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This homemade hair lamination mask is an easy, inexpensive DIY solution that is similar to a salon gloss treatment. I learned about the process and found this simple “recipe” that I’ve used on my hair with great results.

The hair lamination process is simple and inexpensive, and the results can be impressive. Over time, mulitple treatments can make dry, damaged hair much softer, shinier, and easier to style.

The key ingredient in hair lamination is gelatin, which contains protein from the collagen extracted from domesticated animals. Gelatin is no newcomer to the beauty scene. For decades, it has been heavily marketed as the ticket to longer nails. (Family Savvy contributor Dr. Jo Herzog gave her opinion on this in Gelatin For Long, Strong Nails: Fact or Fiction?). This newer use for hair lamination may or may not help everyone, but for just a half hour and a few pennies, it is certainly worth a try!

For my first gelatin mask I used olive oil, for my second I used coconut oil. Both left hair feeling soft afterward; however, I prefer the coconut oil because of the sweet smell. Since I keep a huge tub of coconut oil from Costco in my cupboard, it is the most economical choice for me.

Note: The gelatin mixture should be applied to hair while warm, before it has time to cool, after which it won’t be usable. This photo at right is what my leftover gelatin mask looked like after a few hours at room temp.

For applying the gelatin mask throughout my hair, i use my new favorite product. The Wet brush.My hair stylist Kim told me about the Wet brush, and it is now the only brush i use. The soft, pliable bristles brush through wet or dry hair without pain or pulling. When I use the brush for a gelatin mask, I throw it in the dishwasher to clean it afterward.

If you try the mask, please comment so that we can all hear your experience! Thanks so much for being a reader. As always, be blessed, and stay savvy!


Hair Gloss Gelatin Mask


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TB (1 packet) Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 TB olive oil OR 1 TB coconut oil


  1. Place 1/2 cup water in microwave; heat 1 minute or until just boiling.
  2. Remove from microwave; add gelatin, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Add oil, stirring until dissolved.
  4. When cool enough to apply, comb or “wet brush” through hair (concentrating on dry areas and ends).
  5. Cover head with wet, hot towel for at least 15 minutes (reheating towel as needed).
  6. Wash hair with regular shampoo and conditioner. Style as usual.
  7. Reapply every few weeks.


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