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Laminate hair with gelatin itself – useful or not?

On Tiktok, videos are piling up in which users laminate their hair themselves with gelatin. The application is supposed to make the mane shiny and powerful. Tikbow asked an expert whether this is really useful – or can even harm the hair.

A few leaves of gelatin, chamomile tea, spülung and water – more it does not need to spröthe hair a smooth texture and shine. At least, if you believe Tiktok users. Tikbow asked Antonio Weinitschke, master hairdresser from Aachen, how useful this homemade hair treatment really is.

What is meant by hair lamination?

Spröde tips and Fritz quickly make the hair look dull and lackluster. So-called hair laminations are supposed to provide a remedy: Because they put themselves like a coat around the hair and seal them (very ähnlich, as you know with a classic lamination of paper). This treatment is intended to counteract the loss of moisture from the hair and give them a beautiful shine. At the hairdresser, however, you have to dig deep into your pocket – an application can cost around 250 euros! Professionals usually work with products that contain a high proportion of keratin or polymers (plastic!) and remain in the hair between three to four months.

Laminating hair yourself – this is how it’s done

If this is too expensive for you (and if you don’t want to have polymer compounds in your hair), you should be able to achieve a very similar, albeit much less long-lasting effect with gelatine lamination. Instructions for the DIY treatment can now be found in abundance on Tiktok, Instagram or YouTube.

Depending on the recipe you need:

  • one package of gelatine powder
  • some water 
  • a few tablespoons of chamomile tea or green tea.
  • 1 tablespoon of a nourishing hair treatment or conditioner without silicones

The gelatine is dissolved in water and then mixed with the other ingredients. It is important that the gelatin does not harden again. The hair mask is then applied with a brush to freshly washed hair and massaged – the Ansätze are left out. Then the hair is wrapped in cling film. After about 45 minutes, the treatment is rinsed out thoroughly, the hair should now ideally feel pleasant and crisp.

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Laminate hair yourself – this is what the expert says

Antonio Weinitschke, a master hairdresser from Aachen, is critical of the trend, however. In general, he doesn’t think much of hair treatments that you put together yourself in the kitchen. After all, he says, hair cosmetic products are designed for all special care methods and fulfill their purpose.

In the case of hair lamination with gelatin, he even has great concerns: "Should the gelatin lay a film üover the hair, you have to be careful with all further treating hair styling", warns the hair professional. "A flat iron is very hot and would melt the gelatine film on the hair", explains Weinitschke. This then causes burns on the hair, which can lead to major damage to the outer layer of the hair. In addition, such a film on the hair could prevent the penetration of colorants and perms, as the outer layer of the hair would be sealed. For laminating hair is therefore recommended to go to a professional to prevent a hairstyle fail.