Magical Hair Mask Recipe The Secret Tips To Shiny, Strong Hair Forever
If your beautician has ever told you conditioners like Patent might ruin your hair over time, here’s why: Many store-bought conditioners contain specific silicone, which coats the hair to make it smooth silky and shiny.
Unfortunately, this only makes the hair look healthy – in realism it’s doing the exact conflicting. Silicone stops wetness from reaching the hair beam which can cause strands to become dry and fragile over time.
A far better option is gelatin, which contains important 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 particularly well to damaged areas, but also nourishes the entire strand as well. It helps to smooth the hair cuticle, boost shine and decrease breakage.
Those with wavy or curly hair also report that it reduces frizz.
Something to keep in mind is that, when it comes to protein treatments for hair, you can get too much of a good thing. See the Tips & Troubleshooting section below for info on how to get the best results.
Because I’ve been using gelatin in my hair for a moment now, I couldn’t get a true “before” photo to share with you. Providentially I had an adorable little volunteer that was willing to help me out. The photo below is of my daughter, Katie, before and after her first gelatin hair mask.
Her hair looks a little oily in the photo on the right, but it’s actually not at all. I’d just run a large-tooth comb though it, which made it disconnect in a funny way. Oops!
The photo on the right is my hair after the same treatment. My hair is a odd blend of straight and wavy when it air dries, but you can see that it’s not oily or greasy. It is super, super soft though – I love gelatin masks!
Back to my daughters before and after: The light is a little brighter in the second photo because the sun was higher, but the boost in shine is real. The photos were taken about two hours apart because I let her run around outside while her hair dried. Both are fully reduced.
Gelatin Hair Mask Recipe
- 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
- 1/3 cup water (see optional add-ins for alternatives)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
Moisturizing. (Note: If you use homemade coconut milk, make sure to damage it through a coffee filter or you may end up with white flecks of coconut meat in your hair. Store-bought coconut milk will work fine – no filtering necessary.
Peppermint, rosemary and nettle – which add shine – are suitable for all hair types. Sage, marshmallow root and elder flower tea are helpful for dry hair.
If your hair is very dry, you might try adding 1-2 tablespoons of avocado or banana to your comibation. Give it a whir in the blender before use to ensure even application.
Another option is to add a little bit of oil. A few drops may be enough, but some people add as much as one tablespoon. Oils to consider are olive, coconut, almond, and argan.
Rosemary adds shine, chamomile is helpful for dry hair and tea tree is helpful for oily hair. For the recipe below, use 12-15 drops.
MAKING YOUR GELATIN HAIR MASK
Add liquid to a small saucepan. Slowly sprinkle gelatin over your liquid while whisking to prevent lumps. Place the pan on your stove and allow the fluid to heat until steaming, inspiring often with a spoon to prevent the gelatin from sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the mixture is steaming, remove it from heat.
When the blend has cooled down somewhat – it should be warm but not so hot that it’s uncomfortable to touch – add in the honey, vinegar, and any optional ingredients.
USING YOUR GELATIN HAIR MASK
When the mixture is hot but not so hot that it’s painful to touch, apply it to clean, wet hair. I like to dip the ends of my hair into the jar, then dispense a little bit on one side of my scalp and work it down from roots to tips before moving to the other side.
Allow the mask to sit for 10-20 minutes. If you’re planning to let it sit for much longer than 10 minutes, cover your hair with a shower cap so that it doesn’t dry out. When the time is up, rinse very thoroughly, follow with conditioner or weak apple cider vinegar, and allow to air dry.
If you find that your hair feels crispy or brittle, see the “Tips & Troubleshooting” section below.
Tips & Troubleshooting
When it comes to protein and hair, you can get too much of a good thing. Healthy hair is both strong and flexible, but hair that has too much protein hardens, loses suppleness, and begins to break.
On the other hand, hair that is fragile is also prone to breakage. The trick is to find a balance between the two. If you find that your hair is feeling stiff or crunchy after a treatment, gently rinse your hair again just to make sure all the excess was removed, and then follow with conditioner or thinned apple cider vinegar and rinse again. Then next time you do a treatment, use about half the amount of gelatin you used before.
Experiment with how much you need. Shorter hair may need only half of what the recipe calls for, while very long, thick hair may need more.
Do this cure no more than once a week and get maximum benefits of this mixture.