DIY Gelatin Hair Mask Recipes For Shiny And Strong Hair

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Your hair is one of the first things about you that others notice. While each person may have a different hair type, everyone yearns for healthy and frizz-free hair. If you have been struggling to deal with hair frizz or dullness, a gelatin hair mask could be the ideal solution.

You can prepare a gelatin mask for hair at home using inexpensive ingredients available in your pantry. The mask will restore the lost hair gloss and sheen and make it smoother and stronger.

Here, we discuss the importance of gelatin and the various gelatin hair mask recipes you can try. Keep reading.

Why Use A Gelatin Hair Mask?

Gelatin is hydrolyzed protein. The hydrolysis breaks down the protein into its constituent amino acids (1). The type of protein present in gelatin is known as collagen.

Collagen is a crucial building block of your skin, nails, and hair (2). A gelatin hair mask restores the lost collagen from your hair and helps it regain its bounce.

While egg or yogurt masks are also rich in protein, these ingredients are not hydrolyzed – their protein molecules are large and cannot penetrate the hair shaft.

Gelatin, on the other hand, is hydrolyzed protein. Not only does it form a film over your hair strands, but it can also penetrate the hair cuticles and fill the gaps to make your hair smoother. This protective film that gelatin forms over the hair prevents moisture loss and keeps your hair hydrated.

Other reasons to use a gelatin hair mask include:

  • Gelatin is inexpensive. You don’t have to spend large sums to smoothen your hair and reduce frizz.
  • You can get gelatin from almost every departmental store.
  • It is easy to make a gelatin hair mask and apply it.
  • You can customize the amount of gelatin or protein, depending on your needs. If your hair feels crunchy and rigid after using the mask, then you may have used too much of it. You can try reducing the quantity of gelatin the next time. If you feel the gelatin hair mask has had no impact, try increasing the quantity the next time.

Now that you are aware of the benefits of using a gelatin hair mask, check a few gelatin hair mask recipes.

Effective DIY Gelatin Hair Mask Recipes

The biggest advantage of using a gelatin mask for hair is that it is more effective (and less expensive) than most store-bought protein treatments. Moreover, gelatin is a common household ingredient and you will have no trouble making these gelatin hair mask recipes.

Gelatin Mask With Egg Yolk

The protein in egg yolks is large and cannot penetrate the hair cuticles. Some believe that when you combine gelatin with egg yolks, the protein in both sources works in tandem to form a film over the hair strands and creates a laminating effect. The protein in egg yolk is also known to promote hair growth (3).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • ½ a cup of water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons of conditioner

How To Make   

  1. Heat water till it is warm.
  2. Add gelatin to the water and stir till it dissolves completely.
  3. Let the mixture cool down and add the egg yolk and conditioner.
  4. Mix thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps.

You can increase or decrease the gelatin in the recipe depending on your needs. If you have oily hair, you may skip the conditioner as it will weigh your hair down and make it greasy.

Gelatin Mask With Mustard And Henna

Anecdotal evidence suggests that mustard strengthens hair. Henna is known to aid hair growth (4). The hair mask may help reduce hair loss.

You Will Need

  • ½ a cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard paste
  • 1 tablespoon of henna powder
  • 1 egg yolk

How To Make

  1. Mix gelatin in half a cup of warm water.
  2. Stir thoroughly so that the gelatin dissolves without any lumps.
  3. Add the egg yolk, henna, and mustard paste to this and mix so that there are no lumps.

You can increase the quantity of henna if the mask seems too runny.

Honey Gelatin Herbal Mask

Honey is a humectant and has hair conditioning properties (5). Plus, herbs may also promote hair growth and they could have limited side effects (6).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of herbs
  • ½ a cup of warm water

How To Make

  1. Boil the required herbs in water for 5 minutes to get a herbal decoction.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in the herbal decoction.
  3. Add honey and mix thoroughly.

You can increase the amount of honey if your hair is extremely dry.

How To Apply Gelatin Hair Mask At Home

  1. Start by washing your hair with water so that it is wet when you apply the hair mask.
  2. You can shampoo before using the gelatin hair mask. However, if your hair mask contains egg, you may shampoo after applying the gelatin hair mask to prevent the foul smell.
  3. Once your hair is wet, apply the gelatin mask for hair along its length.
  4. Put on a shower cap and leave the gelatin hair mask on for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off.

In Conclusion

A gelatin hair mask is among the best protein treatments for your hair (as long as you are not sensitive to protein). You will find that your hair has regained its bounce and has become smoother and frizz-free. Gelatin is easier to obtain and less expensive. Preparing a gelatin hair mask is simple – and with regular use, your hair should regain its health and shine. Start preparing your gelatin hair mask today!


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