BENEFITS OF SWITCHING TO A TEXTURIZER
I know I’ve been focusing on hair for the past few weeks, but even with all the modern styling and treatment options available so many of us are still using age old methods or feel that we have to give up our natural curls for straighter hair.
Although some women love the natural or curly look, many still prefer to use straighteners as it gives versatility and makes hair more manageable. I’ve had a relaxer for years and switched to a texturizer 3 years ago because it’s gentler and allows me to go curly or straight.
For those of you who are still using those harsh relaxers to tame your mane or thinking about other ways make your hair more manageable, here’s an alternative methods that you may want to consider – a texturizer.
What is a Texturizer?
A texturizer is a mild chemical formula that loosens the curl pattern of the hair making it more manageable. A common misconception is that a texturizer is the same as a relaxer but they are very different. Relaxers loosens the hair’s curl pattern to accomplish a straight pattern, while a texturizer maintains curliness. It’s also different from a relaxer because it is left on the hair for only a very short time and does not need to be combed throughout the hair. Texturizers contain sodium hydroxide (lye) or calcium hydroxide (no lye) which is better for those with sensitive scalp.
Advantages of Using a Texturizer
Texturized hair requires less maintenance than a regular relaxer. As your hair grows out, you will need a touch up every 3 to 5 months instead of the recommended 6 to 8 weeks with a bone straight relaxer. This method also gives you the option of looser, softer curls with less shrinkage or frizz and makes it easier to straighten with a blow dryer or flat iron. Because your entire hair remains curly, it’s hard to notice the “line of demarcation” – where your naturally curly hair ends and the texturized hair begins.
Although texturizers cause less damage, it is still a chemical treatment. It is important to consult a professional stylist that understands this process versus a bone straight relaxer. Texturizing hair that is already over processed can cause further damage, so talk to your stylist to make sure this option is right for you.