I am a little late with this update, but I still wanted to share my October texlax update with everyone. I briefly discussed the experience in my Relaxers Used for Texlax post. I am currently 5 weeks post and for the first time ever, I remembered to take pictures during the process. Yes, I know I normally forget pictures period. I am trying to do better. LOL!
- The week before texlaxing I normally do a protein treatment. However, this time around I did not get around to it. I only clarified with V05 clarifying shampoo.
- I based my scalp with Vitale Base Crème. I let it sit for a couple of hours before applying the relaxer.
- Before I got started, I covered my ends with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, EVOO. This prevents the over-processing of my previously texlaxed hair.
- I used a different relaxer this time around, TCB Regular. I mixed the TCB with EVOO and applied the relaxer mixture in fours sections. To texlax I do a combination of three methods: mix oil in the relaxer, reduce smoothing and reduce the time the relaxer is left on my hair. I thoroughly rinsed the relaxer out before moving to the next step.
- Next, the mid-step protein treatment using Motions CPR Treatment. This was a brand spanking new jar and you can see from the pic how much I had left. LOL! I let the conditioner sit for 15 mins before rinsing.
- My neutralizing process is the longest part of the entire process. I neutralize a total of four times. The first time, I used the Mizani Phormula-7. I work that into a lather and let it sit on my hair for 10 mins. Rinse and repeat with the same shampoo. Next, I mix ½ C of vinegar with water and pour that on my hair. I let it sit for 5 mins before rinsing. Last, I shampoo with the Isoplus neutralizing shampoo because it has a color signal. I know after the vinegar mixture I should be fine, but I rather be safe.
- I applied the Porosity Control and left that on for 1 min before rinsing.
- This is where an extra step came in. I decided not to deep condition on texlaxer day as usual. The plan was to color my hair but I didn’t get around to it. I did a quick DC while in the shower using the Vidal Sasson conditioner (review to come).
- The next day I did a full DC using Aubrey’s Organic Honeysuckle Rose conditioner mixed with raw honey, and hemp oil. I left the mixture on for a few hours and rinsed it.
- I air dried my hair and applied my leave-ins before blow-drying and flat ironing.
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If you read my post about relaxers I have used to texlax, you will know I was not happy with the outcome. Hence the mention of a corrective texlax. My hair felt a bit rough and underprocessed. Texlaxing is under-processing the hair, but this was a different type that just doesn’t feel right. I have steamed, DC, moisturized, and anything else I could think of to rid myself of the roughness. However, it is still there. Cherrelle is not at all happy right now. I think I heard her say a few bad words. At this point, I think my only option is to do a corrective with my Mizani. No more TCB relaxers for me.
I do plan on texlaxing again on December 28th at 12 weeks post. However, it may come sooner as a corrective texlax. My game plan is to start texturizing next year using Linage Texturizer. I want to get some of my curls back. The thought of going natural again has crossed my mind a few times, but I do not think I can handle WHIP Length natural hair. So, I will try out texturizing and see how that works. If it does not, I have two containers of Mizani on stand by and I will use them.
I know this post is long and picture-heavy. I hope you don’t mind.