Hairprint Application Tips

March 30, 2016

I just wanted to take a minute to share what was successful for me when applying Hairprint color. Everyone’s experience will be unique however I thought this would be helpful to some.

So there are are four steps.  The first two times I used Hairprint I got spotty coverage and the last time I got pretty close to 100% coverage. So I want to run through what we did differently.

The first step is a prewash. This is CRUTIAL and arguably the most important step. This strips and waxy buildup from natural oils, dirt or products that can prohibit color from entering the cuticle.

I pre-washed twice for a total of 20 minutes. Sounds crazy but it worked. So take the first prewash (or split your one wash into two).  Work that through your head, scalp and roots for about 5 minutes and rinse. Then repeat and work into a lather massaging scalp and roots for and additional 15 minutes. Be gentle or else you will get a sore head.

For the last 5 minutes take some baking soda (a couple tablespoons or so) and massage that in and along your hairline. This raises the pH to 9 where toxic dyes are at 10.5 (150 times greater) and helps the hair accept the color.

(I didn’t do this but you can add a barrier like conditioner or shea butter to ends of your hair prevent over darkening.)

Rinse.

Now the #1 and #2 are actually the same product. They are a powder and liquid that you mix together and then apply. The minute the product is mixed the color protein starts to bind together forming a chain. This reaction is complete within six minutes. The key is you want this reaction happening INSIDE your cuticle. When this happens the protein is bigger than it was when it entered your cuticle and now it can not get out. Kind of like one of those butterfly anchors you use in the wall to hang a shelf or mount a TV – goes in strait and then flares out? Same idea. If this reaction happens in the bowl it is then too big to enter your hair and you will not see results. So use a timer. Don’t freak out though, six minutes is actually a good amount of time to get the product on.

I used two boxes so I actually got 12 minutes of active applying time which really helped. If you go this route – start at one ear and apply with brush until you get to your other ear. Leave in and mix the second #1 liquid and powder.  Now, start with the opposite ear and come back to where you started and then with the leftovers do the back. After you have applied the product to the head set a timer for an additional 10 minutes then rinse.

Repeat this process with the #2 product.

Last apply #3 the same way. After it’s on, set a timer for 10 minutes and rinse. 

Then shampoo and condition with cool water as a final step.

This gave me maybe 97%-99% coverage so the salon sent me home with an additional #1 and #3 which I applied in the hotel room and boosted me up pretty close to 100%. It’s a deep rich full coverage. I can not believe how beautiful it looks.

Next time I anticipate not needing to do that last step again.

One interesting thing to note is after all is said and done there is something about the oxidation process that continues to transform the hair. People who have had a few resistant grays have woken up the next morning to full coverage. I talked to the scientists about this and they know it happens but they can’t explain it. Just a heads up that the next day may look better than initial results.

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24 Comments

  1. Reply

    Brenda Speer

    Thank you so much for posting these helpful tips!!!! I just ordered my first 2 boxes of Brown Hairprint and with my personality I tend to overthink things to the point of putting it off…. And I don’t want to be scared to try this product and your article really “comforted” me!!!
    Thanks, Brenda
    P.S. I will let you know how it goes!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Awesome! I am doing my own application again this week and I know what you mean! Let me know how it goes!

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    Livin Out Loud

    This is a miracle, but I don’t know if I can do this, it sounds so involved and difficult. With the mess it makes, I don’t think my hairdresser would do this. I’d have to find someone (or her?) to come to my home–costly and messy and chancy. I’m so sad about that. Another good review says it stains and the bathroom looks like a crime scene!! That part was left out here )). Good luck to all the ladies who can do this. I hope more Hsirprint salons open up in SoCal!! Keeping my fingers crossed )). The salon is in the Bay Area, if you all are interested..✌🏿️🎈

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      It is messy but worth a try! And yes, in my initial full review that I added the crime scene detail. Subsequent posts are follow-ups to how it is going on this almost year-long journey. I have to say it has gotten less messy with practice. Thanks so much for reading! I would love to see this product in salons too!

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    kristin

    OMG!!!!!!! I followed this to a T!!!! I only purchased one Brown application. I have super fine hair and I really wanted to do this today! I read/followed all of your blogs, dialed into the double app you spoke about, read hairprints (half app and transitions) directions and Whooooo Hooooo! 100% coverage!!! No greys left behind. LOL it took me 3.25 hours total by myself and that’s fine with me- So worth it and only 38.00! I had received the clarifying wash and bought the bamboo shampoo and conditioner, perfect with prewash and baking soda!!! I can’t thank you enough for your thorough research and fabulous posts!!! SO excited to treat my hair with the love it deserves from this day forward! *Bonus I live on an island so I was able to do the entire process in my outdoor shower area and not make a mess 🙂

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Oh my gosh!!! I am so happy you had a positive experience!!! Doesn’t it feel SO GOOD to ditch the toxins!? Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your success story – I truly appreciate it!

  4. Reply

    ana

    So,actually ,how often one needs to apply it ?

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hi! Depends on the growth rate of your hair. I try to do mine every 4 weeks but others may wait longer or shorter depending on how fast their hair grows. Hope that helps!

  5. Reply

    Abby

    What color did you choose to color your hair with? Your hair color is beautiful.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Dark and thank you so much!

  6. Reply

    Michelle

    Thanks so much for your helpful tips about prewash process. I have used Hairprint 3 or 4 times before and have been discouraged because many of my grays were not covered. This last time, with your prewashing tips, I feel like I have had my hair colored in a salon! It makes the work and mess worthwhile!
    Can’t thank you enough!!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      YES GIRL!!!! So happy you are finding success! It is a pain but in the end it is sweet victory when you can get it to work for you! Rock on with your grays gone! xo

  7. Reply

    terry ellen cross

    Oh my gosh it’s time for my 5 week color appointment, the greys are peeking through at my scalp and temples sigh… If Hairprint could free me from what I know are super unhealthy chemicals and make my hair look amazing it would be worth whatever hassle to apply! Question, was your hair color treated before your first Hairprint application? You said you didn’t use the protective butter to cover the dyed parts so I wondered?

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hey Terry! Right! My hair is one color so I was treating it with a single-process conventional dye before switching to Hairprint. Because I used “dark” Hairprint and my hair is already colored dark brown I didn’t do any protective coatings like using shea butter. The color blended nicely for me. Does that answer your question?

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    April

    Hello:) I am going to have my salon apply this, and need to be armed with exactly what to tell her to do, can u please tell me a detailed step by step process to give the stylist? I am really nervous as I’ve read mixed reviews…Especially to cover all the greys, and not get previously dyed hair length too dark, or green, or hair falling out, as I have read some experience😬 I have very long previously dyed chestnut hair with Carmel highlighting, greys roots are about an inch growth. I bought the brown to apply. Thanks for your help in going toxic free!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hi April! My post called Application Tips is the best step by step I have written out. This is exactly what I do and it works for me! I don’t use any Shea or butters because I am single process. The light is very light. If you search Youtube for “John Warner” he uses the light and you can see how light it is. And here you can see how dark the dark is on me. What I can say about this product is it’s limited but it works and it works well for some people. Let us know how it goes!

  9. Reply

    Iris

    I just finished the process for the first time and yes, we (with a friend helping) destroyed a few towels. But there was no itching and no smelly chemicals and the color truly came out to be the one I had as a girl. (I’m 73)
    Great coverage of gray and silky shiny hair. Wow. I have had so much trouble with hair color, swollen lymph nodes and welts on my scalp over the years. If this isn’t just the first blush of love and turns out to las,t I will shout it to the rooftops. Thank you Hairprint. I am about to reorder!!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      This is such an amazing testament! I am so happy it is working for you! Save those towels for next time so you don’t ruin any others! I found that it wears like a conventional dye with maybe a slight lightening as the weeks pass by – which by the way, I think is a benefit in some ways because it makes grow-out appear more natural instead of having such a thick defined grow-out line. Regrowth tends to be more blended. Let us know how it goes!!!

  10. Reply

    helen

    I have always only colored the roots(gray, of course). Can I do this with hairprint. I then add my own highlights.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      I don’t know how applying highlights over Hairprint would work – I’ve never tried it! : )

  11. Reply

    Carol Ng

    Hi,can I used the brown if my hair colour is dark because I want a lighter results.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hi Carol! I’m not sure – I suggest you contact Hairprint’s customer service for a color match. In my experience the dark is really dark. I’m not sure how the light is – I’ve never used it. Thanks for your comment!

  12. Reply

    Lani

    Do you rinse between application #1 and #2? The Hairprint application video doesn’t say to rinse before application #2.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hairprint says you don’t have to rinse betweeen #1 and #2 but I do. It’s just what works for me!

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