By a raise of hands….who here has added water to their shampoo bottle to make it last longer? *raising hand high* Back in the day, when our budget was stretched to the max….I would stretch our shampoo too by adding water to it. Every little bit helps ya know?
Here is an idea for stretching your shampoo and at the same time kicking it up a notch by adding protein for stronger, healthier hair.
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How To Stretch Your Shampoo:
- 1/2 envelope Knox Unflavored Gelatine
- 1/2 cup warm water
Mix half an envelope of Knox Unflavored Gelatine with 1/2 cup water and add to a regular 8 ounce bottle of shampoo. (My bottle was bigger than 8 ounces but almost 1/2 of it was gone, so it was roughly that amount of shampoo. If your bottle is full you will obviously have to pour some out into another bottle.)
The gelatine will increase the protein content of your shampoo and the shampoo will last much longer.
I made up a batch today and tried it tonight and while I didn’t notice any immediate change in my hair, I’m hoping that regular use will help thicken it up…not to mention save a few dollars. :-)
Before I shampooed my hair though…I tried out this quick and easy Homemade Hair Gel that I also made up this afternoon.
Homemade Hair Gel
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup warm water
Dissolve gelatin in 1 cup warm water. Keep refrigerated and use as you would a purchased gel.
This is what the gel looked like after several hours in the refrigerator. I decided I would give it a try and pull my hair back into one of those slicked back pony tails I used to have to do on my daughter all the time when she was in dance.
While it’s not exactly the most flattering look I’ve ever sported…lol….it worked every bit as good as the dippity do-style stuff we used to use on Britta.
Overall I was very satisfied with both of these homemade solutions! More so than I thought I would be. I realize the savings would be pretty minimal…but in the long run, all these “little things” add up!