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Old 12-28-2011, 06:48 AM   #1
 
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I've been natural for almost 4 years and I'm at the end of my hair rope. LOL My hair is coarse, thick, and low porosity. It has been a complete pain in the arse. I don't have any hair skills, the only "style" I can do is a twist out. Braiding causes knots/tangles, puffs/buns pull my edges out. My hair is really big and bulky. Thanks to the low porosity, it has been difficult to keep my hair moisturized. Its as though, my moisturizer sits on top of my hair until it evaporates. I hate that. So, my hair will feel nice and soft for a few hours then go back to being crunchy. I dyed my hair Saturday hoping to raise my porosity a bit but it didn't work. I suppose that must happen over time but I've run out of patience.

So, here are my questions: Have any type 4s gone from natural to texlaxed and had an easier time managing your hair? Can you keep it moisturized better? Is detangling easier? Do you still look natural but just with a looser curl pattern?

I want my hair to be waist length (maybe) but I've stalled between APL and BSL (longest layer) due to having to trim busted ends and ssks quite often. Back when I was relaxed, my hair resisted the relaxer and was still really big and bulky. I'm hoping if I do decide to texlax that my hair won't *look* any different but will behave better. lol I just can't think of anything else to do.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
 
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Do you have YouTube... there are some people on there that texlaxed their hair... I'm subscribe to one... she's very nice. I'd have to go through and find her if you want. I'm subscribed to a lot of people... or put in a search for texlaxing or something like that. In a minute I'll put the link in. I know it helped work the knotts and there is one more person I would love for you to see but you have to watch her whole journey she have 4b/ hair and its absolutely beautiful.

Texlax
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(my inspiration watch all her videos in order 4b/c) below is her latest video very nice woman... not texlaxed but I believe everyone should watch
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That first link that Raina71 provided was helpful.

I say go for it if that is what you want. I think one of my aunts has texlaxed hair. It doesn't look too different from my hair, just slightly looser, and a little less shrinkage.

I think that as long as you have it done well, and do "healthy hair practices" for the aftercare (moisture/protein balance and alla that), you should be fine. And the process should make your hair a little more porous, so maybe that's a benefit?
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:41 AM   #4
 
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Do you have YouTube... there are some people on there that texlaxed their hair... I'm subscribe to one... she's very nice. I'd have to go through and find her if you want. I'm subscribed to a lot of people... or put in a search for texlaxing or something like that. In a minute I'll put the link in. I know it helped work the knotts and there is one more person I would love for you to see but you have to watch her whole journey she have 4b/ hair and its absolutely beautiful.

Texlax
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRqk...e_gdata_player

(my inspiration watch all her videos in order 4b/c) below is her latest video very nice woman... not texlaxed but I believe everyone should watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e9i...e_gdata_player

I hope she can help you
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Thank You so very much. NappilyEvaAfta is very inspiring. I'm jealous of her hair. LOL I actually like having natural hair, it just won't cooperate with me. I'm gonna invest in a seamless comb and try detangling more often than once a week to see if that helps with the ssks.
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No problem
I hope you find away to to tame your tresses and make it work for you. I'm so glad there's a support group for every stage we're going through.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
 
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I have never texlaxed, but a 4a friend of mine went the texlaxing route and the results were more manageable hair that had more hang; the resulting curl pattern looked so similar to her natural hair that I thought the hang was due to a hair growth-spurt. That said, she only did it short term (like 6 months) and then she hacked all of her hair off.

There is a lot of info (but very few pics) on application, maintenance, and results located here: 4a/b texlax support and advice

I hope a few people chime in because I am curious about texlaxing myself. It seems like everyone who does it short term or with short hair (cbl or shorter) tends to be happy...but I have seen a few apl- or bsl-length people whose ends look stringy from what I assume are the long-term effects of texlaxing.
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I have never texlaxed, but a 4a friend of mine went the texlaxing route and the results were more manageable hair that had more hang; the resulting curl pattern looked so similar to her natural hair that I thought the hang was due to a hair growth-spurt. That said, she only did it short term (like 6 months) and then she hacked all of her hair off.

There is a lot of info (but very few pics) on application, maintenance, and results located here: 4a/b texlax support and advice

I hope a few people chime in because I am curious about texlaxing myself. It seems like everyone who does it short term or with short hair (cbl or shorter) tends to be happy...but I have seen a few apl- or bsl-length people whose ends look stringy from what I assume are the long-term effects of texlaxing.
Are those with stringy ends using heat? Maybe they are neglecting protein rx?

Texlaxing is talked about more on LHCF. I will probably decide what to do by next wash day.

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I can't say that I am 100% certain of the reasons for the stringy ends. I am just going by pics that I've seen of people with texlaxed hair on this site and on youtube. It could be lack of protein, fine strands that can't handle the chemicals, heat damage, or overprocessing--hard to say. It just seems like long, curly hair that doesn't appear limp or stringy is like the texlax chupacabra.

I did see one example on youtube of a 3c who texlaxed like every 3-4 months and overall her hair looked pretty good in a wash n go. Her texlax application is a little haphazard and I think she flat irons her hair relatively often so it is possible that you might have even better results:
Just For me Texturizer application - YouTube

There's also Titi of Miss Jessie's who might be around a 4a before she texturizes.

I started poking around LHCF. And you're right: there are so many texlaxed chicks there that I'm sure you'll be able to find some good info.
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I can't say that I am 100% certain of the reasons for the stringy ends. I am just going by pics that I've seen of people with texlaxed hair on this site and on youtube. It could be lack of protein, fine strands that can't handle the chemicals, heat damage, or overprocessing--hard to say. It just seems like long, curly hair that doesn't appear limp or stringy is like the texlax chupacabra.

I did see one example on youtube of a 3c who texlaxed like every 3-4 months and overall her hair looked pretty good in a wash n go. Her texlax application is a little haphazard and I think she flat irons her hair relatively often so it is possible that you might have even better results:
Just For me Texturizer application - YouTube

There's also Titi of Miss Jessie's who might be around a 4a before she texturizes.

I started poking around LHCF. And you're right: there are so many texlaxed chicks there that I'm sure you'll be able to find some good info.

I've decided to go ahead and do it. Wednesday or Thursday most likely. *fingers crossed* Just hoping my hair doesn't come out "too loose".
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Post a pic when you're done... You should be good as long as you take care of it. Best of luck!
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I did it! here's a pic. Doesn't look any different to me. My hair is wet and full of conditioner in this one. My hair is still wet but once it dries I'll take another of my twist out.




I honestly don't think I left it in long enough. Oh well
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too defined twist out result:




it didn't work.
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Sorry to hear that

I know you feel like the curl pattern didn't change, but maybe you need to give it some time to see if it might have affected your hair in some other way. I would think that the texlax process would alter your porosity at least a little. So, maybe you'll have fewer moisture-retention issues from now on.

Also, was detangling a little easier?
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Sorry to hear that

I know you feel like the curl pattern didn't change, but maybe you need to give it some time to see if it might have affected your hair in some other way. I would think that the texlax process would alter your porosity at least a little. So, maybe you'll have fewer moisture-retention issues from now on.

Also, was detangling a little easier?
Easier...not really. I dry detangled first with handfuls of sunflower oil but I had to detangle again anyway. Had to wash my hair loose to get all the relaxer out.

Bald is looking attractive right about now... LOL

Oh and on the porosity thing...my hair still took 12+ hours to dry (and was nice and white for 6 of those hours LOL)
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I can't say that I am 100% certain of the reasons for the stringy ends. I am just going by pics that I've seen of people with texlaxed hair on this site and on youtube. It could be lack of protein, fine strands that can't handle the chemicals, heat damage, or overprocessing--hard to say. It just seems like long, curly hair that doesn't appear limp or stringy is like the texlax chupacabra.

Yeah...I know for me it's the way I apply my products. All the moisturizers and gelling is mostly to my ends. I always want more volume at the crown so I leave gel off.

I'll think I'll experiment with gelling my canopy and leave it off my ends to see what that looks like.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #16
 
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Do you have a pic of your wet hair? I wanna seeeee

How long do you leave the relaxer on when you get retouches?

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Haha....I'll take one tomorrow.

I leave the relaxer on maybe about 10 minutes if that. My stylist starts in the back and works her way up leaving my crown for last. Once she puts that on we go rinse.
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When I first started transitioning from perm to natural I couldn't do a thing with my hair and didn't want to go back to the crack in the jar so I started kiddie texturizing. It was fine for a while and then I started loosing my hair around the edges so since June 2011 I BC'd and been fully natural ever since.

However, I'm at the same place as you I can't do crap with this stuff! All I do is 2 strand twist and twist outs and they look horrible on me. I have learned more about naturally taking care of my hair and my hair is much healthier so I would say as long as you have the healthy know how and hair care regime then go for it. I'm strongly considering it since I know a lot more. I also heard about hair softeners I'm not sure if that is the same or similar to a texturizer but I am looking into this.

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When I first started transitioning from perm to natural I couldn't do a thing with my hair and didn't want to go back to the crack in the jar so I started kiddie texturizing. It was fine for a while and then I started loosing my hair around the edges so since June 2011 I BC'd and been fully natural ever since.

However, I'm at the same place as you I can't do crap with this stuff! All I do is 2 strand twist and twist outs and they look horrible on me. I have learned more about naturally taking care of my hair and my hair is much healthier so I would say as long as you have the healthy know how and hair care regime then go for it. I'm strongly considering it since I know a lot more. I also heard about hair softeners I'm not sure if that is the same or similar to a texturizer but I am looking into this.

Hope this helps.
A hair softener is just a mild relaxer. I used to use the Just For Me hair softener when I was relaxing my hair. It got my hair about as straight as a regular strength relaxer. Having said that, my hair never relaxed bone straight.
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