Texturizer vs Relaxer

Many women wanting to go natural consider texturizing is a better option than relaxing. For some reason they have the perception that relaxers are more harmful than texturizers. It is true in a sense, but not completely. The choice of applying texturizers and relaxers are left to the individual’s hair types and needs. The reason for a person opting for texturizer might be different of each and every person. There are no hard defined rules that states texturizers are a better option for such and such category.

What is texturizer?

Texturizer vs relaxer

Texturizer vs relaxer

In simple words, texturizer is a milder form of relaxer. It is left in the hair for a shorter duration of time and strength also would be milder than relaxers. The pH of texturizers varies in the range if 7-11 whereas for relaxers it would be around 9-13. The amount of time a texturizer can be left in the hair depends on various factors like hair type, processed hair or not, tensile strength etc. Texturizers can never straighten your hair they can only make it less curly and more manageable. For some hair types, using proper hair products is sufficient to define the curls without the need of a texturizer.

What is a relaxer?

A relaxer is an alkaline product just like the texturizer and but is quite stronger and is designed to make your hair straight. Just like texturizers relaxers come in lye and no-lye versions. Lye versions use Sodium Hydroxide as their main ingredient and no-lye versions use other chemicals such as calcium hydroxide, guanidine hydroxide, guanidine carbonate etc.

Texturizer Vs Relaxer

Both products cater for different needs and the choice depends on what you would want to achieve with your hair. Texturizer is for people who love curls but want to more manageable. Well defined curls are more versatile in nature and you could achieve it with proper products. But, if couldn’t or don’t have the luxury of time to define your curls then the best option would be to go for texturizers. Texturizers can loosen your curl pattern and create a wavier look if that’s what you desire. As one of my colleague said texturizers can create the outcome you desire, all you would have to find out is the time it has to be left on the hair for the desired look. Sometimes, it can take more than one attempt to work out that time. Hair is made up of disulphide bonds. When you texturize you break 1 bond that leaves 2 layers of hair untouched whereas when you relaxer you break the bonds so that only one layer of hair is left. Relaxed hair is more prone to breakage than texturized hair. Technically if you leave the texturizer for too long in the hair, it will relax the hair.

Things to consider before texturizing:

  • Ask for yourself why you would need a texturizer. Is it for defining your curls or reducing the frizz etc. Please note that texturizers are chemicals just like relaxers and if your skin is too sensitive for relaxers then your hair might not like texturizers either. Always do a strand test, before applying texturizers or relaxers.
  • For the first time with texturizers get the help of the professional hair stylist. Consult with your stylist about the look you would like to achieve and whether texturizers would be the best option.
  • If you are planning to transition stay away from texturizers. As I had mentioned earlier, texturizers are chemicals just like relaxers and hence if you are planning to transition use flat irons for even look till your hair grows out or do the big chop.
  • Talk to your stylist to do a strand test and ask her to show the show the hair after a specified amount of time. Analyse the hair and determine whether you need less or more processing. Depending on that, your stylist should be able to leave it for longer or wash away earlier.
  • If applying texturizer on a relaxed hair, check whether the ingredients are compatible. Thio based relaxers or not compatible with lye relaxers and vice versa.
  • Girls don’t like bad hair days. If you plan and talk about what you want to your stylist beforehand you can avoid the disappointment in most cases.
  • Curl should be taken to moisturize the hair after the texturizing process in order to maintain the curl definition and bouncy shine.
  • Avoid the shampoos that strip of oil from hair and use sulphate free shampoos.
  • Never brush curly hair. Use a wide tooth comb to style it and let it dry naturally or if you are in a rush diffuse dry using blow dryer.

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