I’m not usually very adventurous with my naturally dirty blonde hair1, but I’ve always loved red/orange hair and was finally ready to do something fun and different this past December, so I decided to try coloring my hair red with oVertone color.
I heard about oVertone from Mia, who colored her hair an amazing teal with it. I looked into some other vegan and cruelty free hair colors, but I decided on oVertone because I’ve never dyed my hair myself, and it seemed less intimidating to use since it’s technically a color conditioner and not a hair dye. I also hoped it would be less damaging to my hair than standard dyes.
By the way–I’m not sponsored or affiliated with oVertone, I just want to share my experience for anyone out there who’s looking for information about vegan hair color.
I wasn’t sure which conditioners to order so I sent oVertone an email asking what I should use to achieve my goal: Jessica Hamby hair! I sent photos of her and my current color, and they responded saying I should try Vibrant Orange (starting out with the Go Deep treatments until I got my desired color and then maintaining it with Daily Conditioners). I ordered the set that comes with both as well as a trial-size conditioner.
Coloring my hair (Go Deep Weekly Treatment)
When the conditioners got here, I got my partner Lucas to help me with the Go Deep treatment since you’re supposed to saturate all of your hair evenly, and I have so much hair. I also bought a dye brush and some alligator clips to make it easier. It took a while, and honestly it seems like it would be difficult to do it yourself, unless you’re already good at dying your hair and know what you’re doing.
After one treatment my hair was reddish, but not as vibrant as I wanted, so the next day Lucas did the treatment again, and then I was really pleased with the results! I went out that night and got a bunch of compliments–someone even said my hair looked like fire.
Maintaining my color (Daily Conditioner)
After I got the color I wanted, I started using the Daily Conditioners every time I washed my hair to maintain my color. I only washed my hair every other day or every third day and used dry shampoo (mixed with cinnamon to match my hair better) if needed.
Using the daily conditioner was easy for me since I always put conditioner in, put my hair up, and leave it like that while I wash my body and face anyways, so nothing about my routine changed other than the conditioner itself. Apparently it’s better to wash your hair with cold water to fight fading with dyed hair, but with oVertone it’s fine to use warm water, which is awesome.
oVertone recommends that you use the Go Deep treatments every week, but to me that’s a pain, and the conditioner is pricey, so I got away with just using the daily conditioner for about 5 weeks before I felt like I really needed another Go Deep treatment. My hair did fade some, but it was still red.
After that treatment, I used the daily conditioner only for another 4 weeks, and then I stopped using it, and about two weeks after that, most of the color had faded. (I want to be blonde for an event later this month, so I wanted to make sure it had time to fade.)
As I hoped, oVertone didn’t feel damaging to my hair–it may sound weird, but my hair actually seems drier and gets tangled more easily since I’ve stopped using their daily conditioners. My hair is naturally oily though, so I’m not sure how it would affect drier hair.
Since I’d never colored my hair at home before, I wasn’t sure how bad it would be as far as potentially staining things. The Go Deep treatments have 50% more pigment than the daily conditioners, so they have more staining potential, and I did stain the shirt I was wearing (which I expected.) I never had any issues with the color running after using the daily conditioners though, and the daily conditioner didn’t stain my hands (I’d always wash them off with soap right after.) The daily conditioner did stain my shower in a couple of places where I accidentally got blobs of conditioner, but that could be avoided by being more careful–our shower is old and kind of stained anyway so I wasn’t that worried about it.
Honestly coloring my hair with oVertone wasn’t cheap since my hair is so long, and I had to do two initial Go Deep treatments, which used up almost the whole bottle ($28.) Obviously it’s still a lot less expensive than going to the salon though. Next time I’d probably order Extreme Orange instead of Vibrant since it’s more pigmented so I could get more color for the price. They do offer 10% off too if you sign up for a subscription to get it every month.
It’s 100% vegan and Logical Harmony approved! It smells very minty, if you’re into that. Coloring your hair with oVertone doesn’t work as well with darker hair, so you’d have to lighten or bleach it first for more noticeable results.
They have a lot of info up on their site on how to use their conditioners as well as swatches of their shades over various hair colors, so check it out if you’re interested.
Overall I loved using oVertone because it was exactly what I was looking for: vegan hair color without going to a salon that isn’t hard to use or damaging to my hair! And honestly I look pretty damn hot as a redhead! 😉 I’m going blonde again for an event later this month, but after that I’m thinking about either going orange again or trying a different color, maybe pink or cherry red. Thoughts?
Update 6/8/2017: I didn’t go blonde after all–I love the red too much! Also I switched to Extreme Orange! I’m still using the Daily Conditioner after I shampoo, and the Go Deep about once a month.
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Have you tried any vegan hair dyes or colors? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve been various shades of blonde my whole life, with the exception of a few months when I was 19 and decided to dye my hair dark brown. ↩