How to Get oVertone Out of Your Hair Without Damaging It!

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If you are a colored hair enthusiast, then oVertone  is something you probably know about. It is a color depositing conditioner that gives your colored hair a shiny and bold look.

This is a great addition, especially if you have been wearing your dyed hair for a long time!

After some time, however, you will be tired of the look and want to change it. So, how do you get oVertone out of your hair without damaging it? 

We will be discussing some important points, including: 

  • How you can remove oVertone in your hair using a clarifying shampoo
  • Easy DIY quick fixes you can use to get rid of oVertone at home
  • Natural ways to remove oVertone in your hair and when it’s time to see a professional

Let’s take a look at what you need to know about how to get oVertone out of your hair.


How to Get oVertone Out of Your Hair

oVertone is one of the most popular semi-permanent color-depositing conditioners on the market. It’s great stuff!

But over time, you may get sick of the color. Or maybe you have a professional meeting you have to attend, and you feel weird with pink hair.

So it’s time to remove your semi-permanent hair color.

Let’s take a look at the various ways to remove oVertone Coloring Conditioner without damaging your hair too much.

Remove oVertone with Clarifying Shampoo

It is important to note that the oVertone fades gradually and will not go away in one wash. Therefore, getting oVertone from your hair is a process, and you need to be patient and consistent with this process.

Step 1: Get a Sulfate Free Clarifying Shampoo  

The first thing to do is to get a clarifying shampoo; these are products specifically formulated to completely strip off the residue of styling products from your hair. You are advised to get a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo  that gently removes the oVertone while maintaining your hair moisture.

Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo, 8.5 oz
  • For Hair Burdened by Buildup
  • Color Safe
  • No Sulfate Phosphate Paraben

Your colored hair is already fragile, and you do not want to damage it further with traditional clarifying shampoos that leave your hair dry.

Step 2: Wet Your Hair with Hot Water

Before applying the clarifying shampoo, you want to wet your hair for easy lathering. You are advised to use hot water in this case for enhanced oVertone removal.

Hot water is known to open up hair cuticles to encourage the hair color to escape.

Step 3: Apply the shampoo

The next step would be to apply the shampoo to your hair. Always follow your shampoo’s instructions, but here is a breakdown of the common application process.

  • Comb and Separate your hair into small manageable sections.
  • Squeeze a generous amount of shampoo onto your hands and lather it before applying it to the hair. 
  • Lather the shampoo through the sections of your hair. Then, apply the shampoo from the roots, and ensure that no strand is left out.
  • Massage your hair thoroughly for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with hot water.

You can mix the clarifying shampoo with crushed Vitamin C tablets for increased fading power. It breaks down the chemical bond that holds the color of the hair.

This makes it easy to remove the oVertone from your hair.

You will notice after rinsing your hair a fade in color. The oVertone does not get out completely after one wash; it will take you many washes. If your oVertone was a lighter shade, it would completely fade in a maximum of five washes.

You will notice after rinsing your hair a fade in color. The oVertone does not get out completely after one wash; it will take you many washes.

Some colors like purple and orange will take you quite some time, and you may want to try covering it with black dye.

Step 4: Deep condition your hair

Your colored hair is very fragile, and you should always keep it moisturized to strengthen them. Thus, you must deep condition your hair after using a clarifying shampoo. Due to the shampoo’s cleaning power, it will likely reap your hair off natural oils.

Deep conditioning will help counteract this by enriching your hair with essential oils.

Even as you condition your hair, it is good to be mindful of the conditioner you use. Go for a colorless-deep conditioner.

You don’t want to add color to the hair that you are trying to fade!

What are Other Alternative Methods of Removing oVertone?

Overtone in Hair

Clarifying shampoo is the simplest way of removing oVertone from your hair. However, other methods exist, some of which are more aggressive than clarifying shampoo.

So, what are the alternative methods of removing oVertone?

1. Neutralize the Color with an Opposite Shade

Neutralizing the color shade is ideal for removing traces of unwanted oVertone left in your hair. In this case, you choose an opposite toner shade to your hair’s color, similar to how toning shampoos work.

You must know what color you are dealing with to select a corresponding contrasting color on the color wheel. For example, pick a purple toning conditioner if you have unwanted yellow strands.

Here are the steps for canceling out a yellow oVertone:

  • Shampoo your hair, and toning conditioner is applied on clean hair
  • Separate the strands with the yellow oVertone
  • Apply the purple toning conditioners to the separated strands. ensure your cover all the affected parts and strands
  • Wait for 5 minutes before rinsing out the conditioner with cool water

The traces might not completely strip off after one toning, so you must repeat the process until you get the results. Use it every time you shampoo your hair.

2. Olive Hair Masks

Another alternative to clarifying shampoo is an olive hair mask .

This method is ideal, especially if you have damaged hair that is so brittle.

Dabur Vatika Deep Conditioning (Olive) Hair Mask (For Dry, Dull & Lifeless Hair) 500g
  • Olive - Provides nourishment
  • Almonds - Softens and strengthens hair
  • Henna - With other ingredients coats,...
  • It adds volume and bounce
  • Reduce hair fall

Unlike clarifying shampoo, olive hair masks condition your hair while removing the oVertone. Olive oil works by penetrating the hair pores and displacing the color. 

Unlike clarifying shampoo, olive hair masks condition your hair while removing the oVertone. Olive oil works by penetrating the hair pores and displacing the color. 

moving the oVertone. Olive oil works by penetrating the hair pores and displacing the color. 

So, what steps should you follow when using an olive mask?

  • The first step is to rinse your hair with hot water for 10 minutes. Hot water opens up the hair cuticle for enhanced oVertone removal.
  • Next, warm a cup of virgin olive oil to increase the penetration power of olive oil.
  • Apply a generous amount of warm olive oil onto your damp hair and massage it into your roots
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it for about 45 minutes.
  • Rinse off the olive oil with shampoo. You would want to use plenty of warm water and shampoo to remove excess olive oil.
  • Leave your hair to dry and style as desired.

You would want to repeat this process until the oVertone is out of your hair. One thing you would love about this method is that it also nourishes your weak hair. You are killing two birds with one stone.

3. Dishwashing Liquid

You might consider using dishwashing or laundry liquid if you have stubborn hair colors like purple and orange. However, dishwashing soap is like an intense clarifying shampoo.

Please do not use it if you have damaged hair. Even if your hair is healthy and moisturized, it is recommended you deep condition it before using this method.

You will follow the same steps as those of clarifying shampoo:

  • Lather the soap into your wet hair
  • Massage your hair thoroughly with the soap for about 5 minutes
  • Rinse the soap with warm water
  • Deep condition your hair

The dishwashing soap strips off essential oils from your hair, making it dry and brittle. That is why it is important to do intensive deep-conditioning after that.

4. Baking Soda

Did you know that baking soda can remove oVertone from your hair? Baking soda is natural bleach that lightens your hair with time.

You would want to mix the baking powder with dandruff shampoo to create a paste that you can easily apply to your hair. Additionally, dandruff shampoo has higher pH that works great with baking soda.

Here are the steps you should follow when using baking soda.

  • Wash your hair with a dandruff shampoo 
  • Mix baking soda with a dandruff shampoo in a ratio of 1:1, ensure you blend it in to get a consistent paste,
  • Apply the paste to your clean wet hair and massage it to your roots; ensure each strand is covered.
  • Leave the paste in for about 10 minutes
  • Rinse off the paste with cool water
  • Deep condition your hair to restore lost moisturizing oils

Baking soda is believed to produce results faster. So, after a few washes, the unwanted oVertone is out of your hair. Another thing you will love about baking soda is a great scrubbing agent that strips s off most dirt from your hair.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

This is the most aggressive method of removing oVertone, and you are advised to use this method as your last resort. Use it only on stubborn colors like purple and orange.

Again, do not use hydrogen peroxide if your hair is damaged. Use 3 % hydrogen peroxide and not more.

Here are the steps of using hydrogen peroxide:

  • Mix water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, a ratio of 1:1.
  • Spray the diluted hydrogen peroxide on your hair with bias on over-toned strands
  • With the gloves, spread the mixture into your hair.
  • Rinse the peroxide off your hair, do not allow it to sit on your hair for more than 15 minutes.
  • Moisturize your hair with intensive deep conditioner

Natural Activities that Help Get oVertone Out of Your Hair

oVertone works by depositing color on your hair every time you use it. But once you stop using oVertone, it starts fading by itself. If you do not want to stress your hair, you can leave it to fade gradually, which it will do in a few weeks.

You can reinforce with activities encouraging color fading, such as hot showers, swimming, and sun exposure.

1. Hot showers

When you put color on your hair, you are usually discouraged from taking hot showers when they are exposed. This is because hot water opens up the hair cuticle allowing the oVertone to escape.

However, this concept can remove unwanted oVertone from your hair. Every day you wash your hair with hot water, some oVertone fades.

3. Exposing your hair to direct sunlight

Ultraviolet rays are known to strip off hair color. Exposing your hair to direct sunlight for a long time makes them fade faster. If you want to enhance oVertone fade, walk in the sun with your hair uncovered.

4. Swimming

Pool water contains chlorine, a bleaching agent known to remove hair color. Dipping your hair in the pool water will bleach some of the oVertone. However, the chlorine will dry your hair, so always ensure you do intensive deep conditioning after a swim.

It’s possible your hair will take on a green cast if you swim in chlorine, though.

When Should You See A Professional Hair Stylist?

If you have done all these for quite some time and are still fighting with some shades of oVertone that are not badging, then it is time to see the specialist. Stubborn oVertone may possibly require bleaching by a professional hairstylist.

Thus, you are advised not to bleach your hair alone; bleach is a powerful process and can worsen your hair.

Before opting for bleaching, often, your hairstylist will try less aggressive methods like toners and pigment removers.

How Long Does It Take For oVertone To Get Out Of Your Hair?

How quickly oVertone fades depends on the porosity of your hair and the intensity of the shade you are trying to remove. The more porous your hair, the faster the oVertone will fade. Less porous hair is known to lock in hair color. Therefore, it takes longer to fade.

The more porous your hair, the faster the oVertone will fade. Less porous hair is known to lock in hair color. Therefore, it takes longer to fade.

Colors with more intensity like purple, red, ginger, and blue are stubborn and fade slowly. Additionally, how often you have used the oVertone affects how quickly it fades from your hair.

For example, a ginger oVertone you have been using daily will take ages to fade. If you want hair colors that disappear quickly, we encourage you to go for lighter shades such as pastel blue.

Additionally, how often you wash your hair and expose it to sunlight determines how fast the oVertone gets out of your hair. A lighter shade cleaned daily and regularly exposed to sunlight will completely fade in a few months.


oVertone can be a good product for maintaining your dream hair color. But what happens when you want to remove it?

There are many methods to get the oVertone out. But the process requires patience, and different shades fade at different rates. If you want something that will get out more quickly, go for a lighter shade.

Settle for intense colors like ginger if you are ready to stay with it for a long time. If you suddenly change your mind and want to remove it, know that you will have to bleach your hair.

As you know, bleaching is harmful and will damage your hair.

Also, always remember to deeply condition after any of the above treatments. Colored hair is fragile, and moisturizing it is key to protecting it from further damage.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).