The last two times I installed yarn wraps in Z's hair, I made sure her hair was properly moisturized before wrapping each section. I would dampen her hair with distilled water (spray bottle), apply a leave-in followed by aloe vera gel and shea butter to seal the moisture in her hair. It was a time consuming process of having to squirt some leave-in in my hand, pump out some aloe vera gel, and scoop out (and warm up) some shea butter for EVERY section of hair at a time.
I figured to cut down time and effort for her third yarn wrap installment, I would just combine all the ingredients together to create a mix I can apply in just one step. I prepared the mix as followed:
- Measured (approximately) 1 tablespoon of Shea Butter. I nuked it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften/melt it.
- Added two tablespoons of coconut oil (already melted from being in warm kitchen).
- Added a tablespoon of Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk.
- Added two tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- Mixed together.
The consistency of the mixture changed as it cooled. Initially it was soupy and then became more like a borderline gelatinous cream. Nevertheless, my daughter said it smelled good (because of the coconut oil) and I totally agree. I am half way done with installing her yarn wraps and this mix has been a breeze and time saver. All I have been doing is spraying each section with distilled water and applying a generous portion of the homemade shea butter mix to the hair. The mix instantly smooths down the hair and creates a nice curl definition:
It has been a long time since I have whipped up some homemade mixes before today but am definitely ready to get back to it especially for our skin over the winter. Aloe vera gel + coconut oil + shea butter = blissful dry skin relief. I guess this will be my next concoction soon.
Next updates will be on Z's yarn wraps, which I plan to complete tomorrow morning! She braved out the 4.5 hour session this afternoon (with lots of TV, markers, paper, and snacks, of course). She saw what I did so far and felt like a rock star with the front section pinned the way it was and the yarn wraps in a pony tail. She even requested to just wear it as it was. She's too cute.
I kindly told her no because momma is taking a hairstyling break for 3-4 weeks after tomorrow. :-)