Henna and oVertone

We couldn't believe our luck when we got a quick email request from friend and Tribal Fusion dancer Sophia Ravenna offering up her hair for some oVertone testing. (photo by Jade Beall) As you can see, Sophia's hair is LONG.  Very long.  She's been using Henna (Lush's Caca Rouge) since approximately 2011, and estimates that her ends have been henna'd approximately six times at least.  She was curious to see what oVertone could do for her ends, and we were eager to see as well! (Pictured: Sophia Ravenna and her LONG ASS HAIR.  Also, "I'm ready for Color" sloppy pants) We decided to test two colors - Extreme Pink Go Deep and Vibrant Orange Go Deep.  We split up about 6 inches of her ends into two parts, and applied! Sophia's ends LOVED the oVertone.  The Vibrant Orange added a punch of color to her coppery strands that made her hair look fresh and happy, and the Extreme Pink gave it a lovely sunset-y tone.  Together, they gave her a look that we dubbed "Raspberry Sunset". Here's what Sophia said about her experience with oVertone: "I totally went into this expecting that it wouldn't work at all and would just leave my ends looking weird. When we rinsed my hair out and saw the gleaming orange and raspberry highlights I got really excited! Turns out henna and fantasy hair colors aren't mutually exclusive. I'm looking forward to showing off a full head of raspberry sunset hair at my next bellydance performance!" Henna Heads everywhere rejoice!  oVertone is for you, too.  What color combos are you mixing on your head?  Let us know in the comments!

oVertone and Gray Hair - Let's Talk Silver

Ah, gray hair. (Natural Silver Sista, from Black Girl Long Hair)   We love our gray haired friends, and even though gray hair is a fantasy hair trend all on its own, some of our naturally silver heads want to change it up with some serious fantasy color!  We can't say we're against that at all - we're fans of awesome hair at any age.   But how DOES oVertone work with gray hair?  Does it work well, does it not work at all?    Well, here's what we know:   1. All grey hair reacts a little differently, because the structure of the strand is very different from the structure of a white-blonde bleached strand. We see some people apply our conditioners to grey and it soaks the color right up. Others have grey hairs that are more stubborn and don't like to take color unless you process with a traditional dye, which contains cuticle-opening chemicals that you won't find in oVertone products.   2. One of our clients had the following advice in the Offbeat Home comment section: "I tried vibrant and extreme purple, teal, and blue samples on my virgin 30-50% grey hair (very healthy, actually white, not grey, nor is it wiry) after the first offer and got some nice results. Leave on for 30 min+ and wrap in plastic or a disposable cap. The color was subtle with vibrant (more like pastel in the white areas) and more noticeable with extreme. Saw no color deposition on my non-white hair (which is dark ash blonde). I didn't try to maintain, but the extreme lasted 3-plus washes after one 30 min treatment, and the vibrant lasted at least 2. Loved the blue and purple colors, teal didn't look as good with my coloring, even though I look awesome in teal. Definitely lots of fun and less messy than chalks for some temporary color fun! Will be using this to restock in extreme blue and purple, which look awesome pieced on my hair."   Do you use oVertone to take you out of grayscale?  Got any tips for those looking to change it up?  We want to know about it, and we want to see it! Post your pics and tag #oVertone so we can check them out and share them with the world!  

Strand Tests

We love our strand tests!  They're an important tool in helping make sure that you can find your perfect color.  Here are six facts about our strand tests to help you get the most out of them. 1. Each product is swatched on a platinum blond strand and a light brown strand of natural hair.   2. Each swatch is made with one application of product only.   4. Strand tests are uploaded to the product pages - so if you're looking to see a swatch of Extreme Purple Daily, head right on over to that page!   5. There is NO editing done on any of our strand tests with the exception of cropping the image and adding text.   6. Some of our favorite colors have come out of unexpected strand tests!  Check out our two surprise favorites below.       And there you have it!  Six facts to get you going with strand tests.  

3 Ways to Customize Your Results with oVertone

Let's talk customization. oVertone, at it's core, is about getting to express yourself fully all the time.  This is why we've created a wide range of colors in different intensities.  However, never ones to put others in boxes, Maegan and I want to reveal some NEVER BEFORE REVEALED KINDA-SECRET BUT NOT-REALLY CUSTOMIZATION METHODS!   Customization method #1: The Combine-A-Thon Less like a tantric love session than it sounds, The Combine-A-Thon method employs a creative touch - namely, mixing colors together to make awesome personalized variations.  Each of our colors is fully bendable with every other color in our line (watch out though: color wheel rules apply - mix Blue and Orange and you'll get murky!) to allow you the opportunity to make your color as unique as yourself. Are you more purple-pink than true purple like Yueh? Mix it up!  Grab a purple and pink and do your worst.  Looking for a coppery tone?  Grab a red and orange and get busy.     Customization method #2: Get Hot Want bolder color?  This method isn't as damage free as the others, but it can certainly give you some awesome results.  When using Go Deep, take a break from the shower and step toward the shower cap and blow dry method.  Put your hair in the shower cap, and then blast it with some warm air from your hair dryer!  The air will help your hair cuticle open up to accept more pigment, and the shower cap will keep the heat close to your hair where it'll do the most good.  Be careful not to over heat (you wouldn't want to melt the shower cap or burn yourself).  After about 5 minutes, stop blow drying but keep the cap on for 10 extra minutes before rinsing out.     Customization method #3: Count the Seconds Need a shade that's lighter than our Pastel?  No problem!  Focus your efforts on the Daily Conditioners.  After selecting the right color (or colors), follow directions up to the timing.  Now, Daily Conditioner directions state to leave in for 3-5 minutes.  If you need lighter results, shorten that time!  Try 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 2 minutes until you've achieved your perfect shade.    There you have it!  Three new ways to make oVertone a perfect fit.   Got any other ideas?  What are your favorite color combos and techniques?  Share 'em in the comments, we want to know!  

Why Is oVertone Better Than Dye + Conditioner?

  For many people in the fantasy hair color world, before oVertone we were keeping our hair from fading with one of two things: 1. Constant dye touchups 2. A cocktail of dye + conditioner   When people first learn about oVertone and decide to make the switch, the most commonly asked question I get is "Why are the oVertone conditioners better than my mix of dye + white conditioner?"   Great question!    Since I'm answering it all the time, we're adding a blog post to tell everyone the colorful details on why oVertone beats out all of the DIY alternatives out there.   For Vibrant and Extreme users, it's brighter If you use the Vibrant or Extreme conditioners, you're packing a colorful punch! Our conditioners contain between 3x and 15x the pigment that you would be adding with a mix of semi-permanent dye and regular conditioner.   For Pastel users, it's just right every time No more guessing with amounts and mixing just the right amount of dye in to your conditioner to make sure your purple stays more lavender than eggplant. The oVertone conditioners are foolproof every single time. Just throw it on, rinse it out, and watch your hair stay gorgeous.   The color is always even and perfect There are two main problems with a mix of dye and conditioner. Since they aren't formulated specifically to mix together, they don't always soak in to your hair evenly when you apply them. Anyone who has tried this at home will tell you that if you don't mix things JUST right (and sometimes even if you do), you end up with a splotchy result. This has to do with the way conditioner closes up the cuticle of your hair, leaving you with a chance that some sections of hair will take the color much better than others. The oVertone conditioners, by comparison, are specifically designed to give you an allover even and consistent application of color every time.   Zero damage, magical healing Mixing dye and conditioner can add color to your strands, but the heavy alcohols used in semi-permanent dyes really negate the hydrating and healing effects of the conditioner you're mixing in. This means that your hair will stay dry, fragile, and damaged. The oVertone conditioners contain no alcohols or heavy chemicals, so your hair can soak up the color AND the hydration. We want our hair to stay bright, but we also want it to be healthy.   Wash your hair as often as you want Since you're adding a top-notch dose of color and super-dense healing ingredients, there's no reason to skimp on washing. Used to stretching those shampoo rinses as long as possible? Not any more. Suds it up!   More styling options - with or without heat Because you're hydrating and healing up your strands on a regular basis, using the oVertone conditioners means that you can use heat tools and styling methods that you have to avoid otherwise. When your hair is dry and damaged from constantly applying the harsh chemicals of a dye mix, you have to be extra careful with how you style it. Not with oVertone! Heat up that iron and go to town.   Get back in hot water Seriously, you can use hot water to rinse your hair now. No need use cold water to close up the cuticle of your hair and lock in the color. In fact, the oVertone conditioners are actually formulated to work BETTER with hot water. Go ahead - get steamy.   Got more questions for us? Tweet 'em to @oVertoneColor.

Before & After: Electric Eggplant (And Some Fraggle Rocking)

  C'mon, people. It's time to get your purple on.     Technically, we could call this post "Can I Dye My Hair With oVertone: Part III, Slow Boat Edition." Cynthia used our Extreme Purple Daily Conditioner and Extreme Purple Go Deep to go from freshly bleached blonde to electric eggplant.   Step One: Start with light- to medium-blonde hair.   Step Two: Use Extreme Purple Daily Conditioner two to four times over the course of a week, every time you wash your hair.     Step Three: Liberally apply Extreme Purple Go Deep at the end of the week. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse out as normal.   Post by Overtone.   Step Four: Fraggle rock with your bad self.   Purple not your shade? Use any of the oVertone Extreme Conditioners to go from blonde to bright. Don't forget to take before and after shots and send them to us @oVertoneColor!

Before & After: From Orange to Ombre

  This week we're taking a close up of Lindsay's awesome retro hair for an oVertone before and after on how to go from all one color to a gorgeous ombre.     Lindsay started with a bright copper orange color all over. Since she very rarely uses any heat to style her hair, it's in super healthy condition. Because of this, we used Extreme Red and Extreme Orange Go Deep on Lindsay. (SURPRISE: More damaged hair actually absorbs pigment better than healthier hair.)     To get Linsday's ombre look, start by sectioning your hair to make it easier to work with.  Then, apply Go Deep in the color that matches your current shade from your roots to about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down your hair, depending on where you want the ombre effect to start. Once that's done, start applying Go Deep in the color you've chosen for your ombre to the last 1/2 to 1/3 of your hair. Make sure you apply the conditioner liberally to get a good, even amount of color throughout. Let the conditioner sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse out like normal! Voila!     Don't have orange hair? No problem! You can duplicate this look with any base color. You can add purple ends to your blue hair, purple to your pink, or whatever other combination you can come up with.   When you're done, send us a selfie @oVertoneColor!    

Daily Conditioner Versus Go Deep - What Should I Use?

  Question of the week! When choosing an oVertone conditioner, which one is right for you? Should you pick the Daily Conditioner, or the Go Deep weekly conditioner, or both?      Let's tackle this first: What's the difference between the Daily Conditioner and Go Deep?   The oVertone Daily Conditioner is meant to be just that - a daily conditioner. Use it whenever you shampoo or rinse your hair to replace the color you're washing down the drain. Your strands will stay bright, hydrated, and ready for action.   Our Go Deep conditioner is meant to be a weekly deep treatment, the same way you would use a hair mask. Put it on once a week and soak in the extra colorful, extra hydrating goodness. Go Deep will keep your hair healthy and give it an extra kick of color at the end of the week.   Next, a few questions:   Do the Go Deep formulas contain more color than the Daily Conditioner formulas? Yes. Go Deep has extra hydrating ingredients and an extra pop of bright color.   Can I dye my hair with the Daily Conditioner? You can, but it will happen a little more slowly than it would if you were using Go Deep to do the job, since the Daily Conditioners contain less color and are meant to replace what you wash out in the shower with each shampoo.   What should I use if I want to add color to my naturally colored hair? We recommend that you use Go Deep in the color and intensity that you want until you are happy with the amount of color deposited. From there, switch to using the Daily Conditioner and sub in Go Deep once a week, or whenever you need a color boost.   Can I stop dying my hair altogether if I use oVertone? It depends on the color of your hair. If you are just adding color on top of your natural color - yes. But remember, oVertone conditioners only deposit color. They don't lift or lighten your hair, so if your roots grow in darker than the rest of your hair, you'll still have to lighten them.   How can I keep my hair as bright as possible using oVertone? For maximum brightness, we recommend using our Daily Conditioner on a regular basis and subbing in Go Deep once a week.    How long will my hair stay bright with oVertone? As long as you continue using the oVertone conditioners, your hair will stay bright and bold.    Can I use Go Deep as a daily conditioner? Yes, you can, but keep in mind that Go Deep is very hydrating. If you have fine to medium texture hair, you may find that daily use of the Go Deep conditioners become heavy. If you are looking to add additional color, try the Extreme Daily Conditioner in your shade.   Can I use the Daily Conditioner without using Go Deep once a week? Absolutely. Go Deep is an optional supplement that we recommend because of its hydrating, colorizing, magical goodness, but you can certainly use the Daily Conditioner on its own.    Got more? Send them to us on Facebook or on Twitter @oVertoneColor.

How (And When) To Use oVertone

  We've gotten a lot of questions lately about how oVertone works, what it's used for, and how long the color lasts. So here comes this blog post, like a knight in shining (and colorful) armor!   In a nutshell, oVertone is a line of color depositing conditioners made to keep fantasy colored hair bright and bold 24/7 without the typical fading caused by washing, styling, and the like. While the oVertone conditioners are not hair dye, they can be used to deposit color on to natural colored hair. For important information on dying your natural colored hair with oVertone, click here for a blog post we wrote about it or click here to see the part two follow up with some beautiful pink hair examples.   First things first - the oVertone conditioners come in two flavors:   Daily Conditioner The Daily Conditioners are for use every time you shampoo your hair. They deposit just the right amount of color to keep you bright and beautiful every day. Go Deep Conditioner The Go Deep Conditioner is a deep treatment to be used once a week. It will give your locks and extra-hydrating pop of color to keep them in salon quality shape right at home.     You also have a bunch of different color choices: The oVertone conditioners come in six colors: orange, red, pink, purple, blue, and teal. Each of these colors is available as a Pastel, Vibrant, and Extreme formula. The Pastel conditioners are for anyone who wants just a hint of subtle color. The Vibrant conditioners will give you a bold, rich color to keep your strands looking bright. The Extreme conditioners are just that - extreme. These are for anyone who wants to keep their color looking so electric that it could stop traffic.   (Welcome to this extraordinarily flattering picture of my Vibrant Orange hair.)   Using the Daily Conditioner Step 1: In the shower, get your hair wet and shampoo (or don't). Step 2: Apply oVertone Daily Conditioner liberally to your hair and distribute it evenly. Use gloves with Extreme formulas. Step 3: Leave it on for 3-5 minutes. Step 4: Rinse out (no need to use cold water) and repeat whenever you wash your hair!    Using the Go Deep Conditioner Step 1: Begin with clean, damp hair. Step 2: Apply oVertone Go Deep Conditioner liberally to your hair and distribute it evenly. Pay special attention to any places where you need an extra boost of color. Use gloves with Vibrant and Extreme formulas. Step 3: Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Step 4: Rinse out (no need to use cold water) and repeat weekly or whenever you need an extra pop of color!   (This is Katy, taking a juice break with Extreme Pink Go Deep on her previously blonde hair.)   How long does the color last? The oVertone conditioners are not dye, and are intended to keep your hair bright with regular use. Every time you wash your hair, you lose color by shampooing and rinsing. The oVertone conditioners replace the color that you've lost by depositing color immediately after washing. Your strands will stay vibrant and bold for as long as you use oVertone, and will begin to fade normally if you start using color-free conditioners.   Got more questions? Send them to us on Facebook or Twitter @oVertoneColor! We LOVE questions.