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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Texturized hair: Before and After

One of my clients decided on texturizing services for her hair in order to get a "wash and go" effect.  In the picture, the two different curl patterns came from the same client.  Which curl pattern do you like best?

The curl pattern on the left is her natural curl pattern with some demi-permanent haircoloring. The one on the right was texturized with Fiberguard Affirm Mild relaxer for about 10 to 12 minutes.  The real lesson is this:  If your natural curl pattern does not look like the curl pattern on the left hand side of the picture, then you are not going to get the texturized curl pattern on the right hand side of the picture.

So for all those "kiddie perms" that people buy hoping for the "perfect" curl pattern.  Just remember that your finished product really is determined by the type of curl pattern that you start with.

For some people the curl pattern on the left hand side may be the final texturized results based on a  kinkier, coily curl pattern from the start.  With this being the case,  paying for a texturizing service may be a waste of time if you are still wanting the curl pattern on the right.  These are the cases where I really would love for people to embrace locks.  Even consider microlocks without investing heavily into the proprietary Sisterlocks.

There is another blogger at that I absolutely adore . . .  traditional locks can be so beautiful!


  1. I have another relaxer question for you if you don't mind: I know you said not to use a pure protein treatment immediately after a relaxer; does the same apply for protein shampoos? Is it ok to use a shampoo with ingredients like hydrolyzed wheat protein, amino acids, and keratin immediately after a relaxer? Or would that also swell the hair shaft like a pure protein treatment?

    Thank you so much for all your wisdom!

    1. Hi C.E.! Great question. I strongly recommend keeping the synergy of a relaxer system. The specific neutralizing shampoo and conditioner that comes with the system. If you need to use a separate moisturizing shampoo, then just avoid any shampoo that actually has "protein shampoo" on the bottle. The words "protein shampoo" is a "dead giveaway." (A little Charles Ramsey humor :) Otherwise, almost all the shampoos on the market has some protein in them. You are trying to avoid anything where the protein is at the top of the list of ingredients. I hope this helps.

    2. Also, avoid "cleansing conditioners" and "curly hair shampoos." They are usually high in protein because they already assume you are natural without any relaxer.

  2. Thank you, I'm so glad I asked!

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