Hairprint Dyeries: August 2016

August 31, 2016

Hairprint is a nontoxic hair color that colors gray hair for people with brown and black locks. It’s not only nontoxic but you could literally eat it! It’s made with 8 food-grade ingredients like baking soda, diatomaceous earth and velvet bean. There is nothing like it on the market – nothing. This green chemistry has totally been blowing my mind guys. Totally. For more on Hairprint, check out my trip to San Fran to meet the company and all things Hairprint here.

So, I have been in a monogamous relationship with Hairprint since January 2016 – It’s been 7 months and we have had our ups and downs like any relationship but I’m excited to say, we are still going strong. Somethings are just meant to be together like peanut butter and jelly, Italians and pasta and….This Organic Girl and Hairprint.

August’s Application

Okay another month means more new findings. Ideally I would love to apply Hairprint every 4 weeks. This is ideal for two reasons. First, my gray roots are showing by about 1/4-1/2 inches and the product lightens up at 3-4 weeks so it’s a great time to run color through to refresh. This is the ideal. The reality though – not so much. Let me cut to the chase. The application process is a beast. It takes me just under three hours from start to finish.  And it’s an active three hours because no step lasts longer than 15 minutes which means I am engaged in the process the entire time. I can’t just throw the color on then sit and write a blog post for 3 hours or cook, clean, prep – you get the idea. Because of this I am constantly putting it off. So this month I let my hair go for about 8 weeks before applying. Here are my before and afters:

Amazing right!!??? Then I see these results and I’m right back on the Hairprint love train. It’s me and Hairprint: 2gether, 4ever, success!

I gotta come clean though. I hit a major speed bump this time around and mama wasn’t happy. I used a box and a half to apply which has been successful for me in the past. This means two #1s, one #2 and two #3s. The key to success for me has been more product than one box and also prewashing with Hairprint’s pretreatment for 20 minutes. This approach was near flawless for me last time generating close to 100% coverage so I did the same thing this time and I got maybe on 90%. Ugh!

Well you know mama ain’t havin’ that so I did it all again the next day. I went back in with one complete box and THEN I got 100% coverage. Six hours of my life gone but happy mama again.

What Went Wrong?

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The only thing I did differently was I went into the process with 4 day old hair. The key to success with Hairprint is ACCESS. I learned this lesson the hard way this month but it makes sense. I had too much buildup on my hair and one pretreatment packet was not enough to breakthrough it all.

When I open my second box on day two, the pretreatment foamed up in a hot second. And by the end of my day two 20 minute prewash I was practically swimming in an 18+ night club foam pit from the 90s. I knew I had direct access. That did not happen on day one. So going forward I will either use two pretreatment packets OR I will make sure my hair is clean by either washing my hair that day or the day before applying. So what did we learn? AccESS = SuccESS!!!

People have been asking me what I use for shampoo. I currently use True Botanicals – which is by far my fave shampoo and it gets my hair super clean. This shampoo combined with Hairprint’s pretreatment packet is enough to give Hairprint access to my hair. BUT Hairprint is coming out with their own Clarifying Shampoo in the next few months and I am so excited to try it. Stay tuned!

So here are the real before and after pics. The picture on the left is a true before pic. The middle is after round one (or 1.5 boxes). And the pic on the right is after round two (or 2.5 boxes).

This is a crap ton of product but I know I will not need this much next time. In September I will go back in with 1.5 boxes, clean hair and 2 packets of pretreatment. I think I may have found my fail proof formula!

One thing I want to mention too is I notice my scalp is a little itchy the days following application but that does not last long. Next month I will add a scalp mask/treatment after application to see if that helps with the itching which was recommended by the owner. I grabbed a sample of Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask at the Indie Beauty Expo last week so I have that on deck!  I asked the owner and he said that can happen to people who live in dryer climates.

You can check out my previous months dyeries with Hairprint by searching keyword Hairprint in my search tab.

Smooches!

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