What Is Texturizing Anyway?

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This is what it means for your natural hair

The natural hair journey is a personal one, full of twists and turns, unique to the queen rocking the fro crown. In the low moments, you’ll often hear the word ‘texturize’ being offered up as a solution. But with contradictory information everywhere, you may be puzzled about what it will do to your mane.  Here are some facts:

Texturized Hair Looks Natural, But Isn’t

You’ll find quite a few texturizer products with labels such as ‘healthier’, slapped across the packaging. It’s great that the ingredient’s label has natural products such as olive oil, but it also has chemicals such as calcium or sodium hydroxide. The presence of chemical means that you’re permanently changing your hair.

So, How Is This Any Different From A Relaxer?

A texturiser is a milder form of a relaxer that is applied for a shorter period. While a relaxer will sit on your hair from 10 to 20 minutes, a texturizer shouldn’t stay on longer than five to 10 minutes. You’ll also find that while a relaxer is combed through the hair to make it straight, texturizer isn’t.

Arguments For It

If you like the natural look but aren’t quite versed with your natural curls, such as what products work for you or how to style your kinks, this could be an alternative. It also gives the individual the ease to switch between straight and curly/wavy texture. There’s a variety of looks you can play with, plus, 4C hair types can rock the ‘wash and go’ look. This in part has something to do with the fact that there is less shrinkage once the hair is texturized.

But what seems to be the biggest perk is that texturizing, when done right, maintains the hair’s natural volume. Whether you’re rocking a straight look, wrapping or heat styling it, the volume will remain unaffected.

Finally, you don’t have to texturize as often as you would with a relaxer. Because your texturized hair is still curly, your new growth will easily blend in.

Arguments Against It

It is still a chemical process, and thus, it can still damage or weaken your hair. Keeping in mind that most people have a mixture of hair types, finding a uniform result during each application isn’t guaranteed. The results will vary, especially if you have long hair.

Note: You’re more likely to get more consistent curls with short hair than with longer tresses.

Once you do this process, you can’t go back to all-natural hair; unless you plan to shave it all off and start afresh.

Disclaimer: you need to have curls in the first place

While texturizing makes the curls bigger, it doesn’t alter the shape. Consequently, it works better for people with a natural S-shaped curl pattern. If you have Z-shaped curls, this may not be the right choice for you.

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