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.  

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.

How Sulfates Mess With Your Colored Hair

  There has been a lot of controversy mulling around lately about sulfates - particularly in your shampoo. Have you noticed those little labels on your bottle that say 'sulfate free?' If you've got colored hair (and we're guessing that there's a good chance you do, since you're hanging out with us), you're probably already up on this trend.   Originally under attack for being cancer-causing, sulfates are basically a cheap detergent that give a heavier lather to inexpensive shampoos. According to other reports (and a little heresay), we also know that sulfates are supposed to dry your hair out faster, manhandle your curls in to an extra frizzy state, and fade your colored hair like mad.   The recent question on everyone's mind is this: Is any of this even true?   Sulfate shampoos have been all over the market and have recently become even trendier along a "the fewer chemicals the better" line of logic. It makes sense - we're certainly big believers in fewer chemicals and more organic materials here at oVertone.   Some "hair experts" have said in interviews over the past year or so that there's not any actual evidence to back these claims up.   Side note: How does one receive the title "hair expert?" I will now officially knight myself with the title of hair expert until someone tells me otherwise. And when/if they do, I am likely to ignore them.   Ahem..... back to evidence. I don't know about any of you, but I consider the hair on my head to be enough evidence for me, and I almost always experiment on my own hair before making any theoretical claims. Liora does, too, and in the earliest of the oVertone days, we started by testing our product on ourselves.   I've used all kind of shampoos - the kind with sulfates, the kind without, the kind that lather, the kind that don't lather at all, the kind for color-treated hair, and the ultra moisturizing kind made especially for curls. After all of that, I can definitively say that in my experience, shampoo formulas with sulfates DO mess with your 'do. It will strip your color faster and dry it out like crazy. I'm originally from a way more humid place and am currently living in the desert, so my strands need an extra boost of moisture to keep things in line.   Third-party research or not, here's what I avoid based on the research I've done on my own head: Shampoos with sulfates Anything that contains the word 'clarifying' Shampoos marketed as being 'not too heavy'    All of the guys listed here will strip your color. Especially if you're pre-lightening your hair, coloring it, and/or damaging it on a regular basis with heat styling, you want a moisturizing shampoo without sulfates.    Got some thoughts about your shampoo? Let us know what you like (or hate) at @oVertoneColor.

Can I Dye My Hair With oVertone?

  We get this question ALL the time.     Can I use the oVertone conditioners to dye my hair?    The answer - technically - is yes. BUT, there are some things to consider before using oVertone to color your hair.    Firstly, oVertone conditioners are NOT hair dye. They do not lift, lighten, or bleach your hair. This means that if you do not already have naturally blonde or pre-lightened hair, the color from your oVertone will only combine with what you've already got.  oVertone always works best with pre-lightened or already dyed hair.   If you're working with medium brown hair, for example, our Extreme Red line will give you a beautiful mahogany tint.  However, if you have medium brown hair and want to add our Extreme Purple, your hair will turn a darker shade of brown due to the purple mixing with the yellowish tones present in brown hair!  Check out the photos below for examples:  (You can also find strand test photos on the individual product pages!)        Blonde ladies - you're not out of the woods completely! Any shade of blonde darker than the very lightest platinum still contains an underlying yellow tint. This means that using Pastel Teal on naturally blonde hair may give you a greener result than you expected.   Our Extreme conditioners (and even the Vibrant ones) contain enough pigment to overcome a light blonde level of yellow tone, but if you plan to go with Pastel, take your naturally occurring pigment in to consideration.   Here's an idea of what you can expect with a handful of different starting hair colors and oVertone shades:    Got questions about mixing oVertone with your non-pre-colored hair? Tweet us @oVertoneColor or comment below and we'll help you out!