Miss Jessie’s Salon and haircare founders, Titi and Miko, on what a texturizer really does to your tresses.
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This week, Miss Jessie’s Salon and haircare founders, Titi and Miko, explain what a texturizer really does to your natural tresses.
“I have natural hair but my stylist keeps trying to give me a texturizer. What is it and what will it do to virgin natural hair that has never been permed?” – Iron Flower Zee
TITI & MIKO’S ANSWER
Quite simply, a texturizer (sometimes referred to as a mild relaxer) is a chemical-based product that is intended to be quickly applied and washed out. Historically, for anything other than a short barber cut, the common purpose of a texturizer was to mildly relax hair so that it would have more volume when worn straight. A texturizer differs from a full-out relaxer, which strips the hair of all natural kink or curl.
Be careful. A texturizer will permanently alter the texture of your hair. Don’t be fooled by some stylists who wrongly insist that by simply limiting the amount of time that a texturizer is left in your hair that your hair won’t become straight – only loosened. To be clear, texturizers are designed to mildly straighten or relax hair. If your stylist is using a texturizer for any other purpose, then your stylist is misleading you and misusing the texturizer. Period.
At Miss Jessie’s Salon, we don’t texturize hair. Instead, we work to re-define and stretch out hair by transforming a kink to a curl or a curl to a wave. We achieve these desired results with our Silkener® process -- a chemical-based treatment that, unlike a texturizer or relaxer, is designed to stretch out (not mildly straighten) kinks and curls.
An added benefit of the Silkener® process is that you have two styling options. You can wear your hair straight with more volume or just plain curly – options you don’t have when you texturize your hair.
In short, if you want to “straight style” your hair, then a texturizer is one solution. If, however, you are hoping to make your natural hair more manageable or to re-define your curls, kinks and waves, then a texturizer might only disappoint you.