On dying my hair, or at least trying to

Overtone's vibrant pink and purple dye mixed together in a paper bowl to create a magenta dye.

Between knitting, weaving, embroidery and sewing, there is a lot of color in my world. I love the way that colors work themselves into finished objects, whether they be woven fabrics, knitted ones or thread that I have stitched. I love choosing colors, pairing them together to make exciting creations.

Enter my friend Anna. She’s recently transitioned from a dark purple hair to a light green and swears by Overtone, specifically the conditioner that allows her to incorporate the step into her everyday routine. After doing a little research, I decided to buy two sample sizes — one vibrant pink and one vibrant purple — and mix them together, Hoping for a magentish color as the final product in my hair.

The color of the mix (above) was perfect and the texture of the dye was that of a thick conditioner. With some help, I eagerly applied the dye and waited longer than the suggested 5-10 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse it out.

A woman holding the top layer of her hair up to show the light pink color in her hair off.
Low contrast, but what I dyed was well conditioned!

The result? Not even close to the color that I was aiming for, which is a shame because you would think the brightness of the dye would have no trouble sticking to my blonde hair. On top of that, it washed out the next time I washed my hair! The complete opposite of the type of dye that Overtone was claiming to be. 

In the end, I found a bottle of dye when I was up in Maine and another friend helped me apply that to the underside of my hair. Though cheaper, this dye seems to be sticking a lot better and I have enough dye to do one more application before deciding whether or not I want to switch the color (maybe Blue?). All in all, I’m not impressed with Overtone and will not be buying anything from them again (even though I love the idea of a conditioner doing the work for me).

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