oVertone pigmented conditioners are not meant to be temporary, and while they aren't meant to be used for a single application the color deposited by one use can last for approximately the same number of washes as a semi-permanent dye.
The pigment deposited by oVertone conditioners will keep your hair bright as long as you continue using them. Once you discontinue use, your color will begin to fade, but how fast happens depends on several factors, including the which shade of oVertone you're using, how often you've used it, and the health and texture of your hair.
For instance, if you consistently use Extreme Silver on your blonde hair for months and then decide to stop using it, the color will slowly fade with each wash but will likely not come out completely with shampoo alone. On the other hand, if you put Pastel Purple or Original Rose Gold on your highlighted hair once, that small amount of light color may completely wash out over the course of a few shampoos. Pastels tend to be more low-commitment than bolder, more pigmented shades like Vibrant and Extreme.
Super-healthy, unprocessed hair will generally fade fastest. Our conditioners work by depositing pigment under the hair's cuticle onto the strand itself, but on virgin hair the cuticle is often quite closed. This means the pigment from our conditioners will mostly sit on top of the strands instead of absorbing, and the color can slide off and down the drain in as few as a couple of shampoos.
When it comes to processed hair, the cuticle is usually more open, allowing that pigment to really sink in and stay for longer!
If you're worried about how your oVertone pigmented conditioner will fade, your best bet is to do a strand test with our Coloring Conditioner, then leave it be for a few washes! That will help you see how that particular shade fades from your strands. We always recommend that you do a strand test before applying all over to make sure you can achieve your desired result. Check out this blog post on how to do a strand test. If the color isn't fading fast enough for you, 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! If it hasn't faded enough, from there you can see your stylist about lifting the pigment from your strands and lightening.