Did you know that an ingredient found in gummy bears, marshmallows, pudding, and ice cream can stimulate your scalp and strengthen your hair? By adding gelatin to your diet – or by using a mask made with gelatin – you can “sweeten” the health of your hair.
Is Gelatin Good For Your Hair?
Gelatin is made up of proteins similar to the composition of your hair. Studies show that consuming gelatin or treating your hair with it provides benefits like increased hair growth, greater hair thickness, and slowing of hair loss.
Are Collagen and Gelatin the Same?
Collagen and gelatin have similar proteins, and both are used in health and beauty products.
Collagen is an amino acid-based protein found in the connective tissue, skin, bones, and cartilage of humans and animals. It is necessary for healthy joints and skin. Collagen production declines with age, and leads to weaker hair, sagging skin, and joint deterioration.
Gelatin is a product derived from collagen; extracted from the bones, skin, and cartilage of animals. It is a colorless, flavorless ingredient – referred to in the cosmetic and supplement industries as hydrolyzed collagen or collagen peptides. It is used as a gelling agent in food, beverages, and candy… as well in medications, cosmetics, and photographic films.
There are now also vegan gelatins derived from yeast, moss, or red algae.
How Do You Apply Gelatin To Hair?
You can make your own gelatin hair treatment at home with three simple ingredients – a pack of plain powdered gelatin, warm water or milk, and hair conditioner. Dissolve the gelatin in 2 tablespoons of warm water or milk, let it sit for a few minutes, then mix in 2-4 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner until it forms a gel-like paste.
Comb the gel through your hair from roots to tips and wrap your hair in a towel (or use a shower cap). Leave this on for 30-40 minutes before gently rinsing and shampooing. Using this mask once a week for several weeks may help strengthen your hair.
Are There Side Effects to Gelatin for Hair Growth?
Consuming gelatin (or gelatin supplements) may cause digestive side effects such as heartburn, belching, or bloating in some users. In rare cases, allergic reactions occur and may be severe. It is wise to contact your doctor prior to starting any plan of supplements – particularly if you have experienced issues while consuming gelatin-based products in the past.
Unless you are allergic to gelatin, there are no side effects to using it externally. Gelatin will not damage your hair… even if left on longer than recommended.
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