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Stretch Your Hair with Shea Butter!
As a natural with one year into this whole ‘wearing the texture you were born with’ game, I frequently rock wash n’ go styles, which means I apply a moisturizing product and a gel after washing and conditioning my hair to ‘freeze’ my coils into place. This allows me to wear my natural texture as often as I want, and this also means (as a natural enrolled in a professional degree program and in the workplace) that my kinks, coils, and curls stay defined and don’t get too frizzy. However, this style usually results in lots of knots…which lead to more trims…*sigh*…a neverending cycle. 
I’m also a type 4 kinky chick, and because of this texture, my hair (which is mostly comprised of coils the size of pen-springs) shrinks recklessly to more than 70% of its actual length, if left to its own devices.
Because I’m growing a bit tired of knots on individual strands of my hair (also known as single-strand knots in the natural hair community) caused by my tiny, fragile coils wrapping around each other, I’ve decided to start stretching my hair on the days I don’t have any other hair plans. A few months ago, I began experimenting with making my own products to achieve certain hairstyles, and while many were pretty amateurish and were better left to cosmetic chemists, some have actually become staples in my natural hair maintenance regimen. One of those self-designed products is my shea butter mix, which I use to weigh my hair down, tame flyaways, and hold in moisture—and this results in smoother, elongated hair. This is the most stretched I’m able to get my hair without using a blowdryer or flat-iron—pretty awesome that our hair is this elastic.
Here’s the recipe:
The Coil Technique’s Shea Butter Mix
2 ounces of Raw African Shea Butter
1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO)
1 tsp of jojoba oil 
1 tsp of castor oil
As you can see, there’s a lot of oil in this mixture, but each performs a different function. Coconut oil can actually penetrate the hair shaft and nourish the hair, jojoba oil is scalp-friendly and smooths the cuticle, and castor oil naturally provides shine. Olive oil does a little bit of everything, but also works as an excellent sealant by keeping the moisture in the hair. I use this mixture to do mini-twists and other protective styles, but recently, I’ve learned that I can use it to stretch out my hair and show a bit more length whenever I get bored.
I apply the mixture to about eight to ten sections of hair and twist each section. I usually retwist the next day or so until I get the desired stretched style. 

Stretch Your Hair with Shea Butter!

As a natural with one year into this whole ‘wearing the texture you were born with’ game, I frequently rock wash n’ go styles, which means I apply a moisturizing product and a gel after washing and conditioning my hair to ‘freeze’ my coils into place. This allows me to wear my natural texture as often as I want, and this also means (as a natural enrolled in a professional degree program and in the workplace) that my kinks, coils, and curls stay defined and don’t get too frizzy. However, this style usually results in lots of knots…which lead to more trims…*sigh*…a neverending cycle. 

I’m also a type 4 kinky chick, and because of this texture, my hair (which is mostly comprised of coils the size of pen-springs) shrinks recklessly to more than 70% of its actual length, if left to its own devices.

Because I’m growing a bit tired of knots on individual strands of my hair (also known as single-strand knots in the natural hair community) caused by my tiny, fragile coils wrapping around each other, I’ve decided to start stretching my hair on the days I don’t have any other hair plans. A few months ago, I began experimenting with making my own products to achieve certain hairstyles, and while many were pretty amateurish and were better left to cosmetic chemists, some have actually become staples in my natural hair maintenance regimen. One of those self-designed products is my shea butter mix, which I use to weigh my hair down, tame flyaways, and hold in moisture—and this results in smoother, elongated hair. This is the most stretched I’m able to get my hair without using a blowdryer or flat-iron—pretty awesome that our hair is this elastic.

Here’s the recipe:

The Coil Technique’s Shea Butter Mix

2 ounces of Raw African Shea Butter

1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO)

1 tsp of jojoba oil 

1 tsp of castor oil

As you can see, there’s a lot of oil in this mixture, but each performs a different function. Coconut oil can actually penetrate the hair shaft and nourish the hair, jojoba oil is scalp-friendly and smooths the cuticle, and castor oil naturally provides shine. Olive oil does a little bit of everything, but also works as an excellent sealant by keeping the moisture in the hair. I use this mixture to do mini-twists and other protective styles, but recently, I’ve learned that I can use it to stretch out my hair and show a bit more length whenever I get bored.

I apply the mixture to about eight to ten sections of hair and twist each section. I usually retwist the next day or so until I get the desired stretched style. 

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