Many women of all races choose to chemically straighten or loosen their hair texture. They do this for a variety of reasons: to wear particular hairstyles, as a rite of passage, fear of not getting hired, even though many naturals have proven this to be untrue, to attract men who may prefer straighter hair, and because they feel like changing their hair texture.
The difference between relaxers, texturisers and texlaxers
It is a common myth that texturised/texlaxed hair is natural, but this is completely untrue.
The key difference between having relaxed and texturised/texlaxed hair is the amount of time you leave the chemicals to work on your hair. Texturising or texlaxing your hair usually takes less than half as long as relaxing does, which is why texturising or texlaxing leaves slight curls instead of straight strands.
The processes are so similar that some people use relaxers to texlax/texturise their hair. They do this by adding protein to the relaxer and/or leaving the relaxer to work for a shorter amount of time e.g. 5-10 minutes instead of 10-20 minutes. If the texlaxer or texturiser is left on for too long, the hair will be straight. You’ll need to experiment to find the right amount of time. If you overprocess and end up with straight hair, don’t panic! Try again in a few months with your new growth. Keep trying until you find the right amount of time to process your hair.
IMPORTANT: Perms and relaxers are two different chemical processes. Relaxers straighten the hair while perms curl it. In some countries people use perms to refer to straightened hair, so make sure you ask your hairdresser for the right one!