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The Basics of Changing Your Hair Color

Thinking about changing your hair color? Here’s what you should know first.

Consider the color wheel:

The least damaging way to change your color is to move ALONG the color wheel instead of ACROSS the color wheel.  Look to your color neighbors for a smooth transition!

Here’s a little clip to explain which colors you can consider for various tones of hair:

Going darker?

It will always be easier, and healthier for your strands, to go darker and deeper.  For example, if you transition from Pastel Pink to Vibrant Purple, you won’t have to lighten or bleach your hair at all!  Simply fade out the Pastel Pink a little, and a few washes later, layer on the Vibrant Purple. Expect your color to be tinted with the hue that’s underneath: for instance, Vibrant Purple applied over Pastel Pink would be a warmer purple than Vibrant Purple on neutral blonde hair.

Going lighter?

If instead you want to go from Vibrant Purple to Pastel Pink, it will require a little more work. You begin by fading out the Vibrant Purple as best as you can, and once your strands are blonde again you’ll be able to use Pastel Pink. You can either use these tips on fading, you may still need to see a pro for a round of bleach to if you can’t wait or just to make sure you get that perfect pastel color.

What happens if you want to transition between colors without fading at all?

If you want to transition between two colors without fading, you certainly can!  For example, if you have Extreme Teal hair, but want Extreme Blue, you can simply stop using Extreme Teal and begin applying Extreme Blue!  Slowly, you’ll see your color transition to the purple end of the spectrum. HOWEVER, there is something you need to know: If you choose this method, your hair will likely never be the true to color Extreme Blue, and will likely always have a Extreme Teal undertone.  You will likely not get to a true-color-on-platinum-hair shade.

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11 comments on “The Basics of Changing Your Hair Color”

  • Amanda Drew says:

    Thanks for pointing out that it will always be healthier for your hair to go darker rather than lighter. I want to switch it up for fun. I’ve had the same color of brown hair my whole life, and I am ready for a change. Your tips should really help me figure it out. I think that I’ll find a stylist to go to just because it’ll be my first time switching the color.

  • Katie says:

    PLWASE HELP ME GWR MY HAIR A PLATINUM BLONDE 🙏🏻 I have naturally strawberry blonde hair and I have gotten light and dark highlights about 3 years ago. I’m ready for a big change because I really need my confidence back, instead of always feeling like I’m just Katie….
    Quiet and awkward 😔 I need a change and I feel like changing my hair will turn on my personality and help me become my true self
    No matter who’s around. Please help me figure this out. I’m not stick on the platinum blonde, I also like the rose gold but I want it to be a drastic change. Sorry for rambling I’m just pretty desperate. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I need some guidance pleas 🤩

  • Alee says:

    Hey Katie! We can totally help you change up your hair! However, oVertone Color Conditioners act like a semi-permanent deposit only color. They don’t bleach or lift, just enhance and re-invigorate. This means we can’t get you any color lighter than your current shade with oVertone alone.

    That being said, we can make your fantasy hair dreams come true! Get with our Color Consultants at!

  • Linda says:

    Is this a temporary haarcoloring method or a permanent one? I LOVE the available colors! But just for a short amount of time.

  • Alee says:

    Hi Linda! oVertone’s Deep Treatments will add color to your hair on your first application, but we didn’t design it just to be a one-time hair color treatment – as soon as you stop using our conditioners, your hair will start to fade. How fast it fades will depend on many factors, like the health and natural texture of your hair, how often you wash it, how much time you spend outside, etc. but most clients find that a single use lasts about as long as a semi permanent color would.

  • Jau says:

    Hi I have blue and purple strands in my hair now but I would like to introduce deep teal into the mix. What would happen if I applied Teal on Purple? Would it go horribly wrong? 😀

  • Wendy says:

    Will the color eventually completely wash out if you stop using it? Or will it just fade and have to be colored over to get your hair back to its natural color?

  • Alee says:

    Hey Jau! Teal, purple and blue tend to play super nicely together! For the best advice, send an email with a picture of your current hair with lots of natural light and no filters along with an inspo pic over to our Color Consultants at and they will totally help you out!

  • Monica says:

    I am 62 with light brown with strands of white (grey) hair interspersed. I never have died my hair but once I became hypo thyroid my hair has lost its sheen and is like straw. I want to go vivid blue or purple–will it work?

  • Alee says:

    Hey Wendy! All oVertone pigmented conditioners deposit semi-permanent color onto your hair, which will fade if you stop using them, but the color might not wash out 100% with shampoo alone. How fast the color fades depends on many factors, including product used, how long you used it for, the health of your hair, the color of hair you started with, what shampoo you use, and how often you heat treat it. Check out the blog ‘How Long Does oVertone Last?’ for more info:

  • Alee says:

    Hey Monica! Thank you for your patience. Results on natural gray and white hair can be tough to predict, since the cuticle of those strands tend to be very thick, which may prevent color from depositing! Your best bet will be to start off with a Coloring Conditioner sample size (grab one here: to see how it will work in your hair. If you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Consultants through!

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