Many women of all races choose to chemically straighten or loosen their hair texture. They do this for a variety of reasons: to wear particular hairstyles, as a rite of passage, fear of not getting hired, even though many naturals have proven this to be untrue, to attract men who may prefer straighter hair, and because they feel like changing their hair texture.
The difference between relaxers, texturisers and texlaxers
It is a common myth that texturised/texlaxed hair is natural, but this is completely untrue. The key difference between having relaxed and texturised/texlaxed hair is the amount of time you leave the chemicals to work on your hair. Texing your hair usually takes less than half as long as relaxing does, which is why texing leaves slight curls instead of straight strands. The processes are so similar that some people use relaxers to texlax their hair. They do this by adding protein to the relaxer and leaving the chemicals to work for a short amount of time e.g. 5-10 minutes.
IMPORTANT: Perms and relaxers are two different chemical processes. Relaxers straighten the hair while perms curl it. In some countries people use perms to refer to straightened hair, so make sure you ask your hairdresser for the right one!