The clear gelatin in this homemade hair lamination mask makes a DIY gloss that leaves hair smooth and shiny for up to two weeks.
One of my favorite beauty hacks is this homemade hair lamination mask. It is a quick, inexpensive DIY hair gloss that uses a natural product (gelatin) to seal and smooth hair.
A friend of mine shared this beauty trick with me several years ago. It is similar to the clear gloss kits that you can buy at Ulta that don’t add color~just shine. I tried a John Frieda gloss once; this homemade one gives me similar results.
What is hair lamination? You’ve probably heard of paper lamination. A clear plastic coating covers a sheet of paper or a photo to seal and protect it. Hair lamination uses clear gelatin to coat hair and give it shine and sheen. It is also supposed to seal and protect. I am not sure of the science behind it. As for my hair, it styles more easily and ends up more smooth and shiny after a blowout.
Can you put gelatin on hair? Yes! Gelatin is perfectly safe for hair and is the key ingredient in hair lamination. Gelatin contains protein from the collagen extracted from domesticated animals.
Can gelatin make nails grow? In addition to being used to treat hair, gelatin is used by many to help nail growth. My dermatologist, Dr. Jo Herzog, gave her opinion on this in this blog post~Gelatin For Long, Strong Nails: Fact or Fiction?.
Which oil works best in hair lamination? I only use coconut oil. It is clear and smells yummy. The green tint in olive oil scares me. I worry that it would turn my hair a greenish tint.
This photo below was taken after I did a homemade lamination mask treatment. My hair styled easily and was softer than before the treatment.
Note: The gelatin mixture should be applied to hair while warm, before it has time to cool, after which it won’t be usable. The photo (below) is what my leftover gelatin mask looked like after a few hours at room temp. Remember, gelatin will gelatinize (become thick like jell-o) upon sitting.
For applying the gelatin mask, I use The Wet Brush. I throw it in the dishwasher to clean it after doing a lamination or else the gelatin will turn solid and be hard to remove.
Update: Since writing this lamination post, I’ve found two products that I absolutely LOVE for smoothing hair and giving it a gloss-like texture. Since using these, I’ve not had to do the lamination as often.
- Color Wow Dream Coat. This product is literally like a keratin express. It smooths my hair and makes it much more impervious to humidity (which I face almost daily living in Alabama:-) Since using this, I understand why it has a cult following.
- Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 is a treatment that has really improved the look and feel of my hair. I use this every other shampoo. I wet my hair, shampoo once (to get product off), towel dry my hair, apply Olaplex, and leave for 10 minutes. Then I shampoo and style as usual.
Homemade Hair Lamination Mask Recipe
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 TB (1 packet) Knox unflavored gelatin
- 1 TB olive oil OR 1 TB coconut oil
- Place 1/2 cup water in microwave; heat 1 minute or until just boiling.
- Remove from microwave; add gelatin, stirring until dissolved.
- Add oil, stirring until dissolved.
- When cool enough to apply, comb or “wet brush” through hair (concentrating on dry areas and ends).
- Cover head with wet, hot towel for at least 15 minutes (reheating towel as needed).
- Wash hair with regular shampoo and conditioner. Style as usual.
- Reapply every few weeks.
Note: I have learned from experience that no matter how many times I gloss or laminate my hair, I will never get the smooth look that I want without a good blowout. I wash my hair twice a week, and I spend 20 minutes giving myself the best blowout possible that will last between shampoos.
Here are the products that I use for styling hair and for getting the smooth blowout that lasts: the blowdryer, the round brush, and the styling products.
I use the Milk Shake leave in conditioner to dampen hair for “dry blow outs” on days that I need a quick dry blow. The Milk Shake Miracle Effects is fabulous to run lightly through hair to tame static or strays. Both hairsprays are soft-flex hold, but the Living Proof can be used on wet or dry hair.
If you try the mask, please comment beneath the post so that we can all hear your experience! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!