Hairprint: Restoring Your Hair Natural Color

Hairprint review restoring hair to its Natural Color Nontoxic

When I scheduled my third hair appointment for Hairprint, it became apparent to me that I should tell you about this unique hair product. It differs from all the other hair dyes because instead of coloring the hair, it restores its natural color.

 

After I read the ingredients of permanent hair dyes (read my reviews of Madison Reed, Organic Color Systems, and my thoughts on so called organic hair dyes ) and even semi-permanent hair dyes, and saw numerous potentially harmful ingredients, I decided that I should avoid them. In the meantime, my hair started showing some grey and as much as I want to avoid toxins, vanity is not a stranger to me.

 

About a year ago, I tried henna and while it worked well, I wanted to find a product less messy, more predictable, and that hair salons could adopt easily.

 

I may have found just that. There is a new company based in Sausalito, California, called Hairprint.  Hairprint has been invented by a gentleman named John Warner, Ph.D.  (By the way, Dr. Warner seems to be a pretty impressive guy. If you Google him, you will learn that Dr. Warner is a co-founder and leader in the “green chemistry” movement. It also appears that in 2014, he was awarded the Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American chemistry.

 

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There are two types of hair pigmentation: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Hairprint restores eumelanin- the brown spectrum pigment in hair. So far Hairprint works for light brown, brown, and black hair only. Hairprint does not work for red heads or blondes. Not yet, at least.

 

When hair pigment is compromised, our hair color becomes dull and turns grey. When I learned that permanent hair dyes remove the hair pigment to replace it with chemical color, I decided that it’s not something I want for me.

 

According to the people at Hairprint, Hairprint places pre-cursors of eumelanin onto the hair – molecules small enough to slip under the cuticle. Inside the hair, they polymerize into a granular protein that does not easily leave the hair because it has linked up into larger molecules. Intriguing, right?

 

To hear from Dr. Warner himself about how this scientist breakthrough product works, click here.

 

Let’s look at the ingredients together – my favorite part.

 

I love looking at the ingredients and figuring out how products are made, and if marketing claims are consistent with the ingredients.

 

Bicarbonate of soda

This is also called baking soda; we use it in baking and cleaning, and some people use it to wash their hair – i.e., the “no-poo” hair washing method. I tried the “no-poo” method for the sake of research (it’s crazy what I am willing to do for research) and I do not recommend it). In concentrated amounts, baking soda is too alkaline and abrasive for regular use on hair. However, I find it very helpful and harmless, if used properly, for removing silicone and waxes that are often deposited into our hair by conventional shampoos.

 

Sodium carbonate

This is also called soda ash or washing soda. It is rated only 1 out 10 (10 being the most toxic) in the Skin Deep database. Irritation is one of the concerns of course. I would not apply it to my hair or skin as is but I feel comfortable with it in a small amount as part of Hairprint’s formulation. By the way, sodium carbonate can be used in baked goods preparations.

 

Mucuna pruriens

This is an extract powder made from velvet beans, which are tropical legumes known for their various medicinal properties. L-dopa found in Mucuna pruriens extract is the precursor to eumelanin. Mucuna pruriens contains a natural form of L-dopa as many other plants, animals, and humans do. L-dopa is made and used in the human body all the time as a normal part of human biology.

 

Ferrous gluconate

Ferrous Gluconate can be used as a dietary supplement and as a nutrient. It is also known as iron, which has a vital function in combining with protein and copper to make hemoglobin.

 

Manganese gluconate

Manganese Gluconate is another dietary supplement and nutrient. Manganese is important in the breakdown of amino acids and the production of energy.

 

Diatomaceous earth

This is a fine powder made from fossilized phytoplankton that is used in skin care or as a supplement. It can be too abrasive because of the high content of silica. To combat that, the diatomaceous earth used in the Hairprint formulation is of the smallest particle sizes possible and also not much is used. So I feel comfortable with it, considering that I did not observe any damage to my hair.

 

Hydrogen Peroxide (1.5%)

The concentration of hydrogen peroxide is half of what you buy at a drugstore and a fraction of what is used in chemical hair dyes. It is not used to to open the hair cuticles as are developers in conventional hair dyeing applications where they can go as high as 15% or more. By the way, our hair follicles naturally make hydrogen peroxide in small amounts.

 

Carbomer

Carbomer is the only synthetic ingredient made of petrochemical acrylic here. It is rated 1 in the Skin Deep database and does not seem to be harmful. The reason it has to be used in Hairprint is that it creates viscosity – i.e,, it makes it thicker so that it does not immediately run off the top of your head. However, according to Hairprint, it is completely inert, so it in no way interferes with the complex and delicate chemistry Hairprint is creating.

 

My Experience with Hairprint

 

Whoa! What an unusual list of ingredients! I do agree with the company that there are no harmful ingredients in Hairprint.

 

Because of the unique and intricate way Hairprint works with the chemistry of hair, you can imagine that the results will vary from person to person. You know me, I won’t ever lie to you so listen to me, please: I do not know how Hairprint will act on your hair. I know it has not worked for some people.

 

However, Hairprint has stated that it works better over time, and encourages people to use it multiple times before forming an opinion as to its efficacy.

 

What I can tell you is how it worked for me. First of all, you should know that at present, I don’t have very much grey. Most of my grey hair is on my temples so when I have my hair loose, my grey hair is not very noticeable. At least, I’d like to think that. 🙂

 

Here is a closeup look of my grey temples.

Hairprint Review Grey Hair Before

 

I have now used Hairprint three times.

 

The second time, the result was better than the first. Take a look at the before and after pictures:

Hairprint Review

Hairprint Review

 

Again, by looking at the pictures, you can probably say, “whoa.” But again, as honest as I am, I want to tell you exactly what happened.

 

The first and second time, Hairprint did not cover my grey hair. But there was something to it that made me want to use Hairprint regularly. After the second application, I could still see some grey. However, it somehow camouflaged my grey hair so well that my husband and a lot of other people could not see it. It was such a bizarre experience. I could see it (probably because I knew exactly where to look), but I also felt like it was not there anymore if I did not stare straight where my grey hair was.

 

I also loved the fact that my hair got shiny (maybe that shine camouflaged the grey hair) and thicker and just for these two reasons alone I love Hairprint. They offer a product for people who do not have grey hair.

 

The overall color was a little darker at first than my natural color but after a week or so it returned to the color I had in my childhood – warm, rich brown.

 

The vibrant color and thicker texture lasted a month or so. However, even after the Hairprint wore off, I felt like I had fewer grey hairs than before.

 

So I decided to use Hairprint a third time. I went to see my wonderful hairdresser who is the only one I know in Marin County, California who uses it on her clients. Her name is Philippa and if you live close by ask me for her phone number.

 

After the third application my grey temples were gone! So it is true that with every application it gets better! I am so happy! I keep looking in a mirror and enjoying the hair color I used to have in my childhood.  The grey temples are gone.  The product worked perfectly!  Here is my picture right after the third application.

 

Hairprint review natural color

 

Is it hard to apply Hairprint?

 

Speaking of the application process, it looked easy when Philippa did it. Personally, I don’t have patience for anything related to DIY beauty. I like to leave all those procedures to professionals.

 

You can read application instructions on the Hairprint website. In short, if you did henna or any other hair color at home, Hairprint will be VERY easy for you. If you have never done hair color at home, you can still do it. Just watch demonstration videos and buy proper brushes, bibs, gloves, etc.  Watch this video to see how easy it is to make the mixture.

 

 

 

By they way, Hairprint stains, so be careful. The good news is that if you stain your clothes, soak it in hot water with hydrogen peroxide for a few hours and it will come off.

 

All in all, it is the safest hair “coloring” treatment on the market. As for whether it works, I think you owe it to yourself to give it a try, especially if you do not have much grey hair or simply want more vibrant color and thicker hair. Hairprint also sells an anti-aging hair treatment for people who do not grey hair but want more healthier hair.

 

And I encourage hairdressers to add Hairprint to the portfolio of products they use in their salons to meet demands of ALL types of clients.

HAIRPRINT REVIEW Restoring Hair to its Natural Color

Where to buy Hairprint?

 

The company’s website.  I used the services of Philippa Shenandoah because she is the only one I knew who applied Hairprint in Marin County, CA. If you are not up for applying Hairprint yourself at home, you might want ask your hairdresser to apply it for you.

And if you are a hair stylist, head over here.

 

In conclusion, I am SO happy that Hairprint exists and my hair’s natural color is restored. Ask me any questions you may have. As always I love to hear from you. And if you have a Hairprint application-related question, visit the Hairprint Q & A section

 

Related Articles:

Organic Color Systems – Organic or Not?

Madison Reed Hair Dye Review

Organic Hair Color: Buyer Beware!

Hair Dyes and Cancer Risk by American Cancer Society

Allergy to PPD

Disclaimer: This post has an affiliate link, which means I will get a small commission from your purchase at no cost to you. Please also know that I didn’t finally decide to recommend this product until after it worked for me. It took me almost 7 months to test this product for your benefit.

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152 Responses

  1. I would like Phillipa’s number!

    • Hi Laura! Philippa’s number is 415-259-8277. You will love her! Say hello from me.

      • I love your articles super informative. But I have a question about the iron. Too much iron can be toxic do you know anything about the amounts they use or if it’s even absorbed through skin? Or should you just eat mashed potatoes after doing your hair?

        • Hi Ren: thank you for a good question! The amount of ferrous gluconate used is between 100 and 300 mg. per each kit depending on the color. Hair, if 12” long, has 25 sq ft of surface area. The scalp has a surface area of 1.5 sq ft. The amount of product that actually touches scalp would be probably 1/100th of the total product. Thus, the maximal exposure would be 1-3 mg total. That being said, the ferrous gluconate combines with Mucuna Pruriens and baking soda to form a new compound. My understanding is that the iron is not available and the new compound cannot be dermal passed because it is a pigment, and pigment molecules are too big to be passed transdermally. They can stain the epidermal layer, which is proof that they are not getting past it. In any case, the amount of iron that could be present on the scalp is between .02 and .06 milligrams. The RDA for a women up to 50 years old is 18 mg. Of course people with Hemochromatosis want no iron if possible.

          When you look at total exposure, it .02 – 06 mg combined with the fact that it is bound into a larger protein molecule that cannot go into the body, it seems that it is a non-issue. But that is for you and your doctor to decide. ~Irina

      • I just bought it and did it once–not great, then the next day did it again–no where on their website states how long oyu have to wait before you try it again so i figured why not the next day. Thankfully my hair did not fall out:))haha. As you said the second was way better. I will wait for a few weeks before my next app–as it did cover 95% of my greys/whites and I am not that picky at 43. Its super messy and hopefully they will make a half sized product for those of us who just want to do roots or have less or shorter hair. I did henna for years, and I love that too, just as messy.

        thanks for your article. How many days did you wait between applications?

        • Hi there! I waited 6 weeks for the next application but not because it could not be done sooner. I did not think outside of the box as you did. 🙂 Let me know how it goes. And I hope 43 is still young… ~Irina

          • dimple

            it worked great–all greys completely covered–hair is shiny and bouncey. The second time was the day after and i used the baking soda around the temples–i think it really helped. I use WEN once a week. No problems yet. Color still intact. Totally happy. But the company’s customer service is bad–which usually does not bode well. I wish there was more competition in this such that you’d get better customer service bc they have to compete for your business. We’ll see how long it lasts…43 is an age where i am not picky anymore–its super nice–i have let go of many things that would have stressed me out in my 20s. Plus hubby’s super laid back so that helps:) I hope they come out with a product with less amount–its super messy when you don’t have much hair to cover…

          • Yay! I am glad Hairprint is working for you! Thank you for letting me know about their customer service, too. At some point, I will ask them to read all comments to this post. I know what you mean about 43… I am in my forties too. I think at our age beauty is all about health. I looked into WEN products for you and found this disturbing article…. Please read here. How long have you been using WEN? I could not find any shampoo ingredients listed on their website. Could you email them to me? Thanks! ~Irina

          • dimple khona

            As a doctor i read through the ingredient list–nothing crazy–no silicones or parabens. But as you know there are thousands of ingredients that companies are allowed to use without listing them as they are grandfathered chemicals…I use it maybe once a week. But may be i’ll stick with coconut oil once a week after reading that article. thanks

          • dimple khona

            Sadly it contains fragrance(not sure why i never noticed that before)–so i’ll definately stop using it!!!

            Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Behentrimonium Methosulfate Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Mango Seed Butter, Soybean Germ Extract, Coconut Extract, Organic Pineapple Fruit Juice, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Wild Cherry Fruit Extract, Goji Berry Fruit Extract, Acai Fruit Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Banana Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Flower/Leaf Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Menthol, Panthenol (Pro­Vitamin B5), Arginine (L­Arginine), Glycine (Naturally Derived), Alanine (L­Alanine), Aspartic Acid (L­Aspartic Acid), Serine (L­Serine), Valine (L­Valine), Proline (L­Proline), Threonine (L­Threonine), Isoleucine L­Isoleucine), Phenylalanine (L­Phenylaline), Histidine (L­Histidine), Soluble Collagen (Marine Kelp), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl, Tetrapeptide­7, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate­60 (Plant Derived), Glycerin (Plant Derived), Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, PCA, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Carbomer, Polysorbate­20 (Plant Derived), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived) , Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

    • Hello Irina ! – Can you recommend a brand of Shampoo/Conditioner that you use after using Hairprint product?

      Thank You

    • I may have missed this in the article, but how long in between each application?
      Thank you,
      Rose

      • Hi Rose, it is the same as with any other hair coloring products – 4-8 weeks depending on your hair. I do it every 6 weeks. ~Irina

  2. Omg! I’m so happy finally someone figured out a way of covering gray hair without dying it. Thanks so much for this information. I’m definitely giving it a try. Do you know any hair stylist in Orange County?

  3. Any hope for some help for us blondes?

    • Yes! They will be releasing a product for blondes very soon.

      • My hair is 90% white, however, I try an keep my hair dyed blonde.
        Cancer runs on my mother’s side, she, my grandma, and my great-grandmother passed from it.
        I’m trying to avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible.
        Any recommendations for dying my hair blonde, I’m 47 and just not ready to go completely white. 🙂
        Soooo happy I found your blog!
        Thank you

        • Sorry, to hear that, Vicki! Cancer runs in our family, too… Welcome to my blog. Unfortunately, all chemical dyes are not good for us. Hairprint is working on making color restoring product for blonds. Stay tuned. ~Irina

      • Julia Crippen

        Has the blonde product been released yet?

        • I just emailed them and was told that they are expecting it to be released this summer!

          • that is great news! in the mean time I wonder what I can use – golden dark blonde color.. the last two times i used my store dye I felt my head reacting, the last time had a headache for 2 days – have been coloring my hair for 15 years so this is a new issue for me and looking for another option.

  4. Great product! I am starting to show a few grey hairs (thank you pregnancy!) so I am trying to stay on top of natural hair coloring methods. My mother started to show grey in her mid 30s and has been coloring for over 20 years. Thank you for sharing and keep us up to date!

  5. How long (weeks, months) did you have to wait in between applications?

  6. Hi There,
    I am planning to start using this product to restore the color of my gray hair (dying since 6-7 years). I was just about to checkout cart, but wanted to confirm the shipping cost to India or if it’s included. Also the courier service if possible. Thanks a lot!

  7. Kathy Jadick

    Appreciate all your research. I was reading through and was hoping to find some comments about a coloring line called All Nutrients. Are you aware of or have any information about this color line? Found that Organic Coloring System did not offer many options to bring about gold/honey sun kissed highlights. Thanks!

  8. Can you please tell me which color you used? Your hair appears to be a similar color to mine and I can’t decide between ‘Brown’ and ‘Dark’. thanks

  9. Anne Marie

    I switched to a salon using Organic Color Systems but now see that isn’t organic either. Would you have any recommendation for an at home color while I wait for this Hairprint line to come out for blondes? I have lots of greys coming in, any recommendation is appreciated!

  10. I used the Hairprint Brown formula in October. I loved the shine and condition of my hair after using, but the color was way too dark/cool for my skin tone. My natural hair color is a very light brown/dark blonde, but I really wanted to try a natural solution to coloring. I really hope they come out with a solution for blonde hair soon!

    • Hi Julianne, if it helps – it washes out. I actually thought it was just some kind of coating, like henna, and got very angry at first, but now after about 3 weeks, I see that my hair indeed got much lighter, but the greys still look tinted not same when I use dye. So if you can get over a few days of being darker, it may work out for you, especially if you wash your hair every day. I am by no means advertising this product, in fact, I was going to stop using (see my question below), but now that I see that my new growth looks better than with a dye I am going to give it another try.

      • Hairprint did not work for me. I died my hair black… Naturally it is very dark brown with slight reddish highlights. I have had gray since I was 19 and now it is probably 80 to 90% gray… Actually white. So I get white roots with black hair. I’ve thought of going blonde although I want to stay brunette however there are still some dark brown strands but the white so it would look bad too. In any event, I have to dye my roots once a week because of the serious regrowth unfortunately. I tried this three weeks in a row and after three frustrating and unbelievably messy attempts that I got down to a science as much as possible, my white hairs became almost a dirty blonde with the dingy green hue. I have been going back-and-forth with them on emails to get tips and I’ve tried everything they suggested including using two packs of pre-treatment and leaving it on for five minutes instead of two and leading on make sure one and then adding make sure to instead of rinsing it out. Even with this I have no results. It’s very frustrating because I recently developed an allergy to dye and I’m only 42. I’m also frustrated by their advertising because it makes it sound like it will for sure get rid of your gray/white hair and now in emails from them it seems as though my hair is being blamed for being nonporous although it has no problem sucking up normal color and hairdressers has actually told me my hair is very porous. In any event, I have asked for a refund of the $172 I’ve spent already and I certainly hope I get a full refund. I do not think that their technology is perfected yet. My hair is not naturally a greenish hue obviously so the claims of returning your hair to the natural color for me have not been true and I have to question them now. I am not a skeptic by nature but now I am really wondering if it’s true. And I am speaking for people who have at least 75% gray/white hair not those with three strands of gray.

        • Hi T: thank you for your feedback. Yes, the technology is new and results vary. And they have been working to improve it. Thank you for giving it a try. ~Irina

  11. Hi
    Will this product (Hairprint) be available in Canada at some point? and if you stopped using it for awhile does the grey come back?
    Thanks

  12. Irina,
    I read this article, ordered and used Hairprint yesterday. One pack produced the same result as you show on your photos. I have 50-60% grey hair and my roots were about an inch grown. I ordered 2 packs and will try next week to get more coverage with the second application. The only thing is – I was wiping out drops and stains on my face and ears and later counters with a yellow sponge and the sponge got colored after all was done. So if they don’t use any chemical or natural color in it, why did the plastic sponge got colored???? I was going to write to the company, but I usually get no responses because I don’t have a famous blog. Maybe you can try to clarify this with them? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Irina: by the way, even with my famous blog, I still struggle to get answers sometimes. In fact, I sometimes write from a different email to get better response. With this said, I have been in touch with Hairprint about your question because I sensed your frustration, which I can totally relate to. What you might find helpful is this, “The ingredients are simple, but what is happening is complicated, as witnessed by the colors that rapidly occur when you make the mixture. The red color, for example, is betalain, the pigment found in beets, amaranth, and swiss chard. It is a powerful antioxidant. When you are mixing Hairprint, you see it change from a cream color to pink to salmon to red to crimson to black, a panorama of pigments, but despite the black appearance, most of the mixture has not become eumelanin, but precursor pigments. As you apply it, you are placing the precursors of eumelanin onto the hair, molecules small enough to slip under the cuticle. But they are still pigments. Once inside the hair, and after 15 minutes they polymerize into the granular protein eumelanin that does not easily leave the hair because it has linked up into larger molecules. To answer her question, the answer is both. Hairprint makes pigment (the melanocyte goes through the same process you see in the bowl), many different ones on its way to making eumelanin.” In other words, Hairprint is a precursor pigment. Since it is a precursor pigment, it colors anything that has absorbent properties. I had a stain on my paint and soak them in OXO Brite hot water solution and it came off completely. I hope this helps. And if not, let me know. You can also contact Hairprint and they said they will answer your question in a timely manner. ~Irina

  13. Hi I would like to know if Hairprint works well for women who have thinning hair? If so, how long does Hairprint take to notice the difference? I don’t know much about thinning hair except that my sister has it and is very miserable and embarrassed. So much so that she hardly attends family functions much less party’s. If this helps hair retain its natural thickness, I’ll be buying a few boxes for her lol. I just want to see my sister AGAIN, the confident woman who loved life, not the person who claims is my sister and miserable! Thank you and I hope to hear from you with positive or should I say GOOD NEWS!?

    • Hi Elizabeth, I do not know if Hairprint works for thinning hair. You should email Hairprint directly. They tell me that they answer emails timely. I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I can imagine how frustrating it can be. Has she looked into her health recently? Normally, there is something going on internally. Pardon me if you find my question insensitive. I hope your sister will find answers. I really do. ~Irina

  14. Thank you so much for writing about hairprint! I just tried it and I’m so happy.

  15. Hi Irina,
    Can you recommend a brand of Shampoo/Conditioner to use after using Hairprint products. Preferably an affordable price. Not the expensive brand from “Longevity Warehouse – Seabuckthorn shampoo”

    Thank you !!

  16. Hi Irina,
    Thanks so much for your website. So before using hairprint did you do anything to remove the henna in your hair? I have been hennaing for a year and a half (commented here before) but have heard that coloring over henna can be tricky and in some cases disasterous.
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, by the time I used Hairprint, henna had been washed out. I had only used only twice so I did not have a chance to accumulate a build up that I heard might happen with long-term use of henna. Have you asked Hairprint that question? ~Irina

  17. Could you describe how this smells? Is it truly odour-less?

    • Last time I smelled it, it was over a month ago. As far as I remember, there was no any smell. I will have my hair done soon again and let you know. ~Irina

  18. Jalini Patel

    Hi Irina,

    I am not able to watch the youtube video regarding the application of Hairprint. How can I watch it?

    Appreciate your time.

    Thanks,
    Jalini

    • Hi Jalini, I wish I could help. There must be something in your computer settings. I hope you will get it work. Try to watch on a different computer, maybe. Did anybody else have a problem with the video? ~Irina

  19. Jalini Patel

    Hi Irina,

    I was thinking about using Dr. Broaner’s soap as shampoo for my kids. What do you think about that?

    http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bronners-Organic-Castile-Liquid/dp/B001E11WO2/ref=sr_1_sc_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1456733938&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=dr.+broaners+soap

    Thanks,
    Jalini

    • Sure. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s soap on my blog.

      • the hair print website does not recommend the use of castile soaps on your hair, as the soap can clog your hair cuticles and make the hair paint not work well.

  20. Hi, Thank you for your write-up. This product looks promising. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to use it unless they launch it in India. 🙁

    However, a favor if I may ask. Can you send it to me in India and I will pay you including the postage ofcourse. Pleaseeeee.

  21. WOW!! all sounds interesting!! How about Aveda shampoo and etc. of theirs??Love, Weesie

  22. Just wanted to comment that I have been using Hairprint for about 6 months now – it has been 4 applications. I am so excited!! My scalp feels so much better – no more sensitivity or flaking. I use the Brown color and it does look dark on me, but my hairdresser does balayage once we’re done with the Hairprint to lighten the overall color. It’s a bit expensive, and it does take longer than regular color, but the end result is beautiful, covers my gray, and is non toxic 🙂

  23. Courtney

    Hi,
    Trying to find a blonde option as well. Wondering what Trace uses for balayage? Wouldn’t any balayage products be toxic?
    Thanks!

    • It is a good question, Courtney! Could you get a list of ingredient for it? I would love to take a look. ~Irina

    • Unfortunately, my hair stylist uses toxic stuff to do the balayage. However, I never touch it and it doesn’t touch my scalp. It’s only on for about 10 minutes so my exposure is minimal.

  24. Jennifer

    Hi Irina!

    Are you able to post pictures of how much lightening occurs once it starts to wash out? With peroxide as an ingredient, you’re probably getting some lightening before you use the product again? I’ve been using the toxic stuff at home, can’t bring myself to pay hundreds to be poisoned at a salon! But try to only color 3-4 times year, and I’ve noticed my hair looks splotchy and orange after about 3 months. I’m a medium brown naturally, and more ashy. So it’s hard looking at the orange ends! But it’s also hard seeing those nasty white hairs popping up.

    • Hi Jennifer: I know what you mean about orange ends. Those look pretty bad. There is no lighting effect here. My hair looks better long time. And I can go in-between treatments just fine. 🙂 The amount of peroxide they use is very minimum. ~Irina

  25. Do you get “roots”…also know as regrowth? Hair grows on average 1/2 in per month…I thought I read/heard it reverses the greying processes…is this so? I am a licensed cosmetologist in Massachusetts as well a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor with a passion for health and wellness. I started greying about a 1 1/2 years ago and I’m about 10% or less on top…I’ve been using Demi/Semi Permanent Colarance by Golwell and would like to switch over to Hairprint but am concerned after reading the comments that it can turn too dark. My natural hair color is light brown. Can you advise on color? As well we I get roots in a month or two?

    • Hi Denise, there is no roots regrowth because it is not a permanent dye. When you buy it, choose ‘light brown’ in the drop down menu. They have black, brown, and light brown. I buy brown for me. Let me how it worked for you. ~Irina

    • Yes, you will get roots/regrowth. It does not change the color of the hair that is yet-to-grow. I use the brown color, which is dark, but not too dark. But they do have a Light Brown that I would assume would work well for you.

  26. Thank you for your response…I’m baffled as to how there is no regrowth (roots)…how does the hair growing out of my scalp grow in brown which was once grey? I guess I need to trust the process…if this is so its a dream come true…as a colorist I was dreading the monthly “touch-ups” that are required to camaflouge greying hair. Can’t wait to try it

    • Sorry, Denise. I misspoke. Yes, there is regrowth roots for grey hair. For non-grey hair, there is no regrowth roots, at least for me, because it matches the color so closely. Thanks. ~Irina

  27. francesca

    Hi Irina, i’ve read that you don’t use anymore Hairprint..if so, can you please tell me the reason..i’ve not tried yet but i’d like to know the negative sides priorly..thanks a lot is you can reply me!

    • Francesca: Where did you read that I do not use Hairprint anymore? In fact, I had my hair done today with a new hairdresser who is interested in doing Hairprint for other people, too. ~Irina

  28. Hi Irina:
    Thank you for your comprehensive reviews of both Madison Reed and Hairprint. I wondered why you had not mentioned peroxide as one of the objectionable ingredients in the MR product; it certainly is to those of us who are cancer survivors. I was disappointed to see it is also in Hairprint, but at least it is a small amount. Can you tell me which product has less?

    • Hi Suzanne: I am so sorry to hear about your cancer. And I am glad that you were able to survive it. Hairprint has the least amount of hydrogen peroxide. I have not find any information on hydrogen peroxide being toxic in 1.5% concentration applied topically. There is a lot of controversy about hydrogen peroxide as some even recommend drinking it to treat cancer at 35%. Which aspect of hydrogen peroxide are you concerned about? Thank you. ~Irina

  29. francesca

    Hi Irina, thank you for the reply! I misunderstood when you replied to julianne in the comments and you said that you was going to stop using it..so can you reccomend it..? this product it’s really expensive! Another question..do you think the prolonged use of mucuna pruriens..which is used for deseases such as Parkinson..can be harmful? Thank you!!

    • Hi Francesca: this is funny. It is one of my blog followers who is also Irina replied to Julianne. This is a good question. The only reference to side effects I found is this one, “Some studies indicate that L-dopa derived from M. pruriens has many advantages over synthetic L-dopa when administered to Parkinson’s patients, as synthetic L-dopa can have several side effects when used for many years.” So as you can see, the side effects from a prolonged use are from synthetic L-dopa. And again, we are talking about concentrated and bigger amounts taken orally. In other words, these are not Mucuna pruriens (velvet beans) but a medical substance derived from them. The fact that M. pruriens (velvet beans) are eaten makes feel pretty good about applying them topically. Also, I like the fact that Mucuna pruriens have been researched well so it is not one of those things that we use without any knowledge about them. “All parts of M. prurient possess valuable medicinal properties and it has been investigated in various contexts, including for its anti-diabetic, aphrodisiac, anti-neoplastic, anti-epileptic, and anti-microbial activities.” (Source) But the way, Fava beans contain L-dopa too. I hope that helps. ~Irina

  30. Appreciate this info. I am 44 and have been debating on what natural product to use to replace chemical salon dye. I have used henna in the past, which worked well for a while. But we have well water, so I would get the Garfield orange tone at times. Not to mention the mess to apply it! But I always had nagging doubts how truthful the testing was for heavy metals. So when I started to read this blog on Hairprint I was hopeful…but in the end it almost sounds too good to be true. Honestly, there almost is a catch to anything and I am starting to think the only reliable hair product is to accept the color I have along with a stylish cut. Thanks for your research.

  31. I guess you should have stated early on in the article it is only for black and brunettes….no help to us red heads at all :-/

  32. Nicole Larson

    I seemed to be the perfect candidate, dark brown hair, grown-out greys, etc. THIS DID NOT WORK ON MY HAIR AT ALL. I still have grown out greys. Also, the way they package it is extremely wasteful, I could have used a scant 1/3 of the product at a time, and I threw away a ton of unused product because there was no way to just use a portion. Also, the CUSTOMER SERVICE IS TERRIBLE. It has been a week, and despite multiple attempts to contact the company, no one responds AT ALL. I NEED TO KNOW if it safe to use the organic hair dye I usually use to fix this expensive (bc I paid my experienced hair dresser too), time consuming and failed experiment. I don’t understand why the company is ignoring my polite attempts to learn more about what to do next. I am so disappointed and frustrated. What would you suggest since Hairprint is ignoring all attempts at communication?

    • Hi Nicole: I am sorry that the product did not work out for you. But I am glad that you tried it, and I am sure Hairprint will contact you soon and help you figure the reasons as to why it did not work. My understanding is that you they always respond. Please share what you learn with us. Thank you for commenting! ~Irina

    • I am considering the use of Hairprint and asked them if I can immediately go back to using my regular dye if this product does not work for me and they said yes. I have had excellent customer service from Serena at Hairprint. Of course, it’s true that I am a potential customer rather than an unhappy one so that may be the difference. Plus they do not have phone support which is inconvenient if you need a fast reply.

      I have a question for Nicole and the others who had no luck with this. Did you cease using the long list of products they recommend before trying Hairprint? For instance, they say to wait 1 to 3 months if you have used non-hydrolyzed proteins or keratin and 5 to 7 days for a variety of other products. It’s a quite detailed and difficult prep. I’m not blaming you for the failure but want to check this out very carefully before I invest the time and effort. I am almost totally grey with dyed dark brown on top of it. Thank you.

  33. francesca

    Hi Irina, can you please explain me what function has the diatomaceos earth in the formulation? Thank you!!

    • Hi Francesca: diatomaceous earth was used to soften cuticles. I believe it is not used in the new formulation. ~Irina

  34. Jeannie

    Hi! Irina,

    I am wondering how Hairprint compares to Henna? Would you recommend one over the other? Also, I read that once you use Henna, you are married to it. One has to wait till ones hair grows out before one switches to new hair coloring system (and the other around). Is this the case with Hairprint? Also, do you stay away from hair permanent?

    Thank you so much for writing this blog.

    • Hi Jeannie: I have not used henna long enough to make that comparison. I heard that henna can build up in the hair – do not know if it is an urban myth. I think you choose what works best for your hair. I do not think you have to wait for the hair to grow out to switch. As I am not a hair stylist, I recommend visiting the Hairprint website and contacting them for instructions specific to your hair. I hope you will get to get Hairprint. Thank you. ~Irina

    • Yes you are married to Henna…..I am in year 2 of trying to grow mine out. Even the strongest bleaches will not remove it (yes I was desperate and I went there with the chemicals).

      I have regrettably had to return to boxed at home color for my gray roots, which I do use over my henna-colored hair with no adverse effects thus far. No effects meaning the henna hair doesn’t change; it just kind of ignores the boxed color entirely.

  35. After using Hairprint what is a good shampoo and conditioner brand to use?

  36. I tried Hairprint two times, with 2 1/2 weeks between applications. At first, it looked great! And then, color faded on the grays by the end of the first week. Totally disappointed!

    What’s your second favorite option for hair color? I have naturally super dark brown hair with gray just around the temples and part. Everything I’ve tried seems to last three weeks at the most…so, I am in desperate need of something easy. I’m so sick of mixing henna/indigo. I’m about to go to the best of the worst at-home colors. If you had to go one level up in toxic chemicals, what would you consider after Hairprint and henna?

    • Hi Lola: From what I have seen (some dye manufacturers stopped disclosing ingredients), all hair dyes are pretty much the same. When they say, a product is free of something, the substitute is not any less toxic. And when they say “organic,” it just means there are a few certified organic oils or plant extracts but the dyes themselves are still the same. In general semi-permanent dyes are a little better than permanent. I wished I had a magic answer for you. By the way, what shampoo did you use? Maybe shampoo was not gentle enough and removed the color. How often do you wash your hair? Thanks. ~Irina

  37. I wash my hair once a week with an ayurvedic, organic shampoo. Both times I used Hairprint, the color faded before I even got to the first shampoo – within the first week of coloring. Right after my last comment, I went back to henna/indigo and that has faded already, too! I must have super resistant grays. Toxic dye seems to be in my future 🙁

  38. tina forrestel

    Hi Irina,
    You may have answered this question in a previous post but I’m on a time crunch to find an alternative solution to hair dye. I got severely burnt on my scalp, ears and upper body. I tried Madison Reed because it was “free of” all the things my dermatologist told me I was allergic to so in researching Madison Reed ingredients, I found your blog because I had the same bad reaction to my skin! Wish I had found your blog sooner. I love it! You have really educated me. So I was wondering if you had the same reaction to hair dye as I did which prompted you to look for healthier alternative to hair color. Hairprint sounds so great but I worry that I may have the same bad reaction. I’m even surprised to still find phenelen dyamine (sp?) in organic hair dyes! What are your thoughts? Should I give Hairprint a try?

    • Hi Tina: Hairprint is not like the others. I never heard of anybody having a reaction to Hairprint. I think you should give it a try. However, because it is not a chemical dye, result varies. ~Irina

      • I decided to give it a go! My hairdresser will be helping me on Thursday. I’m quite excited but am very well aware it may not cover all the first time. Thank you for your honesty and for all the research you provide us! I will be in touch to let you know how it goes!

      • tina forrestel

        Hi Irina,
        I tried it and LOVE it! Although it wasn’t 100% coverage, it did get at least 95% of my grays which is better than where I was. The best news is that I had NO reaction. NO scalp or skin burning/irritation and you are so right, it left my hair so silky and shiny! I know the coverage will bet better as I use it since my hair did take. I’m so thrilled! How soon before I can do a 2nd application?
        Thank you so much for recommending this product. My hairdresser was quite impressed by the product and is going to recommend to a few other clients she thinks will benefit (especially one going through cancer). THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  39. Hi Irina
    I’m about to give Hairprint a go for the first time. My hair is very similar to yours in length and texture, and similar amount of grey as yours. Can you tell me did you need more than one pack of Hairprint? Living in the UK and getting this sent from the US is very expensive so I’m hoping just the one pack will be needed per application!

  40. Great review and I used it once and noticed less grey. I’m happy I tried it. Question do know if you can highlight your hair after using Hairprint? Have you or your stylist done highlights since using Hairprint

    • Hi Anana: I do not have any experience with highlights. You might want to contact Hairprint directly. ~Irina

    • I have been using Hairprint for about 10 months now and am so grateful for it. I would say it covers my gray about 90% so I do highlight (balayage) to blend the grays. Fortunately, I do not have to highlight every time – I usually Hairprint the roots twice and then Hairprint and balayage. The Hairprint website explains that you can’t put the Hairprint on the highlights/color so before she does the roots with Hairprint, my stylist covers my highlighted hair with oil to protect it from the Hairprint. Works perfectly!

      • Tracey, thanks for sharing your experience. Appreciate the feedback

      • Katerzhena

        Hi Tracey,
        This sounds really cool! I’m a bit confused at the process. So, do you HP and cover the highlights with oil so as to not get them dark or HP twice, HP the whole head again and then Balayage? I would appreciate it if you could go over it again, thanks so much.
        Katerzhena

  41. Hi, glad I found this blog! I’ve been mulling over whether I should start using henna but scared of the unpredictability. I have only some gray hairs on my temple and crown, probably only 3%. However, about a month ago, my hairdresser persuaded me to do a brazilian/keratin hair straightening (which only lasted after 1 wash). Do I have to wait a couple of months before I apply hairprint or since the brazilian treatment didn’t work for me, can I use it right away? I am excited to know such a product exists since I do not really want to dye my hair, just cover up the grays. Although I am apprehensive since each gray hair strand I have is somewhat thick and really white. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Jubi: You might want to contact Hairpint directly. I have no idea about keratin and Hairprint interactions. ~Irina

      • Thanks, I contacted them but haven’t heard a response yet. I decided to take the plunge though and go for it. I can say that my white strands are not as obvious and they are a bit darker, although I can still see them. I’m hoping the next time I use hairprint, it will be darker! PS: I use the dark one… maybe next time I will have my hair dresser apply it instead of myself, it was very messy! Overall, I’m satisfied… it beats dyeing my hair with harmful chemicals!

  42. So very interesting to finally read the truth about hair coloring. For many years I have colored my hair. Started in my 30s, had no problem until a year ago when I had a serious reaction to my regular hair color. (L’oreal) I saw my dermatologist who suggested I stop using any dyes because of my systemic reaction. For awhile I used a semi-permanent color by Clairol . Then I was fooled by Madison Reed’s commercials stating no ppd etc. I tried it and had a very serious reaction …burning all over scalp, swelling around eyes, large lumps behind ears horrible itching all over scalp. Had to take Benedry and use cortisone cream on scalp and skin . I like many others do not want to have grey hair and mine would be mostly grey. I am very temped to try Hairprint. Thank you so much for all the hard work and research that goes into this blog. I am very grateful.

  43. Irina,
    I read in the comments that the company is coming out summer 2016 with a product for blondes. Will this work on redheads, auburn, strawberry-blonde, variations of red? Or strictly only blondes.

  44. salsadancer

    Is Hairprint available through your website? I already have dyed hair; would I apply Hairprint to just the roots every time or all over? Thanks.

    • Hi, there! I don’t sell Hairprint on my website. You can click on the links in the article to take you to the Hairprint website to make your purchases. It depends on your hair whether you need to re-apply it to roots only or the whole head. You will see. Hairpint acts differently depending on your hair type. Keep in touch. Let’s us know how you like the product. ~Irina

  45. I just applied Hairprint last weekend and I am very pleased with the results so far. I have an extreme allergy to PPD so have been doing Henna/Indigo 2 appliction process for about 5 years. I was worried that Hairprint would not work on my hair. It took kits and two applications but it worked. It’s not 100% coverage but close enough! There is no smell unlike Henna and Indigo.

  46. Hello!

    I so appreciate this review. I found hairprint a few months ago and LOVE the idea of it! My problem has been getting it to fully-cover my roots. I contacted Hairprint and they said it was the type of hair products (shampoo, conditioner, gel etc) I was using that kept the hair from absorbing the product fully. They recommended using a different type of shampoo and conditioner but I can’t find one without any pesky ingredients.
    Hairprint worked so well on you! Would you mind sharing what type of shampoo and conditioner you use?

    • Hi Amber! I can’t find a shampoo that I whole-heartedly recommend. Among other things, I battle with the issue of disclosure or more precise with the lack of it. In other words, finding an honest company is really tough. I think Hairprint is coming out with their shampoo in September, which I can’t wait to see them. As for Hairpint to work, I believe you have to watch out for silicones or waxes that build up in the hair and may block Hairpint from working. In the meantime, let’s ask here. For those of you who have had success with Hairprint, what shampoo do you use? Thank you, guys! Believe me not a day go by without my calling a company and looking for safe products ~Irina

  47. I Love love Hairprint. I’ve found the prep is key: Since I have hard water, prior to this most recent application I used a mineral remover (Malibu Hard Water Wellness Remedy, which in fact Hairprint recommends), followed by a clarifying shampoo, followed by Hairprint’s own pre-treatment shampoo. At this point I can split the kit, 1/2 is plenty for my shoulder- length hair. I apply to roots and then pull through the hair, working it like conditioner. It honestly gets better each time. My hair is less frizzzz, and actually I like the temporary dark color! ( I use Brown). Thanks, great blog.

  48. Hi Stephanie – Hairprint has directions on their website about how to divide a kit, go to https://myhairprint.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/220351468-Half-Kit-Application While their directions say to measure precisely, for example packets 1 & 2 should be 17.4 grams, I have to say my little kitchen scale isn’t that precise, so I just measured out to 17 grams and then added a tiny bit more. It works beautifully.

  49. Elizabeth

    Hey Irina, like you I only have a few grays at my temple and just a tad bit through my hair and when my hair is down you can’t see it either. I don’t know how much to order since I read if your hair is mid back you may need 2 or 3 boxes, what do you suggest?

  50. Great articles but this product is so expensive! Why? Plus it costs the same for shipping to the UK as for the product. So I’ll be going for one of the other products like Naturtint.

    • Hi Kev, I totally agree that Hairprint is not cheap but it is also the only product that I found to be safe. I double checked Naturtint and concluded that it is a conventional hair dye with common concerns and allergens applicable to other hair dyes. ~Irina

  51. Hi Irina
    I tried Hairprint and it didn’t work
    I wrote to them asking what I did wrong and they said it was because of Acure shampoo
    I’m disappointed because my investment was pointless and they recommended I try again
    I thought it was super messy and prefer henna indigo then to put another $44 in the hope of it working this time

    • Hi, Batya! It is so nice to hear from you again. I thought you were using a Herbaliz shampoo. When did you switch? Hairprint is a new product and they are still in the process of figuring out the application process so it works for everybody. They made a discovery just a a couple weeks ago that one of the ingredients in Acure shampoo builds up in the hair and blocks Hairprint. It is so good to know! This ingredient is called Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride. Maybe after you switch to a shampoo without this ingredient, silicone, and waxes, you can try again. And I want to thank you for supporting Hairprint in their efforts to bring a safe hair color product to all of us. I have faith that they will figure out the best to way to apply. In fact, this fall they are coming out with safe shampoos that will work well with Hairprint. I have a question for you. How long have been using henna? I heard that henna may build up in the hair as well. What brand do you use? Thank you. ~Irina

      • Hi Irina
        I’m flattered you remember me. I actually do still use Herbaliz but when i read that you like Acure I ordered it. I feel my hair looks best when i switch between two shampoos after one bottle finishes i use a different brand.
        So that is why i was using Acure when i tried Hair Print. I find henna much less messy. I use organic natural henna from the henna guys. After the red sets into my grey i wait a day or after the hair dries and i put the indigo color which is also all natural.
        It is much cheaper and lasts forever.
        I only have to apply and wash once insrtead of 3 times with hair print. If there is buildup i am not sure but you can always use a vinegar rinse to take off buildup

    • Dimple Khona

      I have used henna for years. Hairprint took some practice. After the secong application it worked great. After the third my hair is bouncey, all grey covered. Ive been using for over 2 months. Henna didnt block anything.

  52. I use the henna from Henna Guys
    you can get on Amazon or on their website.
    I may give hair print another try but after i finish all my henna

  53. Hi! This is Irina. I’d like to let you know that there is new information as to why Hairprint works for some, others can’t get the results they were looking for. Read my new post, here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/hair-coating-blocks-gentle-products/. Let me know if you have any questions! ~Irina

  54. I really wanted to like Hairprint. That is why I tried it 4 times before deciding that I needed to find another option. I followed all of the instructions exactly and checked and rechecked all of the products I use on my hair, but Hairprint doesn’t last. The first couple of days after I use it, my hair is quite a bit darker than normal. Then there is about a week where it is perfect, followed by a week of fading so that you can see my grays again. In less than 3 weeks I look exactly the same as I did before using Hairprint. Since I love the fact that Hairprint is non-toxic I would probably go through the long process of using Hairprint if it weren’t so expensive. The combination of the expense, the length of time it takes to use, and the very short amount of time that it stays in my hair are the reason why I will never use the product again.

    I think Hairprint is a great idea, but was released prematurely before it had been perfected. I truly hope to be able to use Hairprint in a couple of years when it will last long enough to make it worth the time and expense.

    • Katerzhena

      Hi Carrie,
      I had the same experience. I’d love to talk to you about alternatives if possible.
      Please reply to me so we can connect. Thanks so much. KathrynK

  55. I am 85 years old and after receiving a Hairprint kit I realized the process was too involved for me to tackle alone. Since I have no one to fill that position I have enveavered to return the kit. However I can’t find your phone number or any other logical way to reach you. Please advise.

  56. Hi,
    I would love to try Hairprint and my hairdresser has agreed to apply it for me. If this product doesn’t work, I will just grow the gray out. My mother was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer and when we asked the doctor what environmental factors could possibly be linked to it, one was possibly hair dye. So now my quest to find a safe alternative, or go gray. Never ceases to amaze me that toxic products can be sold without warning labels. Most women have no idea what these chemicals are doing to their health.
    Anyway, my question is, how is the process different for hair that has already been dyed? I do not want to grow my hair out before applying as that would take forever. Any tips advice will be appreciated. I use only Beautycounter shampoo and conditioner which I am guessing will be very safe for my hair after treatment.

    • Hi, Kathleen: Do you want to hear something “funny”? Two hair dye companies I know of that call themselves natural or organic, do not release ingredients to the public. I think it is illegal but who is going to sue them? Anyway, I am glad you are trying Hairprint. As far as I know if the hair has been processed with a hair dye before, that means that the hair is damaged and porous, and can absorb more Hairpint; thus it can come out darker than the rest of the hair. You might want not to apply Hairprint as many times to the damaged hair. Also, some ingredients in shampoos and styling products may block Hairpint. For more information read my article here. There are also lots of helpful comments to this post and the other post I gave you a link, too. Good Luck. Keep in touch! ~Irina

  57. Recently ordered application # 3…………First one did not cover grey completely but blended in well. My hair was soft and shinny. I waited too long in between so second one was ok but not a good coverage. Still looked better at the crown of my head where the majority of my grey is.
    This time I will apply at the 4 week time frame and hope for a better result. (using dark color)

    The product has no odor,staining and for me no allergic reaction as in the past with other so called
    “natural” products.
    Thankfully a good friend of mine handles the application as it is a bit messy.

    Thank you Irina for all your wonderful and very helpful information for many products.

    PS- Just harvested quite a bit of sage from our organic garden. I prepared a mouthwash for the first time
    with the fresh sage. I have to say Not bad… 🙂

  58. Laura Ruiz

    Hello Irina,

    I just purchased my first kit and can’t wait for it to get here to try it. I have lots of gray on the top of my head, I am 41. I wanted to know that if on your second and third time did you apply it to the whole hair or just the roots?? I am little scared to do that and get real dark. Can you help?

    thanks!
    Laura R.

    • Hi, Laura: I applied it to the whole hair and yes it got darker than my natural hair but it is not a big deal for me. In fact, I like to be darker. ~Irina

      • I have been using the brown (my natural color), and after the first time of using Hairprint I just did the root regrowth, but it still goes darker each time – I imagine from the rinsing water getting on to the other hair. As I have a very pale complexion, this doesn’t really suit me. I have tried masking the rest of my hair with shea butter, but it is difficult to do this to almost a whole head of hair and just leave a 4 week regrowth to re-color.

        I asked Hairprint about mixing together the light brown and brown, and they say they don’t recommend it, but I would be interested to hear if anybody has tried this.

        Margaret

  59. I have a question, is this just for restoring your natural color? I would like to try the light brown even though my hair is more of a medium. As a child it was very light with blonde streaks. I’m curios what my end result will be. Thank you, I found this information helpful.

    • Hi, Denise:

      I am sorry but I don’t think I am qualified to predict what your hair color is going to turn out. You might want to contact Hairprint directly or simply try it. Let us know, okay? It is exciting. Thank you! ~Irina

  60. Hi Denise,

    I had been using hairprint to color roots following my regular Ulta Salon color and highlights (blond on medium brown). It had been about a year that I had been successfully filling in my roots with hair print and I had planned to get a hair cut with “just the highlights” on the base of hair print (brown) color. I was very happy with the results of hair print. My hair felt healthy and soft to the degree that I did not return to the salon for a year and was able to redo the roots approx 1xmonth during this time from the original package and measuring just what I needed. Although growing longer, the style was sustained, color nice and I liked the way the highlights were still present. I treated my roots with hairprint immediately prior to the appointment so my stylist would be able to just apply highlights..no base. My initial intent was to cut, re-style and then just do highlights but my stylist convinced me to re-do the base and highlights as I had left out areas I did not see and she would either have to match the hair print color or redo the whole head. She convinced me to redo the whole base and highlights as usual. Following this, I experienced major hair loss (chunks in the shower…now very thin) and was wondering if using chemicals and/or highlights on top of hairprint could have caused this. I had also been using Wen Shampoo since 2009 and not noticing any real significant hair loss until April 21,2016 when I had my last appointment. My stylist suggested that I look up Wen comments online. I did so stopped Wen, looked up shampoos with excellent reviews for regrowth and have been using only organic BWC and Shea Moisture shampoos to try to regrow my hair. At this point, I’m not sure whether it was the chemicals used that day, or some cumulative interaction between the chemicals and Wen and/or possibly the addition of hair print to the mix. THe combination of Wen and chemicals (about 2 times per year) had never caused this before…same stylist and salon since starting Wen). My question is motivated by wanting to rule out that Hairprint could have contributed to hair loss as a result of using harsh chemicals over it. No ammonia but still not healthy. At this time, I am not using Wen, Hair print nor coloring roots with anything but the temporary “mascara” that has the highest safety/health rating. I would like to continue to use hair print but only if I will also be able to obtain highlights on top of it. Is it even possible for hair print to have contributed? I’m hoping so much that it would not. I love this natural product which worked so well and I would very much appreciate any feedback you may have. This question may also be helpful for anyone else who may be wanting healthy natural “hair print” hair but also want the aesthetics of highlights. I would appreciate an e-mail notification of your response at address below and/or how I would contact Hairprint directly.

    Thank you for your time and attention,
    Naomi K.

    • Hi, Naomi: I’m sorry to hear about your hair. Truly sorry. I think the best way would be to contact Hairprint directly: https://myhairprint.zendesk.com/hc/en-us On the top of the screen, please see Contact us. I am pretty sure that Hairprint has nothing to do with your hair loss. I’ve been using it over a year now and have not experienced any adverse effects. On the other hand, permanent hair colors are laden with harmful chemicals for your hair, scalp, and health. You were doing so well, and it is sad that you got off the track. It might help if you read the Permanent Hair Color Rating List e-book that will deepen your understanding of hair dyes. It also has recipes to restore your hair that may be applicable to your situation. Let me what you find out from Hairprint, and how I can help. ~Irina

  61. Hi – I am very new to your site. Discovered it yesterday when I was looking into Madison Reed, but then your posts on Hairprint intrigued me very much. I spent time reading all of the comments following the Hairprint entries and those on shampoos, as well. I am motivated by what it sounds like Hairprint can accomplish, as I have been very unhappy with my hair’s appearance of late. Today I visited the Hairprint site, itself. I dye my hair, not super regularly, but approximately every 8 weeks or more. (I am 41, have had greys for years and am rather self-conscious about it.) I had hoped to just begin with applying Hairprint all over, but I noticed the transition instructions on their site today with the suggestion that any chemically treated hair must not be treated and only new / root growth should be treated. (I am in Santa Rosa, CA, by the way, so more likely to buy and use this myself, even though it sounds like it will be tricky. My hair is about shoulder length.) I must admit, having to avoid the chemically treated majority of my hair sounds almost too difficult, as much as I want to try and begin using Hairprint. Any words of wisdom to share? Must I really go the route of applying one of the recommended butters to my chemically treated hair before using Hairprint on the non-treated portion? Sounds overwhelming. I really want these results though. I am so hopeful Hairprint will work for me.

  62. My first experience with hairprint left me reduced to tears! Not only is the process incredibly complicated, messy and cumbersome, it just does not work.

    After two hours of this painful process it’s as if I used nothing on my hair. None of the grey was covered and I don’t know why. And mind you, I only worked on the roots as the rest of my hair has been chemically dyed.

    I used the amla shampoo and conditioner after the process. They call the conditioner rich but it felt as it it literally evaporated as soon as it touched my hair. I kept applying more and more (and this is a very expensive product) but my hair felt dry as if I were applying water to it. After completing my shower and light towel drying, my hair literally felt like chopsuey!! I could not run a comb through it and after a lot of coaxing that hurt my scalp I had shed a ton of hair. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN???

    I am so distraught that after waiting for a good inch or two of grey to grow out (so unattractive) and spending a ton of money on the color kit, shampoos and conditioner, I was left in the exact same spot as I was having not used any Hairprint product.

    I really need someone to help me make sense of this.

    • Hi, Rachelle: have you read about coating agents that may block Hairprint from working? Yes, I agree that this process is not cheap and it requires time and effort to transition to the natural hair. I am sorry about frustration. Because there are no chemical dyes, results vary. Can somebody share their experience transitioning from chemically dyed hair? You might also contact the Hairprint company for answers. ~Irina

  63. Hi Rachelle – I’m so sorry to hear about your bad experience and I am wondering about the type of water you used. I live in the UK, in a very hard water area, and Hairprint do warn about this type of water. So I bought a dozen bottles of soft spring water to do all the rinsing with. I’m afraid this added still further to the complications of the process, as I had to warm all this water in a kettle! However, it was lovely for my hair.

    I have been very pleased with the condition of my hair after Hairprint. I use Herbatint clarifying shampoo and dilute apple cider vinegar for the few washes prior to the Hairprint process to remove residues, and I find that Herbatint Royal Creme is also a very good conditioner after the Hairprint process itself. I have been masking the previously dyed hair (I had the same amount of regrowth as you) with pure shea butter.

    I’ve used brown Hairprint four times now, and my own problem is with my hair getting darker each time, even though I only do the roots – the rest of the hair still seems to absorb colour from the rinsing process, even though I have masked it heavily. I am going to try the light brown Hairprint next time. My natural colour is a sort of darkish medium brown, and I did ask Hairprint about mixing the brown and the light brown together, but they said they didn’t recommend it. But if anybody has had any success with doing this, I love to know!

    Irina, thank you so much for this forum for the sharing of experiences – we’re all on a steep learning curve, which can sometimes be a painful one, but it feels very supportive to be able to communicate in this way.

    • Penni Harrison

      Hi Margaret, I too live in the UK and would like to know how you obtain Hairprint. Do you have to pay shipping and import charges, or can we buy it from a UK distributor somewhere?

      • Hi Penni – good to hear from you!

        I do indeed have to pay shipping and taxes. My last order from Hairprint was for a single box . (I was trying the light brown for the first time and wasn’t sure if it would be OK).

        Hold your breath now! – The shipping was $36. Apparently it’s this amount for any order, no matter what. And the tax payable on arrival was £19. So – approximately £80 in total.

        Looking at it in the round though, since the product suits me, and the colour has lasted for 6 months without washing out, it’s perhaps not as bad as it sounds. After the first time I have just been doing the regrowth, so now I only need half the box each time.

        I used to pay my local hairdresser £60 for new highlights every 4-6 weeks, so it compares well with that – and it’s much safer than the stuff she used – though it’s very hard work doing it yourself.

        Unfortunately there is no Hairprint base in the UK at the present time. I have contacted two English salons that claim to specialise in organic products (although when you check it out you find otherwise). I have said that if they decide to stock Hairprint I would be a regular customer, but I have received no reply.

        If you decide to join the clan do let us know how you get on!

        Best wishes
        Margaret

  64. Hi Margaret – Happy New Year and thanks for your response.
    I looked into it and water in my area is hard (one level down from very hard). I can sympathize with the complications because I already find the Hairprint application process to be super complex. I usually end up with stains on clothes, bathroom floor, mirror, the bath tub etc. as it’s hard to control the paste from flying everywhere.

    I used the hair color for the second time yesterday and sadly there was no coverage once again 🙁 I am rather disheartened since I followed the company’s recommendations – only Hairprint shampoo and conditioner for the past 3 weeks, no oils, no styling products. So not sure what else to do other than your spring water option one last time.

  65. Hi again Rachelle

    I gather that the Hairprint firm are willing to work with clients to troubleshoot their problems, and I wonder if they would be prepared to test a sample of your hair to see what is happening for themselves?

    The other thing they recommend to do about hard water is to use a chelating shampoo a few times before the colouring date to remove the deposits that hard water leaves on it. I think their website has some advice on this, but I like the Herbatint Normalising Shampoo, Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying shampoo, and occasionally dilute apple cider vinegar as a semi-final rinse (rinsed off well afterwards with spring water). I find these shampoos surprisingly gentle, and I wash twice with the Giovanni immediately before the colouring process. I’ve also found Herbatint Royal Cream to be a nice rich conditioner post colouring.

    I also avoid the rubbing and scrubbing they suggest, partly because my scalp is so sensitive, and partly because my hair is very fine, and I think this would cause it to get matted and tangled – so I use the brush to apply the colour – just stroking it on firmly in one direction only, and being similarly gentle with rinsing.

    The other thing I do is mask up the lower pre-dyed hair really thickly with pure shea butter before applying the colour. On the one occasion I didn’t do this, I too had a fair bit of tangling to deal with as the pre-dyed hair didn’t like the Hairprint at all. (I think life will get a bit easier when this old hair has grown out.) If it’s still feeling dry and tangled at the ends as it dries, I’ve found Wella Professionals Enrich leave-in conditioner solves it like magic.

    Obviously we’re all different in our responses to these things, but since I became allergic to PPD last summer I’ve benefited from other people’s experience and also done a lot of experimentation myself, and I’d be delighted if some of it helps others too.

    Good luck – Margaret

  66. Wow you really have tried a lot of things and I am glad you’ve had success! I have been in constant contact with Hairprint but they haven’t offered to test my hair so I wonder if they do that anymore. I will ask if my third attempt fails. I guess I need to wait a few weeks before trying again because each time I use Hairprint, I get sick – as in a cold from almost 2 hours of a wet head in winter. Battling a cold right now!

    I haven’t masked my old hair with anything and my trouble with the extreme drying is more on the part of the hair that has the hairprint solution. I will look into the rich conditioners you suggested.

    thanks for your continued inputs and suggestions!

  67. Can you use this if you don’t use any shampoos? Do you have to use a shampoo before or after? I am concerned that this will make my no-poo reset. I only use conditioners on my hair. I’m currently switching to water only wash.
    Have any fellow no-pooers used this?

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