Homemade Shea Butter Mix Recipe

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:
  1. Measured (approximately) 1 tablespoon of Shea Butter. I nuked it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften/melt it.
  2. Added two tablespoons of coconut oil (already melted from being in warm kitchen).
  3. Added a tablespoon of Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk.
  4. Added two tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  5. 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. :-)

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