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DIY Protein Treatment For Damaged Hair

DIY Gelatin Hair Mask Protein Treatment Recipe for Strong, Healthy Hair!

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A simple, natural and effective protein treatment for hair that’s been colored, highlighted, straightened, relaxed, or is frizzy, dry, limp and weak.


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatin – the cheap kind at the grocery store will do or get Great Lakes Gelatin. Add this to your smoothies for a collagen boost!
  • Optional – 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (gently clarifies the hair and removes product buildup)
  • Optional – 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance and to soothe the scalp and provide therapeutic benefits to the hair. I suggest Lavender (soothing), Cedarwood (helps to grow hair), Rosemary (cleansing). 
  • Squirt bottle – keep an old lotion, shampoo or conditioner bottle or get one like this from Amazon.
  • Optional – silicone-free conditioner or deep conditioner (the normal amount you would use to condition your hair)


  • Heat water in the microwave for two minutes, or on the stovetop until almost boiling.
  • Remove from microwave or stove, and add the gelatin. Stir well to mix compeltely.
  • Pour into the empty squirt bottle and put in the fridge to allow to cool. Or throw it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or so until it cools and thickens.
  • While it’s cooling, shampoo your hair. I highly recommend using sulfate-free shampoos as sulfates are detergents that strip the hair of it’s natural oils that it needs to protect your hair and keep it healthy. However, if your hair has product buildup, you may need to use a shampoo with sulfates to effectively remove the buildup..
  • Separate your hair into 4 sections and squirt the protein treatment onto each section and then brush to distribute the product evenly.
  • Another option – once you’ve made the protein solution, you can add some of it to your deep conditioner or regular conditioner and apply it that way so it’s not so runny.
  • Put on a shower cap and leave the treatment in for 20 minutes (the shower cap helps to retain some heat so the protein treatment will be more effective).
  • To really help the protein penetrate the hair shaft, blow dry it for 20 minutes (in the shower cap). It is important to dry your hair in the shower cap, otherwise you can cause breakage and damage as the protein hardens on the hair. The shower cap will prevent it from breaking.
  • Rinse out with warm water, and then continue with your normal washing routine.
  • If your hair is protein sensitive, follow up with a deep conditioning treatment to prevent protein overload.