October 12, 2015

DIY Balanced Protein Treatment for Stronger Hair


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Our hair needs a good balance of moisture and proteins. Protein treatments are wonderful for maintaining that balance. True protein treatments are done using hydrolyzed proteins. They are able to penetrate the hair and provide strengthening. The cheapest, most easily accessible and effective hydrolyzed protein I've found is gelatin.
 
Yes gelatin!
 
It is much more effective than mayo, eggs, peanut butter, etc... Those items molecules are too large to penetrate the hair. Gelatin is able to penetrate the hair beyond the cuticle making this an ideal DIY protein treatment. Many have their own versions. This treatment is one of my favorite recipes I have created to date.

 Gelatin Protein Treatment
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce of plain gelatin
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon of each: chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, honey
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
Utensils
  • 1 plastic/glass of each: bowl, spoon, jar
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 wisk
  • 1 dye applicator bottle
Steps
  • Warm the coconut milk.
  • Put the chamomile, peppermint and rosemary into a bowl.
  • Pour the warmed coconut milk over the herbs in the bowl. Cover and allow to steep until cool.
  • Strain the milk and discard the spent herbs.
  • Simmer the distilled water and whisk in the gelatin, sweet almond oil and honey. Blend very well with whisk until it's smooth.
  • Add the infused coconut milk to the distilled water mixture. Warm them together. Be sure to blend if needed. Remove from heat. 
  • Allow it to cool then pour the solution into a dye applicator bottle.
Use
  • Be sure it is completely cooled before use. 
  • Shake well.
  • Apply it to freshly washed. dampened hair.
  • Cover the hair. Leave in for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Rinse well with luke warm water. 
  • Follow up with a very moisturizing deep conditioning treatment for 30-45 minutes. Heat use is optional.
  • Rinse well.
  • Make the final rinse with cool or cold water.
  • Use a microfiber towel to wrap the hair to dry.
  • Lastly, moisturize and seal as normal. Can use the LCO/LOC method
 
The results? Strong, shiny and soft to the touch hair!
Give it a try and see how well it works for you.
Enjoy!

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