I love my naturally curly hair but keeping it healthy can be a struggle. I have very fine hair that damages easily, and so my tresses can end up feeling like straw sometimes no matter how gently I treat it.
A few weeks ago, a friend mentioned that she had tried a DIY gelatin protein treatment. Her hair was looking extra-shiny and gorgeous, but I was still a little skeptical.
Until I asked my hairdresser, who confirmed that gelatin can be wonderful for hair. The theory behind a gelatin mask is the same as the classic egg mask hair treatments — but while the egg protein is too big to bind well with hair, the protein in gelatin is much smaller and therefore better at it.
I mixed up my first gelatin mask that night and the results have really blown me away. My hair is sleek and smooth and feels super strong for the first time in ages. Here’s the recipe I used that turned it all around.
GELATIN HAIR MASK
- 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Stir the powdered gelatin into the water until it dissolves. Add the vinegar and honey, and stir again. Let sit until it forms a thick paste.
- Slather on wet hair in the shower, let sit for at least five minutes, and then rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.
- For an extra hit of protein, apply the gel to wet hair and then blow dry on a low setting.
- The hair will feel hard and crunchy, but the gelatin will rehydrate and rinse out once it gets wet again.
This recipe will make enough for two batches, if you have shoulder-length hair like mine, or enough for you and your kids (I use this on my two-year-old’s VERY curly hair and have definitely noticed an improvement in texture and softness). I usually mix it up an hour or so before I shower so that it’s nice and thick and easier to apply.
I used this recipe every other day for a week and then worked my way down to a once-a-week application. You can over-proteinize your hair, which will cause it to feel brittle and to break, so this is definitely a treatment to use sparingly.
Have you ever done a gelatin mask for your hair? What’s the one at-home treatment that revolutionized your hair-care routine?