Back to blonde step 1: Overtone review

We all did something weird to our hair in 2020. Some skipped haircuts. Some grew out their body hair. Others did home haircuts or funny facial hair.

I tried Overtone.

I bought the Ginger overtone last spring and was excited to try a washout color depositing conditioner.

I am SUPER blonde. I have only once before done an all over color on my hair. That was a washout in 2006 and… I looked like little mermaid!

Don’t judge my 19 year old self. 😂🤣😂

This “washout” faded to a rose pink colored and stuck with me for 6+ months.

Mom and I going to a Gala thing to her work.

The only thing that helped was old school “Sun In”

I had experimented with my hairstylist and permanent dies on the under part of my hair but never did a full on color.

We got married January of 2020 and I wanted my hair ‘normal’ for our big day.

Photo credit: Franklin Focus

2020 was starting out to be an awesome year. We stared it with our commitment to each other and were planning an awesome honeymoon to England…. and then COVID hit.

But this is about hair. Not our lack of honeymoon. Just before COVID really rocked our world my husband and I got haircuts.

I am not sure what convinced me to finally try Overtone but I had been snooping on their website and reading reviews and getting ads for a while.

I bit the bullet and bought their Ginger kit. My paternal grandmother was a red head and I thought I would channel her with this color adventure.

Most of the reviews I read said to keep the color mask on for a long time. The box says 10-15 minutes. Other people were saying 1-2 hrs.

So naturally I listened to the internet & not the box. 2 hrs & 1 movie later, I was GINGER.

I LOVED it! It was beautiful, looked like what I was hoping for and it was way cheaper than going to a salon.

I maintained this color through Overtone products from May 2020- October 2020.

The last three times I refreshed my hair I used the golden brown with an attempt to darken my hair a little for a friends wedding.

The ‘golden brown’ didn’t really change the GINGER at all.

If I’m honest, I’m a lazy person when it comes to hair and general appearance efforts. I love sleep way too much to get up early. Also night showers are the bomb.

I maintained Overtone from May 2020 to October 2020. And then I stopped.

But the color didn’t go away.

I finally accepted my fate. This color wasn’t coming out on its own. So I sheepishly contacted my hairstylist and confessed my hair transgressions.

We set up a 2 – 3 step plan of bringing my hair back to blonde… Mostly so I can be lazy again.

Yesterday was step 1.

After 3.5 hrs and trial and error about what method would remove the Overtone color, we had to bleach it and tone it. The orange-y look is gone. It’s now somewhere between a light brown and strawberry blonde.

This is only step 1. We will repeat the bleach & tone steps over a span of time.

Reflection: while I LOVED my ginger look at the height of my maintenance, I hated maintaining it. When I wanted to move on, my hair was stained with color that wouldn’t fade out. Perhaps this would be different on a brunette? But I’m going to be more gunshy with washout hair color in the future.

Recommendation: Blondes, if you plan on making a permanent change to your hair Overtone is cost effective and easy to do at home. However don’t expect a quick change to be available.

Use with caution.

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