Showing posts with label Transitioning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transitioning. Show all posts

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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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Hair Cut | July 2015

It's always around this time of year that I get the itch to cut my hair shorter. I'm transitioning to texlaxed (more info here) and I said at the beginning of the year that I'd keep my transition long-term and refrain from major chops to keep some of the length. In reality it's been really hard to not cut my hair and over the past few months I've chopped off whole sections (both the front and back parts of my hair are now fully texlaxed). I then tried to distract myself from cutting altogether by experimenting with lace wigs which worked really well, but the last couple of months without the wigs has made the desire to speed up my transition overwhelming.

So the inevitable happened. I started by cutting 2 inches in June and I cut another 3 inches last week. My hair was the longest it's been (ever) but I just couldn't deal with the stringy ends anymore so they had to go. My hair is now about bra strap length stretched and it hasn't been this length since my last major chop in June 2014.

I couldn't be more excited about being closer to ending my transition and my daily buns have the same amount of volume so I don't feel as sad to lose the length as I thought I would. Unless I'm wearing my hair down it's not even noticeable that I've cut so much off. I'm tempted to cut off even more but I'm going to make myself wait a little longer so I have more hair to work with. I thought about how long I've actually been transitioning to this texture and going through old blog posts (see here and here) made me realise it's actually only been a year and a half. I guess I just need to be a little more patient and in a few more months I can eventually say I have fully texlaxed hair!

What have you been doing to your hair lately?

Christine Stewart x

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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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Black Beauty & Hair Feb/March 2015

The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is in shops now and is filled to the brim with hair and makeup ideas and with V-Day (Valentines) around the corner I'm looking to switch up my style next weekend. There's also a massive guide on wigs which have become more popular in the last few years. I'm starting to really come around to the idea of wearing a wig regularly in order to give my hair a break, but finding the right one has definitely held me back. There's so many options between synthetic, human hair, lace-fronts and u-parts, BBH breaks down the jargon and has rounded up the best-selling wigs to make choosing the right one for you a little easier.

My article this issue is on how to transition long-term. I'm currently transitioning (to texlaxed hair) and the one thing I've noticed with a lot of the available tips is that they all focus on transitioning to natural hair. This article is for anyone that wants to transition to a range of textures, whether you're looking to grow out colour or heat damage or if you're transitioning to texlaxed or natural.

As always, there's a sneak peek of my article below.

Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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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