Back in July, I told you about a new hair color product I was trying out called Hairprint. It was invented by the country’s top scientist in the field of “green chemistry” (i.e. the kind that aims not to make people sick), Dr. John Warner. I went through some ups and downs with the product. At this point, I’ve tried it three times at the salon and twice at home, and my conclusion is that it’s a wonderful product if the person applying it has skills.
In my own experience, I’ve seen better results when it was applied by a professional, in my case the fabulous Philippa Shenandoah, who introduced me to Hairprint.
My most recent treatment was the best so far. I trekked over to Sausalito because Philippa is worth it! Plus, a photo by the Golden Gate Bridge is a nice bonus.
She first used a chelating shampoo that removes residue on your hair left from products like conditioner, gel, etc. She prefers Sunday Shampoo by Bumble and Bumble, and I believe using it was key to getting a great result. If you have any residue on your hair, it can block the “pores” in your strands where the color takes up residence. (Read more about how Hairprint works here.)
Every Hairprint kit does come with a pre-treatment shampoo designed to remove residue, but if you use a lot of product, Philippa recommends doubling up. So after the Sunday Shampoo cleanse, she also used the pre-treatment, and then applied the first two rounds of Hairprint.
I was in need of some fresh highlights, so that was the next step. I’ve had ombré-style highlights for years, and I was ready to try something different. She balayaged it (basically she painted it), focusing on the hair underneath to create a subtle effect.
Next came the final Hairprint step, which toned and locked in the color. Below you can see how it looked after my blow dry… a rare photo of me with straight hair! And can you believe how shiny it is? That’s one of the benefits of using Hairprint: it makes your hair healthy and super duper shiny like it was when you were a kid.
The highlights are not very visible, but check out the photo below after I curled it. I’m way into the color and cut!
The two times I tried to apply Hairprint myself, I didn’t get the best coverage. I asked the company about this, and a representative said it was likely because of residue on my hair (I use Kevin Murphy products and they work well but definitely leave a trace). It was also partly because I am not very good at coloring my own hair. I have a lot of hair and it’s tough to see what’s going on. I was in Philippa’s chair for a long time (4+ hours—about 1.5 hour of that was for the Hairprint treatment, the rest was highlights and a hair cut and blow dry), but it was worth it!