Ever since I had to give up salon color, I’ve been kind of depressed. I *loved* my salon color because it looked so wonderfully natural, with gorgeous highlights. So, I had to go back to boxed, at-home hair color kit. For year I used Garnier Nutrisse, which, for my hair, is a pretty good product. It doesn’t dry my hair out or damage my scalp. The first couple of months, the color was OK. But then, it started to get that flat, monochromatic, painted-on look.
And, then, despair set in. I feared I’d look like one of those old ladies with that weird purple hair color that’s supposed to be some sort of burgundy red. Only I’d look more like the weird old guy who looked like he dyed his hair with shoe polish.
So I decided to give Garnier’s new Olia-the “oil powered permanent hair color”– a shot. The product info says that it uses an exclusive 60% oil blend with natural flower oils to achieve maximum color performance while visibly improving and restoring hair*. Ok…great! but would it be easy to use? What might happen to my hair? How will it wear?
Yes, it is easy to use. Mixes easily. It’s easy to apply, and has a wonderful smell too. No chemical odor. I did not experience any itching or burning, so I’m not allergic to the ingredients. It does not run down one’s face and is easy to clean up from skin or other surfaces.
What might happen to my hair? My hair is normal-dry, thin, slightly curly-wavy, with less than 50% gray. I decided to use their Medium Golden Brown shade vs. a more “showy” color because I wanted a very natural look. Which is what I got! A very natural looking medium brown with gold tone highlights (not the painted on look) with good gray coverage. The texture of my hair was improved, and I was able to use my usual styling products without a hitch (note: sometimes with some hair color brands one might have to change styling products or shampoo. I have been able to continue to use my usual shampoo and styling routine without a problem.)
How did it wear? As a “permanent” hair color, I expect it to last at least 3 weeks. It lasted a bit under 3 before I started to see gray along my temples. However, my hair does grow very fast, so I chalk some of this up to new hair growth as much as potential fading in the root area. Overall, the color has not faded nor otherwise turned into some other color (as what often happens with reds or sometimes with darker browns.) I had some of the conditioner left over, so I use it once a week, which may account for less overall fading or color changing.
Overall, I really like this product and will be using it again!
However, I know that other consumers have had different experiences with the color. You may want to read some of those reviews as well. Simply do a search on “Garnier Olia hair color reviews” and you’ll find a bunch of them. Take into consideration your particular hair texture and type, as well as what sort of styling products you usually use, and the overall condition of your hair. If your hair is in any way already damaged and not healthy, you may need something other than a hair color product to improve its condition. If you use styling products after you color your hair, the products might not react properly, or work against one another, especially if they are low-tier drugstore or mass market styling products. If you use those types of products rather than salon-quality products, you might want to consider using Garnier’s styling line to preserve the conditioning effects of the hair color product.
Please note that this review is of my experience with the product, and does not represent everyone’s experience or outcome.
- Review: Garnier Olia Hair Color (sarahalisabeth.wordpress.com)
- Garnier Olia Hair Color Review (jannkohblingmeup.wordpress.com)