gelatin hair mask

i’m probably the 23587th blogger to post about gelatin hair masks, but i figured since i tried it, i’d dedicate a post to it.  hopefully it helps someone, somewhere! but of course, my post will talk about the science behind this all-natural hair mask!


using gelatin as a hair mask isn’t anything new. but why gelatin?

  • punch of protein – helps with breakage and strength
  • dose of shine
  • added silky smoothness

gelatin protein is is a hydrolyzed protein, and is smaller than egg protein, therefore binds with hair much better. it will bond to the cuticle of hair, and will bond especially well to the damaged parts of your hair. for my curlies and wavies out there, this gelatin mask can enhance limp waves and curls.

sounds great, right?

what makes it even better is that you can use it no matter if you’re no-poo, low-poo, or water-only! yahoo!


  • gelatin (i use this one because i also take gelatin as a supplement and it’s the only brand i trust so far)
  • warm water
  • whisk/fork
  • container


  1. in your container, mix in 1 spoonful of gelatin powder into 6 spoonfuls of warm water. you want to add the gelatin slowly and whisk the mix quickly so it doesn’t clump up.
  2. let it sit while you “wash” your body (term used loosely…lol).
  3. “wash” your hair as your normally would (term also used loosely), or wet your hair in between wash days while you’re showering.
  4. while you’re still in the shower with wet hair, slather the gelatin (it’ll be a thick gel by now) all over  your hair. allll over. mine smells kind of like beef, so don’t let the smell alarm you. it’ll wash out.
  5. let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and rinse VERY well with warm water.
  6. let air dry, and voila!

your hair will be stronger, shinier, and smoother!

if your hair is stiff-feeling or brittle after, it’s too much protein! rinse again and cut the amount of gelatin in half for your next mask. do not do this mask more than once every few weeks, and every few months if your hair isn’t damaged.

i’ve noticed my results are the best the next day after the mask. i’m not sure why. sometimes when i accidentally don’t get it rinsed out enough, it’ll make my hair feel weird. kind of a waxy crunch if that makes any sense at all… but between scritching/preening and these occasional masks, my hair is silky smooth and shiny! take THAT, pantene!!

anyone prefer this protein mask to eggs? or vice versa?

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13 thoughts on “gelatin hair mask

  1. hmm… I’ve always done egg hair masks in the past but recently I’ve been thinking of changing it up a bit. This should be perfect! Thanks so much for posting this!!!! :D


  2. I tried washing my hair with eggs a few days ago. They actually cleaned my scalp! That was awesome. and my hair felt really smooth. I should get this gelatin, I have so many recipes that I’d like to use it in(:


    1. And, by the way, it was the first time I heard of using gelatin on hair, so once again, you gave me new useful ideas to take care of my hair, even if there has been million articles about it.. yours is still the first one I saw!(:


  3. Hey!!
    Never heard of using gelatin for hair!! I have a question, I was looking for gelatin in the store but I only found gelatin for baking.. it says pure gelatin. Is that OK or a no no??


    1. my instinct was “no, it won’t provide the same “nutrition” to your hair as type of gelatin would that i had linked”… but i don’t have hard research to back that up :/


  4. I tries this morning and wow, did it work! My hair is so soft and shiny. I absolutely love it and am so glad I tried it. At first when I mixed it, I kept waiting and waiting for it to thicken up and I kept watching it for a few minutes thinking I had done something wrong, but the next thing I knew….voila! It had thickened up ALOT lol! Thanks so much for this and all your great advice!


  5. I just want to say thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’ve been ‘rinse only’ for three months now after reading your posts, but was feeling like I’d have to quit because of how much my bleached hair missed the protein in my shampoo (tangling / breaking super easily and looking dull and lifeless all the time).
    I didn’t expect *that* much from a natural recipe but my results from this were amazing! More volume and shine and my hair is keeping it’s style )blow dried straight on very low heat) for the first time in ages… I’d say this is comparable to the results from a Global Keratin treatment I had a while back, so I’d recommend trying gelatin to anyone with damaged hair. Thanks again for this advice and your brilliant crunchy blog!!!


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