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What is Hair Texturizer?

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Hair texturizer is a product designed to loosen curls for people with naturally curly hair. It is a processing cream that is placed on the hair for a short period of time and results in looser curls. It is a shorter process than relaxing, in which the curl is completely removed.

Hair texturizer allows a client to keep the type of curl that they naturally have, but remove the tightness of it. For example, if someone has tight round or S-shaped curls naturally, the looser curl resulting from a texturizer will still be round and S-shaped respectively.

Similarly to any chemical alteration process, a hair texturizer changes the chemical makeup of the hair. A strand of hair contains several chemicals that give it a particular appearance. The disulfide bond, a bond between two sulfur atoms, is the one that allows a strand to hold its shape. When this bond is manipulated, the shape of a hair can be altered.

First, a reducing agent is placed on the hair to break the disulfide bonds. Next, the hair is manipulated into the desired shape. It can be straightened in the case of a relaxer, curled for a perm, or in this case be texturized into looser curls. Lastly, an oxidizing agent is introduced to reset the disulfide bonds into the newly formed shape.

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Maintenance is important to keep the newly formed curls in shape. Combs should be avoided after applying hair texturizer as they can break the fragile hair. Cream based hair moisturizers are recommended over protein based ones. The protein in some moisturizers can cause the hair to become increasingly brittle and contribute to breakage.

Chemical texturizing should not be repeated more than once every few months at the most. Repetition on a regular basis could cause the curl to be completely removed and even cause hair loss. Since the chemicals used can potentially cause hair loss, it is recommended to always consult a professional before attempting the process.

There are very few all natural alternatives to the chemical hair texturizer. Many products that claim to be all natural still include chemicals as part of their list of ingredients. There is a short list of products that can meet the all natural criteria. They have a much shorter hold time and therefore need to be repeated significantly more often than their chemical counterparts, a sacrifice that those who desire a truly natural product are willing to make.

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KoiwiGal
Post 6
@Iluviaporos - You should look at product reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. They'll tell you which texturizers are best for black hair or white hair or any other kind. You can't really apply the same one to all kinds of hair, since all hair is so different. You have to find the one that's right for your hair type.
lluviaporos
Post 5

I find it kind of strange that they call this a hair texturizer when I always thought it was basically the opposite. I've been told that hair which is dead straight is hair without texture. This makes it very difficult to style, so people with this kind of hair have to add product in order to add texture, so that they can style it.

But this sounds like it's technically taking away texture in that sense, rather than adding it.

I don't know much about hair products though, so maybe there is some subtlety that I've missed.

It would be nice to see a list of the best hair texturizers.

indigomoth
Post 4

@anon37485 - Honestly, I don't think there are going to be many real natural hair texturizers. Someone might chime in and prove me wrong, but as far as I know, you really need particular chemicals to relax hair, even a little bit, and natural ingredients are just not going to cut it.

If I was you, I would have a look on a big forum that is dedicated to your hair type to see if you can find something that will work for you. You have to make sure you know exactly what you want (or be open to experiment) because there are always going to be people who will tell you that you should either go straight for the chemicals

, or keep your hair completely natural. They'll make it sound like you're the worst person in the world for not doing one or the other.

But really you have to do what works for you. Forums can be incredible sources for information though and if there is a natural hair texturizer that works, that's where you'll find out about it.

anon38225
Post 2

what cream base product do you recommend for texturized hair?

anon37485
Post 1

what are the real natural hair texturizers that you would recommend for fine and wooly hair which left natural looks really awful ? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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