I am trying to make a simple high hold, matte hair clay with as few ingredients as possible. I tried a combo of beeswax, coconut oil and kaolin clay.
First try, equal amounts of the three, came out hard (not impossibly hard, but difficult to scoop out), greasy and with medium hold. Doubling the clay didn't seem to make a difference.
Second try, two parts beeswax, one part coconut oil, two parts kaolin was impossibly hard.
Tried substituting the coconut oil with glycerin, came out hard and the glycerin sort of bleeds out when I press on the product.
All measurements are by volume, unfortunately, as I don't have a scale *yet*. Soon will.
I read that there are oils which are less... oily... If I get such oil (recommendations highly appreciated) what proportions would you recommend? I saw recipes that had lanolin, essential oils, tapioca starch, etc., but I want as simple a recipe as possible. Beeswax smells nice on its own anyway. How do I soften the product up enough to be fairly easy to scoop out?
Any recipes that provide a high hold and a matte finish would be nice, even if the product turns out a bit on the harder side.
Also, what is the difference between a carrier oil and the coconut oil in recipes, what different purposes do they serve?
I will post results after each new attempt.
Thanks and Happy holidays!