The last time I used a conventional hair dye was December 2015 which is crazy for me considering I lived and died by my standing 4 week appointment. I don’t mess around. My grays come in fast and furious and I have a low tolerance for any strand left untreated. At 38 years old I have been going gray for almost 20 years and at this point in time I would probably consider myself to have at least 50% gray hair. But you would never know because I am always on top of it.
This year however, the tables have turned. So long toxic hair dye. Hello Hairprint. Since January (2016) I have been exclusively using Hairprint to color my grays. “Organic” hair dyes which claim to be organic or “healthy” all employ some form of PTD, PPD, P-Aminophenol or Resorcinol which are all highly toxic. Don’t believe the claims – there is no “better” or “healthy” hair dyes out there. If your hair dye is working, it is using a combination of these chemicals. If you want to know more about the dangers of exposing yourself to these toxins you can follow-up here – it’s not pretty.
Hairprint is a revolutionary technology. It uses 8 food-grade ingredients and an inert thickener to bring color back to gray hair. It is the cleanest hair color on the block and if you want to learn more about what’s up with Hairprint you can check out my full review here.
This post is a summery of my experience with Hairprint over the last few months. I tried using one box of product at home in January and got about 75% coverage so I took a trip out to San Fran to meet the owner and have the product applied professionally at the Hairprint salon in Sausalito, CA. I’m excited to say using two boxes of product we got near 100% coverage. Check it out!
I came home so excited about these results. This is amazing coverage. In terms of overall look, tone, consistency and shine these initial results seriously rival conventional hair dye coverage. Now here is how it wore for the month.
This is one week later:
Super happy with how this looks. Very little fading – color remains uniform and bold. I was also using True Botanicals nontoxic shampoo and conditioner. Using a gentle shampoo and avoiding HOT water will definitely help to retain pigment.
Two weeks later:
You can see a little bit of fading happening here – some inconsistency in the shades of brown but no gray bleed through. The color definitely lightened as the weeks went by. It didn’t wash out but some strands/area lightened more than others. The average man on the street would probably not even notice but for the purpose of illustrating how it wore, this is what was happening at two weeks. You can see what I mean best in the middle picture above.
This is 4 weeks and 9 washes. You can see how subtle the color fade is when shown in contrast to the gray line growing in at 4 weeks. I’m sure fading and wear will depend on how often you shampoo, temp of the water, type of shampoo used but this is a good gage for anyone who is interested in what to expect for an average 30 day wear. Four weeks is when I would typically be ready to apply again so I did!
I signed up for Hairprint’s monthly subscription which is 35.10/mo and is delivered every 4 weeks. Typically a box is 39.00 – ordering a monthly subscription will save you 10%. In San Fran we used two boxes of product but I wanted to see if I could get away with using one and not having to spend 88.00 and 3 hours of my life every month. Here are the results at home with one box:
Okay, less than desirable results here. I would call this maybe 80-85% coverage. Honestly, it’s not horrible but knowing that the product can perform better than this left me disappointed. But guys, I’m not a quitter so I consulted the company again and they suggested trying 1.5 boxes. So I did. I waited another 3-4 weeks and then reapplied again last week. This is what I got for results:
As my friend Suzi says, “CAN I GET AN AMEN?!” I was so happy with these results! I think mostly because I had tried to apply at home twice before with less than successful results so when I took the towel off and saw solid coverage – I was doing a Cabbage Patch/Running Man Mashup in silent celebration at 10pm in my kitchen – silently of course – I mean, don’t mess with sleeping kids. Anyways…
I would consider this 95% coverage. It looks pretty uniform here but there were a few stragglers and strands that still shine silver or are just way lighter compared to the rest of the coverage. Don’t get me wrong – If this is Hairprint’s max performance I will take it but I know it can do better so I am pushing it. I talked to the owners again and I got some suggestions and tweaks for next month to try and bump this up closer to 100%.
So what exactly do I mean by 1.5 boxes? And what exactly did I do? Here’s the nitty gritty:
- I pre-washed with Hairprint’s prewash for 20 minutes. I split the prewash into thirds so I probably shampooed three times but washed consistently for 20 mins.
- The last five minutes of the prewash I added some baking soda along my hairline to up the pH a bit which was suggested by Hairprint.
- I applied 2 #1 solutions and set the timer for 15 mins then rinsed.
- Then I applied 1 #2 solution – set the timer for 15 mins and rinsed.
- Then I applied 2 #3 solutions – set the timer for 15 mins and rinsed.
- Lastly shampoo and condition with my own products.
The success of Hairprint depends of several hair and environmental variables including hair texture, density, thickness, hair history, previous product used and soap scum residue. Environmental factors include things like hard or soft water. That’s why this product does not apply as a one size fits all product. If you are willing to invest the time and commit to it – you will reap the rewards. Listen, no one ever said green beauty or committing to a nontoxic lifestyle was easy. I’m not saying applying Hairprint is hard but finding the right application method for me is definitely a work in progress. BUT look what dedication and commitment can get you (see most recent application pics). MMMhmmm, that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!
Next month I am modifying my application process again so I will keep you posted on the results. I also have more application tips from my experience with 100% coverage in San Fran here.
Let me just say it again – eight FOOD-GRADE ingredients and an inert thickener – I am so EXCITED about this product – so long toxins, so long grays! Have you tried Hairprint? What’s been your experience?
*All pictures are raw and have not been edited or undergone any post processing.