Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hair Update | Texlaxed Transition Progress

Sunday, 8 March 2015

I've neglected to do many updates on my hair on my blog for the past few years and I think the main reason is my 'transition' (growing out my straight relaxed hair) hasn't been very straight-forward.

I first started 'texlaxing' (using a relaxer to purposely underprocess my hair so it's still has some texture) by mistake in 2011. The result was a frizzy sort of straight which I hated initially but had to admit that it was much stronger and less damaged than my bone straight relaxed hair.

Along the years I've continued to texlax but to a lesser degree each time. As a result my roots have slowly become more textured and closely resemble my natural hair texture. I've been cutting my hair a lot lately as I'm happier with how my roots look but I'm still realistically about a year off the length in which I would comfortably 'big chop' and get rid of all of my straight ends. My hair looks a total mess with all the different textures but it's very slowly coming together.


Taking pictures to document my progress has been difficult as the texlaxed texture is quite tightly coiled and I can never seem to be able to capture exactly what it looks like on camera. My hair also grows at different rates and is looser in some areas. If I had to put a number on it I have a minimum of 6 inches of curly roots in the middle and back whereas around the edges I have about 4-5 inches when my hair is stretched.

You can get an idea of my current progress from the pictures above, but I think it'll be easier to tell how far along I am with my transition when I start to make more dramatic cuts in the coming months.

What have you done with your hair lately?

Lesley x

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  1. You ve got a lot of hair!! Do you relax at all or do you just let your natural hair grow out and blend with the rest?

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    1. Thanks Lisa! At the moment I'm relaxing my hair roughly every 5 months, but only leave it on long enough to loosen my natural texture a little bit x

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  2. Good luck on your transition! I'm currently transitioning from texturized hair to natural. It's been 6 months and for now I'm handling it pretty well. I really want to go for a looooong transition. No big chop planned.

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    1. Thank you :) Good luck with your transition! x

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  3. Your texture is gorgeous Lesley.:-)
    And I love the colour, your hair is so nice and thick.

    -KÉSIENA

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  4. Good luck! About two years ago I started to grow out my blonde/bleached/ over processed hair and I have finally gotten rid of all of it and have a length I am happy with :)

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    1. Congrats Coco! That's really cool :) x

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  5. I am loving the texture of your roots. so pretty. I started transitioning to texlaxed back in 2012 and have recently decided to transition to natural (before finishing my texlax transition). I still have some bone straight ends that I'm hanging on to, but hopefully not for much longer. No big chop plans anytime soon, though.
    Thanks for sharing, Lesley. Looking forward to more updates on your transition!

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    1. That's awesome Andrea! Good luck with your transition :)
      I'm holding onto my ends for as long as possible! x

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  6. I love the texture of your hair. I transitioned in braids for about a year before I cut off my relaxed ends. My hair was always long enough to put in a ponytail in between the braids. I've been fully natural for about 3 years now. I love it!

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    1. Congrats on your transition, glad you love your hair! The main thing I'm worried about is not being able to tie my hair up which is why I haven't cut a huge amount off so far. I definitely want to try braids at some point to help with my transition x

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  7. Glad you're happy with the progress of your hair - it looks lovely!

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  8. Love the curls, girl! I'm slowly putting protein back into my regimen, while avoiding another protein overload:-)

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    1. Thanks lovely! Oooh no, I hate protein overloads :( x

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  9. Your hair looks good! Transitioning is so tedious, we're transitioning as well.

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    1. It really is but we'll get there eventually! good luck with your transition girlies x

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  10. Thick hair girl. Jealous, it's gorgeous but you're getting there with it and the hair pattern looks lovely.

    I bleached mine -again and I think it's going to be the last time. xo

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    1. I think it looks such a mess, but I just have to keep thinking about the end result (which hopefully I like)!
      I love your hair, it always looks awesome x

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  11. Wow your hair is amazing and thick! Good luck with your transition. I would love to hear more about it as you continue to go along -- like what process you've settled on/tried to achieve these results, how things have changed/remained the same, etc.

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    1. Thank you Kim. I'm going to do a post soon on my texlaxing process x

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  12. Your hair texture is so pretty and thick. How much more relaxed ends do you have left? I can definitely see some gorgeous twist and braid out with your texture. Keep it going.

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    1. Thank you Tomie :) In some areas I'm fully texlaxed where I got a bit frustrated and cut all the ends off (which is mostly around my edges). The longer parts of my hair, especially the middle, has about 8 inches of relaxed ends which is a scary amount to lose all at once x

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  13. Your hair texture is similar to mines. I done the big chop last year and seeing my natural hair its come as a shock as I was so used to straight hair - so having to deal with my natural hair is a bit more hetic! But Im loving it!

    Good luck with the rest of your transition girl!

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    1. I'm glad you're loving your natural hair! Every time I chop a little and my hair shrinks up more I have to get used to it again where it's not straight, strange but definitely a learning curve! x

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  14. Darling, I like your blog very much! I like your style of writing and your photos! Everything so beautiful!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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  15. Beautiful hair Lesley, love the curls.
    I love the way you take pictures too. Really clear and bright

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  16. I've been thinking about texlaxing my hair too. I'm just afraid to do it without a professional.

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  17. amazing progress, your hair looks amazing whether its relaxed, texlaxed or natural! Have you done any videos on this? (im heading over to your YT to check now anyway lol).. I've just been keping my hair in a bun but I feel like it's breaking :( xx

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  18. amazing progress, your hair looks amazing whether its relaxed, texlaxed or natural! Have you done any videos on this? (im heading over to your YT to check now anyway lol).. I've just been keping my hair in a bun but I feel like it's breaking :( xx

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