Dread wax helps moisturize mature dreadlocks and hold new dreads together as they lock. While there are several commercial waxes available in stores, they often contain petrolatum, a petroleum derivative. Instead, make your own dread wax from all-natural ingredients available in health food stores. Tea tree, lavender and peppermint oil refresh your scalp and help fight dandruff, while shea butter and coconut oil provide nourishing moisture to your locks. Keep your dreads looking and smelling lovely with homemade wax.
Fill a saucepan half full of water and bring it to a boil.
Add the beeswax to a small saucepan. Place the small saucepan in the larger one. Let the beeswax melt.
Add the hemp seed oil, shea butter and coconut oil. Allow them to melt, then remove the small saucepan from the large one and turn off the heat.
Allow the wax mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir in the aloe vera gel.
Mix the borax with 1/2 tablespoon hot water in a plastic cup. Stir until the borax is dissolved.
Add 15 drops tea tree oil, 10 drops peppermint oil and 10 drops lavender oil to the wax mixture and stir well.
Pour the borax mixture into the wax mixture a few drops at a time, stirring constantly.
Scrape the dread wax into a clean glass jar. Allow it to cool completely. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid.
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