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Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System: The Aftermath (Wash #1)

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This post is a little preemptive, especially since I haven't even begun to edit the video I recorded of me using the Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability system. But I figured that more than the process itself, folks would be concerned about the aftermath. I was seriously over my straight hair by Sunday morning. I used to look forward to flat iron sessions, but I realized quickly that my wash and go heavy routine has made me quite lazy, and straight hair maintenance is entirely too much work. Wrap? For what?!

Coincidentally on Sunday on my Instagram, there was some drama concern that surfaced about the system. I can totally understand why people could feel a certain way about a product that promises something seemingly unbelievable. After all is said and done, is your natural hair ruined? Does your texture come back? Do you have heat damage?

Before I get too far into the results, let me re-iterate a few things about the Texture Manageability System (TMS):
  • It isn't permanent. Unless you use entirely too much heat (they warn strongly against that in the literature that comes with the kit) and end up with heat damage, any loosening of your texture will revert with several washes.
  • Your texture won't 100% revert immediately. Again, in the literature they tell you that you can use the product to achieve a looser curl pattern if you don't want to wear your hair straight. 
  • Reversion requires several washes with a SULFATE-CONTAINING shampoo. I make that distinction because there are some bloggers (no shade) who are showing their reversion results with sulfate-free shampoo. If you use a more gentle cleansing agent, the looser curl results last longer. Using a more clarifying product with sulfates will help remove the Inner-Active Leave-In more quickly.
And just for fun, here's the crash lesson in how the system works that I showed on Instagram last week:


beautiful textures texture manageability system reviewYa'll know I'm ALL about testing things out on a section of hair before going balls to the wall with it. I received the @lovinmytextures Texture Manageability System in the mail a few weeks ago (plus I'm getting another one in my @weareonyx box). It's been sitting on my "to do" product dresser, because I've been on the fence about using it. Was it a kiddie perm? A Brazilian Keratin Treatment? Would it give me heat damage? Turns out, none of the above. I couldn't sleep last night so I actually researched the active ingredient in the leave-in, which is glyoxyloyl carbocysteine. Read some interesting data from a cosmetic chemistry conference about what it does to curly and textured hair. Long story short, the Texture Manageability System is a low pH, formaldehyde-free, amino acid-rich protein treatment that deposits inside the cortex, closes the cuticle tightly/fills stress cracks, and makes hair super shiny and strong. When combined with heat, the deposits inside the hair cause a reversible, structural elongation of the cortex. Essentially, this thing is a huge deep conditioning treatment activated by heat. My hair was easily straightened with lower heat than normal, felt super soft, silky, and incredibly shiny. After 2 washes with @tginatural Moisture-Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, a slightly elongated version of my texture returned. After using @lrchealthyhaircare Complete Cleanse Shampoo which contains SLS, my hair returned to normal. Even though my texture has returned, my hair still feels incredibly soft and smooth. I WILL be doing my entire head 
soon, now that I am assured it is 100% safe.

Now that I've got that out the way....let's get on to what you've been waiting for: the actual aftermath! 

beautiful textures texture manageability system review
My "always been loose and curly" left side
I hopped in the shower this morning and let the water run through my hair and soak it. My hair was still straight. As I grabbed my bottle of Aussie Moist and began running pumps of conditioner through my hair, I chuckled to myself, "this must be what it feels like to be white". No disrespect, I just thought it was funny. In all of my 28 years of living, I had never experienced shower wet hair that was bone straight. I even used a lot less conditioner than normal. What I will say, is the second I began working the Aussie Moist into my hair as a pre-poo and detangler, loose waves started forming in my hair. After rinsing, I followed up with +Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo in sections, and allowed it to sit in each section of my hair for the 2 minutes indicated on the bottle. This is when I definitely saw some loose curl returning. I followed up that washing with some Lawrence-Ray Concepts Complete Cleanse Shampoo, because it contains SLS. That's when I saw the majority of my texture return. I got even more of a boost when I infused my hair with the awesome luxuriousness (I'm not exaggerating, review coming soon) of Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. My new holy grail deep conditioner, and I'm not kidding one bit. But back to the matter at hand. Deep conditioning is a pivotal step in the reversion process, because after hair being blowdried (bye, moisture), flat ironed (bye, moisture), and left without water-based moisture, it needs to be rehydrated in a serious way. Therapy Sesh definitely took care of that.


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My front/center flow. #AlmostRinglets lol
To be honest, it was a little weird looking in the mirror and seeing my hair look almost normal. After checking out LexiWithTheCurls, I was convinced that I'd have these stark straight pieces that would look like a throwback to my transitioner days. Most of my hair is super elongated and wavy when wet anyway, except for my crown and the front/center area that has a mind of its own. The crown was still fuzzy, which made me laugh. My crown is always fuzzy, and it was nice to know that some part of my hair reflects my own personality: stubborn steadfast. The front and center though? Practically ringlets. I was shocked. I've never had ringlets in the front and center of my hair -- my mane likes to reserve that look for the sides and back. So to see my hair actually blend in for once was kind of nice. Don't mistake me by any means -- I love every single strand on my head. Even the fuzzy ones. But the multiple texture struggle is real, and today I'm walking around like, this is what it feels like to not have to stretch the front of your hair on day 1. For those that care, I used Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner as my leave-in, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk for moisture, and TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier for hold and definition.

As far as the parts of my hair that were already looser in texture/curly, they're doing just fine. I have noticed some elongation, but nothing that makes me believe my hair won't be back 100% after another wash or two. All things considered, my hair is about 75% back to normal -- after only one wash day. And it's smooth as all get out. Seriously.
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More #AlmostRinglet Action
Overall, my confidence in the TMS system is unshaken. I'm actually rather impressed. My hair feels really smooth. Like, I-can't-stop-touching-it-even-though-I'm-typing-a-blog-post smooth. Did I mention that already? And although they indicate several washes are needed, I'm practically bouncing back after one good wash day.Here's a tell-all picture of my hair about 70 - 75% dry:

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My hair never has tons of volume on day 1, so I'm not really concerned about that. But the shine and smoothness are all too real. I hope this assuages some of the questions/concerns ya'll might have had about trying the Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System!

Will you be trying? Let me know!

Check out part 2 of my update and see if my hair made it back to normal!

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15 comments

  1. That first paragraph about the maintenance of straight hair - all tooo real! Excellent article. I'm glad you're willing to try things on your hait. Granted you have done extensive research on the products, I am encouraged by your confidence and trust in yourself and your research to make your own informed decision despite what other persons have done. Your product suggestions I have tried so far have not failed my transitioning hair :)

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  2. Lol -- it's the truth! The wind was whipping this weekend in LA, and I was like "dang, I gotta comb this out huh?"... I couldn't deal. Between that and attempting to wrap it.

    And thank you sooooo much Kiki! I will never, ever, EVER use a product without making an informed decision based upon ingredients. Really, I'm just trying to be as helpful as possible. I'm glad I haven't steered you wrong! Best of luck in your transition :)

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  3. Thank you for the OJT (on the job testing). I have two and was a bit afraid after this past weekend I had to cut almost 2-inches off due to heat damage. I was testing the Motions curly to strIght, iron was to hot. Thanks will try in about two weeks.

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  4. I love the fact that you do such extensive research! But as far as me ever trying this out, I'd have to pass. It freaks me out that your texture was different...I know that it's supposed to come back, but nevertheless I wouldn't want that for my particular texture even though it shrinks up to oblivion after washing. But thank you so much for the informative review because now I know not to get it if I see it, lol.

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  5. No problem! That's what review are for -- to either push you to, or away from a product lol. Be sure to check my most recent update, my hair is 100% back -- yay!

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  6. No problem Olivia! So sorry to hear about the heat damage :( I will definitely say mind your temps with TMS, I don't recommend anything over 400. My hair wasn't bone straight (nor did it stay that way), but I ended up with 0 damage. Good luck!

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  7. How do you use it to elongate your curls? Not straighten it after its been applied??? I got mine from my onyx box, but I don't recall reading that in the instructions.

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  8. Hi Jessica! To elongate, you still have to straighten but instead of keeping the hair straight, immediately wash it :)

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  9. Help! I used the system and my hair doesn't seem to be reverting back. I have washed with SLS shampoos and several others. I have deep conditioned with a protein conditioner. Most parts are straight and some parts are wavy. Only a small part in the back has reverted somewhat. I've done this for 2 days! I'm afraid I may be permanently straight and have to start all over. I loved my hair while it was straight. I guess it was too good to be true for me! If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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  10. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that :( what temperature setting did you use on your flat iron? Try an intensive hydrating prepoo, with Infusium 23 Damaged Hair Leave In (I recently reviewed and posted a tutorial using it). Leave it on your hair overnight, to see if the protein helps reconstruct and if the water content helps further revert. I hope this helps, I would hate for you to have to start over!!! Please email me at info@maneobjective.com if you need more help!

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  11. I set my temp between 275 - 290 as I have fine hair and I know it doesnt take much to straighten it. What intensive hydrating prepoo would you recommend? I purchased the curlific elasticizer by Aphogee but the directions say to use it after washing. It helped a little but not much. I'm now to the point where I feel I simply have to remain straight and continue to flat iron.

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  12. So when you used it, did your natural curl pattern become more loose or tight? Do you still use this product? In what are some cons that you found when you used this product, if any ?

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  13. How long did it last?

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  14. Kayla, sorry for the late reply!!! But After using it, my curl pattern was a more loose ringlet version of itself. After a few washes with a sulfate shampoo, it was back to normal! You can check out my full list of pros and cons here: http://www.maneobjective.com/2014/04/my-experience-with-beautiful-textures.html

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  15. I could only keep up with it for 3 days, but some ladies have used it for weeks.

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