20/01/2013

Testing, testing, 1,2,3: Garnier Olia hair colour

A few months ago, I realised life is too short to sit at the hairdresser's every five weeks for three hours to get my hair coloured, only for the dye to fade away quicker than you can say "light chestnut brown"... Not worth my time or money, and to be honest I don't believe it's a question of salon or colourist, my hair is just too fine to hold on to the colour too well...

Still, since I'm not ready to sport my natural colour, a coppery brown that looks orangey in some lights, I started using John Frieda's Precision Foam Colour in Light Cool Almond Brown: the colour is perfect, a very light brown that looks multi-tonal, and the foam texture makes application a breeze.But, this colour comes with a big draw-back: the product leaves hair parched and it was only a question of time until my hair started looking like dry straw. Not a good look, for sure. Time to move on...

Enter Garnier's new innovation: Olia Hair Colour, a new permanent home colouring product that uses oils to fixate the dye instead of ammonia. Why didn't anyone think of this before, I ask?! Anytime I smell the acrid vapours of ammonia, it gets my nose and eyes all watery and takes me back to those summer days I spent at my aunt's salon as a child, pretending to do the front desk... Sorry, I digress. As soon as I heard from one of my friends familiar with the brand about its benefits, off to Boots I went to buy (I insist I did buy this product, this isn't a sponsored post!) my little box. I opted for shade 6.0: Light Brown to the non hairdressers in you.


Time to test... First up, what's on the box, or rather what's not on the box: a model's picture (usually photoshopped to death and reminiscent of some extra in Charlie's Angels...). In my view this contributes to the modern look of the whole product, together with the sleek looking drop-shaped bottle (like a drop of floral oil, I get it...) and the black gloves. Very nice, but (and you knew this was coming, didn't you?): the bottle is too big for my hands which I don't consider particularly tiny, so it kept slipping down to the floor, and the gloves are, quite frankly, too tight and the feel like cheap plastic, making the whole handling of the bottle fidgety. Next time, Garnier darlings, please make the bottle an easy to manoeuvre shape (a flat drop rather than a round one, maybe?) and to put some proper latex gloves in the box, it will make my life easier! Ok, enough about the packaging and application tools, how about the product?

Quite simply, past the small disappointment about the bottle, Olia exceeded any expectations I had. The texture is soft, non drippy, and it smells of fruits and flowers, which is quite a new experience for me. The product is totally different from any dyes I've used on my hair before, feeling more like a treatment mask. It comes out of the bottle in a smooth beige cream before turning a bit darker once on my hair. No drips no stains, result! I would have loved it if there was a little bit more product though, as this is just enough for shoulder-length hair but for longer cuts you will surely need a second dose...


After 30 minutes on, it was very easy to rinse off under the shower and the provided conditioner is big enough for at least three or four applications. Here is a right after picture, with hair just rough dried, not blow-dried. Blow-dried, it's far more shiny, but it's the week-end, it's snowing, and we're snuggling up at home so give the girl a break...

The best thing? You can even order it online: Garnier Olia at feelunique.com (approximately £8, that's about 8% of the cost of a professional colour in a salon...)

4 comments:

Longuette said...

well, i have curly hair and I am so disappointed of hairdresser not being able to work with curly. Not to mention when I spend a fortune just to retouch roots (yes, i have grey hair).
I tried any brand possibile of colour you can do at home and I have found the one that workd for me.
couldnt be any happier.
so now I am going to the hairdresser once every 3 months instead of monthly.

I have never saw this Olia over here, guess will be released in the next months but I'll take note.

thank for sharing!

Tabitha said...

Very interesting, I loathe going to the hairdressers it amazes me that so many women enjoy it, and would actually want to go more often, I have to be tied to the chair!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

that is a rather good tip - your hair looks like it was professionaly done bc there are no dead spots where the color didn't hold. But do let us know the second time you use it because I would like to know if it would repeat the good job as you said your most recent hair appointment was professionally done.

Thanks for the post as I don't like going to the hairdressers.

LittleS said...

Thanks ladies, I should probably edit this post a bit to make it clearer: I've been using this for 2 months now, and my experience has been pretty good on the whole. Colour starts fading around week 5, which used to be the same with salon colour, and my hair is far healthier than in the past when I used ammonia products. No complaints from me!