Coloring grey hair safely is an important topic in the natural beauty world for good reason. The chemicals used to cover grey hair in traditional dyes are harsh and can lead to some pretty awful reactions and health consequences in the long and short term.
If you’re someone who has experienced irritation, rashes, burning or other symptoms from hair color, but don’t want to stop coloring your hair as its going grey, then hold on to your seats…
A company called Hairprint has come out with a product called the “True Color Restorer” that claims to be the safest way to banish grey hair, and seems to be turning the hair color industry on its ear with a revolutionary technology that isn’t actually a color or a dye!
My Hairprint Review
Just warning you now, this is not going to be some 2oo-word, fluffy article. I’m diving deep into this review on Hairprint True Color Restorer. I subjected my own head (and I’m super precious about my hair) to testing for your benefit — and potentially my own too.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I almost never do reviews or single posts about one product, but this one seemed way too juicy to pass up. Because finding the safest way to color grey hair is majorly important to many of you.
In full disclosure, Hairprint sent me their products to use and this link will give you 15% off your first order (I’ll also get a small commission, which helps me keep the bills paid, so I can continue to write fabulous articles like this), but they did not provide compensation for my review.
Not Willing to Go Grey Gracefully?
It’s totally understandable that you might not be ready to embrace your grey hair quite yet. Studies have shown that the more grey hair a person has, the instantly older they register in perceived age.
That perception can affect how people subtly treat the with regards to things like a being a potential mate or new employee. Unfair, but true.
On the flip side there is a huge movement towards full acceptance letting grey hair take over – particularly in the millennial culture, where the latest trend is purposely dying hair to look grey!
I fully support whatever you want to do with your hair, especially if it gives you more bounce in your step.
The safest way to color grey hair naturally
The problem with most brands of so-called “natural” hair dyes (including the one I usually use) is that they are better, but not perfect when it comes to avoiding harsh chemicals.
Most have replaced nasty ingredients like ammonia, but in order to really penetrate the hair and covering stubborn greys, they still include PPD.
Henna is an option for some people, but not everyone is excited about the way henna works or how the color ends up looking. That’s why Hairprint True Color Restorer is a serious contender for those who just want to restore their natural tones without the toxic junk.
What makes Hairprint the safest?
MADE SAFE is a private certification body (which I cover in The Ultimate Natural Beauty Shopping Guide). They put these products through the wringer, scrutinizing all of the ingredients, and decided Hairprint was the safest complete brand of hair care products on the market.
You can find out more about MADE SAFE’s standards on their website.
Who does Hairprint True Color Restorer work for?
If (and this is a big if) you don’t have more than 50% grey and naturally have black, brown, or light brown hair.
They are still working on formulas for blondes and redheads. You can dramatically reduce your grey hair if it’s over 50%, but they don’t promise it will go back all the way.
Magic. Sorcery. Green Chemistry: How Hairprint Works
The folks at Hairprint say they’re not about hype or outlandish claims, but it’s pretty crazy what this product promises to do: be a totally non-toxic way to restore the pigment of grey hair back to its original color!
To me, this sounds like some sort of sorcery.
I’m no scientist or chemist. So I’m just gonna lay it down as how I understand it, after it was explained to me.
Apparently the wizardry is actually a genius development in green chemistry that the co-founder, Dr. John Warner, found to mimic the way a chameleon can change color.
Somehow he studied and isolated the thing that makes that change happen, got to thinking (probably over a cauldron with some eye of newt) and found he could do the same thing with grey hair.
Rather than depositing color onto and into the hair cuticle, like a normal dye would, Hairprint’s formula creates a non-toxic chemical reaction that changes the pigment of the strands of hair themselves.
Essentially the safest way to “cover” grey hair non-toxically is actually to restore it!
Why Hairprint True Color Restorer isn’t a Dye
It took me a long time to wrap my head around the idea that Hairprint True Color Restorer isn’t a dye. Here’s my simplified version to help you understand: