Monday, April 22, 2013

Old Wives Tale or Fact - Can Gelatine Really Help Your Hair?

by Melissa L. White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

I can remember by mother telling me that gelatine is good for your hair. She said that her mother and grandmother swore by using Knox Gelatine, but wasn't quite sure why.

True, gelatine is a protein, and hair loves protein. I've done some looking around and found that not only is it said that using gelatine promotes a strong healthy head of hair, but it can also save you money.

By blending a packet of unflavored, or "original" gelatine into your bottle of shampoo, your shampoo will thicken and you won't need to use as much for each shampoo. Your hair will love the extra protein and the mixture doesn't change the effectiveness of your shampoo or leave any unpleasant stickiness or residue.

The recipe:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet Knox Gelatine, unflavored
  • 14-16 oz shampoo

You'll probably want to squeeze out all of your shampoo into a large mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until well blended, then use a funnel to put back into your shampoo bottle or other container.

Gelatine is also great for your fingernails, and a once-weekly soak in a bowl of hot water/packet gelatine is a great start to a very beneficial manicure.

Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Melissa is also a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist. Originally from Boston, Melissa has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.