Jun 25, 2013

Garnier Olia Hair Color (Dark Brown 4.0) - Review


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.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 - Review

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!

Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
I picked a dark brown color, and my hair is naturally a dark brownish black.  The last example, black, would be close enough.
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
Garnier has put in a lot of thought/effort into the packaging.  The colors stand apart from the regular boring white and brown boxes...
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
..and Garnier claims to use ecofriendly packaging.
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
What's in the box:  The thought process behind the packaging definitely extends to what's inside the box.
Garnier Olia - like most other at-home hair colors - has a colorant and a developer - packed in separate tubes and to be mixed just before use.  There is a tear-drop shaped bottle for mixing and applying the color.  A lot of people have written about how difficult this shape is to hold in the hands.  I have really small fingers/hands, and I never had any difficulty with gripping or using the bottle.  I actually quite liked it!  Also, included is an after-color hair conditioner.  I loved the bright cheerful (looked cheerful to me :P) packaging.
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
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
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
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 boringessential things to know about the Garnier Olia hair color.  On to what's to love/hate about it, and I am going to list it out to make it really simple.
  • 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.
And now the most important part:  RESULTS!
  • 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

Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review
Garnier Olia At Home Hair Color Dark Brown 4.0 Indian Makeup Beauty Haircare Blog Review