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Gelatin Hair Mask Recipe-The Secret To Shiny, Strong Hair

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 awhile now, I couldn’t get a true “before” photo to share with you.  Fortunately 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 separate in a funny way. Oops!

The photo on the right is my hair after the same treatment. My hair is a weird 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 increase 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 completely unretouched.

Gelatin Hair Mask Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin (where to buy grass-fed gelatin)
  • 1/3 cup water (see optional add-ins for alternatives)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (I use this brand)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (I buy mine from a local beekeeper, but when he’s out of stock I order this brand)


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