How to Prepare Your Hair for HAIRPRINT Colour Restoration

It takes courage to try something new and unfamiliar, especially when it comes to beauty and personal care. If you’re looking to ditch the conventional colour and try HAIRPRINT instead – we salute you!

Before you dive into the wonderful world of truly natural colour restoration, there are a few things you need to know. Getting a HAIRPRINT treatment is an investment, and we want to help you make sure you get the best possible results from that investment.

One Week Before Treatment

Start preparing your hair one week before you’re due to use a HAIRPRINT colour restoration treatment, be it at home or in the salon. Just like an artist must prepare their canvas before making that first brush stroke, you need to get your hair properly cleansed and ready, before that masterpiece can shine.

A week before treatment, STOP using any and all conventional hair care products. No shampoos, conditioners, gels, mousses or sprays. No dry shampoos either!

Why? Well, these products are filled with silicones and other chemicals which build up on your hair over time, and this build-up can affect the efficacy of your HAIRPRINT treatment.

If your hair shaft is coated in build-up or “blockers”, the HAIRPRINT treatment can’t get into the hair to work its melanin restoration magic. This means you might see it “slip off” or lose its depth and intensity within just one or two weeks of your treatment. This is not something you want to happen when you’re taking the plunge and investing in an innovative new way to care for your hair!


Removing Chemical Residue from Your Hair

Ideally, we would recommend prepping your hair using HAIRPRINT’s Chelating Shampoo, which is 100% natural and works wonders in removing mineral deposits and chemical build-up.

However, importing HAIRPRINT shampoos internationally via air freight is currently too costly – the shampoos weigh more than the colour restoration products and are therefore significantly more expensive. The Rand-Dollar exchange rate has also made it difficult to afford air freight prices for these products. Not only that, the shampoos are currently being reformulated, so we’d prefer to bring in the new and improved formulas when we can.

The good news is, even without this special chelating formula, you can create your own DIY residue-free hair cleansing treatment at home.

If your hair starts to feel greasy or dry during the week, use these 100% natural solutions to wash and condition it:

Home-Made Shampoo

To make a natural, no-build-up shampoo, mix some bicarbonate of soda and water into a paste. Cover your hair with this paste and massage it well into your scalp. Then rinse it off in the shower. Repeat if needed. Your hair will be left squeaky-clean and grease-free.

Natural Conditioner

To condition your hair, use apple cider vinegar in the final rinse. This golden vinegar will soften your hair and add shine. You can also mix it with water and add it to a spray bottle, for use after shampooing.


Your HAIRPRINT Pre-Treatment

The pre-treatment currently has a very high alkalinity of 9, and it’s important to keep this in mind when applying it to your hair. Don’t apply the pre-treatment to areas that you won’t be colouring, especially the ends of your hair. The high alkalinity will leave it feeling hard and dry.

Before the pre-treatment, apply a natural oil or butter to the ends of your hair, to make sure they don’t get pre-treated. Use coconut oil, jojoba oil or shea butter. This creates a “mask” that protects the ends from the highly alkaline pre-treatment formula.

Remember though, don’t put the oil near the areas you DO want to treat, or that will prevent the HAIRPRINT product from getting into your hair.


Homeopathy, Not Pharmacology

Unlike conventional hair colours, HAIRPRINT is not a chemical-laden quick fix. It’s very different to what we normally think of as hair dye, and that means we must use very different methods to see the results really shine. We can’t apply old logic to new solutions.

On your HAIRPRINT journey, we’d like to challenge you to “become your own chemist”, by using these home-made hair care goodies to prepare your hair for treatment. Big change is never comfortable, but it’s always worth it, and you’ll be amazed by the benefits at the end of the day!

How was HAIRPRINT invented?

Dr John Warner of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (Massachusetts) is the mastermind behind HAIRPRINT. An honorary chemist, Dr Warner, has received many awards including the Perkin Medal – widely recognised as the highest honour in American chemistry.

Over a four-year period, Dr Warner was able to perfect a safe, non-toxic process that imitates what hair follicles do – infuse hair with its natural pigment.

When Warner began his journey to find a natural way to colour hair, he began with working on grey hair cuttings that took on varying shades, ranging from light brown to jet-black.

Unable to achieve consistent results, Warner inquired what the problem was and was advised by his supplier that the cuttings were not from a single donor. They were in fact from many sources. That is when Warner realised that HAIRPRINT might be restoring natural colour to the hair.

He tested this theory by applying it to his hair, which had gone grey as a young man at Princeton. In just 80 minutes, it returned his hair to the same colour he remembered having thirty years before applying the treatment. HAIRPRINT was born.

Once exposed to HAIRPRINT, the hair’s natural pigment though currently, grey hair accepts the pigments which are being restored to the hair via the treatment, resulting in your natural colour appearing. Dr Warner knew this when he began experimenting. What he did not expect was how HAIPRINT transformed the condition of the hair, making it stronger, giving it more body and lustre.

Rather than thinking of HAIRPRINT as a colouring agent, think of it as a Hair Healing System that just happens to restore grey hair to its natural colour.

To learn more about the science of HAIRPRINT, please watch our short series of  videos.

How is HAIRPRINT different to hair dyes?

HAIRPRINT is different to hair dyes. In conventional colouring, the chemical known as phenylenediamine (PPD) is the key covering and colouring grey hair.

Hair dyes work by opening up both the cuticle and the cortex of the hair using ammonia or MEA, removing the natural colour (pigment) that is there and placing a new colour or rather a coal tar dye, in its place. Couplers, oxidizers and harsh chemicals are also present in conventional dyes.

HAIRPRINT, however, replaces the missing pigment common to darker hair colours (light brown to black hair)

During the colour restoration treatment:

  • New eumelanin is synthesised within the cortex structure of the hair restoring its natural colour.
  • This process is called melanogenesis and occurs regularly in the human body.
  • HAIRPRINT creates the precursors of eumelanin, relatively small monomers that penetrate the cuticle layer into the cortex.
  • Forming eumelanin pigments that polymerise becoming too large to be washed or abraded out.

Check out these videos with the creator of HAIRPRINT Dr John Warner as he explains the concept and product further.

What is HAIRPRINT and how does it work?

HAIRPRINT Colour Restorer is a natural colour treatment restoring the natural eumelanin – aka pigment or colour, to your hair.

We’re giving you the hue you were born with, the way nature intended. The pigment that creates the colour of your hair lives in the hair follicle. HAIRPRINT Colour Restorer imitates that biological process and adds back the natural colour (eumelanin) from the outside. Working with vegetable extracts from velvet beans, we have created a simple, safe and harmless way to restore grey hair.

We do not use any dyes, PPD, PTD, coal tars, paraben’s, high levels of ammonia or peroxide to strip colour. There is no smell, itching or burning, treatment restores and strengthens the hair while adding body and improving the natural shine of your hair, where applied. The eumelanin pigment, naturally produced in hair, is a protein and while your hair changes from grey back to its natural colour where applied, you are also adding protein to the hair.

HAIRPRINT works by restoring the natural pigment to your hair. Because all ‘hair prints’ are as unique as fingerprints, the structure of your ‘hair print’ determines how the pigment arranges itself. It also determines how light refracts, and refraction determines how we perceive colour. Dyes do not do this. That is why hair saturated with natural pigment always looks different and better than hair that is chemically dyed.

During the HAIRPRINT treatment, new eumelanin synthesises within the cortex of the hair. This process is called melanogenesis and happens continuously within the body.

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