Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color uses an exclusive 60% oil blend with natural flower oils in the colorant. The unique oil-based formula propels colorants deep into the hair without ammonia for pure, vivid, long-lasting color. Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color achieves maximum color performance while the oils help reverse roughness and dullness, visibly improving and restoring hair.
I have been coloring my hair off an on for a while now, and I generally stick to the same color/brand (L'Oreal Excellence Creme). Every once in a while, though, I give in to the newest, brightest ad on TV and try out somethnig new. My latest experiment - Garnier Olia. So, did it really live up to all the claims? Scroll on to find out!
|I picked a dark brown color, and my hair is naturally a dark brownish black. The last example, black, would be close enough.|
|Garnier has put in a lot of thought/effort into the packaging. The colors stand apart from the regular boring white and brown boxes...|
|..and Garnier claims to use ecofriendly packaging.|
|Oh, and the gloves - to be worn while handling the color and applying it. I liked this one more than the usual flimsy see-through ones. A lot of reviews had also mentioned that these gloves are too small. They fit me just fine, so I am happy :D|
|Again, like any other hair color, Garnier Olia comes with the standard set of precautions/instructions on use. Please do a skin test before use. I haven't had any skin reactions with hair color, but I would not recommend skipping this.|
So that's about the packaging and usage intructions and all other
- Packaging, ease of use: Supereasy, superlike. There is just a mild floral fragrance to the hair color and after a while I did not even notice the smell. Did not irritate my eyes, did not irritate skin/scalp.
- Quantity: There is a generous amount of product. I had some product left after I had colored everywhere..err..everything..err.. :P (I have medium-length hair).
- Wait time: 30 minutes. I have stubborn greys..which is why I color my hair...so I have to wait this long.
- Wash off: Easy enough. Nothing else to add. Massage the color and rinse off to get it all off the head and down the drain :P Finish off with a generous dose of conditioner.
- Softness/shine: A bit fat NO. I washed off and even when my hair was dripping wet, I knew it was loaded with residue and super-rough. Nothing changed when it dried. Hello, straw hair! So all that talk about oil-nourishing-blah-blah did not work for me. With any hair color I do expect a bit of roughness that does get sorted out with a bit of care and in the next couple of washes. That has not happened so far. Still going strong on the straw hair. I will just get a haircut this weekend.
- Hair color - This is a permanent hair color. Here's what my expectations are: It should color my greys completely and stay on there. Ideally, I would have to color my hair every 2 weeks because my roots would start to show - so any hair color I use should last that minimum time. Beyond that is a bonus. Garnier Olia gave me a faded, mousy color to start with. And then with about 2 washes, it was pretty much washed out and whatever was remaining was just brassy bits of color.
All said and done, I would not be buying this product again. It does not last on my grey hair (or the non-greys but I am less bothered about that), and it leaves my hair feeling dull, dry, rough. If this was a semi-permanent hair color, and I did not have any greys to cover, I still would not want to use it just because of how bad it was for my hair. I really did want to like the product - and I loved the packaging and everything - but it just doesn't work for me. Might work for you...I don't know..doesn't for me.
Garnier Olia - At-Home Hair Color - Dark Brown 4.0 - Ingredients