I have spent years the last 27 years and an absolute fortune trying to find the perfect product to kill the frizz, and I know I’m not the only one.
I remember back in the 90’s when it was ok to lather that much mousse into your wet hair that my curls were so perfectly defined, but touching them was a freaking no no!! They were so far from soft and bouncy and a complete freaking fire hazard!! And then just to top it off you’d blow dry and hair spray your fringe that high I’d get an extra couple of inches in height, and boy do I need that! 😛
A friend told me about gelatin last year and I’ve been researching it ever since, the health benefits are pretty amazing, but I’m impatient and I wanted an instant fix. Seriously who doesn’t lol. In that time I’ve come across countless recipes for food and hair and face masks, some I have tried, some worked for me, some did not, so as I do, I improvised and tweaked and worked out the best ways that suit me.
I have naturally thick, crazy, kinky, curly, frizzy bleached blonde hair, even when it’s not blonde it’s still a crazy frizzy mess. I have been called mop head way too many times in my life to not be aware of the extent of my frizz, my mother has told me countless time it was pretty much a blonde fro when I was little and that was her reason behind cutting 80’s BOY SHORT mullet for my entire childhood. (it’s ok I’m getting over it…. slowly lol)
What I use to style my hair. These days my go to is just simple coconut oil for taming frizz and styling my curls, I’ve tried new products when they come out, but I always go back to the coconut oil once the novelty wears off.
After Washing my Hair. I read on an afro website years ago that one with this hair type should add a bit of conditioner to their wet hair after washing and before drying to keep the curls from going crazy.
For Drying my Hair. I’ve found its good practice to use an old t-shirt or something of that fabric instead of a towel to dry your hair, as this reduces friction and frizz. This I have actually found to work very well on my hair, so after washing I twist my hair up in an old t-shirt just like a turban.
Protein Hair Treatment Mask. There are quite a few different recipes for gelatin hair masks, the below recipe is what I have tweaked to work for me and my head of hair. Apparently you shouldn’t leave it on too long as you can over protein hair and make it brittle, I’ve read for a more intense treatment, dry it with a hair dryer and leave for 60 minutes! Well I tried the hair dryer but only left it for 20 minutes, and my opinion for my frizzy hair is, it worked a treat! The curl definition afterwards was simply gorgeous I didn’t want to go to bed that night, it was just so pretty. Not only that but some of my curls that always seem to be quite limp and half straight bounced back, I was so freaking excited!! I couldn’t stop running my fingers down it, usually it takes a lot of product and styling to get that look but again that comes without the softness.
The picture above was taken after just putting the hair mask on while I was in the shower for 10 minutes with it uncovered, so I didn’t give it any time to dry in, I’m still impressed with the curl definition and lack of frizz.
I also didn’t follow through with shampooing and conditioner after washing it out, but just put a bit (walnut size) of conditioner through it and left it to dry naturally. No scrunching curls up even!! Simply twisted it up in my old t-shirt for a bit to dry and then left it to dry naturally.
Of course, use your own judgment with what works best for you and your hair. Below is the recipe that I’ve tweaked for me.
I used Gelatin Health Food Grade Gelatin, it is an Australian product with Australia wide delivery. Some health food shops in Australia stock it and I’d imagine other brands too. The Food grade gelatin needs to be dissolved in a hot liquid.
I had a look online for my friends and readers overseas and there are other brands are available, just ensure it is the food grade that dissolves in hot water.
Gelatin Protein Hair Mask
- 1 tblsp Food Grade Gelatin
- 1/2 cup Hot Water
- 1/2 cup Cold Water
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Raw Honey
- Dissolve Food Grade Gelatin in Hot WaterAdd the Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Honey and stir until all ingredients are fully mixed together
Work through wet hair
Dry with hair dryer or put shower cap over hair (optional)
When ready thoroughly rinse out
Work a bit of conditioner (depending on hair quality) through hair and dry naturally.
If you let it sit for a bit after mixing it will thicken and make it a bit easier to work through hair.
You can just leave without shower cap or drying whilst treatment is on.
You can also shampoo and condition hair as normal after treatment is washed out.
Thanks for visiting and reading. I’d love to hear if you have tried a gelatin hair mask and how you went on your particular hair, or if you have your own recipe you recommend. Comment below or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.