*UPDATE 2021: I not longer use or recommend oVertone.*
Recently I have learned (through experience) that oVertone is not semi-permanent as advertised. It is very difficult or impossible to remove, even after not using it for 6+ months. I wish I had heard about this before I decided to try it out years ago. I recommend reading the negative reviews here thoroughly first if you are considering trying it. And if you are ever planning on lightening your hair after coloring it, I would recommend not using overtone. I thought oVertone would be a less damaging option for my hair, but it wasn’t worth it, and I wish I’d gone to a salon instead or found a better option. I threw away my leftover oVertone because I would never consider using it again.
oVertone also stained my bathtub, as I mentioned in my original review. I thought it was because my bathtub was very old and crappy, but I was always careful to rinse my hair after using it in our stainless steel sink in our new house just in case (since we had brand new tubs I didn’t want to risk staining). And a bunch of reviews on Trustpilot report people staining their bathrooms as well, so it wasn’t just me.
Original Post (2020):
I’ve been using the oVertone copper kit to color my naturally dirty blonde hair red for the past couple of years (and before that I used oVertone vibrant and extreme orange.) oVertone is a brand of vegan and cruelty free color conditioners–check out my past posts about them for more information about how I apply and use the conditioners.
I was intrigued when I saw that oVertone now offers a new ginger coloring conditioner meant for achieving a more natural redhead/light red hair look and decided to try it out.
Before trying the ginger coloring conditioner, I hadn’t colored my hair with the copper kit in about 3 months, so it was a faded red color and my blonde roots were growing out. (I don’t use the daily color conditioners anymore and just let the color fade until I decide to do another deep coloring condition.)
Check out my past overtone posts for details on how I use the Coloring Conditioners, but basically my husband applies it for me (it's easier than doing it myself because I have so much hair.) He wears disposable nitrile gloves to prevent staining, uses alligator clips to section off my (dry) hair and a dye brush to apply the color. Once my hair is saturated, I leave the conditioner on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse it out with warm water (in our kitchen sink because I'm afraid the color will stain our newly remodeled white shower.)
Here are the results/before and after photos:
As you can see, the change on my faded red hair after using the ginger kit was subtle. The change was more noticeable on my blonde roots, which were transformed into a strawberry blonde/light red color.
There are pros and cons to using the ginger versus the copper kit for me. The pro of the ginger conditioner is that it looks pretty natural even the first day after coloring it, versus the copper kit which looks intense and not as natural at first (though still pretty.) The con is that it fades much quicker (it's been a couple of weeks since I colored it and it's already faded a lot), whereas the copper kit takes longer to fade and fades into a nice more natural look after a while.
I like the results of the ginger color conditioner and may use it again, or I could just use it to touch up my roots to match the rest of my hair as it fades, though honestly I'm missing my blonde hair lately and am not sure how long I'll keep coloring it--we'll see.
Have you tried oVertone or any vegan hair coloring systems? How did they work? Let me know in the comments!