I’m just going to admit it. I color my hair. A few years ago, I noticed I was getting more and more gray hair. At first it looked pretty good, mixed in with my natural blond locks. I got comments about what nice highlights I had, and people wanted to know where I had my highlights done. I always laughed, because I never knew gray hair could be so fashionable.
Until it overtakes your head.
I don’t know when I reached that tipping point, but my gray no longer looks like beautiful highlights. It just looks gray. And since I don’t believe I’m old enough for gray hair, I decided to do something about it.
I colored it. I’ve been using a Garnier hair color for several months, so the chance to review their new product, Garnier Olia, was a natural fit. And since Garnier Olia promises to be gentle on the hair, containing no ammonia, I really wanted to try it out! After all, there’s not point in having beautiful colored hair, if it’s irreparadly damaged, right?
About Garnier Olia
As I mentioned before, Garnier Olia is notable, because it’s an oil-based hair color and 100% ammonia free. It is a 60% oil blend, made of oils including sunflower, passionflower, camellia, and meadow foam.
Garnier Olia promises to lift color up to three levels and provide 100% gray coverage. According to the manufacturer, “the oil powered formula is fluid enough to mix easily yet rich enough to apply evenly, effortlessly.”
Would it work? I gave it a try!
My Experience with Garnier Olia
I’m not a person who likes to dramatically change my hair color, so I chose the “Medium Golden Blonde” color. It looked pretty close to the color I already use on my hair.
I opened the package and laid out the contents: a pair of plastic gloves, the foam developer, the colorant, and the conditioner.
The process for coloring your hair with Garnier Olia is pretty much the same as other hair colors. Add the colorant to the foam developer and shake. Then apply it to your hair, roots first, leaving on for 30 minutes. So that’s what I did.
After 30 minutes, I ran my gloved fingers through my hair a few times, per the instructions. Then I rinsed the color off and applied the conditioner. I left the conditioner on for two minutes and then rinsed. That was it.
The process itself was easy. There were a few things I noticed about Garnier Olia.
- The formula is thicker than other hair color products, so it’s a little bit harder to tell when your hair is saturated with the color. I ended up taking one of my gloves off to actually feel my hair. With the gloves on, it didn’t feel saturated, but once I took the glove off, I could tell that I had plenty of product on my hair.
- Garnier Olia doesn’t smell as bad as other hair colors. It doesn’t smell great, but it’s not nearly as bad as ammonia based products. The odor fades quickly, too. By the next morning, I couldn’t smell it anymore.
- My hair felt a little brittle after using the hair color. Not so bad that I’d avoid using the color again, but brittle enough that I know I’ll need to be careful going forward. The reason for the brittle hair, though, could very well be the fact that I last colored my hair about six weeks ago.
My Opinion of Garnier Olia
Here’s what I looked like on Sunday, the morning after coloring my hair. I like it a lot! I think it’s a shade darker than what my hair color was before, but that’s perfect for winter. I don’t see any gray, either.
I’m happy with Garnier Olia, and I will continue to stick with Garnier as my hair color product of choice.
As an aside, Sunday at church, a man my husband knows walked up to him and asked if I was his number one daughter. It’s been a long time since someone has mistaken me for my husband’s daughter! Was it the hair color? One has to wonder…
If you’d like to try Garnier Olia, it is available at Walmart for $8.97.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.