The purpose of a Transition is to protect chemically treated hair— permed, relax, dyed, highlighted/bleached—from getting into contact with Hairprint. We want to protect it because chemically treated hair is damaged. The internal genetic template inside the cortex, the "hairprint," is not there due to the impact of the chemicals. Hairprint infuses the hair with its original pigment, eumelanin. The hair arranges the pigment using this internal structure. That structure determines how light refracts, and the way light refracts determines how we see color. When the internal and external structure of the hair is damaged, chemically treated hair will go darker than its true color because the hair strand is no longer properly structured.
An example of progressive chemical damage is seen below.
Please follow our transition tips below to protect any chemically processed hair during your Hairprint treatment.
We recommend using raw solid form butters such as cocoa butter, shea butter, or other hair butters that coat the hair. Once melted they can be applied to processed hair. They will provide a strong coating that will not rinse off during the application. The good news is that your hair will love the butters. Do not use oils they will wear and rinse off leaving your chemically treated hair darkened.
*We recommend you start this application process with at least 1-2" of new untreated root growth.
Begin with our Exfoliating Shampoo or Chelating Shampoo. Use as directed the day or night before. Do not use any other shampoo, conditioner or styling products.
Within 24 hrs or less, use the entire included Prepare packet. Massage gently in to roots area and work the rest down in to hair like a conditioner. Let sit for 5-30 minutes. The more stubborn your gray, the longer you may leave it on. Rinse. Towel dry hair so it is not dripping.
If necessary you may dry the hair to see where to apply protection. This is helpful in cases where you do not have a visible line of demarcation between your dyed hair and new root growth. Using the melted raw butter of choice, cover all the processed hair with a generous coating of protection.
We generally recommend one kit for all new first time applications. Follow our Single Kit Directions. Apply all mixes; starting with both sets of Restore mixes. Apply to the unprotected new growth at your roots. You do not not need to reapply a coating of butter, after rinsing both sets of Restore mix from your hair. Apply Mix 3- Complete Liquid and Powder: you may use all over or pull some through from your roots to you ends. Rinse when complete.
Shampoo and Condition to compete the process.
You may need to shampoo more than once. Or you may use or Exfoliating or Chelating shampoo on the areas where you have placed protection to thoroughly remove the butters from your hair. Please do not use the Detox shampoos on your newly treated roots for at least 7-10 days.
We highly recommend using one of our Hairprint Shampoo and Conditioner selections; Amla, Bamboo, or Kelp after your Hairprint Color Restorer treatment. This will encourage longer lasting results and new healthy growth after application.
You will repeat this process until healthy new growth has replaced your dyed and damaged hair. It takes care and time to restore chemically damaged hair back to its natural and beautiful state. You may prefer to get the help of professional or a knowledgeable friend, especially if you have longer hair. You may think this too much of a hassle, and that is understandable.
However, know that hair dyes/perms/relaxers/waves do not just color or change the natural hair matrix. Putting aside the fact that they can cause acute dermatitis without warning, these chemicals are electron scavengers, and they will take any electron they can find, including from cells inside the follicle. This damages the melanocyte and keratinocyte cells in the follicle. These cells make your color and hair. Over time, this may accelerate the rate your hair goes gray and diminish hair quality over time, making hair thinner, grayer, and brittle. If you make a transition now, your hair will be healthier long into your life.
If your hair is already at 80% or more damage (you are experiencing split ends, brittle/broken hair) this extent of pre-existing damage makes the hair fragile and possibly prone to further damage. There is no cure for damaged hair except healthy new growth. We only recommend treating new growth if and when your hair and scalp are ready. It may be best to rebalance your hair and scalp before using Hairprint.
*Our selection of shampoos and conditioners can help rebalance your scalp, remove residues, and ready your hair while you grow out your roots in preparation for a Hairprint application.
If you are already experiencing 80% or more damage you may contact us using the contact button in the right hand side of the this help desk. From there, we can provide you with advice aimed at helping you restore damaged hair which is process that will ready your hair and scalp for the process of transitioning.