A Few Things to Know About Texturizers

February 21, 2011  |  

When I first decided I’d try a texturizer, I was in the usual stage of confused, forced transition. I was coming off of three months of kinky twist braids to avoid the summer humidity’s affect on my hair. Once back in Chicago, braids out, my sturdy Nigerian hair (NAIJA!) had grown immensely and I didn’t know whether I wanted to keep up a straightening relaxer or go au natural. But I had also been thinking about texturizers too. I had seen the artificial lustrous curls of black women on the outside of Pink Shortlooks boxes and as a person who prefers cropped hair, loved the look. So I went to the shop and sacrificed my locks (cause I’m trying to put less importance on my strands) and by the time I left, texturizer leaving my hair in waves, I hated it.

The beautician had literally put a razor to my head (which I doubt was necessary to make the curls hold best) and I had less hair than my dad. But as its grown over the months, I’ve grown to love it. Coming form someone who’s actually done it and not just talking about it, it’s easy to do, taking about 10 minutes each morning, as all you really need are moisturizers and some water. And people might say it leaves your hair dry–not true. If you condition it well and keep your locks well oiled (not greasy) you’ll be surprised how soft it can be. While I know texturizers aren’t for everyone and you should always do what works best for your own head, texturizers, dope for both sexes, are ways to play with the texture of short and long hair, perfect during cold and hot weather. But here’s what you should know first.

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  • sugarlumps

    I tried this last year when i was 19. My mom suggested it sense my hair had been cut 2 twice because of chemicals and heat damage. so i kept re-putting it in after about 4 months, because i loved it even realized my hair was growing rather quick. once i stopped i had a mess of a head, with thinning ends, pattern changes and thicker curls in new growth. it came to a point were i was tired of it all and shaved my head down enough to still see some hair. its been about 3 months sense then, im still tempted strongly to get another one , because its in that small puffy phase and keeping moisturized is a complete headache. I still say its better to just leave it as is cause you may get more then you bargain for.

  • Alexandra Kai

    I am new to this, I really must have bn living in a box off the coast or something, have not texture my hair yet, gathering info about it and from posts I am letdown, I am looking for a “safe, non-chem” solution to help me with my hair, does this kind of thing exist yet for U.S. cotton heads? I mean we are in the 21st century right? Any advice and help is beyond appreciated!
    Thank you all!

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  • chan

    Hi. I texturized my hair a few weeks ago n i love it . I simply use soft seen carsons care frer curl product n my hair curls up beautifully. I am very happy with my decision

  • Ade’s Boo

    Hi there, Today i received a texturizer and i want to get braids (box braids) NOT THE SAME DAY, i mean the day after. i was wondering if 1 day would be enough time to wait before getting the braids. the texturizer left my hair as a fro it just straightened the edges…??? help

  • MizImpulzive

    I big chopped some time in April and have kept my hair low until about a month ago when I decided I wanted to grow my hair. I had planned to grow it naturally but with growth manageability was in consistent so I texturized it 1 week ago using s curl texturizer (regular strength comes in a blue tub). I am loving the manageability and my curls I am so happy, but very anxious about my touch ups when they are due my stylist says I can touch up my whole hair when it is due and my boyfriend who used to work in a salon says the same thing. But I have a fear that when I do this with the new growth over time or even on next touch up I will loose my curl and it will be straight which is not what I want. Does anyone have any product suggestion, thoughts, advice or more info? To prevent this from happening, I have been all over the internet for the past week every day trying to find information on texturized hair and there is not much out there at all, well at least nothing to support my needs.
    Thank you in advance. 🙂

    • D

      Put sunflower oil on your hair first and don’t put the texturizer on the parts of the hair that all ready have it. Just new growth. I only retouch 2 times a year so I can see growth.

  • L

    I have had a texturizer for over a year with no problem, just like with anything you have to take care of your hair, just saying its possible.

    • Alexandra Kai

      Can you tell me what your hair is like plz? I do not really know how to describe mine…I guess I come from a widely to slightly mixed background, but it-my hair-does not come off as Anglo kind of hair-at all, it’s thick, hard for me to handle like most ppl, so curious what type of relaxer you used? Maybe I can find one that will also work with hair that has color on it, I did not think I would put anything else on my hair when I colored it! Heard about texturizing it afterward so looking for a way to help me have a bit more control over it all, there is a pic of me, but those braids/dreads are gone now anyway

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  • Ashley

    Please what is Nigerian or Naija hair? Do all Nigerians have the same natural hair texture or is it just a stereotype?

    • AtaRodo

      Lol. Nigerian hair is the typical African hair and it belongs to the 4c class. 4d if theres anything like that. Typically tightly coiled (z pattern) and coils inwards.

      • Sandi

        I didn’t know there is a number for the hair type. But it is certainly not like anything I’d ever seen. It’s so coarse I wouldn’t have believed hair like that was possible if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. It doesn’t relax either.

        • Kelly

          You make me laugh with the way you described Nigerian hair. Yes, we have really coarse hair, but it does get relaxed or texturized (with some curls). Mine is texturized with curls, and am a full Nigeria (Igbo girl without mixed ancestors) Peace!!!

  • Texturizers are just for managing the curls but it is not natural in ay way. They are made of chemicals just like relaxers and can cause damage to your hair.

    Here is an interesting read on Relaxers vs Texturizers: http://www.besthairrelaxer.net/2012/04/16/texturizer-vs-relaxer/

    • JJ749

      There are organic texturizers. Chemicals are very often naturally occuring, such as the ones you can get from lemons that can lighten you hair. Everything living contains chemicals and there are natural ways to go about attaining chemicals. Some chemicals can damage your hair, but many of those are either lab-made or nonessential ingredients.

  • Hey I need some advice. I used soft and beautiful botanicals advertised here, left it on for about 10mins. The disappointment I have is that my hair won't curl up. I used an activator gel by name of 'long aid' and yet it won't curl. I need some tips

  • Yolanda

    I have been rocking a texturizer for several years and, I love the low maintenance that comes with it. I use Butter Blends Relaxer by Mizani and the key is to leave it on for no more than 15 minutes and to retouch the hair every 5 weeks.

    • Name

      So you’re using a RELAXER, not a texturizer. You just stated it. #confused

      • MileyToday<3

        a relaxer and a texturizer are the SAME THING, you just leave one on for a shorter amount of time. you can texturize you hair with a relaxer by diluting the relaxor with oil and adding some oil to your hair strands, it slows the processing of the hair.

  • CC4

    A texturizer is the exact same thing as a relaxer. Same ingredients, just a shorter application process. Thats why you get that under processed look and you're able to get a looser curl. I had gotten relaxers for years until I moved to an area that had no salons that did relaxers, so I bought a box texturizer from a store and acheived the same results as a relaxer because I kept it in a little longer than texturizer instructions. I stopped going to salons all together and used the texturizer and had the same damage as a relaxer and I never got growth past arm pit length. I finally went natural and Im a little past bra strap length when flat ironed. Once you go chemical, its a long transition to go back.

  • 1-800-Nessa

    I got my first texturizer at the age of 12(i know its young) and my hair was around my bra strap but after about 6 months my hair was shoulder length. I didn't know how to take care of it which made it fall out but now seven years later my hair is back to normal. So a word of advice from someone who has seen the bad and good of texturizers…NEVER wait more than 4 months for reapplication. Being that this is a chemical process you have to constantly moisturize. I do wish I never got it in the first place because now I rely on it but hey its some what better than a relaxer.

  • amartianslove

    when I first got a texturiser, i was 17 and had natural hair all my life. I didnt want anything harsh and my mom thought it would be a natural alternative. fast forward 9 months later when i didnt get a reapplication, all my hair thinned out and broke off! as great as it is for some women. i vowed never to return to depending on a chemical alternative. i do get tempted sometimes and wonder with all the new info out there, if i could be a successful texturised head. but its a scary risk LOL


    • mystique8

      Same thing happened to me sis…think its best for people with really short hair…smh. Took a while to grow back never in my life, will I ever use any chemicals including hair color. Some peoples hair can handle certain things and that’s awesome. But for me chemicals always end up breaking and stripping my hair to the root. I know this through trial and error. What makes this even funnier I’m a hairstylist so I am the test dummy…lol. But I never advise my clients to do the same thing I did.