Protein treatments are one of the most important steps in preparation for relaxing, texlaxing, or general strengthening. Prepping for the texlax process is just as important as the steps you take during the process. Protein treatments are the first or second step in the prepping process, depending on the condition of your hair. If your hair is lacking moisture, start with part one of the texlaxing series, pre-texlax moisture treatment.
The protein treatment step can be done one of two ways depending on how much protein you need or if you are protein sensitive. The pre-texlax or relaxer protein treatment is done a week prior to chemical processing. Typically, this is done at the last shampoo session prior to texlaxing.
Why do I need to do a protein treatment?
The relaxing and texlaxing process breaks down the protein bonds in your hair to complete the straightening process. The protein treatment adds strength to your hair and helps prevent post relaxer or texlaxing breakage. You can consider this a preventative measure!
If your hair is fragile prior to relaxing or texlaxing, It’s not a good idea to texlax until you have rebuilt and restored health to the hair.
What can I use as a protein treatment?
There are two main methods to doing a pre-texlax protein treatment.
- Hard Protein Treatment– If you are seeing light to moderate breakage or shedding, this method works best. I recommend using Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. Please be sure to follow the direction because this treatment is hardcore.
2. Moderate or Light Protein Treatment – If you are not experiencing any breakage or you are protein sensitive, I would use a lighter protein. I recommend Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor or Joico K-Pak.
I’ve used both the Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and the GVP version of Joico K-Pak together as a pre-texlax treatment texlax. I only had a touch of the Aphogee left and I wanted to use it up, so I put the Aphogee on my ends and the GVP K-Pak on my new growth and length.
After writing Parts I and II, I think it’s only right that I continue the series. So, Part III will be my texlaxing process. Yes, there will be a Part IV! I’m on a roll! Plus, I have to share my tips and tidbits. That’s what Grow It Girl is about.
What are your texlaxer or relaxer steps? What is your go-to relaxer?