Gelatin Mask. Secret to Shiny and Strong Hair


Gelatin hair mask have wonderful result, which can be compared with the lamination of hair in a beauty saloon. Gelatin covers hair with a film that nourishes the hair and restores its protein structure. Hair become voluminous, looks strong and shiny.

Every girl dreams of shiny and strong hair. Thousands of hair products can promise the best result. For example, many store-bought conditioners contain silicone, which coats the hair to make it smooth and shiny. Unfortunately, this only makes the hair “look” healthy – in reality the result is quite opposite. The worst thing is that silicone blocks moisture from reaching the hair shaft, which can cause strands to become dry and brittle over time.

Hair lamination – a special procedure performed in beauty salons. Its main purpose – to make your hair smooth and straight, to make them them shine and strong. All these effects can be achieved by application a special mixture containing protein. This mixture creates thin cover on each hair, which protects the hair from external influences, nourishes and helps extend the color saturation.

The best option is gelatin, which contains keratin proteins that actually bind with hair to strengthen it. Unlike whole proteins such as egg yolk, which have difficulty bonding with hair, the partially cooked proteins found in gelatin bond easily. Gelatin adheres especially well to damaged areas, but also nourishes the entire strand as well. It helps to smooth the hair cuticle, boost shine and reduce breakage.

Why Gelatin is so Beneficial?

Gelatin – collagen protein derived from bones, cartilage and skin of animals by denaturation. So, exactly that collagen represents value for our hair. It is a kind of building material, which helps to make hair healthy and strong.

I should say that lamination with homemade gelatin mask has positive sides though the effect doesn’t last long. But anyway if you visit beauty salon for the same procedure you will pay for it much more in comparison with the same procedure at home. You just need to buy a package of gelatin and then get started for the magic!

Gelatin Mask. The Secret to Shiny and Strong Hair

How to Use Gelatin in Hair

  • Do not to rub the mask gelatin into the scalp because it can cause itching and provoke dandruff.
  • While preparing the gelatin hair solution in a water bath, make sure that the gelatin powder does not boil in water. Otherwise it will lose all its repairing properties for hair. But if it happened – then better prepare a mixture of gelatin again.
  • Try to dissolve the gelatin in mixture completely. Better not apply the mixture with lumps, because they would stick your hair and getting them out of hair becomes a huge problem.
  • If lamination effect is not visible even after a few treatments for uncertain reason, perhaps you need to consult a doctor and check possible health problems.

How to Make Gelatin Hair Mask?

For preparation of all recipes there is the proportion of liquid gelatin to water – 1:3.

Traditional Homemade Gelatin Mask

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of any commercial hair mask

In a small bowl, pour hot water and add the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture has cooled down a little. After the mixture has cooled down slightly, add hair balm and mix. Apply the this gelatin mask on wet hair, making sure that you apply it well on the ends (if you have oily hair then avoid scalp and hair roots). Place the shower cap on and leave the mask for 30 minutes to an hour. Wash your hair with shampoo.

Ok, I guess, some of you were already confused to add commercial product into natural hair solution. This step is necessary because you may find gelatin mask difficult to wash away and there can be some residue left on hair. Store bought product will solve this problem immediately – making mass consistency smooth and easy to remove out of hair. In addition, one more point to underline – avoid using hair conditioner instead of simple hair mask – that DOES make a difference! But anyway, variation to skip any commercial product in gelatin mask is also acceptable.

Difference between Hair Conditioner & Mask. Any conditioner is aimed at making hair smooth and soft. It creates invisible film on the hair surface gaining additional volume. But at the same time, it gives only a cosmetic effect, which is superficial and will last til the next hair shampooing. For that reason, it is better to avoid conditioner in gelatin hair mask and prefer simple commercial mask which has quite different properties.

In comparison with various conditioners and balms hair mask have higher concentration of nutrients and ingredients necessary for hair. Masks are focused on specific issues – they can prevent split ends, reduce dandruff appearance or stop hair loss. Mask compounds penetrate deeply into hair outer layer and nourish from the inside.

You can use homemade hair masks with gelatin 2-3 times a month for stronger and healthier hair. But you shouldn’t overdo it because too much protein can make your hair quite dry.

Gelatin Hair Mask with Essential Oils

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (any of your choice: macadamia, olive or almond)
  • 3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or vanilla)

Dissolve the gelatin into the hot water and add oil. Leave the mixture to cool down slightly. Then apply it on wet hair, especially on the ends and place a shower cap on. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes and wash your hair with shampoo.

Depending on hair conditions and certain purposes you can add different essential oils to the mixture to enhance the effect:

If you have dry scalp and suffer from dandruff then use oils like basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, chamomile, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.

For better treatment of dry hair you can try rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender and geranium.

If you want to prevent hair loss then better add oils like rosemary, tea tree oil or patchouli.

Homemade Gelatin Mask for Hair Growth

You will need:

  • a package of gelatin
  • a cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 1 egg yolk

First of all, dissolve gelatin in hot water. let the mixture cool down and then add egg yolk and mustard powder. Mix the ingredients well and apply on scalp and hair. Leave the mask on hair for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with shampoo.

The mask has a strong irritant action because it contains mustard powder, increasing a blood circulation and a flow of nutrients to the roots of the hair.

Don’t use this hair mask too often as it may cause scalp dryness and irritation due to mustard powder.

DIY Gelatin Mask Recipe for Oily Hair

You will need:

  • a package of gelatin
  • a cup of hot water
  • onion juice, 1 egg yolk

Chop onion into small pieces till you get juice. Dissolve gelatin in hot water, let it cool down and add onion juice and 1 egg yolk. Mix the ingredients very well. Apply this mask on scalp and spread over the whole length of hair. Place a cap on and leave it for 30 minutes. Then wash you hair well with shampoo.

If you are afraid you will have onion smell after application of this mask then you can substitute onion with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Gelatin & Lemon Hair Treatment

You will need:

  • gelatin
  • lemon juice – 3 teaspoons
  • hot water
  • honey – 2 tablespoons

Mix the ingredients well. Apply the mask on all the length of wet hair, but don’t let the mixture get into scalp, otherwise you risk to have greasy-looking hair. Wrap your head in a shower cap and then a towel. Leave the mask on for 30-40 minutes and rinse hair out in the shower followed with regular shampoo.

Gelatin Conditioner: Japanese Recipe

You will need:

  • gelatine
  • hot water
  • camellia oil – 1 tablespoon

This variation mask and the procedure of making resembles the previous ones except one ingredient included. It is interesting to note that camellia oil is commonly used in hair care among Japanese women. Geishas and maikos apply a it on hair to achieve that distinct Japanese traditional glossy hair look.

Due to camellia healing properties it can significantly soften hair and make it more manageable. Recipe with camellia oil is aimed at retaining moisture in hair, repairing breakage and split ends.

Gelatin & Herbs Hair Mask

You will need:

  • gelatin
  • herbal infusion (chamomile, nettle, or rosemary)
  • cocoa butter – 1 teaspoon
  • honey – 2 tablespoons

Follow the instructions described above to prepare gelatin solution. This time instead of plain water use herbal infusion – for brunettes nettle will be a perfect choice or chamomile for girls with blond hair. Take 2 tablespoons of dried herb and pour with hot water. Infuse for half an hour and use herbal liquid to dissolve gelatin powder in it.

Put some cocoa butter in a microwave-safe cup and melt it until it becomes you get a liquid. Add butter to other ingredients and mix well. Apply on hair as usual in the same way.

Hair mask will be best suitable for dry and brittle hair. Cocoa butter included in hair mask recipe will provide your dry hair with extra nourishment and shine. It is also can be used as an effective treatment for fine hair for enhancing moisture without weighing hair down. Nice solution, isn’t it?

Gelatin Hair Mask Results

Gelatin mask – one of the most effective and efficient natural remedies to improve hair overall condition, as well as its appearance. The indisputable advantage of it is that the effect is visible after first application and it remains on hair for several weeks long. Gelatin treatment is a cheap and affordable, natural and totally harmless procedure to the hair – this is true!

The disadvantages of gelatin mask lies in the effect of it, for the most part, it creates the illusion of straight and glossy hair though result of exposure to hair structure is not well expressed. In addition, it is not recommended to use too much gelatin on hair otherwise they will need long time for recovery.

Try any of these recipes of homemade hair mask and choose the most suitable one for yourself!

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