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Place the solid coconut oil and the Shea Butter together and melt using a double boiler. A microwave can be used as a shortcut, but keep it on a low setting for short bursts of about 10-15 seconds at a time. Continue heating until the fat and oil have completely melted.
A quick word on the clay. All earthy colors will work, but I find black or white to be perfectly fine. As you can see I have used white clay this time. It has been suggested that white is better suited for fair hair and black is suited for dark hair, but I personally think that’s nonsense.Place the clay into a mixing pot or bowl and pour the liquid fat and oil on top. Mix thoroughly to ensure that all three ingredients have fully combined.
This is where you should add the 2 drops of essential oils. I use Neroli and Ylang Ylang for a fresh, vibrant aroma. For a more familiar fragrance, substitute for a couple of sprays of your favourite cologne. Mix thoroughly.
To finish making your hair styling clay spoon into your chosen container and smooth the top if desired.
Once you’ve finished obsessively scraping the bottom of your mixing bowl, leave your clay to stand until completely cool. Ensure you leave the lid off for this, otherwise bacteria will shorten the life span of this natural hair clay.
Will produce a relatively modest amount, but remember this will begin to lose its best quality after a few months.
Shea butter can be substituted for other vegetable butters. However, be careful to choose one with a relatively high melting point.
Readers in hot climates should be aware that the end product may turn out a little looser than desired. If so keep it in the fridge or other cool place, you could also try adding beeswax to make it a little harder.