Ingredients to Avoid

The ingredients in the hair care, hair styling products and treatments you use can negatively impact your Hairprint results and the general health and well-being of your hair. We believe that plants and all-natural ingredients hold the key to vibrant, strong hair and a balanced scalp.

Ingredient: Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or Quats

What is it? Categorized as "natural" polymers, bromine or chlorine salts of ammonia. Quats 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 concerning, quaternary ammonium salts.

What does it do? Quats reduce static and frizz in the hair and also make it feel softer. Quats also 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 creates 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 when exposed to heat. 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.

 Keywords to look for:

  • guar/honey/beet
  • hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride
  • behentrimonium chloride
  • behentrimonium methosulfate
  • stearylkonium chloride
  • cetrimonium or cetrimide chloride
  • dofanium chloride
  • tetraethylammonium bromide
  • didecyldimethylammonium chloride
  • babassuamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate
  • behenamidopropyltrimonium Methosulfate
  • cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Words ending in: chloride, -methosulfate, -quat


*Please note, Quats cannot be removed with our Detoxifying Chelating Shampoo. You must allow time for the ingredients to dissipate. 7 days should do, but the longer you avoid quats the better your results will be*




Ingredient: Silicones

What is it? 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. Silicones are the most prevalent ingredient found in shampoo, conditioner and styling products. It 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.

What does it do? 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. 

Keywords to look for:

  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • dimethicone copolyol
  • cyclomethicone
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • methicone
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • amodimethicone
  • Words ending in: -cone, -cane, -xane, -conol




Ingredient: Proteins

What is it? Protein is often used for strength, shine, hydration, and to reduce breakage. Protein helps temporarily repair damaged areas in hair by filling in gaps in the cuticle. It is also used to keep hair hydrated by slowing the loss of water.

What does it do? Proteins, when used properly, can help restore strength and shine to the hair. Any residues from the protein can cause dryness if it is not absorbed fully into the hair. Proteins in shampoos and conditioners can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size of the protein and how it is applied. Smaller proteins, like silk wheat or vegetable proteins will lodge inside the cortex of the hair. Larger proteins like wheat or keratin adhere to the cuticle. Styling products, when used with heat, can seal in protein for much longer usually about period of, 1-3 months. Internal supplements of proteins like silica, bamboo, or biotin can cause all growth emerging at the root to contain protein. If your hair texture has changed since taking the supplements determine whether or not your hair truly requires more protein. If necessary, contact the manufacture of the product containing the protein, to find out how long it lasts on or in the hair.

Key words to look for:

  • hydrolyzed wheat, soy, rice protein
  • hydrolyzed keratin
  • hydrolyzed silk protein
  • hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • hydrolyzed Amino Acids
  • keratin
  • Variations of hydrolyzed collagen

*Please note, Hairprint is a protein treatment. This is what helps bind the pigment to the hair and helps improve shine and strength. After Hairprint Color Restorer, using products with added proteins is not necessary or beneficial. Proteins can make the hair dry if there is an overabundance.*




Ingredient: Minerals/Chlorine/Residues

What is it? 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, just like you see on the inside of tea kettle, and makes the hair dull, limp and lifeless.

What does it do? do? Hard water minerals can negatively impact your Hairprint coverage and may cause your results to be brassy.

Keywords to look for:

  • iron
  • calcium
  • copper
  • magnesium
  • chlorine




Ingredient: Oils-Infusions/Treatments

What is it? Oils are very nourishing and healthy for the hair. They often leave the hair with a soft, shiny and manageable feel and can be found in shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and treatments.

What does it do? Oils 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.

Keywords to look for: 

  • castile soap
  • hair bar shampoos
  • argan
  • jojoba
  • sunflower oil
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • shea butter
  • coco butter
  • avocado oil
  • macadamia oil
  • castor oil
  • 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 you 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 our Planet 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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