How to achieve residue-free hair

When Hairprint® has unobstructed access to the hair, it works beautifully. However, there are film-forming chemicals, compounds and ingredients labeled as "natural/organic" in nearly every shampoo, conditioner and hair styling product on the market. These synthetic ingredients coat the hair, clog the pores of the scalp, cause bacterial/fungal growth, create dryness, cause damage, hair thinning and/or hair loss. These ingredients also block the Hairprint True Color Restorers ability to restore your hair.

Ingredients that may impact your results:

QUATS - Categorized as "natural" polymers these are bromine or chlorine salts of ammonia that act as anti-static agents, disinfectants, and algaecides. Many "natural/organic" hair care brands justify the use of quats because they can start out as turnip oil, guar, sugar or honey. However, after processing these naturally derived ingredients become something more sinister, quaternary ammonium salts.

Quats can defrizz the hair, make it feel softer and help a small dollop of shampoo or conditioner spread effortlessly through your hair. However, Quats are the MSG of hair care;  they are addictive, damaging and unnecessary. Quats create a suffocating build-up of residue that gums up both the inside and outside of the hair. Many quats are hormone and endocrine disruptors, they can cause acute dermatitis, and they can even release formaldehyde. Furthermore, when you rinse Quats down the drain they end up in the water supply and they are toxic to aquatic life. It is best to avoid Quats for the health of your hair, your body and the planet we all share.

Recommendation: If you have used products that contain Quats, please stop as soon as possible. You will need to avoid Quats for at least 3 weeks before attempting a Hairprint True Color Restorer application. *Please note, Quats cannot be removed with our Detoxifying Chelating Shampoo. You must allow time for the ingredients to dissipate*

Examples: (guar/honey/beet, etc.)-hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, stearylkonium chloride (and/or cetrimonium or cetrimide chloride), dofanium chloride, tetraethylammonium bromide, didecyldimethylammonium chloride, Babassuamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Behenamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate

Keywords to look for: -chloride, -methosulfate, -Quat

SILICONES - Silicones are the most prevalent ingredient found in shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Silicone is not water soluble and can severely build up on the hair. This build up can become so thick that you may have to scrape away the layers. This impenetrable residue clogs the hair, the follicles of the scalp, blocks the scalps ability to nourish the hair with sebum and causes hair loss, hair breakage and thinning. Silicones are synthetic polymers not unlike plastics or rubber and they are incredibly common in shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, glosses, serums, pomades, waxes, gels, and glazes.

Recommendation: Stop use of all products containing silicone for at least 10 days Pre- Hairpint. Remove silicone residue from the hair with our Detoxifying Chelating Shampoo. Use the Chelating Shampoo several times leading up to your Hairprint application. If you feel that your hair is oily or sticky after washing with the Chelating Shampoo, wash again and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

If you feel you have a very heavy build-up of silicone on your hair and scalp, you may also want to use the Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Wash to manually slough away the layers of debris.

Examples - Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyol, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Methicone. Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane, amodimethicone

Keywords to look for: -cone, -cane, xane, -conol

PROTEINS – Some proteins can create hardened shells around the hair that the gentle Hairprint True Color Restorer cannot penetrate. These proteins can also release formaldehyde when heat is applied to them.

RecommendationIf you are using protein infused leave-in products, please discontinue 2-3 weeks before Hairprint. If you've had a Keratin treatment, Brazilian Blowout, or  Japanese Straightening done to your hair in the last 2-3 months, please read our Transition Tips article. You will only be able to use Hairprint True Color Restorer on new growth roots until these treatment are fully dissipated from your hair. Please note, this can take up to 6 months depending on the treatment and your unique hair.  

Example: keratin, silk, amino acids, non-hydrolyzed wheat, soy, rice.

MINERALS/Chlorine/Residues -  More than 80% of the USA has hard water that contains calcium, lime, magnesium and iron. These minerals create a very strong residue on the hair that makes the hair dull, limp and lifeless. Hard water minerals can also negatively impact your Hairprint coverage and may cause your results to be brassy.

Recommendation: To combat hard water mineral residue you can use the Chelating Shampoo. It is gentle, but effective. Use Hairprint Chelating Shampoo 1-2 per week leading up to a Hairprint treatment. Use again 24 hours prior to your application. Stop use of the Chelating Shampoo for 7 days after the Hairprint True Color Restorer treatment. Resume use every 7-10 days thereafter.

Examples - iron, calcium, copper, calcium, magnesium, chlorine.

OILS- INFUSIONS/TREATMENTS/BASES- Oils are very nourishing and healthy for the hair. However, they need to be thoroughly removed before using Hairprint Color Restorer as they create coatings on the hair that our eumelanin pigments cannot penetrate. If there is oil residue present on the hair during a Hairprint treatment you may not receive full gray coverage.

Recommendation: Stop use of all oils for at least 7 days before a Hairprint True Color Restorer treatment. Remove all oils from your hair with several uses of the Chelating Shampoo. Use 1-2 per week leading up to the treatment and 24 hours prior.

Examples- castile soap, hair bar soaps, argan, jojoba, sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, coco butter, avocado oil, macadamia oil and all other natural oils.


Please note: The examples we have provided for all of the ingredients above can never be a complete list. Companies make and produce new compounds from different ingredients all the time. We have provided this information to help you decipher tricky product ingredient lists and to inspire your to become an informed consumer. Please read and understand the ingredients that you are putting on your skin and hair. 

After endless hours of searching for hair care products that do not contain harsh chemicals and residue forming ingredients Hairprint was compelled to create hair care that not only works seamlessly with our treatment, but also honors the health of the hair, the body and or Mother Earth.

All of our shampoo and conditioner options are Made Safe Certified and they contain no harmful ingredients. No silicones, no polymer, no quats and no harsh sulfates. All of the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners are nourishing and can be easily rinsed away with our Chelating Shampoo.


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