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How to Safely Fade Your Hair

Fading your hair color is sometimes a necessary part of hair care when transitioning between colors. Here is how to do it safely, and what to expect.

Hair Washing Tips

When washing your hair, there a few things you can do to speed up the process of fading your color.

1. Swap out your oVertone for a regular white conditioner.

You don’t want anything depositing color into your hair, so it’s time to break out the regular conditioner again.

2. Pick a clarifying shampoo with sulfates.

While sulfates are drying to your hair, they also help pull color out faster. Wash with hot water.

 

3. Add powdered Vitamin C to your shampoo.

Vitamin C helps open your hair’s cuticles and release the pigment while you wash your hair. You won’t need much – just half a teaspoon mixed into your shampoo will do the job.

 

4. Follow up with a really good deep conditioner.

Keep your hair healthy and hydrated! Make sure it doesn’t deposit any color before you use it.

 

5. Wash your hair more often.

A healthy head of hair usually doesn’t require washing it everyday, and by washing less, you preserve more color. Wash your hair as much as possible: any time your hair gets wet, you should see some color loss. Swimming helps too!

 

6. If there is just a trace of color left, tone it out.

You can use the opposite color on the color wheel to tone out any small trace of color that’s left – the same way you tone out brassy yellow blonde with Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner. For instance, if there’s a little green left in your hair, diluted Pastel Red Daily Conditioner will tone it out. Pastel Orange will tone out traces of blue, and so on around the color wheel. We made a video on toning with oVertone to show you exactly how it’s done!

 

7. Bleach should only be a last resort.

Bleach can sometimes drive pigment further into your cuticle, making the color impossible to remove from your hair. Try every other avenue before resorting to bleach!

 

 

How Quickly Will My Color Fade? 

How quickly your color fades depends on several factors.

1. How porous your hair is. The more porous your hair is, the easier it will take and lose color. This depends on several things – the texture of your hair, how much you’ve processed it in the past, etc.

2. Type of water used to wash your hair. If you wash your hair with hard water, it will fade a lot faster than washing your hair with soft water. Hard water has more minerals in it that can cause color loss from your hair

3. Amount of time spent in direct sunlight. If you spend only a few mintues a day in direct sunlight, your hair wont fade much faster. However, if you’re in direct sunlight for long periods of time, it will take a toll on your hair color.

4. How often you wash your hair. The more often you shampoo your hair and wash with hot water, the quicker your color will fade.

Need more hair fading advice? Email our Color Experts at hi@overtone.co with questions (We have answers).

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24 comments on “How to Safely Fade Your Hair”

  • Klai says:

    I have brown curly hair and spend a lot of time in the sun but I can’t wash my hair to fade my color because I have my hair straightened and it will get super curly if I wash it and I wan’t to get the color out now

    • Alee says:

      Hey there! If you’re not able to wash your hair to help fade your color, the best thing to do is to get with your stylist for lightening and/or additional tips to help remove the color from your hair without washing.

  • Jenn says:

    So from what I’ve been reading, it’s my understanding that this product is not meant to ever wash out completely?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Jenn! It really depends on your hair. Our pigment stays in some clients’ hair and completely washes out of others hair when they fade it. For more personal advice, get in touch with our awesome Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co and they’ll be able to help!

  • Daniela says:

    Can I just cover up the color with different hair dye??

    • Alee says:

      Hey Daniela! It’s totally safe to put another color over your current shade! We usually recommend fading out your color as much as you can, before re-coloring – that will help you get better results and truer color with less damage than re-dying over full-strength color.

      For more in depth info and advice, get with our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co!

  • Jana says:

    When doing the fading process , if it were to completely wash out would it be back to my natural color ? is that the goal? how common is that?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Jana! oVertone Color 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 the color you 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.

      For example, if you consistently use Extreme Silver on your blonde hair for months and then decide to stop using it, the color will slowly fade with each wash but will likely not come out completely with shampoo alone. On the other hand, if you put Rose Gold on your highlighted hair once, that small amount of light color may completely wash out over the course of a few shampoos.

      Our Color Consultants can get you some more info! Get with them at hi@overtone.co!

  • Doriann says:

    I put rose gold for brown hair on my highlighted hair & it’s completely faded everywhere except one area. I still have a pink streak in my bangs that won’t go away. It’s extremely dry too. It feels like sand. I use shampoo/conditioner from my Solon. Help!

  • Lucie says:

    Hello!! Saturday, I’ll bleach my dark brown hair for the first time ever, and then, at home, I want to try some vibrant/pastel Overtone products. But I’m afraid that my bleached hair gets stained by the color when I’ll stop using the product! Will I re-find my platinum blonde in perfect condition? I mean. .. Bleaching is expensive :/ I would really like to know but I can not find an answer.

    • Alee says:

      Hey Lucie! oVertone Color 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 the color you 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.

      For example, if you consistently use Extreme Silver on your blonde hair for months and then decide to stop using it, the color will slowly fade with each wash but will likely not come out completely with shampoo alone. On the other hand, if you put Rose Gold on your highlighted hair once, that small amount of light color may completely wash out over the course of a few shampoos.

      If you need them, we have plenty of tips and tricks for fading color here: http://blog.overtone.co/how-to-safely-fade-your-hair/

  • Kanad Korgan says:

    I used Overtone Extreme Purple Deep Treatment once over my light ash blonde hair now I want to get rid of that Purple hair and use Overtone Pastel Silver. How can I do that? Please help me I am 70 years old my grand kids are laughing at me, I can’t get out.

  • Laney says:

    I have brown curly hair and I am very hesitant about the colors I put in it. Does the color stay in permanently? Or could I wash it out and go back to having completely brown hair again?

    • Alee says:

      Hi there! oVertone Color Conditioners will keep your hair supernaturally bright as long as you keep using it, but it’s not meant to be a one time application. The best way to use our conditioners is to add color with our Deep Treatment and keep your shade bright with our Daily Conditioners (and another shot of Deep Treatment whenever your hair needs a fresh jolt of color and hydration).

      If you do use only a single application, we recommend our Deep Treatment to add initial color. Your color will start to fade as soon as you stop using them. How fast it fades varies from person to person – it really depends on your hair’s health, texture, how often you wash it, etc. but most clients find that a single use lasts about as long as a semi permanent color would.

  • Kayla says:

    Hi! My hair is bleached blonde and I wanted to add some rose gold. I want to apply the rose gold before I leave for vacation, and when the week is over I’m hoping it will be completely/mostly faded (for work). Will the rose gold fade in with one application or should I dilute it with regular conditioner?
    Also do you recommend a color that will get rid of brassiness?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Kayla! Your color will start to fade as soon as you stop using oVertone. How fast it will fade really varies from person to person – it depends on your hair’s health, texture, how often you wash it, etc. but most clients find that a single use lasts about as long as a semi permanent color would!

      Lots of our clients use either Pastel Blue or Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner to tone out brassiness from their strands! Blue is the opposite of orange brass and purple is to yellow. Check out this video for a guide to toning hair with oVertone Color Conditioners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8cuamBaID4&t=2s To get the most accurate advice on how to achieve your hair goals, be sure to get with our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co!

  • Bonnie Keller says:

    Can I use Color Oops to remove my Overtone Vibrant Silver?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Bonnie! We can’t speak to the effectiveness of another brand’s product, so you may want to consult your stylist before trying to remove the color chemically!

  • Lauren says:

    Hi! I have short naturally thin hair. My natural hair color is an ash brown. And I’ve been professionally bleaching it blonde for about 3 years now. I’ve always wanted to try pink hair. I am 17 and I will be attending college next semester and they don’t allow colored hair so I figured this is my chance to go for it! I’m curious if I use the over tone conditioner and I need to stop, how long on average it will take to wash out. I don’t spend much time in the sun and i try to wash my hair every other day. Thank you!

    • Alee says:

      Hey Lauren! oVertone Color 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 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. Check out this blog post for more info: https://blog.overtone.co/long-overtone-last/

  • Lala says:

    How long does it take to get a color out of your hair? Can you get the color out right away?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Lala! oVertone Color 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 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. Check out this blog post for more info: https://blog.overtone.co/long-overtone-last/

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