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Homemade hard protein mix~


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We already know how important protein is for black hair but just in case you’ve been living in a cave and didn’t know, here’s some light reading for you here, here and here.
Not all of us however are in a position to purchase Aphogee two step protein treatment, Nexuss Emergencee or other protein treatments. If you are unable to find a suitable one or you are just after a more natural solution, there is a simple recipe that you can use to strengthen your tresses with ingredients you probably already have or can pick up easily at most supermarkets.

It feels wrong calling this a recipe with so few ingredients but what you will need is:
  • 1 packet unflavoured gelatin (about 10g)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or conditioner
Gelatin I hear you ask? Absolutely. If you look at the ingredients on Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment, you will notice that the second ingredient is Hydrolyzed Animal Protein so vegetarians look away now! Wikipedia has this to say about gelatin:

Gelatin (or gelatine) is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), tasteless solid substance, derived from the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing. Substances containing gelatin or functioning in a similar way are called gelatinous. Gelatin is an irreversibly hydrolysed form of collagen, and is classified as a foodstuff, with E number E441.
Hydrolysed protein is fabulous for hair because the protein has been broken down and the molecules are able penetrate all layers of the hair better to repair damage and make the hair stronger.

To make and use the protein treatment:
  • Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of build up. Your hair must be clean to absorb maximum protein.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and mix with your mayonnaise/conditioner until well combined.
  • Apply to wet hair combing through to ensure all strands coated.
  • Sit under a dryer for 20 minutes to half an hour with your head uncovered
  • Rinse the treatment thoroughly with warm water and follow up with a moisturising conditioner.
This treatment is suitable for both relaxed and natural hair. Bear in mind however that this is a ‘hard’ protein treatment and as such you should only use it once ever six weeks or so depending on your hair’s moisture-protein balance.


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so could I used Jello for the gelatin??

I used Knox unflavored gelatin at first (available in most grocery stores), but then I found bulk unflavored gelatin online and started buying that instead.

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Just learned about adding gelatin to conditioners. I will try this.

I did this today! I like it!

I dissolved one packet of Knox unflavored gelatin in hot water. Then I mixed it with my conditioner (Pantene relaxed and natural). I also added a bit of coconut oil. Applied all over. Sat under the dryer for like 15 minutes. Rinsed. Shampooed with moisturizing poo. Used moisturizing condish.

It is a hard protein but I no longer need to buy Nexxus Emergencee! This is a very cheap option that is very good.


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This is such a great solution for a hard protein. I've been doing it now for a few months. Today I mixed it in Aussie Moist. It even hardens under the dryer like Aphogee.


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I remember this!!!!! :yep: This is ole school. :yep: I remember my mother using Knox gelatin that you cook with in her hair. I've read long ago that synchronized swimmers also used this to keep their hair in place.

This also helps your nails grow too.


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How do you know when you need hard protein? I've never used Aphogee two step, although I've heard a lot about it.