Disclosure: I receive free oVertone products in exchange for referrals. (I have also purchased oVertone with my own money in the past.)
Now that I’ve been a redhead for over a year using oVertone, I figured I should do an updated review/hair color evolution post. If you missed my original oVertone review, check it out for more details on my initial experience. Also check out my post about how I match my eyebrows to my red hair. If you’re interested in trying oVertone, get $10 off your first oVertone purchase here!
oVertone makes vegan and cruelty free ((Logical Harmony approved)) color conditioners–you can use them to color your hair and/or keep your color vibrant. How much/what color you’ll get from oVertone conditioners depends on the hair color you start with–there are swatches of each oVertone conditioner on various hair shades on their website for reference, but the best thing to do if you’re not sure how to get the color you want is to email them and ask.
How I Use Overtone
The first time I tried oVertone, I used the Vibrant Orange Deep Treatment to go from my natural dirty blonde color to orange/red (it took me two deep treatments to get the color I wanted.) Then I used the Vibrant Orange Daily Conditioner after shampooing my hair and did another Deep Treatment every month or so to maintain my color.
After a few months, I switched to Extreme Orange, which is more pigmented. ((The pastel conditioners contain 20% pigment, vibrants contain 60% pigment, & extremes contain 100% pigment.)) It’s better for maintaining my color and is also a better overall value since it contains more pigment (and only costs $1 more.) One Deep Treatment of Extreme Orange makes my hair more even and vibrant than Vibrant Orange, and the Extreme Orange Daily Conditioner helps my color last longer without fading.
The Deep Treatments are meant to be used weekly, but I don’t find that necessary and only do one every 4-6 weeks or so when my roots grow out. When I use the Deep Treatment, Lucas saturates my hair for me by applying it in sections to dry hair while wearing gloves (thanks babe!), and then I leave it in for about 30 minutes and then rinse it out with warm water. Sometimes there is a little bit of color on the skin near my roots, which fades with a shower or two, but if I have an event or something and want fresh hair, I color it a few days before rather than the night before.
When using the Daily Conditioners, I add some conditioner to wet hair in the shower after shampooing and leave it in for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse it out with warm water. Update 2019: I no longer use the Daily Conditioners–I don’t want to risk getting color on our newly remodeled shower, so now I just do the Deep Treatments.
oVertone Copper Kit
Recently I decided to try the oVertone Copper Conditioner Kit, which comes with Extreme Orange and Vibrant Red Deep Treatments. I mixed equal parts Extreme Orange and Vibrant Red and did my deep treatment as usual. The change is subtle, but as you can see, it is a little more reddish.
oVertone is kind of pricey, so if you’re starting from scratch with no color, you may want to color it with something less expensive like Arctic Fox Dye, which is also vegan & cruelty free. I haven’t tried it so I can’t speak to how it performs, but my blogger friend Morgan has if you want to check out her review.
The reason I decided to color my hair with oVertone though is because I’ve never colored my hair at home and was intimidated by it, and oVertone seemed less scary to me since it’s a conditioner instead of a typical dye. I also thought it would be more gentle on my hair, and while I can’t compare it to normal dyes since I haven’t tried them, oVertone doesn’t dry out my hair (and actually makes it feel softer). Even though it’s not cheap, it lasts a long time for me, and I feel like it’s a good product/worth it, and it’s still a lot less expensive than going to a salon.
The only drawback to using oVertone for me is staining. oVertone does stain my shower (especially since switching to Extreme Orange). Our shower is old and crappy so I don’t care, but I am concerned about if we eventually move because I wouldn’t want it to stain a new/nicer shower. I think part of it may be that our shower is just so old it’s not stain resistant at all though, but I’m not sure. If you use oVertone too, please comment and let me know if it stains your shower or not!
My Hair Color Evolution–From Vibrant Orange to Extreme Orange to Copper
And now for the fun part–photos of the various stages of my oVertone orange/red hair! I’ve included a few different shots of each since the color depends on lighting.
My Natural Color (Dirty Blonde)
Here’s what my hair looked like while using Vibrant Orange (after 2 initial treatments):
With Vibrant Orange, the color showed up more on the lighter sections (previously highlighted years ago) towards the bottom of my hair. In bright light, it looked vibrant and orange, but in darker lighting or in Polaroids, it looked more strawberry blonde than red/orange.
Here’s my hair after switching to Extreme Orange:
With Extreme Orange, my hair looked more evenly orange/red and vibrant, even in lower light/Polaroids.
And lastly and most recently, here’s my hair after a Copper Kit treatment (a 50/50 mix of Extreme Orange and Vibrant Red Go Deep Conditioners):
Have you used oVertone or another cruelty free hair color? How did it go? Let me know in the comments! Also if you have any other questions about my experience with oVertone, check out my previous post and/or leave a comment.
*This post contains referral links, meaning I will get a credit towards free oVertone products if you purchase through them–thanks!