Overtone Pastel Silver is the last color I thought I would want to try. After all, who wants to intentionally go gray? Well, me. Kinda.
I’m not looking for gray or silver hair. But I do love the gray trend and thought a super cool blonde might be the way to go. When I recently visited my stylist, I showed her lots of photos and thought we were on the same page.
Turns out we weren’t. And I ended up with a brassy blond highlights looking a bit like Rachel from Friends, circa 2000.
I panicked. Should I go back? Should I call another salon? Should I buy a toner from a beauty supply? And then I thought I’d check in with my old friend, Overtone, and see what my options might be.
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What does Pastel Silver look like?
On the Overtone website, Pastel Silver looks like a beautiful, hip, silvery gray. At least on the models and influencers they show. What they almost never tell you is that those people have bleached hair to begin with. Their hair is a blank slate when applying Overtone.
For the rest of us, it’s either going to add a tone to your hair, or it’s going to add some coloring, if you have naturally or chemically lightened hair.
I wasn’t looking for the silver. I was just looking to take my yellow blond and turn it more into an ash color and was pretty confident the Pastel Silver would do that.
Overtone Pastel Silver Before and After
As with most pastel shades from Overtone (see my Pastel Purple results here), the coloring will be subtle. But I wasn’t really looking for a color. I was really looking for a tone. And I got it.
The Pastel Silver definitely cooled my blond but here are a few things to know.
- You have to really work the coloring conditioner through the individual strands of your hair for consistent coloring
- Coloring may vary by how old your lightened hair is (if you have chemically lightened hair)
- Pastel Silver can produce a bluish tint to your lighter hair
- The product looks dark but is only a toner, not a dye
- It’s not as important to wear gloves with this color as with others (staining was minimal)
How Long Does Overtone Pastel Silver Last?
Because it’s a subtle shade, it also has a subtle fade. After about two weeks, I decided it was time to reapply. But not because the color was completely gone. It was because I was hoping to simply refresh my look.
I recommend repplying the coloring conditioner every two weeks (the fade is more noticeable with bolder colors). And in between, you can use the Overtone Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner. It’s a lightly tinted conditioner that can help keep your color fresh.
Personally, I don’t love their conditioners (I think they tend to be a bit heavy) so I only use it every other shampoo and usually mix it with a little regular conditioner.
Overtone Pastel Silver Video Review
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