If Hairprint® has access to the hair, it works beautifully. However, there are chemicals, compounds, and even some ingredients labeled as "natural" or "organic" in today’s shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that coat the hair and leave behind a buildup of residue. Residues clog the pores of the scalp, cover the hair strand blocking the follicles of the hair which can promote bacterial or fungal growth on the scalp and cause dryness and damage to the hair. Repeated use and build-up can cause an unbalanced scalp and hair environment. Silicones, quats, oils, soaps (such as Castile soaps, or potassium cocoate) and other ingredients prevalent in almost every hair care product on the market: shampoos/conditioners/styling products can leave behind residues. You need to eliminate buildup in order for Hairprint to work. In order to remove the residue on your hair, we recommend using one of our Hairprint® Detox Options. Please see below for more details.
If you think your hair has buildup, we recommend one of our Hairprint® Detox option shampoos; Exfoliating, Chelating, or Clarifying for residue removal. Our Chelating does double duty as both a hard water mineral and residue build-up remover.
Detox Shampoo- Pre-Hairprint Color Restorer Directions: Use within 24 hours or less before your Hairprint Color Restorer treatment. Leave on for five minutes, and/or wash twice. Use no other shampoo, conditioner, or styling product. When ready, use your included Prepare packet and our mixes as directed in your Hairprint Color Restorer kit. This is a hair detox process in order to return your hair to its natural condition which will allow Hairprint Color Restorer to work better.
Post Hairprint: Commercial clarifying shampoos have strong surfactants and we do not recommend them. Many contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is too strong for the scalp and will remove color post Hairprint Color Restorer. After use of Hairprint Color Restorer, we recommend use of one of our Made Safe Certified daily shampoos and conditioners- the last 6 options on the product page; Bamboo Combo, Amla Shampoo, or Bio-Active Kelp Combo. Recommend use- Every 2-3 days. They are safe for color treated and virgin hair of all colors and types.
If you have QUATs in your products please see our special recommendations as these can cause build-up in the hair for 2-3 weeks that cannot be removed with our detox shampoos.
Below are some examples of the products, substances, and ingredients that cause buildup and block Hairprint. Please see our Recommendations should these ingredients be in any of your shampoos/conditioners/styling products. This is key to making Hairprint work for you.
SILICONES - Silicones are the the most prevalent ingredient found in almost every shampoo, conditioner and styling product on the market. Most are not water soluable, for example, dimethicone. It will build up on your hair to the point you literally have to scrape it off. It can also clog the hair cuticle and scalp follicles cause hair thinning or loss. Silicone ingredients often end in cone, conol, col, or xane. Silicones are synthetic polymers not unlike plastics or rubber that coat the hair. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, glosses, serums, pomades, waxes, gels, and glazes. Please use Hairprint Clarifying Shampoo the same day or just prior to a Hairprint treatment in order to remove any residue from the ingredients/product types listed above. Recommendation: If you have silicone build-up and wash once with Clarifying Shampoo, you might only make the silicone sticky first time out. You may need to wash again. You can wash once or twice depending on need, 24 hours prior to your treatment. Use no other shampoo, conditioner, or styling product. Within 24 hours or less, use your included Prepare packet and our mixes as directed in your Hairprint Color Restorer kit. This is a hair detox process in order to return your hair to its natural condition.
Examples - Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyol, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Methicone. Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane
PROTEINS - Many shampoos and conditioners contain protein, but usually the protein is window dressing on the label and has almost no impact. On the other hand, leave-in protein treatments or styling products with ingredients like keratin are used with or release formaldehyde, when heat is applied they cause internal and external residue on the hair. Recommendation: If you are using protein infused leave-in products, please discontinue 2-3 weeks before Hairprint. If you've had a straightening treatment like a keratin, Brazilian blowout, or similar treatment done to your hair in the last 2-3 months, please read our Transition Tips article as you can only use Hairprint Color Restorer on your roots and new growth as they come in until the treatment has dissipated entirely. Otherwise these protein treatments will block Hairprint Color Restorer from accessing the inside of the hair wherever the treatment effects remain.
Example: Keratin Treatment or Brazilian Blowout (lasts 1-3 months). Also; Silk, Corn, Wheat, Soy, Vegetable Peptides/Protein, etc (lasts 2-3 weeks).
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 justify quats because they can be made from turnip oil, guar, sugar, or honey. What something is made from does not matter. What it ends up as does matter. Quats can defrizz the hair and make it feel softer, however, it is the MSG of hair care: addictive, in some cases harmful, and often unnecessary. Many quats are hormone and endocrine disruptors, cause acute dermatitis, and/or release formaldehyde. They cause build-up both inside and outside of the hair and scalp. Creating a vicious cycle of use while essentially destroying hair health from the inside out. When you rinse quats down the drain they end up in the water supply and they are toxic to fish. Truly healthy hair does not need synthetics. Avoid them! Recommendation: If you have used a product that contains quats, please stop use of all products with these ingredients for at least 2-3 weeks before using Hairprint Color Restorer. We recommend using one of our detox options; Chelating, Clarifying or Exfoliating, once every 7 days during this waiting period. Once this period has passed, and you are ready to use Hairprint Color Restorer the day or night before the treatment, use your detox shampoo- Directions Pre-Hairprint Color Restorer: You can wash for 5 minutes. Or wash twice. Use no other shampoo, conditioner, or styling product. Within 24 hours or less, use your included Prepare packet and our mixes as directed in your Hairprint Color Restorer kit.
Examples: (guar/honey/beet, etc.)-hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride or methosulfate, stearylkonium chloride (and/or cetrimonium or cetrimide), dofanium chloride, tetraethylammonium bromide, didecyldimethylammonium chloride, Babassuamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate, Behenamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate.
MINERALS/Chlorine/Residues - If you have hard water (all well water is hard as is 80% of U.S. municipal waters), you will need our Chelating Shampoo to remove the calcium (lime), magnesium and iron. Minerals create a ‘'wall" that is like a bathtub ring on your hair. Certain minerals can block Hairprint and alter results after a treatment. We highly recommend Hairprint Chelating Shampoo. It is gentle, but effective. We recommend using Hairprint Chelating Shampoo Pre-Hairprint or post swimming to remove chlorine deposits. It will eliminate and continue to remove calcium deposits that build up over time, lodge in the follicle, cause limp lifeless hair and hair loss. Chelating Shampoo can stop an itching dry scalp, return your hair to its natural shine and body, and greatly improve coverage with Hairprint Color Restorer. If you find your hair going brassy or dark after three weeks, it is often due to mineral content in the water. These mineral deposits can be removed with one wash of Chelating Shampoo. Our Chelating Shampoo is also a Clarifying Shampoo. You need not use both. Recommendation: Directions Pre-Hairprint Color Restorer: You can wash once or twice depending on need, 24 hours prior to your treatment. Use no other shampoo, conditioner, or styling product. Within 24 hours or less, use your included Prepare packet and our mixes as directed in your Hairprint Color Restorer kit. Chlorine Removal: If you swim, please apply a protective coating like a conditioner or oil on the hair prior to swimming to keep the hair from receiving too much chlorinated water contact. You may also use a swim cap over the protected hair. This layer of protection should also help the Chelating Shampoo from removing too much color Post Hairprint Color Restorer. We do not recommend using the Chelating Shampoo for 7 days post Hairprint True Color Restorer
Examples - iron, calcium, copper, calcium, magnesium, chlorine.
OILS- INFUSIONS/TREATMENTS/BASES- Oils are very healthy for the hair. Especially, if they are from pure excellent sources like organic coconut oils, shea butters, and other raw and wonderful ingredients. However, they need to be thoroughly removed before using Hairprint Color Restorer. They generally take 7-10 days to dissipate naturally. Recommendation: Clarifying or Exfoliating. Directions Pre-Hairprint Color Restorer: You can wash once or twice depending on need, 24 hours prior to your treatment. Use no other shampoo, conditioner, or styling product. Within 24 hours or less, use your included Prepare packet and our mixes as directed in your Hairprint Color Restorer kit.
Examples- castile soap, hair bar soaps, oil listed as top 3 ingredient in product, or any additional oil treatments and infusions.
These examples can never be a complete list. Companies make and produce new compounds from new/different ingredients all the time!! These are merely examples and guides for things to look for. This prevalence of residues in almost every product on the market is what compelled us to make our own brands of shampoos and conditioners. They are Made Safe Certified (see attachment for more info). They contain no harmful ingredients and have no silicones, polymers, quats, or any of the plastic like coatings. All ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners are nourishing yet easily removed with one of our detox shampoo options Pre-Hairprint Color Restorer. Our Made Safe Certified Combos, will allow your color treatments to last longer as they contain no harsh sulfates.
Every product we make was made to respect the health and safety of your hair, the body, and the planet we all share.
General Recommendations: We recommend the process of detoxing your hair first using one of our Made Safe shampoo options; Hairprint Clarifying, Exfoliating, or Chelating Shampoos. Use your Hairprint detox shampoo option prior to any Hairprint Color Restorer treatment.
Anytime before or after Hairprint Color Restorer, we recommend the use of one of our gentle Made Safe Certified daily shampoos and conditioners- Safe for virgin or color treated hair. May be used in any combination, the last 6 shampoo/conditioner options on the product page; Fermented Bamboo, Amla, or Bio-Active Kelp Combo. You do not need to use Hairprint Color Restorer to use these shampoos. They are universal options for any hair type/color, suited for virgin hair and color treated. Please also see our article entitled Hairprint Shampoo/Conditioner Description Suggested Use for more information on each selection and our recommendations for use.
If you are uncertain about how to proceed and intend to use Hairprint Color Restorer, a good process to follow is to use our Made Safe Shampoo and conditioner options. Our gentle cleansers are free of harmful or stripping ingredients and wash clean without residue. Our conditioners are free of synthetic residues most of which cause harmful build-up and are unable to be removed with a simple shampoo. Please use your Hairprint selections (Amla, Bamboo, or Kelp in any combination). Use for 2-3 weeks before starting your Hairprint treatment. When ready use the detox shampoo, of your choice; Clarifying or Exfoliating, or Chelating Shampoo. Use the day or night before your treatment. Use once for 5 minutes on wet hair. Rinse. Or wash twice before rinsing. Use no other products: shampoo, conditioner, or styling products. No more than 24 hours later, use Hairprint Color Restorer; using our included Prepare packet and all mixes as recommended. This is a good process to follow any time you use Hairprint Color Restorer. The time period in between treatment varies based on your hair growth rates and personal goals. You may use smaller focused root treatments to cover gray as it appears.