I had never dyed my hair before getting my mermaid hair and was launched into a world of hair care I never knew existed. I bought two different kinds of very expensive, very fancy for-colored-hair shampoo and conditioner, only washed my hair in freezing cold water (which is a miserable experience), and got fancy hair oils to keep my color vibrant and my hair healthy, but even with all that effort, my lavender ends had faded away entirely within two weeks.
I mean, the fade looked really good for a while, but after a month it looked like it could use some help. I remembered the commenters in the mermaid hair post all echoing the same thing, "OVERTONE," like it was some magic chant that would cure all my hair problems. Overtone really pushes the idea that it's a ~conditioner~ and not a dye (even though it's kinda like a semipermanent dye) and that you can use it with any temperature water. That's right, NO MORE FREEZING SHOWERS. I was sold.
I went for the Go Deep Pastel Blue Weekly Treatment instead of the daily conditioner because I needed the more intense pigment boost. I clipped my hair into 1- to 2-inch sections and rubbed the conditioner on my dry, unwashed, very dirty hair because I didn't read the instructions that said to put it on "damp, freshly washed" hair. Oops.
After waiting 15 minutes, I rinsed out my hair and didn't see any dye wash out. It made me wonder if I had used enough of it, but I could definitely tell my hair was bluer than it was before. I was worried that it would leave a blue residue on my towel, but it was totally clean — this stuff didn't even stain my skin!
I let my hair air dry, and I was super happy with how it looked! I was scared it was going to look one-dimensional, or ruin the highlights my hair had, but I think it only made them look better. I'll definitely be using Overtone from here on out, and I'm mostly excited because I won't have to wash my hair in freezing water ever again. —Claire de Louraille
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