on for some people.


Last edited by Booker Ts Mama; 12-18-2009 at 09:01 AM. Reason: spelling
I am writing because I am extremely angry about the misleading wording that is being used to market the Just For Me Texture Softener. I compared the ingredients in the "Texture Softener" to the ingredients in the relaxer and found that they are essentially the same. I then called 866-730-9101 to inquire about this, and was informed that the ingredients are indeed the same, but the that the method of application is different. I told the agent who answered the phone that the language used in the product information guide is incorrect and misleading, as it states that the texture softener "naturally and gently softens" hair texture. There is nothing "natural" about a product that contains the same chemicals as a relaxer. When I stated this to the agent she started talking in circles, saying that nothing except for the chemicals that are in the product would straighten the hair (?!) which is why it is marketed this way, as there is no natural product that can have the same effect? That makes absolutely no sense, of course the chemicals in the product are what straighten the hair, but it is totally inappropriate to say that this product works naturally. I have a PhD in microbiology, and am outraged that the margeting team for this product feels it is acceptable to say it works naturally. Had I not actually read the ingredients I would never have known that there is really no difference between this and a relaxer, and it is completely irresponsible of Soft and Beautiful to market this product as if it is an alternative to relaxers, when in actuality it is the same product being applied in a different manner. Calling it a "sunflower oil formula" leads the consumer to believe that sunflower oil is the main active ingredient in the texture softener when it is not, calcium hydroxide is, which (as clearly stated on the Material Safety Data Sheet) is corrosive and can cause severe skin and eye burns. This misleading and incorrect labeling of this product must be stopped, as consumers who might not be as diligent as myself are probably applying this to their children's hair, not knowing they are actually using a chemical relaxer (and I am certain this is the intent of Soft and Beautiful, to target unassuming consumers who would prefer not to chemically treat their children's hair).

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