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Our Pretreatment ingredients are all listed as either O's or 1's on EWG's Skin Deep database, the safest ratings. Potassium cocoate is a surfactant used for centuries. Lauryl glucosides are surfactants made from sugars. Diatomaceous earth is a micro abrasive made from diatoms, sea creatures’ skeletons that are millions of years old. Xanthan gum is a thickener made from polysacchirides. Ethylhexylglycerin is used to suspend the diatomaceous earth and is made from vegetable oil. Caprylyl glycol is a skin conditioner and is a mild preservative, made from fatty acids in coconut or other oils.
One of the biggest contributing factors to Hairprints success is using hair care products that allow Hairprint® to access the hair. Alternately many of the hair care products you use on a daily basis contain ingredients that coat and block the hair shaft, which prevent Hairprint from gaining access. Hairprint always works…if it can get into the hair. Please see our list of Strong Blockers and how to address this.
Hairprint’s stated purpose is for scalp hair, although many people have applied Hairprint to their beards and are happy with the results. Please note facial hair applications may not be as effective or as long lasting as a scalp hair application. The reason for this is facial hair is very different in texture and stubbornness and is therefore more resistant than scalp hair. Hairprint may also stain the skin as the it is more porous in these areas. If you decide to use Hairprint on your beard please understand we cannot guarantee results. Should you decide to proceed, we recommend leaving the treatment on for 15-18 minutes per application step.
Leave the pretreatment on for five minutes and during the pretreatment process, take some baking soda and rub it into the resistant hairs, either against the scalp or between the thumb and index finger. This will provide more alkalinity (which opens up the cuticle) and helps remove sebum that might be coating the hair.
Hairprint does not work on blonde, red, chestnut or auburn hair because those hair types contain an additional pigment called pheomelanin. Hairprint replaces eumelanin only. It is the pigment in all black and brown hair. However, we are continuing our development efforts to create products that will work on other shades.
Yes, if your hair is dark brown to black, Hairprint can work well. If your hair is light brown or dark brown, let us help you make the transition to avoid the hair going too dark. See the FAQ below "How do I transition from chemically altered hair to healthy hair treated with Hairprint."
Yes, you can, as long as you do not place Hairprint on the bleached portion of your hair. If you want to retain your highlights, you will need to apply a heavy coating of pure shea butter on the highlighted hair in order to prevent coloration. If you want to highlight after the Hairprint treatment, that will work but you will have to protect the highlights next time around.
If you are using 100% pure red henna, with no additives, you can safely apply Hairprint. You do not need to follow our transition process. The real issue comes not from henna but from the often undisclosed and/or added ingredients. Many henna products are actually what is known as compound henna. If your henna is any color other than pure red henna, it is a compound henna. These type of products contain lower quality henna often mixed with various additives, additional plants dyes, metallic salts, PPD’s, and synthetic dyes. These are simply henna based, not pure 100% henna. Compound henna interacts with anything placed on the hair, causing it to react unpredictably to any hair treatment. In the case of added plant dyes like; Indigo, Amla, or Cassia it can simply cause hair to go darker than your natural color. In the case of additives that are chemical based it can cause very dry and damaged hair unless it is removed completely. If you are unsure of the current condition of your hair, or have any doubts as to the purity of your henna, please follow our transition process.
Relaxers weaken and break the natural structure and bonds of the hair. Thusly, allowing a naturally curly hair matrix to straighten. Depending on strength and chemical composition of the relaxer used, this weakening can cause hair to become prone to dryness, damage, and breakage with every relaxer treatment. We have found that using Hairprint actually restores the bonds of hair. Once inside the hair, Hairprint causes eumelanin proteins to link together . This provide ‘muscle’ to the hair. It will make your hair plumper, shinier, and stronger. Hair health is being restored. Because of the way that hairprint works, we highly recommend that if plan to relax your hair that you do so after a Hairprint treatment and not before. If you have relaxed the hair and wish to use Hairprint, we recommend using our transition method to ensure that your hair remains healthy and strong.
We do not recommend putting Hairprint directly on to bleached, or highlighted hair, or brown hair that is currently being dyed. It will turn the hair too dark. If your natural hair color is darkest brown to black (1-2), there is no problem and you can apply Hairprint directly to the dyed hair.
If you use 100% pure body art quality henna or indigo you do not need to transition, although you may require two applications to see full results as henna clogs your hair.
If your product does not disclose or label ingredients you may be using a compound henna. In which case, please use our transition method.
Many women may want to make a transition from using hair dyes and compound hennas to Hairprint. This is how to do it:
Instead of placing Hairprint on all of your hair, apply Hairprint only to the roots and the new growth. After washing with the Pretreatment, put a heavy coating of pure shea butter on the dyed, bleached or highlighted portions of the hair so that the rinse water does not get into those portions of the hair. Apply Hairprint as instructed, but only on the new and gray roots. If you rinse during the Hairprint application process, towel dry your hair and reapply a heavy coating of shea butter before applying the next step. Every month, continue to extend coverage to the new undamaged hair until you are treating all the hair. Your new growth will be shinier, healthy, and feel very different. There is no replacement for damaged hair except your own natural hair growth.
Why do this? Hair has an innate structure, which arranges the eumelanin pigment in a way that is unique to you. We call that your “hairprint.” That structure determines how pigment refracts the light and thus how we see color. Chemical hair dyes and bleaches are designed to strip hair of its color, which damage the internal structure of the hair. If you have light to brown dyed hair and use Hairprint without making this transition, your hair color will be much too dark.
If your hair is bleached or highlighted with bleach.
Bleached hair soaks up Hairprint, and as with dyed hair, it will go too dark with light or medium brown hair. In some instances, we have seen a slight greenish tinge in highlights. If your hair is highlighted and you want to retain them, you or your stylist can apply a heavy coating of shea butter during the process so that you are only coloring the darker areas. Please read our Transition Tips above for complete details. And, you can always highlight after a Hairprint treatment.
If you use relaxers and straighteners
If you straighten or relax your hair and it is dark brown or black, your hair will look great if you use Hairprint. Additionally, what we have seen with our African American clients is how straightened and relaxed hair gets stronger due to the restoration of eumelanin in the hair. Once inside the hair, the eumelanin protein links together and provides ‘muscle’ to the hair...It is the real deal and not some artificial chemical that messes with the integrity of your hair. It is what your natural healthy hair contains, and it will make your hair plumper, shinier, and stronger. Hair health is being restored. If you straighten or relax your hair, we recommend doing this after Hairprint, not before.
Yes. This is especially important for men or women with short hair, or for touching up your roots. Keep in mind that this isn't advisable for hair or roots longer than 1-inch in length, and if this is your first application of Hairprint and/or have more than 30% grey hair, we recommend using the full kit for best results. Hairprint cannot be measured by volume or ounces. We recommend a gram scale that measures 1/10th of a gram. We also recommend using the full pretreatment packet when dividing the kit. We have additional packets for sale in our online store.
Important note: The contents of packet/bottle #1 and #2 are the same. When you divide a kit, divide packet and bottle #1 in half and use it twice. Leave packet and bottle #2 unopened for the next time you need to apply the product. Here are the proportions to divide the kit in half:
On all of the liquids - pour out 56.5 grams.
On packets #1 or #2 - measure out and use 17.4 grams.
On 'Brown' packet #3 - measure out and use 5.2 grams.
On 'Dark' packet #3 - measure out and use 5.4 grams.
After opening the #3 packet, be sure to seal the unused portion tightly by rolling up the sachet, putting a rubber band around it, and sealing it in an airtight ziplock bag. Store the product in a cool (55-70F) dry place. The powder may discolor slightly during storage, but it has no impact on the efficacy of the product.