My friend was over last night for a long overdue visit. I had been waiting to use the Olia haircolor because I usually color my hair (the gray!) every 6 weeks and wasn't due for a touch-up until now. So I figured why not do it when she was over and chances are we could share the bottle since neither one of us tends to use the whole thing just for covering gray. The actual product itself was fine, although once shaken in the bottle we couldn't keep it from oozing out of the top. That was annoying since I had to keep wiping it until I was truly ready to start (a matter of several seconds, but still). The consistency of the product going on was fine, but I found it more difficult to work into my hair than my usual product. It seemed more chalky/dry, and therefore wasn't as easy to spread around. I did the usual sections of my hair that I do when covering the gray, and surprisingly used more product than I expected. Perhaps because I did feel like I had to apply more since I wasn't able to spread out what was there. My friend didn't want to take the chance of running out before she covered hers, so she decided to pass. I then added a little more to the stubborn gray areas, and started the timer. The product was easy to wash out, and I like that you get a lot of conditioner since my hair is a bit thicker and I need more than the tiny envelopes in my usual product provide. When my hair was towel-dried, I combed it out....and I was disappointed to see not much difference. It is good that it blended in with my current color, but bad that I could still see the gray! And I know I hit those spots and know that I left it on the correct amount of time. And while it did provide some coverage, it wasn't nearly as full as I would have liked. So while I was excited to see the results, as was my friend because we would both be excited with a product without that awful smell, I was somewhat disappointed. My friend said she still might try it, because it really was less toxic-smelling than other products. But I'm afraid I probably didn't sell her on the way my hair looked. Don't get me wrong, it didn't look BAD but it didn't provide great coverage and because the retail price is so much higher than the products we usually use, my results were not a good incentive to pay more.
Prior to being invited to this bzzcampaign, I had just colored my hair. I waited 5 weeks before I colored my hair so I could really give Garnier Olia a test. I finally colored my hair this weekend. I have naturally curly, think, long hair. I used Garnier Olia 5.0 Medium Brown. The smell wasn’t bad at all, unlike some other hair color products. It has somewhat of a clean floral scent. In the box itself you receive the mixing bottle, the two solutions and the “after color” conditioner. You also receive gloves and instructions. The color treatment is not “watery” at all not so messy as other colors. It is thicker like a conditioner. When you put it on, where it wasn’t so watery you did not get it all over you as you put it on. Once you put the color on, you leave it on for 30 minutes. When you get ready to take off the mixture, you kind of create lather in your hair and then rinse it out until the water runs clear. After that, you use the conditioner that comes with the kit. I have to say, I loved the smell of the conditioner. If they sold that, I would buy it. I also found that as I was putting it on, my hair felt softer than it normally does when I apply conditioner – and it helped detangle my hair too, which was a bonus. This product is oil based so I can see that it may leave your hair feeling a little greasy. This did not happen to me but again I have long hair and it is very thick. If you had short hair and maybe not so thick, I could see your hair feeling a little greasy after use. However this feeling would go away after you shampoo your hair. I did not wash my hair the next day. My hair still smelled great too from the Garnier Olia products! Sometimes after I color my hair I do notice hair color on my pillowcase the next morning however this was not the case with Garnier Olia. I washed my hair this morning and it looks and feels great! The color is awesome! My hair feels healthy and not dried out like it does sometimes after I color it. I will definitely recommend Garnier Olia!
I colored my hair last week with Dark Golden Brown, #43. Love It! No gross over-color on my skin and lots of grey coverage. I am a happy camper. When I need to color again, Garnier's Olia is soooo my choice.
I typically have my hair colored in the salon about twice a year. Then I fill in at home with store brand colors. I usually refresh with a dark brown. However, my last salon visit, I wanted to add some caramel highlight/lowlight effects for the winter to add a little warmth. They didn't turn out as warm as I expected. In fact, in my mind, they appeared very blonde. I wasn't completely thrilled with my experience. But I thought I would try to stick it out and see if it grew on me. After getting used to it, it didn't look as bad as I thought. But I wanted to go back to my dark brown color. I waited over a month and then I was invited to participate in this campaign! I went and bought the Garnier Olia the day that i received my BzzKit in the mail. I was a bit apprehensive because of the highlights and wasn't entirely sure how it would look with the highlights and how it would cover. I followed the directions for "new color" and I loved the results. The color was just what I had hoped for with the bonus that the highlighted areas from before now looked, drumroll please.....CARAMEL!!! I am so happy to have the look I had been going for. In addition, my hair looks shiny and healthy. I have received tons of compliments!
So I've always gone through various shades of red - from flaming red to medium auburn brown - but I always have at least a little touch of red in my hair color. As someone who dyes red, I know that most shades are either on the orangey side, or the pinky-purple side. And I have pale skin and cool skin tones, so the pinky-purpley shades work best for me. I picked up the Olia shade Deep Violet. The picture on the box shows a really deep shade of Auburn with some pinkish tones. Works for me! No, it came out purple. And I mean, purple. I did this on Sunday and was afraid when I went to work on Monday that I might get called out by my boss. Most of it was just a subtle wash of purple, but on my roots where I'm starting to go grey it was a screaming violet, just like it came out of a crayon box. Outside of that - I give this hair color props for not having that hair dye smell to it. I did also notice less breakage when I went to rinse it out of my hair, so it probably is less damaging. It loses points for not being as convenient as the foam formulas out there (they are much better at not dripping and being easier to rinse out). Overall - if someone isn't interested in the foam colors, and they are more concerned with not damaging their hair, and they are going to pick a normal shade like "medium brown" then I'd recommend it. I would also recommend it if you're looking for purple hair and can't find Manic Panic. However, I suspect most people using hair dye would be better off with one of the many great foam dyes out there.
I recieved a coupon for a free box of Garnier Olia as part of a Buzz campaign. I was very intereested in trying itsh new product. Cons: I had a lot of difficulty finding the product in a shapde for my hair. I checked Target, Walmart, and my local grocery store multiple times without luck. My hair is nautrally strawberry blonde. I found no red shades at Walmart and the grocery store. The first two times I checked Target I found on red shades there either. The last time I visited Target, there was one red shade but it was way too dark for me. I finally found a "light natural auburn" shade at ULta. When I finished coloring my hair, I thought that color seemed to have a lot of brown in it, more than the shade of Loreal that i typically use. There was a very limited range of red shades to choose from. Brunettes and blondes seemed to have dozens of choices. Pros: The color was very easy to mix and use. I liked how easy it was to use the applicator bottle. The bottle allowed for direct application to the root. The smell was great. Whenever I color my hair I hate the way the chemicals smell. And that nasty smell seems to stay in my hair for days afterward. This smelled really nice and left no stinky smell behind. The price is comparable to other brands. After a couple of shampoos, the brown tones I noticed seem to be fading and more red tones are noticable. Conclusion: I would recommend Olia to a friend. I would also purchase the product again, if I could find it in a shade closer to my natural hair color. I gave the product 4 stars out of 5 because of the difficulty I had finding the product.
I liked the variety of colors to choose from. I chose a nice Medium Golden Brown 53. I washed my hair yesterday and didn't use any products like hairspray or gel. I decided to do my hair today. Directions said to use it on unwashed hair. The kit came with the colorant, developer, after color conditioner, gloves, and a cute little round bottle. The same things you would find in most hair coloring kits. I mixed the ingredients and right then I knew I didn't like the cute little round bottle anymore. It was hard to grip as I was covering the applicator tip with my finger. Perhaps I just have small hands. I applied the color to my hair. There was no aroma hardly at all. I managed to get all my hair with just the one kit. I even had about 1/3 of the bottle left over. It took about ten minutes to get my hair all saturated. I started my time for 30 minutes. I looked in the mirror about ten minutes later and decided to cut my time short and just go wash it out. All in all I'm glad I washed it out when I did and I would definitely use this again. It did a great job of covering my gray hairs too. It didn't fry my hair and did what it was supposed to do. Thanks Olia for a great gentle product.
My daughter used Garnier Olia the day before her wedding.
My daughter used the Garnier Olia to color her hair for her wedding day. She has colored her hair a light blond for years using over the counter products. It was easy to find a comparable color. It was pretty pricey compared to the product she usually used. The packaging wss a large size and mixing was awkward. The smell was much milder than traditional coloring products. The color did turn out very well and her hair was shiny and felt silky. A beautiful bride. Thanks for helping in making her wedding day special.
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