When you hear “gelatin hair mask”, you seem to be reminded of a translucent and colorful dessert. This mask is even better than dessert. When I read about it in a beauty magazine, I thought it was just an error in research or typing. I have always known that protein is great for you, but I was not aware that gelatin was a form of protein.
Gelatin comes from animals, which explains why my vegetarian friends always shy away from Jell-O. This soft, jiggly protein is also an ingredient in beauty and health products, including those that care for your hair.
Since reading that magazine article, I have been trying many gelatin recipes. I also started to research a lot about gelatin-based products for the hair. One thing that I found to be amazing about gelatin is that it truly bonds itself to your hair, making it stronger and glossier.
What I’m about to tell you is all about a homemade, protein-rich treatment that just takes five minutes of your time. It rejuvenates your hair, especially after swimming, styling, coloring, straightening, relaxing, and bleaching. These activities damage your hair and protein can help heal and revive it.
Our Hair is Mostly Made of Protein
Our hair is made up of a tough protein called keratin, which is the same substance found in hoofs, fingernails, feathers, and claws. Melanin is also present in hair.
It’s a pigment that gives your hair its distinct color. Nearly 10% to 13% of hair is composed of water. You can also find traces of metals such as zinc, and various minerals in your hair.
Because we like to follow trends, update our looks or just be carefree, we manipulate and treat our hair.
As a result, we end up damaging our hair because all these things take away protein and moisture. We must give our busy hair that occasional boost of protein to maintain its health.
How do you Know if your Hair Needs Protein?
If your hair has too much protein or protein overload, it’s a hair issue that can take a couple of weeks to correct. It is best to know whether your hair has enough protein already or if it still needs more.
Essentially, if you are already confident about your hair’s health and hydration, just maintain your hair care routine.
When you start experiencing the following symptoms, it’s truly the right time to give your hair a protein-boosting treatment:
Once you notice that your hair is breaking easily, this is a sure sign that you need to strengthen your hair fibers.
Overwashing your hair can dry out your strands and cause extra frizz or if you tend to apply too much product.
Know that your hair will need a protein treatment after recent hair styling, straightening, bleaching, relaxed, coloring, and chemical processing. Or had excessive manipulation like braids, twist outs, adding extensions – your hair will need protein.
You can use OlaPlex treatment no. 3 (or try Pronexa Hair Bond Repair) fom Amazon.
Your hair have excess moisture because you apply deep conditioner to your wet hair and sleep with it, or just sleep with your hair still wet. This breaks down the proteins in your hair. (This was how I damaged my hair, by the way.)
What Does Protein Treatment Do?
Protein treatments are made of protein, which allows them to bind to the cuticle layer of your hair. The easy bonding action allows it to strengthen your hair more efficiently.
I discovered that each time I give my hair a gelatin treatment, my hair becomes less frizzy, shinier, curlier, stronger, and bouncier.
I have read a lot of articles and forums about this gelatin hair mask, so I am confident in suggesting that you should treat your hair once every four to six weeks. Make sure your hair is not damaged or sensitive to protein. Just leave your hair alone if you’re happy with your hair for now.
What Is Gelatin?
Many animals possess collagen, which is the structural protein source of gelatin. Collagen is a type of fibrous protein that makes up about a third of the human body. It’s the protein that firms up and strengthens the connective tissues in the body.
Gelatin consists of proline and glycine—both amino acids, which are precursors of protein. It is best to add gelatin to your diet so that you can reap its benefits. I take gelatin as a daily supplement and it always amazes me with all the uses I find for this jiggly gem.
If you’re one of the many foodies who eat the fibrous tissues, organs, and even bones of animals, you get your daily dose of amino acids. Proline and glycine are required for enhancing your immunity and regulating your weight.
Gelatin - The Secret To Shiny, Strong Hair
Just like your hair, gelatin is rich in keratin. It binds strongly with hair to level the cuticles while fortifying your hair strands. The smooth cuticles are the secret to the voluptuous, gleaming hair.
You can use egg yolk as an alternative to gelatin, but it doesn’t cleave well to the damaged areas of hair strands. This gelatin hair mask is still the optimal way to get your hair’s groove back.
Hair Lamination at Home
How Does It Work?
Beauty Benefits Of Gelatin
The Weston A. Price foundation notes that gelatin offers some excellent health benefits. Some of the excellent benefits of gelatin include the following:
- It helps tighten any loose skin.
- It supports nail, hair, and skin growth.
- It’s a protein source (though not a spectacular one) and includes amino acids that help with muscle building.
- Aids in digestion by binding with water to make foods move through the digestive tract easily.
- Improves joint health and may aid in joint recovery.
Gelatin Hair Mask Recipe:
1 Warm up the milk or use warm water and mix the gelatin powder until it becomes homogeneous in consistency.
2 Then add olive oil (or coconut oil), an egg, your hair conditioner (or avocado) and mix again. If you have any essential oil, add a few drops (but this is optional).
3 Apply the mask on a freshly washed hair. Divide your hair into 4 sections and apply the gel as if you’re applying a styling gel. Distributing the mixture all throughout the section.
4 When working on the section, you have to work fast because the gel would harden quickly. Remember to comb your hair gently. Once you’re done with one section, leave it alone and don’t touch it again. Move on to the other hair section and repeat the process.
5 Let it sit for about 20 minutes or until it’s a bit dry and hardened. Or you can use a blow dryer to help with the drying. You can attached the diffuser to evenly distribute the heat. If you have a hooded dryer, you can sit down on it until the duration of the drying.
6 Once the hair is a bit dry, you can rinse it with warm water. When rinsing your hair, let the water touch your hair (don’t use your fingers) allowing your hair to soften on its own before touching it.
7 Once your hair has soften, you can gently massage the treatment out of your hair and then apply your deep conditioner (tutorial here). And you’re done, you can style your hair as you normally would.
How Often You Need To Do This Routine ?
This gelatin hair mask brings temporary effects therefore, you can use this routine as an additional hair care treatment.
Repeat the hair treatment every 2 weeks for a shiny, soft hair. Also, doing a regular hot oil treatment will help you get that luminous, smooth hair as well.