Showing posts with label Texlaxing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Texlaxing. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Hair | How I Texlax [Video]

A video on how I texlax / relax has been long overdue as I get daily requests to make this video. It isn't a complicated process but there are a few precautions that you have to take when using a relaxer, as with any chemical process. Certain things are key for me to ensure texlaxed results which I explain in the video. However, my process won't necessarily produce the same results for someone else, even if we have the exact same hair texture naturally. It's that point which I want to stress the most as many of the questions I get tend to be how someone can texlax to get results exactly like mine. A lot of factors come into play when using chemicals unfortunately so this video is more of a guide or may provide some tricks to help with your texlaxing (or relaxing) process.

The Video:

I wanted to be as detailed as possible without this being a super long video, so if there's anything specific you need to know comment below.

What videos would you like to see next?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Tips for Transitioning to Texlaxed [Video]

I've been meaning to put together a video on transitioning tips for some time as I get so many questions about it but I wanted to wait until my transition was over. I didn't really change my hair routine a whole lot throughout my transition but it does require a lot of patience and care to manage all of the different textures. At times my transition was very difficult and I wouldn't say it was an easy process but I hope the tips covered in the below video help some of you who are considering or are already transitioning to texlaxed.

The Video: 

I tried to keep the video as short as possible so if you have any questions let me know!

What have you been doing with your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hair Update | Texlaxed Transition Progress

I've neglected to do many updates on my hair on my blog for the past few years and I think the main reason is my 'transition' (growing out my straight relaxed hair) hasn't been very straight-forward.

I first started 'texlaxing' (using a relaxer to purposely underprocess my hair so it's still has some texture) by mistake in 2011. The result was a frizzy sort of straight which I hated initially but had to admit that it was much stronger and less damaged than my bone straight relaxed hair.

Along the years I've continued to texlax but to a lesser degree each time. As a result my roots have slowly become more textured and closely resemble my natural hair texture. I've been cutting my hair a lot lately as I'm happier with how my roots look but I'm still realistically about a year off the length in which I would comfortably 'big chop' and get rid of all of my straight ends. My hair looks a total mess with all the different textures but it's very slowly coming together.

Taking pictures to document my progress has been difficult as the texlaxed texture is quite tightly coiled and I can never seem to be able to capture exactly what it looks like on camera. My hair also grows at different rates and is looser in some areas. If I had to put a number on it I have a minimum of 6 inches of curly roots in the middle and back whereas around the edges I have about 4-5 inches when my hair is stretched.

You can get an idea of my current progress from the pictures above, but I think it'll be easier to tell how far along I am with my transition when I start to make more dramatic cuts in the coming months.

What have you done with your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Relaxed Hair Update | July 2014

I relaxed my hair after 5 long months, which seemed to be crawling by until it finally got to relaxer day on Monday. In typical fashion I didn't really feel like relaxing my hair by this point but I went ahead as I've had some time off work and I knew I wouldn't have this much time on my hands again for a while. I feel like the relaxer process went well but I've lost the ability to apply and smooth the relaxer as fast as I used to. I guess leaving so much time between relaxers has left me a little rusty.

I did the half half method as usual using ORS Olive Oil Lye Relaxer in normal (my relaxer process is detailed here). I relaxed the back half first and then repeated the same process separately on the top half. I spent about 4-5 minutes applying the relaxer and left it on for 9 minutes on the back sections and for 12 minutes on the front sections in total. For the first time I coated my hair from root to tip in oil (I usually just put it on the previously relaxed parts). I also put vaseline on my ends, the line of demarcation and my edges as well as basing my scalp with it.

I really didn't want overprocessing (if you didn't already guess) and overall the results were near perfect. I have actual curls throughout my hair which I'm really excited about. You can see how textured it looks post-wash in the picture above. I used my Root2Tip Protein Balance Masque to restore protein levels and my hair is so soft and bouncy.

My transition to texlaxed (info here) has taken me so long to get right and I feel like I can finally visualise how my hair will look when it's fully texlaxed. I still have a very long way to go though and I've avoided taking accurate length check pictures in months to not discourage myself from transitioning. It's quite daunting basically starting over after spending years growing out my hair and I've (reluctantly) given up on the idea of maintaining mid-back length hair during my transition. My hair is about mid-back length now but I plan to cut off about an inch or so soon.

I also plan to document my transition more in the following months as I have no idea how long it's taken me to get to this point or realistically how far I've got to go.

What have you been doing to your hair recently?

Christine Stewart x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hair Talk | Transitioning and texlaxing

A lot of the relaxed hair bloggers and YouTubers I follow have recently decided to go natural. As a lot of people have asked me if I am too I thought I'd do a video on my future plans with regards to relaxing.

In short, I'm not going natural, though I've thought about it quite a few times and would definitely transition to natural hair in the future. My current plan is to continue texlaxing, leaving a slight curl in my hair (see this post for more details).

The video:

I realise it's often long periods between my YouTube uploads, but I find videos a lot more difficult to put together than blog posts. That said, I do intend on making more videos and I'm hoping when I get into the swing of planning, filming and editing that my uploads will be more frequent. 

What kind of YouTube videos would you like to see from me?

Christine Stewart x

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Hair Talk | My texlaxed texture

I've been 'texlaxing' (purposely underprocessing my hair with a relaxer) for about 3 years now. At first I texlaxed by mistake but eventually decided I wanted texlaxed rather than bone straight relaxed hair (more info here).

Due to stumbling upon texlaxing by accident and not cutting my ends off, I've ended up with several textures on a single strand of hair. I've only recently decided I still want curls after relaxing and I've been experimenting with different relaxers and timings (which I don't recommend if you can go to a professional).

I achieved almost the exact results I want only with my last couple of relaxers. It's been really hard to capture on camera what the curly texlaxed texture looks like, so hopefully you can idea of what it's like from the picture above.

I've been going back and forth over whether to big chop to get rid of all the bone straight ends and looser texlaxed textures. For now, I'm going to long-term transition, relying on small trims to maintain long hair. Realistically I think it will take at least 18 more months to be in a position where I'd be comfortable chopping off all of my ends.

My transition has made me experiment with my hair less which is why sometimes hair updates/styling etc can be minimal on my blog. I am however open to suggestions for what kind of hair posts you'd like me to do.

What kind of hair posts do you like to read?

Christine Stewart x

Monday, 3 February 2014

What is texlaxing? [Video]

'What is texlaxing?' is one of my most frequently asked questions so I thought it was about time I made a video for my YouTube channel. I also have a post on it here.

The Video:

Post updated & reposted 03/02/14
Christine Stewart x