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Last updated on March 2nd, 2018
I have some exciting news about Hairprint’s herbal shampoo products. Hairprint recently reformulated its line, and I am happy to report that they have significantly improved an already very strong product! Their developments have been powered by green chemistry. You can also save some money on their products. If this all sounds intriguing, read on!
As you may know, I have been researching shampoos for many years now and understand the challenges of making and choosing the right shampoo for your hair and your health.
Let me give you the backstory.
For some time now, I’ve been using Hairprint, a product that restores your natural hair color. As I have described here, the application process can be challenging, but the results are worth it – and with no exposure to bad chemicals. And my hair is healthy! Many of you who have been using Hairprint can attest that it does not damage your hair and in fact improves your hair’s texture.
In response to questions from its customers, Hairprint came up with a list of chemicals that may be coating your hair, preventing the gentle Hairprint product from working well. These chemicals are called “coating agents,” because they coat the hair. Unfortunately, almost all shampoos contain coating agents, which may superficially and temporarily make your look OK, but which may have long-term harmful side effects.
So Hairprint developed their own shampoos and conditioners that worked well for people who used Hairprint Color Restorer.
However, I heard from many of my blog readers that the Hairprint natural shampoos and conditioners did not work well for the same reason – they did not have a coating agent, leaving some hair frizzy.
I am excited to tell you about Hairprint’s new formulations for its herbal shampoo and conditioner. They used ingredients developed by green chemistry also knows as sustainable chemistry because it reduces hazardous chemicals (source). Their herbal shampoo and conditioner products perform outstandingly now. While the hair will be silky and manageable, it retains its volume because there are no coating agents that weigh down the hair.
Before we delve into each ingredient of Hairprint’s herbal shampoo and conditioner products, I want to tell you how generally shampoos are made so you understand the challenges of making and selecting the right shampoo.
Let’s talk about how shampoos are made
A typical shampoo will contain:
Water: shampoos are comprised largely of water, which can make up as much as 80% of the shampoo.
Cleansers (aka surfactants): they make shampoos lather and foam.
Emulsifiers/viscosity agents: they bind oils and water in the shampoo and make the shampoo viscous (thick) and uniform.
Preservatives: because there is water, harmful bacteria and mold can grow in the product without preservatives.
Conditioners: in the best scenario they are plant oils, plant extracts, plant proteins, panthenol, and amino acids. In the worst, they are silicones and waxes that hide the damage and make it appear shiny.
Quaternary ammonium compounds (quats): almost every single shampoo has them. They help evenly distribute shampoo, impart a slippery and silky feel to the hair, help with the ease of combing the hair, and also have anti-static properties. Sounds great?
Unfortunately, some quaternary ammonium compounds are associated with endocrine disruption and skin irritation, and some do not have any health data about them. You can find shampoos with the safest quaternary ammonium compounds here.
Meet Hairprint Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner Ingredients
There are 4 types of shampoos and three types of conditioners formulated by Hairprint. They vary mostly in botanical ingredients tailored to specific hair and scalp needs but share the same core structure.
Cleansers in Hairprint Herbal Shampoo
There are two cleansers (surfactants): decyl glucoside and sodium cocoamphoacetate.
The cleansers did not change from the original formulation.
Unlike many other cleansers, they have some safety data. They are not known to be either carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. They are mild and gentle on the hair and won’t strip your hair of much-needed proteins and oils.
In fact, they are so gentle that they won’t even irritate your eyes. I did a little experiment. I closed my eyes and lathered them with the shampoo, and when I opened my eyes, it did not hurt. One of my friends later commented on how very green my eyes looked later that day, and laughed when I told her the background. Please note that I am not saying you should try this at home, but just know that these are the lengths to which I routinely go for you, my readers. (Note that Hairprint touts that it does not test its products on animals. Maybe they should disclose that they test their products on me!)
I recommend shampoos with glucoside cleansers and they are very common in non-toxic shampoos. Because they are common, researchers paid attention to them. Specifically, the Department of Dermatology of McGill University Health Center in Montreal tested 3,065 people and found that 20 of them had an allergic reaction to decyl glucoside. Considering that some people are even allergic to coconut oil or chamomile, I think it is a small percentage to worry too much about it but wanted to let you know just in case.
In addition to cleansers, the chelating shampoo contains disodium EDTA that has a rating of 1 in the Skin Deep database with fair data available. Disodium EDTA is a chelating agent facilitating the shedding of metals and minerals accumulated in your hair. It encapsulates molecules and whisks them away.
It is a good idea to use this shampoo before using gentle coloring products such as Hairprint restorer or henna muds.
Preservatives in Hairprint Herbal Shampoo Products
This is really good news. As you may know from reading this blog, some manufacturers claim not to be using any preservatives for their water-based products, but they are either not being honest, or are putting us at risk of contamination by molds and bacteria, which grow in water. How long can you keep soup in your refrigerator before you grow all manner of nasty stuff in it? Maybe two weeks at the most. Bacteria can make you very ill, especially if you have a compromised immune system. (To read more about preservatives, head over here.)
Here, Hairprint uses preservatives, but only those on my approved list.
Hairprint skillfully crafted a blend of a variety of plant-based preservatives to protect their shampoos and conditioners from mold and bacteria contamination. These ingredients are also beneficial for the health of the hair and scalp.
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate: this is an ECOCERT-certified plant-based preservative derived from radishes fermented with kimchi; has no hidden contaminants; has moisturizing properties; read more here.
Coconut Milk Ferment: this is an ECOCERT-certified plant-based preservative. It has no hidden contaminants, utilizes the self-preserving power of the fermentation process, and has moisturizing properties; read more here.
The preservatives in the new formulation are the same.
Emulsifiers/Viscosity in Hairprint Herbal Shampoo Products
Senegal acacia and xanthan gum: the blend of the two is called SOLAGUM™ AX in the industry, both acacia gum and xanthan gum are used in food widely for its thickening and emulsifying properties; and I have not found any indication that they pose any health risks when used topically. In fact, they have also received European EcoCert certification, which means that they are natural and do not pose a risk to the environment. To read more about how they are made, visit here.
Glycerin: Hairprint uses a vegetable-based glycerin. It is rated 2 in the Skin Deep database, mainly because it can be synthetic or of animal origin. The Skin Deep database does not have a separate rating for vegetable-based glycerin, but if it did, I suspect it would be a 1.
Other Ingredients in the Hairprint Herbal Shampoo
Lactic acid: is found in fermented milk products and is naturally occurring in our bodies. (source) My understanding is that it is used to lower the pH of the shampoo.
There are no quaternary ammonium compounds in these shampoos.
There are no coating ingredients.
There are no hidden petroleum products of any kind.
Botanicals in Hairprint Herbal Shampoo Products
The main difference among Hairprint’s shampoo formulations is in plant oils and extracts. The formulator carefully chose plant ingredients that are beneficial for the scalp and hair.
Across all shampoos, aloe vera leaf juice is used in the new formulations, which hydrate the scalp and hair. I wish it were certified organic though.
If you have a problematic scalp, you might choose a shampoo that has willow bark extract that is anti-inflammatory and contributes to the health of the scalp, where the health of the hair begins.
And that’s it! No alarm bells for the shampoos at all.
Meet the Hairprint Conditioner Ingredients
Hairprint also has a line of conditioners that harness the power of plant oils and butters.
These toxin-free hair conditioners now have panthenol (a derivative of vitamin B5), which helps the hair retain more moisture. I really like panthenol in hair conditioners. Make sure to leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 5 minutes to enjoy the full benefit of this ingredient.
I also love the fact that there are amino acids because they minimize frizz and friction making the hair smooth without weighing it down.
In the new formulation, Hairprint added PCA Glyceryl Oleate, which reduces static and helps with combing wet hair without making the hair greasy (which used to be the case with the original formulation). Unfortunately, I could not find any safety information on this ingredient. Even the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) Expert Panel has not reviewed it yet. The other conditioner I know that has it is made by Weleda, a German company, and is certified Natural by NATRUE, Europe’s Leading Natural Certifier, which tells me that this ingredient is petroleum-free.
PCA Glyceryl Oleate is sold under the trade name Dermofeel P-30 and in the product description it also indicates that it is “Natural Compliant.” I also ran it by a chemist who looked at its chemical structure. He said that it is essentially a partially saponified triglyceride. Triglyceride is a type of fat found in our blood (source).
With this said, we still do not know whether it is an irritant. But based on this research, I am willing to take my chances.
In the new formulation, Hairprint uses brassica isoleucinate esylate and brassica alcohol, which is sold under the trade name Emulsense™. This ingredient has not been reviewed for safety, either, but I am not too worried about that because it is a new ingredient developed for natural products, derived solely from fermentation and plant materials using sustainable green chemistry principals.
It is a better alternative to quats (quaternary ammonium compounds), which also delivers manageability and silkiness but without coating the hair.
And lastly, Hairprint added aloe vera leaf juice to the new formulations of the conditioners to provide more moisture to the hair.
The preservation system in the conditioners is the same as in the Hairprint non-toxic shampoos and in the original formulations.
All in all, I am pleased with the improvement of Hairprint conditioners.
How I like Hairprint Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner Products
First of all, in the interest of full disclosure (as always), my hair is healthy and I do not use any chemical hair coloring products. I emphasize this because if you color your hair with a chemical hair color (even if you use ammonia-free hair color – a big misconception by the way, read more here about that), your hair might be damaged and need to be coated to hide the damage. So you might have a hard time transitioning to this natural shampoo. As always, I would love to hear your honest feedback in the comments. Please tell me how you liked it.
Because my hair is healthy, the original formulation worked for me… for the most part. The conditioners were too greasy, though, and it was a challenge to figure out the right amount to use without having a greasy residue left. It was frustrating.
Wow! What an improvement in this formulation of the herbal shampoo and conditioner.
No greasy residue whatsoever!
Instead, my hair came out voluminous, light, easy to comb, silky, and with no static or frizz. I just want you to see my hair in person.
I am impressed! Great job, Hairprint!
By the way, the Hairprint herbal shampoo does not generate a lot of suds, which is perfectly fine because it still cleans the hair well.
Do you want to know my way of using any shampoo?
First of all, I always wash my hair with lukewarm water and rinse it with cold water. Hot water is drying for the hair and opens up the hair cuticles. If you want your hair shiny, rinse it with cold water to close up the hair cuticles.
Second, when I wash my hair, I do not tangle it. I leave it in one place.
And third, I apply shampoo mostly on the scalp. The ends of the hair get cleaned by the foamy water when I rinse off the shampoo.
And I do not apply a conditioner to the scalp – just to the hair. My scalp gets greasy, and with this technique, I wash my hair only twice a week and this is what you should do, too. Save your money!
Where to buy Hairprint Shampoos and Conditioners
Currently, the only place to buy Hairprint shampoos and conditioners is on the Hairprint website.
The Hairprint Chelating shampoo is good to use before Hairprint Color Restorer or henna muds to remove buildup and increase the efficiency of these gentle products.
I am really excited for you to try these wonderful shampoos and conditioners. Let me know what questions you have and how you liked them in the comments.
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