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post #1 of 11 Old 10-09-2019, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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So I've done a lot of research on this. Seeing a lot of things that say not to dye your horse's hair and things that say it's safe, while others say be careful with placement.

I got a grey a while back ago and someone told me they had a friend who had a grey and dyed their horse's mane and tail black for extra pizzazz. So it got me to thinking, has anyone tried the oVertone hair color? There's nothing in the ingredients that have set off any red flags and it's also a deep conditioner. Any thoughts on this?


https://overtone.co/collections/shop...ng-conditioner

Here's what I was looking at
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-09-2019, 03:57 PM
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Why are you wanting to do this? If it's purely for your own satisfaction, I have to ask: Is it worth chancing it?
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The problem with dying manes & tails is the dye gets on other parts of the body. Dye is itchy and has to sit on the hair for a good while. You have to cover everything on the horse, except what you apply the dye to, good luck with that!

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I hate to sound so un-fun, but I have this rule of thumb about not using anything on my horse that I wouldn't use on myself. ... within reason. I would never use an ammonia or peroxide based dye my horse - I already know what it does to my hair and won't ever do it again. And...horses do get itchy and need to bite themselves...I wouldn't want my horse eatin dye. And knowing her...hmm...

Okay, let's restore the fun. Egg dye (food coloring) + water. Done. Mix together red, yellow, and blue...and you get black! Chalk also works. You can even make a rump-design with a stencil, plus egg dye + a little water in a spray bottle. Or, again, chalk. You can rub natural oils (coconut or sesame) into your horse's mane and tail if the dye creates dryness or looks dull, or simply start with oils as the base of your food coloring.

Here's a nifty article:
https://www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-egg-dyes/

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The problem with dying manes & tails is the dye gets on other parts of the body. Dye is itchy and has to sit on the hair for a good while. You have to cover everything on the horse, except what you apply the dye to, good luck with that!
That is very true. You have to be really careful with how you apply it and everything.


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I hate to sound so un-fun, but I have this rule of thumb about not using anything on my horse that I wouldn't use on myself. ... within reason. I would never use an ammonia or peroxide based dye my horse - I already know what it does to my hair and won't ever do it again. And...horses do get itchy and need to bite themselves...I wouldn't want my horse eatin dye. And knowing her...hmm...

Okay, let's restore the fun. Egg dye (food coloring) + water. Done. Mix together red, yellow, and blue...and you get black! Chalk also works. You can even make a rump-design with a stencil, plus egg dye + a little water in a spray bottle. Or, again, chalk. You can rub natural oils (coconut or sesame) into your horse's mane and tail if the dye creates dryness or looks dull, or simply start with oils as the base of your food coloring.

Here's a nifty article:
https://www.thankyourbody.com/all-natural-egg-dyes/
That's why I was looking into the dye that I was looking into. I've used on myself before, and it washes out over time, and my hair wasn't damaged whatsoever. It's not ammonia or peroxide-based either. The egg dye is a good idea too that I never thought of as well.
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I have heard of people dyeing black horses black for showing purposes, but I personally would never do it for my own enjoyment. Too many "what ifs"!
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-11-2019, 02:51 PM
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Then there are the people who dye manes and markings on horses because they stole the horse, and/or they are switching horses for all the wrong reasons:):):)

Let me be clear that is in no way implying anything nefarious on your part. I'm just saying when someone mentions dyeing a horse, my knee-jerk reaction is to recall situations I have read about:):)
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My Appy was run through a TB. Sale with purchase contingent to them supplying the papers they "forgot". They had dyed her. Head to toe. When she shed off she had the most beautiful blanket. Needless to say I never did get papers on her but I did get her for next to nothing.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-11-2019, 08:36 PM
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If you want safe pizzazz, don't dye it. Get the hair safe chalk that comes out with some shampoo.

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Overtone is just hair dye thinned out with a bunch of conditioner. It doesn't have to sit on there very long, it doesn't penetrate that deep. It could end up patchy looking depending on how carefully you cover/how clean the hair is beforehand but I would be surprised if it stuck around in a mane or tail very long at all.
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