A little while ago I wrote a post about a DIY Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) and raved about how much I liked my new mix. Since that previous post (read here) I have recorded a “how to” video of my recipe:
Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC
0.8oz. of warm plain water (to help dissolve the Gelatine)
1.3oz. Unflavoured Gelatine
4oz. Conditioner (I prefer using a moisturizing conditioner so my hair is overloaded with protein)
1 Egg Yolk
1.3oz hibiscus/green tea
0.2oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)
There are 3 things I want to mention about my mix:
This is a STRONG Protein DC so if you have protein sensitive hair this probably is NOT for you.
This recipe includes non vegan/vegetarian friendly ingredients but you can replace them with other ingredients if you wish e.g. yogurt or even an overripe avocado that has been blended and passed through a sieve.
ALWAYS follow up with a moisturizing DC afterwards to restore the moisture/protein balance in your hair.
First sprinkle the Gelatine over the warm water and stir rigorously to make sure everything dissolves. (You could also sprinkle it over the warm hibiscus/green tea)
Add the dissolved Gelatine to the conditioner.
Add the egg yolk (I use the egg whites for breakfast so I don’t waste anything).
Add the coffee infused almond oil (you can use any carrier oil).
Slowly pour in the hibiscus/green tea.
For good measure I pour my mix into a tall container to whisk (a tall container helps to avoid splashing) and that is it!
Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC
How I apply the Deep Conditioner:
I only apply this mix every 5 weeks on damp hair has has been cleansed. After application I cover my hair with a shower cap or clingfilm, followed by a plastic bag and an old scarf to help keep my head warm or a damp and lightly warm face cloth. DO NOT USE a steamer, heated cap etc. because it can cook the eggs in your hair! I leave the DC on my hair for 45 minutes to maximum 1 hour and then rinse it out and follow up with my Moisturizing Deep Conditionerto restore the elasticity balance in my hair.
Would love to hear what you think if you try this recipe!
I mentioned in a previous post that I have been experimenting with making a super strengthening Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) to help not only with breakage but also shedding. So far so good! I have a new Protein DC that my hair seems to really like but I will state that this is really quite “strong” so if you have Protein sensitive hair I would avoid trying this!
I ALWAYS do a Moisturizing DC afterwards to restore balance and the hair’s elasticity levels back to normal. If you use too much Protein you hair might snap of when manipulated therefore always I repeat always do a moisturizing DC afterwards (regardless of how strong/weak the Protein DC might be).
For this Protein DC I use a “special” ingredient which is Gelatine. Now for those of you who are vegan or vegetarian I would suggest not doing this because of the contents of Gelatine. For those of who who eat jellies or certain deserts like Penna Cotta then it shouldn’t bother you (yes I am a Penna Cotta fan).
Gelatineis mainly made up of the amino acids, glycine and proline found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals (which is why vegans and vegetarians might not like the DC). It is a really good source of protein that strengths, adds shine, protects the hair from split ends and helps prevent breakage.
1 Egg yolk – packed with protein to help strengthen hair strands
1 teaspoon plain gelatin powder – very strong protein helps strengthen the hair and reduce breakage.
1/3 cup green tea & hibiscus tea – helps hair shedding, provides shine and the green tea is known to darken the hair, prevent premature graying while the hibiscus helps highlight red tones
1/2 cup* Conditioner ( I use Suave Naturals Aloe & Waterlily) you can use any conditioner you want
2 teaspoons Coffee Infused Almond Oil – known to help stimulate growth & help reduce shedding (you can use any carrier oil of choice)
*I use a lot of conditioner to coat my hair which is quite long, you can use less for shorter hair or more if you have thick hair.
Bring the green and hibiscus tea to a boil and let it cool down till it is warm.
Sprinkle the gelatine over the warm tea (not hot) and stir stir stir.
Separate the egg yolk from egg whites (I use the egg white for a face mask – not nice smelling but effective!)
Put egg yolk and conditioner in a container and whisk for 1 minute till fluffy and creamy.
Add the Coffee Infused Oil and cooled down gelatine tea to the egg yolk conditioner and whisk for a few seconds.
I apply on damp hair that has been cleansed. Applying on cleansed hair means there is no product build up/ dirt as a barrier between the hair and DC.
I cover my hair with a shower cap and a wet warm facecloth on top to keep the DC warm. (You may need to rewarm the wet facecloth but do not put a HOT facecloth on your head. I also would avoid using a heating cap because this could potentially “cook” the egg yolk and harden the gelatin while on your hair)
I leave it on for no more than 1 hour, rise and then follow up with a Moisturizing DC.
Have you used a Protein DC with gelatine? If so how? If you plan on using this DC I would love to hear from you!