A texturiser is a type of hair relaxer that loosens the hair's curl without completely straightening it. There are many different brands of texturisers for children, however most children's texturisers have essentially the same ingredients as the adult varieties.
Children's hair texturiser is typically applied to the hair of black or racially mixed children with a kinky or curly hair texture. Because it chemically loosens the curl or partially straightens the child's hair, many parents believe a texturiser will increase the hair's manageability and make it easier to style.
While a stylist can apply a texturiser, you can buy a children's texturiser in an at-home kit. It is important to read the instructions that come with the texturiser. Put on latex or rubber gloves before beginning the process. Stir the texturiser cream to activate it. Part the hair and apply vaseline or oil to the scalp or hairline to avoid scalp burn. Apply cream to part of the hair closest to the scalp first, and work through to the ends. Leave it on the hair for the amount of time suggested in the kit instructions. Once the time has elapsed, rinse with neutralising shampoo and follow with conditioner.
The most popular brand of children's texturizer is Soft and Beautiful Just for Me Texture Softener. The company markets the product to both black mothers and white mothers of biracial children looking to make their children's hair more manageable. A children's hair texturiser kit costs around £3.
Many parents will choose to texturise a child's hair instead of using a traditional relaxer because of concerns over the type of chemicals used in a traditional chemical relaxer. In actual fact, a texturiser is a chemical relaxer and uses the same ingredients as a mild chemical relaxer. The main difference is that you leave a texturiser in a child's hair for less time than you would a traditional relaxer.
Add water to your child's texturised hair daily for curl definition. Be sure to keep hair thoroughly moisturised to define curl. You do not need to reapply texturiser every six to eight weeks as with a traditional relaxer. Reapply to roots as needed.
Some potential side effects include breakage, dryness and scalp burns. There is controversy over the use of chemical straighteners in children's hair due to the potential potent nature of the chemicals. Because a texturiser permanently changes the texture of the hair it is applied to, there is no way to reverse the process once you use it. To return hair to its natural state, you will need to cut off the texturised portion.