By Dr. Shanessa Fenner
Want to change your hairstyle to straight or bone straight? Two options can make that happen: a hair texturizer or a relaxer. Here are some differences between texturizers and relaxers to help you choose the proper treatment for your hair goals and type.
What is a hair texturizer?
A texturizer is a chemical-based procedure that smooths the hair while maintaining its texture. It is applied when you don’t want all the curl patterns removed from the hair. Texturizers should not be left on for more than 5 to 10 minutes and are considered a mild form of a hair relaxer. They are designed to stay on the hair for less time and be less harsh than relaxers. Texturizers give better curly results on some hair textures than others. Many individuals choose to texturize their hair to switch from straight to curly or wavy hairstyles easily. You will need to touch up your texturizer every eight to ten weeks.
What is a relaxer?
A relaxer is a chemical-based procedure that relaxes the curl pattern entirely by breaking down the hair’s natural structure, resulting in bone-straight strands. It is typically left on the root of the hair for 20 minutes. Some Black women prefer relaxers because it makes the hair more manageable. Depending on your hair texture and growth, relaxers last from 6 – 12 weeks before needing a retouch. It is crucial to avoid overprocessing the hair. For best results, allow a professional stylist to treat your hair to eliminate the risk of damage.
Here are a few products to consider:
African Pride Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer – This relaxer is formulated to help strengthen and protect the hair during the relaxer application process. It is enriched with extra virgin olive oil for silky smooth deep conditioned hair and a moisture-rich healthy scalp.
Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer-This relaxer provides advanced straightening performance and an exotic shine to the hair mane. It is available in regular and super strengths.
Just for Me Hair Texture Softener– This anti-breakage Sunflower Oil formula softens natural hair texture and prevents damage to the hair. It lasts up to 12 weeks.
No matter which chemical process you select, be sure to moisturize and protect the hair to prevent damage or breakage.