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How We Make Our Strand Tests

If you’ve browsed our product pages before, you’ve probably seen our strand tests and wondered if they’re true to real life. The answer? Always. Here’s why:

 

plumberry kit on platinum blonde strand test

1. Each product is swatched on various shades of human hair.

The lighter the shade, the more it has been bleached (and the more porous it is). This means that they reflect the porosity of the majority of oVertone users, who tend to have bleached hair.

If your hair is naturally medium blonde with little damage, rejoice! You have very healthy hair. That said, your hair is probably slightly less porous than our medium blonde swatch hair, which has gone through a round of bleach, so you can expect to see a slightly less saturated result than the swatch would imply. (Don’t be afraid to apply a second a time for brighter results on virgin hair!)

 

2. Each swatch is made with just one application of product on a dry strand.

Strands will look darker and more saturated with a second application, but we stick to the one. We use enough product to totally saturate every strand – usually a tablespoon or two – and we leave the product on the strand until the conditioner appears pale, indicating that the pigment has been accepted into the hair strands. That generally takes less than 5 minutes: the more porous the hair, the less time it takes to absorb. (Our platinum bleached blonde strands take the colour in about a minute!)

 

3. There is NO editing done on any of our strand tests with the exception of cropping the image.

We NEVER Photoshop hair other than color correction if our white balance was incorrect when we shot it. Changing the hair would defeat the purpose of showing you how it looks in real life.

 

4. For custom kits or mixtures, strand tests are always made with an approximate 1:1 ratio of the products being mixed.

The Plumberry Kit strand pictured would look different if you had only a touch of Vibrant Purple with mostly Extreme Pink, for instance.

 

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69 comments on “How We Make Our Strand Tests”

  • Angela says:

    I have a question,
    When I got my hair done it was bluish/ greenish, as i washed m hair almost everyday it faded and i wanna remove the colors and make it more Silver, what product do I use in this situation? Thank you!

    • oVertone says:

      Hey Angela – Thanks for writing to us! How fast oVertone fades out of your hair depends on many factors – how often you wash your hair, the health and natural texture of your hair, how much time you spend outside, how many times you’ve used oVertone, etc. Since oVertone is most like a semi-permanent dye, your hair might not completely return to its original color without having a slight tint in it. Definitely check in with our Colour Experts at hi@overtone.co for advice on transitioning from your existing teal to a silvery shade x

      • Holly says:

        I have platinum blonde will the silver take? I just ordered it?

        • Alee says:

          Hey Holly,

          To get an idea of the results you may see, checkout our hair strands on each product page! Find the strand that most closely matches yours and the results you see should be similar to what will happen with one application, applied to dry hair.

          Silver tip: Adding Pastel Purple during your initial application, can help avoid any unwanted green hues! Check out this video about achieving the perfect shade of Silver, and avoiding warm strands turning green: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7yWLlZkg0

          oVer to you!

  • Rob says:

    Is the product applied on wet or dry hair for the test strands? Thank-you

  • Sam says:

    How long does the color stay in?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there, Sam!

      The color deposited by oVertone conditioner will keep your hair bright and bold as long as you continue using it. While it isn’t designed for one time application, the colour deposited by one use will last about as many washes as a semi-permanent conditioner. x

  • Jennifer R says:

    How long after having my Beautician color my hair Blonde can I use oVertone? Also should I do this with my hair dry or wet? Should my hair be freshly washed or can it applied to hair that’s not just washed, depending on the time of year it may be 2 days before I wash it. Last question since I work with horses and my head sweats in the summer will it stain my hat?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there!

      If you’re using oVertone to add initial color your hair, we recommend doing the initial coloring with the Deep Treatment, as their formulas have up to 50% more pigment than our Daily Conditioners and will help you get the colour you want faster!

      Whether to use it on dry or wet hair is really up to you.

      If you find that your results aren’t as bright as you’d expect when used on wet hair, then definitely try it on dry hair. Sometimes, wet hair doesn’t soak up pigment as well as dry hair. This really depends on your hair’s health and texture.

      Whether you add oVertone to wet or dry hair, we definitely recommend that you use it on clean hair, in place of your normal conditioner and leave on long enough to fully saturate your strands with color, about 10-15 minutes.

      A lot of our clients have developed their own routines for their specific hair type, so I encourage you to experiment to see what works best.

      After you rinse out oVertone, your hair should have soaked up most of the color, so the water should rinse mostly clear. While your hair is wet it’s possible that you might see some color transfer onto towels and light colored shirts, but once it’s dry you shouldn’t see it transfer unless you’re rubbing your head against something for 8 hours. Same goes for being caught in the rain – once your hair is wet you might see a little transfer, but no dramatic flood off your head!

      Once you’ve achieved your desired shade you can use the Daily Conditioner every time you wash to replace any color that’s lost and use the Deep Treatment once a week, or as needed, for an extra boost of color and hydration.

      Check out this blog post to learn more about coloring your hair with oVertone Conditioners: http://blog.overtone.co/how-to-use-deep-treatment

      x

  • Danielle says:

    I have dyed hair (bright auburn red that I was hoping would be more vivid), is overtone chemically safe to use over already-dyed hair? I’m thinking using one of the bright red deep conditioners could make my red more vibrant and get my color where I want it. I have fine hair and try to be gentle to it, so I tend to be cautious about using too many chemicals.

    • oVertone says:

      Hey, Danielle!

      oVertone was totally designed to help maintain your salon shade! Our conditioners contain no harmful chemical – we want hair that’s bright AND healthy!

      You can check out a full list of ingredients here: overtone.co/pages/ingredients.

      For the best help choosing one of our Red shades or Custom Kits to maintain your auburn strands, we definitely recommend checking in with our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co – send them a pic of the shade you’re trying to maintain and they can tell you what to get!

      oVer and out x

  • Jenny says:

    I have naturally light red hair that has faded with time-40years! I’d like to get that orange glow back. Will this help?

  • Fariza says:

    I’ve been wanting to temporarily colour my hair but I don’t want to bleach my hair since I want to keep my natural hair colour. So my question is; If I use oVertone, will my natural hair colour return?

    • oVertone says:

      oVertone works on all kinds of hair, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. To get results similar to most of our inspo pics, you’ll probably need to lighten some or all of your strands and our Pastel shades or cooler tones like Blue, Green or Teal aren’t likely to leave much visible color on dark strands.

      No worries, though! Lots of clients use our Extreme Deep Treatments in warm shades such as Pink, Red, or Orange are to add an awesome hint of color to dark hair without bleaching!

      Check out this video on how oVertone interacts with different hair colors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6xJj9MZPY.

      If you have more questions, our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co have got your back or you can talk to us about color on our live chat on our website http://www.overtone.co x

  • Kara says:

    Hi I was just wondering i currently have like bleach blonde hair but it still has the yellow tones and some spots that just won’t lighten. I’ve used purple shampoo before to take the yellow out but id like to get to pastel purple. what should i do to get the spots that are still a bit dark even first?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there! It sounds like your best bet will be to use our Pastel Purple system. A little bit of diluted Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner on your yellow strands will help tone them to a neutral platinum, since yellow is opposite purple on the color spectrum. Once your hair has reached a neutral platinum shade, add Pastel Purple Deep Treatment to turn your locks a lovely lavender shade x

  • Faith Rodriguez says:

    So is Overtone a semi permanent dye?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there! Although oVertone adds color like semi-permanent dyes can, it isn’t a dye at all, it’s a color depositing conditioner. What sets oVertone apart from semi-permanent dyes that have conditioning properties is the fact that it completely takes the drama out of keeping up your vibrant locks!

      No more having to worry about staining towels; no more cool showers; no more gloves! You simply use oVertone like you would any other conditioner and, once a week or whenever you need an extra boost of color and hydration use the Go Deep Weekly Treatment instead of the Daily conditioner – it’s that simple! Check out this blog post on how oVertone is better than dye + white conditioner: http://blog.overtone.co/why-is-overtone-better-than-dye-conditioner.

      Let us know if you have any questions – we’re here to help. x

  • Faith Rodriguez says:

    Which one helps the dye stay longer in your hair, the treatment or the conditioner?

    • oVertone says:

      Our Deep Treatment is best for adding initial color, since it has up to 50% more pigment than our Daily Conditioners. Once you get to your goal shade, use the Daily Conditioner to keep your hair bright and healthy by adding back color and hydration with every wash x

  • Cindy says:

    My hair has been bleached 4 times I currently have it blonde but I want to change it to silver would it damage it more if I use this product?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there, Cindy!

      Applying oVertone on bleached strands shouldn’t do any damage – we designed oVertone to help keep your hair healthy and hydrated as well as to add and maintain color – but you should definitely check in with our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co! Silver can be a tricky color on hair that’s warmer or cooler than a neutral platinum, but they can help you get to the silvery strands of your dreams if you send them a pic x

  • Tahlia says:

    Hi! Does Overtone work on natural hair? I have natural medium-dark brown hair and am thinking of using extreme orange to get copper-brown hair. Should i dye my hair first for it to work properly? Thank you

    • oVertone says:

      Hey Tahlia!

      oVertone works on all types of hair, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. To get results similar to most of our inspo pics, you’ll probably need to lighten some or all of your strands.

      Our Extreme Deep Treatments in warm shades such as Pink, Red, or Orange are the best choices to add an awesome hint of color to dark hair without bleaching!

      Check out this video on how oVertone interacts with different hair colors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6xJj9MZPY

      If you have more questions, our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co have got your back or you can talk to us about color on our live chat on our website http://www.overtone.co x

  • Crystal says:

    Hello. So I have black hair. It’s pretty dark. I read you recommended warm colors for dark hair. I was thinking of using a blue to just make my hair look like a deep blue black will I get that result or will it just look black?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey Crystal!

      oVertone works on all hair types, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. On brunettes, we usually recommend a warm shade in Extreme for the best, most visible results, but depending on your hair’s health, texture and undertones, it’s possible that our Extreme Blue might leave a slight blue black tint like you’re hoping for.

      Your best bet is to try a sample size of our Extreme Blue Deep Treatment and do a strand test to make sure it shows up on your hair! If your strand test goes well, you can go for it and get the full size treatment for the blue black superhero hair of your dreams x

    • Julia says:

      Did you try this Crystal? Any update?

  • Megan says:

    I recently got my hair colored to a dark purple/plum color and I was thinking of getting overtone to keep up with the color but I’m unsure of which one to get.

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there! That’s a great question, but the answer totally depends on what your hair looks like right now.

      If your salon color is still fresh and bright, start with our Daily Conditioner – using it with every wash will keep your hair healthy and soft while adding back pigment with every wash to keep your strands as supernaturally bright as they did on day one of your new color. If your shade is starting to fade – or if you want to change your shade – our Deep Treatment is the best choice since it has more pigment and gives your hair a jolt of color and hydration.

      To choose the best shade or custom blend of oVertone colors to match your gorgeous plum, send a pic to our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co x

  • Betty J Young says:

    I’m allergic to traditional hair dye so I’ve been using pure BAQ henna with another brand of vegan semi perm. hair color to boost the red for the past 7 years. Can I use Overtone the same way?

  • Nicole says:

    Hi, my hair is naturally silver/grey. Can I expect the same colour results as the light blonde swatch?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there! Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! Your best bet will be to start off with a sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co x

  • Sylvia says:

    I’ve got kind of a red ombré look going on. I’m a brunette, so my hair starts brown and then fades to red at the tips. If I use the daily conditioner, will it only make my ends more vibrant or will it dye my whole head? I want to keep my ombré look. Any suggestions to maintaining it that way?

    • oVertone says:

      Hey there! If you apply oVer your whole head, it will help keep your ombred strands super bright and might add a bit of a subtle rosy or auburn tint on your dark strands. If you just want to use oVertone on your lightened bits, that’s totally ok too! Just be sure to section well when you apply it. For more personalized help send an email to our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co x

  • Andrea says:

    Hi, I was just wondering if the pink deep wash will work on my hair because I have dark brown hair.

    • oVertone says:

      Hey Andrea!

      oVertone works on all kinds of hair, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. To get results similar to most of our inspo pics, you’ll probably need to lighten some or all of your strands. That said, there are some shades that work nicely on brown strands.

      Our new Rose Gold for brown hair or our Extreme Pink Deep Treatment would be the best choices to add an awesome hint of rosy pink color to dark hair without bleaching! Definitely strand test before trying it over your whole head to make sure the color is visible in your hair.

      Check out this video on how oVertone interacts with different hair colors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6xJj9MZPY

      If you have more questions, our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co have got your back or you can talk to us about color on our live chat on our website http://www.overtone.co.

      oVer to you x

  • Jennfer says:

    If I have the underneath part of my hair green already and use this on brown hair will it tint the underneath that’s green but not really the top?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Jennfer,

      oVertone will deposit color wherever you apply it, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. Your best bet would be to do a strand test on both your green and brown strands. That should help you know if you need to section out your green strands and apply the oVertone to just that section!

      For more personalized color advice, email our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co – they have all the expert advice you need to achieve the hair of your dreams!

      oVer to you!

  • LeeAnn says:

    I’ve been taking cool showers to maintain my current light auburn color, and I noticed in a previous comment you mentioned that wasn’t necessary when using oVertone. Really? Cause yeah, that would be awesome 🙂

    Also, do you have any recommendations for what kind of shampoo to pair with your conditioners?

    • Alee says:

      Hey LeeAnn,

      No more cold showers!! You can definitely rinse oVertone in warm water, the color is replaced each time you wash. As for shampoo, brand isn’t important – just make sure it’s totally sulfate-free.

      oVer to you!

  • Connie Smeriglio says:

    How does this work on grey hair? I like tinting my greys with extreme pinks ( I have salt and pepper dark brown/auburn ) and it adds a nice contrast. I have used Manic Panic but its just so messy. How will your product compare?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Connie,

      Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! Your best bet will be to start off with an Extreme Pink Deep Treatment sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co!

  • Peyton says:

    I was wondering what I should do if I only want it to stay in my hair for a month?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Peyton,

      oVertone will continue to deposit color as long as you’re using it, and once you stop you’ll see the color start to fade. How fast oVertone fades out of your hair depends on many factors – how often you wash your hair, the health and natural texture of your hair, how much time you spend outside, how many times you’ve used oVertone, etc. Since oVertone is most like a semi-permanent dye, your hair might not completely return to its original color without having a slight tint in it.

      There are a few things you can do to help fade your hair fast and safely. Check out this blog post on how to fade your color: http://blog.overtone.co/how-to-safely-fade-your-hair/ If it hasn’t faded enough, from there you can see your stylist about bleaching.

  • Hannah says:

    Hi! I have natural brown hair with a blonde balayage/baby lights running through it. I want to use the pastel pink on my blonde strands, if i use the pastel pink for awhile and decide i want my blonde strands to be blonde again will it take a lot of washes to get the pastel pink off of my blonde? Also, will it have any lasting color/effects on my blonde after a couple of washes once i no longer want it to be oastel pink? I dont want my hair stylist yelling at me when i go back to her to touch my blonde back up.

    • Alee says:

      Hey Hannah,

      How fast oVertone fades out of your hair depends on many factors – how often you wash your hair, the health and natural texture of your hair, how much time you spend outside, how many times you’ve used oVertone, etc. Since oVertone is most like a semi-permanent dye, your hair might not completely return to its original color without having a slight tint in it.

      There are a few things you can do to help fade your hair fast and safely. Check out this blog post on how to fade your color: http://blog.overtone.co/how-to-safely-fade-your-hair/ If it hasn’t faded enough, from there you can see your stylist about bleaching.

  • Jada says:

    I’ve been dyeing my hair for over 15 years, and the past few have seen more and more white creep in. I thought white would be easier to dye, so I’ve been cheering on the arrival of the new “wisdom streaks” — turns out, though, that this new hair is stubborn! My blues and cool purples used to hang around for weeks, and now they fade in under a week, even after bleaching. I want to be vibrant again, not faded and “blah.” Any recommendations?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Jada,

      Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! We’d recommend seeing your stylist to lighten your strands, just a bit. Some clients, with natural gray strands, find that some gentle lightening can help change the structure of the strand to better accept pigments.

      If lightening isn’t in the cards, consider using our Extreme Deep Treatments! They pack an extra punch of pigment that can break through more stubborn strands. Start off with a sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co!

      oVer to you!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi, I have strawberry blonde hair kind. I was wondering if the extreme pink would make my hair look orange or weird. Should I dye it a light brown first and then do the deep treatment?

  • Kelly Pham says:

    I colored my hair to a violet brown color, and the violet is kind of fading. I also had light bleach to my hair before. What would you recommend in this case?

  • Madeline says:

    I ordered rose gold I have brown roots and blonde ends. My roots have some gray coming through. Should I only color my ends with the conditioner or can I apply it all over. I just don’t want “hot” roots.

    • Alee says:

      Hey Madeline,

      Your results on your roots will really depend on the exact shade that you’re starting with. For the very 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 hi@overtone.co or get in touch with them here: https://overtone.co/pages/contact-the-unicorns and they will totally help you out!

  • Elaina Jones says:

    Is this dye permanent?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Elaina!

      oVertone 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.

  • Haniya Arshad says:

    Hey there! I want to get the overtone color conditioners but I have really dark hair so should I get the extreme one’s or will I have to bleach my hair for a good result with those too?

    • Alee says:

      Hi Haniya! For darker shades, we always recommend grabbing a sample size of an Extreme Deep Treatment in the shade of your choice. For the very best advice, send a picture of your hair in natural light without any filters to our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co and they will be able to help you out!

  • I have pure white natural hair. No where have I read that this will work on my hair. I would like your opinion since I have bought the overtone pastel pink deep treatment.

  • G says:

    What is the longest amount of time that Overtone should be left on? I was watching a few videos on youtube and someone left It on overnight. Will that stain? If i left pastel pink on blonde hair for an hour would It stain my hair or just be more pigmented opposed to leaving It on for 10 min?

    • Alee says:

      Hey there,

      While it’s totally safe to leave oVertone on as long as you like, the color is usually done depositing around the 15 min. mark! We don’t recommend leaving it on oVernight mainly because most people toss and turn while they sleep, which could result in a bit of a mess!

  • CathyH says:

    My 11 year old granddaughter is just dying (no pun intended) for me to buy this so she can try the Extreme Pink Deep Treatment on her hair. She is bi-racial and her hair is very dark. I’m wondering if this product will even work on her hair. Any suggestions?

    • Alee says:

      Hey Cathy! Clients with black or very dark brown hair may only show a very subtle tint from our products and in some cases might not have visible results, so if she has dark hair, we definitely recommend trying a sample size and strand testing her hair to see how the color will work for your granddaughter!

      You can also send a picture of her hair with lots of natural light and no filters over to our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co or get in touch with them here: https://overtone.co/pages/contact-the-unicorns and they will totally let you know what oVertone can do for her!

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Hi! I have naturally blonde hair that is platinum at some parts but has reddish strawberry undertones rather than ashy. If I were looking to take out some of the grassiness to get an ashier more silvery blonde should I use the pastel purple or pastel silver? And since my hair is pretty light would I have to leave it on for a shorter amount of time? Not trying to dye my hair purple or silver, just want more of an icey tone to it rather than brassy 🙂

    • Alee says:

      Hey Kaitlyn! We always recommend using Pastel Purple instead of Pastel Silver to tone yellow brassiness out of blonde hair. As far as how long you leave it in, it really depends on your hair! If your hair tends to take color super well and quickly, less time is definitely a good option. You can also dilute with plain white conditioner and if your first strand test isn’t the perfect color – keep playing around with the ratios until you get the perfect mix!

      For more personal advice on which color you should grab to tone, definitely send an email with a picture of your current hair with lots of natural light and no filters over to our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co so they can help out!

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