Okay I’m back again with one of my life changing products: HAIRPRINT! Hairprint is a nontoxic hair color that treats gray hair. It will turn your grays back to brown or light brown depending on what your natural color is and which treatment you use. It employs 8 food grade ingredients and it’s clean as heck. And, it works. If you are interested in all things Hairprint including a chat with the owner, the green chemists who invented Hairprint, an in-depth look at the ingredients and some of my application tips check out my full review here.
Or if you have been following me along the way – read on for the latest!
Okay so I totally slacked off and haven’t applied Hairprint in over 2 months. Between the holidays and gearing up for a big move I haven’t had 3 hours to spare. Check out how bad my roots got! Ack!!!
I am actually really excited to go platinum someday. I would say I’m pretty much a 50% gray/brown ratio currently and I would like to be more 80-90% gray when I ditch the color all together. I’m 38 now so hoping by the time I’m 45? Who knew I’d be wishing for more grays?! I’m just in a weird in-between stage right now like not brown and not gray so I am crazy happy that I have Hairprint to lean on in the meantime to bridge the gap.
So again I was dreading applying because guys, 3 hours is NO JOKE! I hate doing it at night because I’m exhausted and I hate doing it during the day because, let’s be real, I got ish to do. But the same thing happens every single time: I dread it. I invest three hours. And BAM! I’m like MAMA’S BACK! Looks sooo good. And I know it’s not just me. After my most recent application, I went into a beauty store the following day and the girl was like, “Wow, I love the color of your hair. So rich!” I’m like, “You can say that again sister!”
New packaging. All the directions are printed directly on the box now eliminating any additional papers or inserts that come with the product. Also plastic bottles are subbed out for packets. Less waste, YAY!
They also upgraded their ordering software so if your subscription suddenly stopped like mine did just reorder and you will be all set.
Hairprint also changed their pretreatment formula. I’m actually happy with it. I LOVED the previous pretreatment and I have been bugging Hairpint to sell it as a shampoo because DANG it was sooooooooooooooo good. Like dare I say, the best I’ve used? My hair would stay feeling fresh, light and clean for 3-4 days after using. It was pretty unreal. The only negative is there was not enough product to do a full prewash and I’ve been tempted to use two packets. I would break it up and use it until it stopped foaming then rinse and repeat until I ran out.
The new prewash is super viscous and foams up like the Dickens. There is PLENTY of product to do a through wash. I prewash for 20 minutes in rounds (same as before) and I couldn’t even finish the packet. But the main point is it cleaned my hair and gave the treatment access to my cuticle and color penetrated successfully. Good news. The end.
Also New: Shampoo/Conditioner
Hairprint came out with a couple of new shampoo/conditioner combos including what they are calling a Chelating shampoo for the ultimate cleansing experience. This one is recommended for use before applying Hairprint. These are the combos I’ve tried:
Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Wash – 100% plant based
Fermented Bamboo Shampoo and Conditioner – 100% plant based
Chelating Shampoo – 99% plant based
You can check them out here. Okay love these ingredients. They are MADE SAFE certified ( P.S. Hairprint is also MADE SAFE certified – the only hair color on the market that has this certification) and super clean. Here are the ingredients for the Fermented Bamboo Shampoo (my fave of the three). And you can check out all of the ingredients in depth here.
- decyl glucoside + sodium cocoamphoacatate (glucose/coconut cleansers)
- lactobacillus/arundinaria gigantean ferment filtrate (bamboo ferment)
- leuconostoc radish/cocos nucifera ferment (radish root + coconut milk)
- lactobacillus/punica granatum fruit ferment (pomegranate)
- hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower (hibiscus petals)
- schisandra chinensis fruit (schisandra fruit)
- selaginella lepidophylla (rose of jerico)
- morus alba leaf (white mulberry leaf)
- salix alba (willow bark)
- vegtable glycerin
- lactic acid
- xanthan gum
- gluconolactone (moisturizer +antioxidant)
Now contrary to popular belief, shampoos are not necessarily supposed to foam up. These formulas contain what your hair needs and nothing more. They are intended to heal, nourish, soothe and enhance the well being of your scalp and hair. They do not contain chemicals, foaming agents or toxins. These formulas are preserved with radish and coconut ferments and they do NOT foam.
I liked the Bamboo Shampoo and the Chelating Shampoo the best. I think they cleaned my hair better than the Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Wash. But my friend who has thin/fine and color treated hair said the Bamboo Shampoo was too strong for her. So I think best fit will be based on individual need.
Are The Ingredients Organic?
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Hairprint this past January and his dedication to organic living goes back to when he was in his teens and early 20s. He is a bonafide, card carrying, lifetime member of the healthy living club and the ingredients he chooses to use are living proof.
Hairprint shampoos are made with organic ingredients however they are not certified organic. So I talked to Hairprint because I wanted to know why! So there is a lot of junk that happens behind the scenes when making and certifying organics. It’s just the nature of doing business and it’s stuff that we as consumers will never see from reading a label. Red tape, palm greasing, bureaucracy, loop holes…and the list goes on. This is what the owner had to say:
We use organic ingredients but do not list them on our labels as organic. The reason we do this is because unlike the food industry, the organizations that certify cosmetic ingredients as being organic are not regulated or certified.
Organic ingredients can be certified and yet contain preservatives and glycolic acid. They can be certified by agencies that are owned by the companies that are getting certified. I started the first organic certification program in the US so it is an area I am familiar with. The certifications that are coming from overseas are not reliable.
Until there are reliably enforced standards, we will err on the side of caution in what we claim. – Hairprint
I know guys. So interesting. So maddening. Sounds like a blog post calling my name.
Pros and Cons
Anyways all of this to say – the shampoo ingredients are stellar. Probably the cleanest formula you will find currently on the market and guess what, it cleans hair. Those are the pros. The cons are; it does not foam up so it may not be a match for everyone. I also tend to use more product than recommended because I only wash my hair every 4 or so days and I want a clean result from my efforts. Even with two to three rounds of washing it still will not foam. The only time this product foamed was after a Hairprint application when I used the pretreatment prior and there was absolutely no oil or buildup on my scalp (because I washed it for 30 straight minutes before shampooing).
Hairprint is currently reformulating their conditioners so I will report back with they are finalized!
Okay on my previous application I didn’t use enough prewash and I got some grays bleeding through so I did two full Hairprint treatments back to back and my hair came out hmmm, how do I say this….lackluster? It was a matte black and looked lifeless. I asked the owner and he said that happened because each cuticle was saturated and therefore color was building up on the outside of my hair. Anyways, lesson learned. Too much color leaves a less than desired look. Like the next day some guy I was working with was like, “Did you dye your hair? (with a neutral non-complimentary face)” – and we all know what that means, NOT CUTE.
For me too much = 5 Restore packets and 2 Complete packets (two full boxes +1 additional restore packet).
This time I waited 8 weeks in-between applications and my hair looked pretty much hmmm, how do I say this…. yeah, “perfect” pretty much sums it up. The brown was rich and vibrant. Like the next day I got that comment from the beauty store lady about how beautiful my hair color looked! Thank you lady and thank you Hairprint.
Just the right amount of product for me = 3 Restore packets and 2 Complete packets (1.5 boxes). This is the exact application strategy that works for me.
My Exact Application Strategy
Make sure hair is clean and washed with Chelating Shampoo that day or the night before. Also True Botanicals shampoo works for me too.
- Start by pre-washing with the prewash treatment for 20 minutes breaking packet into rounds washing and rinsing until time runs out. For the last 5 minutes apply baking soda to hairline.
- Apply a Restore packet. Let sit for 10 minutes. Apply another Restore packet. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse.
- Apply 1 Restore packet. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse.
- Apply a Complete packet and let sit for 10 minutes. Apply a second Complete packet and let sit for 15 minutes and rinse.
- Shampoo and condition. Dry and style.
This takes me about 3-3.5 hours from prewash to dry/styled hair.
Oh my God. So I got some color on my new organic Coyuchi towels and I freaked the frick out – I was so bummed! But GUESS WHAT!? I doused the stain immediately in hydrogen peroxide and some baking soda and washed it on HOT and it came out completely! Yahoo! Had to share incase it happens to you!
Give Her the Hook!
Okay so that’s a wrap on this month’s Hairprint Dyeries. Stay tuned for more! And if you missed my previous happenings you can search keyword Hairprint on my blog and they will all come up.
Are you using Hairprint? Is it working for you?