Does your hair feel dry, rough to touch, too soft and mushy? Wondering when you should do gelatin treatment? I hope my experience and this quick guide will make your curls go boing!

Are Protein Products enough? Why do a Gelatin Treatment at all?

Have you wondered whether using shampoo/conditioner with protein and styling products without protein is enough to strike a balance? Rule of thumb, overly moisturised hair is “too soft” and doesn’t hold curl well then it’s time for protein. It should go BOING like the first video on this post!

In my experience with daily troubleshooting on DMs and thousands of personal consultations; in my opinion, wavy hair needs more protein than most hair types. If your hair is damaged, you’ll probably need more protein than healthier hair.

Lili says, “The only hair type that “needs” protein is generally heat or chemically damaged (colour) hair requires protein treatments. You can use deep conditioners with protein in it but usually, virgin hair shouldn’t need protein”

This is because our hair is already made of protein! This is totally subjective whether you need to do gelatin specially or not. Read everything to find out!

When to add protein?

It depends on what you’ve need doing to your hair really. When was the last time you treated your hair with protein? Perhaps your deep conditioner has strong protein already? For me? I do not actively do strong protein treatments and mostly use protein-free products. With these habits I know when I need one because hair starts feeling elongated than usual, it gets dry faster than normal and overall it’s just rough and Ewww. That’s when I am aware. This is what happens when I use protein-heavy products – Too much protein makes my hair dry so I usually just stay away from protein for the most part.

You can add protein in your hair using products with protein but what if you just wanted a quick fix RIGHT NOW? Here’s a $2 DIY to the rescue!

1️⃣ R I C E W A T E R: The Protein in here is very minimal, learn more from the Complete Rice Water Rinse Guide here.

2️⃣ G E L A T I N: This has hydrolysed protein which is automatically higher protein content. strengthens hair, also improving overall curl pattern immediately.

I was recently inspired by @ingecurls video in which Inge uses the bowl method; however, this method has been around since @risasrizos posted her YouTube video back in Jan 2015! She recommends doing this extreme treatment once every other month only!

Gelatin is not a vegan but find VEG alternatives to Gelatin on my Amazon store here!

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Why I do it

I have to confess I am not a DIY person at all BUT things like this gelatin treatment have my attention once a month. Here are legit reasons why:

  1. To improve curl pattern – making curls “tighter”
  2. For lasting moisture – so washdays last longer days! #curlsfordays
  3. To improve elasticity – so hair doesn’t break easily under any tension

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How I do my Gelatin Treatments

I mostly use protein-free products. I add protein very subtly to my deep conditioner or my gel, Even that protein will be very less because with practice and experience I have noticed my hair does not do well with high protein. Taking this limitation into consideration you will notice I used only two teaspoons of the gelatin powder in hot water. This was on purpose. Most videos I studied before doing this treatment showed girls using the whole box at one go.

Low Gelatine dose

Using less gelatine in more water allowed me the convenience to apply the treatment easily. I used the Bowl Method, by the way, you’ll see it in just a minute. There was no cast either. in the research videos, I saw that their gelatin hardened hair stiff! This did not happen with me, although it felt hard and different – but not flagpole stiff if you know what I mean.

Top ProTip: For a higher dose of protein, use more gelatin and make sure your mixture is jelly-consistency. How hard your hair feels will also give you an indication of the level of protein in your DIY gelatin treatment.

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Author: Liz

Child of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Lover of all things sweet and honest.

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