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!

Application Options – When do I use 1 or 2 kits?

When considering the best application option, whether to use one or two, base your choice on the length of your hair and the percentage of grey at your roots.

If you are considering the Half Kit Application method, be certain to mix the correct weights and store remaining product correctly.

Remember the following when considering this application process:

The Half Kit application method is suited for:

  • Short hair that is 5 -15cm in length or shorter.
  • Consider this method when doing roots on normal to fine hair, with a grey percentage of 30% or less.
  • Facial Hair/Beards
Single Kit Application
The Single Kit application method is suited for:
  • Consider this approach when doing roots on normal, fine or thin hair types with a grey percentage of less than 50% grey.
  • New growth hair measures between 15- 30cm in length.
Double Kit Application

The Double Kit application method is suited for:

  • Very coarse and thick hair.
  • The percentage grey hair is over 50%.
  • Untreated (natural hair) no longer than shoulder length.
  • Resistant or stubborn grey hair.
  • White hair is not ideal for HAIRPRINT. However, if you really want to see if there is any memory left in hair totally devoid of pigment and maybe memory, (the map where the pigment should be naturally) we would suggest you continue applying the Restore step until you get the deposit of the Hairprint natural pigments back into the hair. At this point, you would apply the complete step. Your hair will reveal whether it will accept the mimicry of Hairprints pigments. This may be a long and expensive exercise, generally not advised.

Begin your HAIRPRINT treatment with our Clarifying, Chelating or Exfoliating shampoo. For the best results, make sure that your hair is residue free.


Best Application Method – Standard Application

Choose the best application method for your hair type and its current condition.

You might need to check the colour chart to ensure you will be using the right shade.

The success of HAIRPRINT lies in the state of the hair. If the hair seems blocked or coated with anything, the colour restorer will not be able to penetrate the hair shaft.

The Standard application is a simpler process for hair that is:

  • Less than 50% grey.
  • If the percentage of coverage does not concern you with the odd grey hair staying uncoloured.
  • Not colour resistant/stubborn.

The Regrowth application is the same as the standard application.

When concentrating on regrowth or roots only, protect the ends you don’t want to colour.

You would protect the ends in the following scenarios:

  • You don’t want the ends any darker.
  • Your mid-lengths and ends are not in good condition and are compromised/damaged.
  • Your hair is currently much lighter than what your natural hair used to be.

The Resistant application is ideal for hair that is stubborn to absorbing colour or has proven to be resistant in the past. Essentially you are refilling the hair shaft that once had eumelanin.

  • The natural colour will not restore in one colour application.
  • You are in control of how much natural colour and pigment you restore.
  • You can repeat the three steps as regularly as you like. You are mostly filling an empty “cylinder” with pigment. Once it is full, it will possibly start to go darker than intended.
  • Try the double application method upon your first HAIRPRINT treatment.

Resistant Application for stubborn grey or coarse hair

The resistant application is ideal for stubborn grey hair. If your hair is very coarse, we recommend this application.

N.B. Before you begin, first determine if the Cleansing shampoos are necessary to remove blockers that could inhibit the process if there is residue or build up on the hair.

With this method, you are making use of the ‘double’ application within the two steps of the Restore process. Keep in mind that it now becomes four ‘applications’ of Restore and then the Complete.

How to PREPARE the hair for the resistant application.
  • Wet hair and shampoo with the full sachet of Prepare in the kit. Work bicarbonate of soda into the shampoo at the roots for stubborn areas.
  • Leave on for anywhere from 5 minutes – 30 minutes
  • Rinse
  • Remove excess water by towel drying the hair.
Step One

1. Mix 1 x Restore Liquid and 1 x Restore Powder components from the kit into a non-aluminium bowl. ( Depending on the length and density of your hair, you might want to split the sachets, using 1 sachet twice for the first 2 applications of Restore)

2. Once mixed the Restore swells into a mousse and changes in colour from pale pink to a dark red. Apply the mixture within 6 minutes if possible, working into the hair as you would a conditioner. Saturate hard to cover areas such as hairline and temples. Work into the lengths of the hair. The longer and more porous your hair is, the less product is needed.

3. Process for 15 minutes.

4. When the time is up, do not rinse. Instead, wipe away any excess colour restorer with paper towel.


1.Follow the same steps as above to apply your second application. Mixing Restore Liquid and Restore Powder components. (If you have split a kit use the second half of the first set of sachets)

2. Apply working into the hair and mixture already in your hair, or into the lower parts of hair not yet covered. Make sure the mixture is massaged thoroughly into the hair.

3. Leave on for 15 minutes. Do not rinse. Use your hands squeeze out any excess mixture.

4. Follow the same steps as above to apply the second mixture of Restore over the first application.

5. Work in like a conditioner to the mix already on your hair, or into the lower portions of hair not yet covered. Make sure the mixture is massaged thoroughly into the hair.

6. Leave on for 15 minutes.

7. Rinse well and remove excess water by towel drying the hair.

Step Two

1. Repeat the above process using the last powder & liquid sachets marked Restore.  Apply the mixture as quickly as you can.

2. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

3. When the time is up, use your hands to wipe away any excess colour restorer with paper towel.


1. Repeat the  restore process as above using the of last powder & liquid sachets marked Restore. Apply over and into the mix already on your hair.

3. Set timer for 15 minutes.

4. When time is up, rinse with warm water.

5. Towel dry to remove excess water.

Step Three

1. Mix the Liquid and Powder sachets marked Complete into a non-aluminum bowl.

2. Apply the gel-like mixture as quickly as you can. You will notice that formula #3 turns purple and does not expand like the first two steps. It produces a gentle heat.

3. Process for 10 minutes.

4. Do not rinse. Wipe excess off with paper towel/

Step Three – Part 2 COMPLETE

1. Repeat the process as above mixing the contents of the Complete sachets  (Liquid & Powder).

2. Repeat the process again with your second set/portion of Complete liquid and powder.

3. Massage into the hair to combine both mixes.

4. Adjust the timer for 15 minutes.

5. Rinse well and finish with HAIRPRINT Shampoo and Conditioner.

Upkeep and maintenance vary on the desired outcome, and colouring needs. Doing only the roots or regrowth is dependent on you, your hair, the percentage of grey you have and the result you are after.

If you have any questions or don’t get the result you want, get in touch.