Ever since the hair dyeing craze last year in 2020, I noticed that there have been a lot more hair dyeing videos on Youtube. Of course, I enjoyed those myself. And among these videos, Overtone seems to be one of the highly mentioned products in DIY hair dyeing. However, I do notice that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of in-depth review regarding Overtone products, especially on Asian hair. Well, here are my thoughts about their products.
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What is this product?
Overtone is known for it’s damage-free hair dye that is different from the usual oxidative hair dyes. It’s a vegan, cruelty-free and damage-free pigmented hair conditioner that allows people to easily change their hair color when applied on bleached or brown hair. They provide product lines catered to these two hair base colors, with a range of three different levels, pastel, vibrant, extreme, for bleached hair. There are a wide variety of colors, which are mostly unnatural, such as green, blue, purple, and so on. But it is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada, unless you have an APO address.
Coloring Conditioner (8oz/236ml): $32 or $13 (2oz/60ml)
Daily Conditioner (8oz/236ml): $18
Since the ingredients are pretty much similar except for the colors, below are are the ingredient list for a couple that I purchased.
Vibrant Silver Coloring Conditioner: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol (from Mixed Plants), Cetyl Alcohol (from Vegetables), Stearyl Alcohol (from Vegetables), Glycerin (from Vegetables), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Organic Linseed) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Amodimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (from Guar Beans), Polysorbate 60 (from Vegetables), Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oil), Mentha Viridis (Spearmint Leaf Oil), Basic Brown 16, Basic Red 46, Basic Red 14, Basic Red 76, Basic Violet 16, Basic Violet 11, Basic Violet 1, Basic Violet 10, Basic Violet 14, Basic Blue 9, Basic Blue 99, Basic Yellow 40, Basic Yellow 57, Basic Yellow 13, Basic Green 4, Basic Orange 2
Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame Seed Oil), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed Oil), Organic Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Marigold), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile), Organic Panax Ginseng Root, Organic Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Organic Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel), Amodimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oil), Mentha Viridis (Spearmint Leaf Oil), Basic Brown 16, Basic Red 46, Basic Red 14, Basic Red 76, Basic Violet 16, Basic Violet 11, Basic Violet 1, Basic Violet 10, Basic Violet 14, Basic Blue 9, Basic Blue 99, Basic Yellow 40, Basic Yellow 57, Basic Yellow 13, Basic Green 4, Basic Orange 2
A lot of these ingredients are moisturizing ingredients, which support the product’s marketing of damage-free hair dye. It does seem that the daily conditioner has a lot more ingredients than the coloring conditioner, such as the addition of Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E which I find the difference really interesting. Although I would like to note that they do contain a non-water soluble sillicone, which I didn’t realize until I put this list together. I assume that it’s to keep the color in the hair.
Reason for Purchase
After bleaching my hair too much last year, I was looking for damage-free hair dyes, that do not contain ammonia and would easily fade away. As I’m currently based in the US, I end up hearing a lot about Overtone from Youtube and trusted it especially since Brad Mondo highly recommended it.
Since I wanted to dye my hair somewhat purplish tinted grey, I ended up purchasing the Pastel Purple Coloring Conditioner, Vibrant Silver Coloring Conditioner, Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner. I also thought that I would be able to use the purple to somewhat tone my hair as well, since I didn’t even want to use toner mixed with developer. On a side note, I knew they had a toning conditioner line, but I wanted to get something more multi-purpose since toning is usually just a one-time thing.
I only got the daily conditioner so that I could get free shipping, which I regretted the moment I got it, but was too lazy to return. Either way, I am pleased that they provided a guide along with plastic gloves.
Basically, the instructions say to apply the product on wet, clean hair, and wait for 20-30 minutes for the coloring conditioners, or 3-5 minutes for the daily one. But, I didn’t really follow the timing instructions because it depends on my current hair situation and my hair goals. This is especially the case with my daily conditioner, I really don’t want to wait for 3-5 minutes, especially since I apply it consistently after using shampoo. As for the coloring conditioners, I applied it onto my hair whenever I see that the color has faded a lot, maybe about every 2-3 weeks or so.
Application-wise it’s very easy since the texture is not watery, but thicker. When applied to wet hair, it’s quite easy to glide on it, and the product easily sticks to the hair as it quickly changes color to white. However, I never know how much product I should be applying, I always just try to fully saturate my hair.
I mixed equal parts pastel purple and vibrant silver in a bowl (similar bowl here).
Since my hair was not fully platinum to begin with, the pastel colors only latched on to the platinum parts, and not the non-platinum parts.
It does not look great on my untoned and unprofessionally done hair since it really shows the unevenness. If you look on the top part of my head,it’s more purple than the rest of my hair, since it’s lighter than the rest. Also, I didn’t know the level of lightness I wanted my hair to be, and how the colors would turn out on my specific hair, so it didn’t turn out as I planned. Especially, since I really could not really tell the silver, it just looks a little toned, but not the silver I was imagining.
So I did some more research, and thought that maybe my hair still had orange undertones, which is why the result wasn’t as expected. So I ended up purchasing the Extreme Silver Coloring Conditioner and the mini Pastel Blue Coloring Conditioner, hoping that it will tone my hair more and the color would be more vibrant.
Of course, I made sure to stay responsible with my purchase and finish up the tubs I purchased before ordering new ones. I didn’t have a photo of the process but below is the result of mixing a little bit of Pastel Blue with Extreme Silver on my hair.
I got to say it looks really good. But I may have also added a little bit of Arctic Fox’s Transylvania to make it darker, I don’t remember it exactly since it was about 6 months ago. On a side note, I think the blue does suit me more. But, this did fade into a green-ish tint, which I do not appreciate.
However since I’ve been consistently using the Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner, my hair is still silver to this date. Although I did redye my hair in between, but it’s still pretty much silver with a slight green-ish tint.
Please keep in mind that I only started using my daily conditioner after I finished my coloring conditioner.
I love the packaging, I think there’s no other way it could be better except if it were made of sustainable materials instead of just plastic. I have actually been reusing some of the packaging tubs as storage containers, since they are just the right size for storing items easily.
Check here for their recycling policy.
I’ll be honest but I am not a big fan of the scent, it smells artificially natural. I don’t know if that makes sense to you guys. I think it’s mostly because they have a lot of natural ingredients, such as various oils, but I think they added another scent, Rosemary and spearmint oil. Maybe it’s not artificially natural, but to me it smells artificially natural.
Overtone products definitely colors and conditions according to their claims. But for my hair, I don’t think it conditions enough, especially the coloring conditioners. I think other intensive hair masks perform much better in terms of conditioning.
And it’s definitely not for toning hair, which I should have known, but of course I had to try it for myself.
In fact, I think it functions more like a color refresher for the daily conditioner, or switching colors in between salon appointments for the coloring conditioner.
Overtone products are marketed as semi-permanent, but I think that depends on hair porosity. Even though my hair is quite porous, the pastel colors actually fade quite well. I can’t say for other hair types, since I have Asian hair. But I would say it definitely washes quicker than Manic Panic or Arctic Fox.
- There’s a lot of product
- Stays for a long time on the hair IF you use the conditioner
- Easy application
- No usual damage from dyeing hair
- Pastel color fades well
- Can’t switch hair colors that often (unless you can purchase multiple colors at a time)
- Color is not as pigmented as other semi-permanent hair dyes
- Color fades faster than other semi-permanent hair dyes
- Pricier per unit, thus costs more to mix different colors
- Shows unevenness on DIY bleached hair
Would I recommend this product?
NO for the Coloring Conditioner. Even though the second tub turned out better than I expected, I still don’t recommend it if you:
- have Asian hair that is unprofessionally bleached
- bleached your own hair, and it’s not platinum blonde
- easily get bored with one hair color, since the tub is huge
- plan on using it to tone your bleached hair
Otherwise, I would say just go for it.
YES for the Daily Conditioner. This is the perfect product if you want to maintain the same hair color for a long time but can’t give up washing your hair often. My silver hair hasn’t faded in more than 3 months, and I wash my hair every 2-3 days. This product is also much easier to incorporate in your routine as you can just replace your current conditioner with Overtone’s.
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Even though I highly recommend the Daily Conditioner for the above reasons, I don’t think I will be repurchasing Overtone products anytime soon. I realized that my unnatural hair color phases are really short and I do not want to keep it. I also just love seeing hair color fade and getting excited about switching to a new color, so Overtone products do not really suit my lifestyle.
I guess I was too influenced the trend of healthy hair dyes, but hey there’s no such thing as a healthy hair dye. So, might as well just use a real hair dye and extra condition the hair with an intensive hair mask.
Thank you so much for visiting! Please let me know in the comments if this helps you in any way or whether you’ve tried any Overtone products. I would like to know your thoughts as well 🙂
P.S. I finally finished my Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner and after 6 months of maintaining the same hair color, I’m looking forward to a hair change coming up soon!