Hair Straightener How-To’s : Tips for Using Hair Texturizers

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Tight curls can be difficult to style, but not everyone wants pin-straight hair. For in-between results, try using hair texturizers. A texturizer is a hair straightener product left on for a shorter period of time, and it works to loosen the natural curl pattern of the hair to improve manageability and reduce frizz. Hair texturizers work best on naturally curly hair that hasn’t been processed or treated by dyes or perms.

Advantages of Hair Texturizers:

Women transitioning from harsh relaxers to natural hair may use a texturizer. Dealing with the two extremes—tightly curled and relaxed hair—can be frustrating, so some women opt to cut off all their relaxed hair to allow for new growth. For a less extreme alternative to cutting, try hair texturizers. You don’t have to use hair texturizers every 6-8 weeks like you would with a relaxer or other hair straightener product. Texturized hair blends more easily with naturally curly hair, so regrowth is less of an issue.

How to Use Hair Texturizers:

1.Shampoo and condition hair, and blot dry with a towel to remove excess moisture.

2.Separate hair into sections and clip in place. Apply petroleum jelly onto hairline to prevent irritation.

3.Place a wristwatch or clock nearby your work area, and keep the manufacturer’s instructions handy.

4.Put on gloves, and starting from the bottom section, take a ¾ in wide strand of hair and apply the hair texturizer with an application brush. Continue until all sections have been covered. Comb through the hair if you want a straighter look.

5.Leave on for the hair texturizer’s recommended amount of time

6.Rinse hair out under a faucet and towel dry.

7.Apply neutralizer in the same manner, and comb through.

8.Rinse out the neutralizer, and apply conditioner. Dry hair and style as usual.

9.As your hair grows, apply the texturizer to the area of regrowth at the roots.

Hair Texturizer Safety

Remember, while hair texturizers can be less harsh than relaxers, these straighten hair products still chemically alter your hair. Always leave hair texturizers in for the recommended amount of time to reduce the risk of hair damage and breakage. Wear gloves while applying, and if any hair straightener product drops onto the skin, rinse skin immediately. A better choice than a chemical hair texturizer may be a natural hair relaxer, which does not break down the hair shaft. It is a good idea after using any form of hair straightener, to deep-condition your hair regularly to maintain health and shine.

Christen Ronchetti is a freelance writer for Fresh Look Hair. Fresh Look Hair offer hair texturizer, treatments and styling products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. To learn more texturizers for hair visit

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