Friday, March 29, 2013

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

I really get nervous around home products that deal with coloring my hair and have tried several brands in the past with the results being totally different than what I thought it was gonna be so I had no grand illusions about this one either.
This is what you get when you use Garnier's Olia Hair Color Kit:
  • First oil-powered permanent home hair color
  • No ammonia
  • 60% oil blend with natural flower oils
  • 100% gray coverage
  • Maximum color performance
  • Visibly improves and restores hair*
  • Pleasant floral fragrance
  • In 24 different shades

  • I got a gift card to go and buy the color I would need and I got the 8.31 Medium Blonde, I think that is what I got. This is Garnier's new product called Olia and it has oil in it to make your hair feel and look softer, which it did in spades!
    Okay, here is my hair before and I had it straight because that is my preferred way that I like to wear it but alot of times I just let it go curly because it takes so much time to get it straight that I just say forget it! But, this is a picture that is what my hair really looks like if I take the necessary steps to get it to look like this. Notice that I have a unique color in that I have a little red, a little light brown and a little bit of dark blonde showing thru sometimes.
    Okay, I was right about the number. It is 8.31 and I think that says medium blonde. The last time I did my hair I did light brown and it made my hair a dark weird color of red. So, I knew that my hair acts quite the opposite of what it should be doing. The instructions say to leave on 30 minutes but I could tell from the color of the application that got on my forehead that it was getting a tad darker and no where near blonde, so after 18 minutes I rinsed it off to be on the safe side.
    I know it's hard to tell but the application was a light grayish color and really sunk into my hair pretty fast so it just looks like a wet rat experiment gone wrong! But here is what is inside the box of Olia by Garnier:
    The big fat bottle is the one that you mix and shake everything together in. There is wider tube beside it which is #1 and you put that in along with the tube with number 2 on it. Then shake well until you think it has all been combined well enough and start at the roots of your hair or any other stubborn places that the grey won't budge, which is what I did. I was doing this more for hiding the gray than to make my hair a different color.
    After I left it on for about 18 minutes versus the 30 minutes it said to, I jumped in the shower and got it all off and then used tube #3 which was a conditioner that needs to stay on the hair for 2 minutes at least and then rinse off.
    I decided to leave my hair curly since I was getting a little tired by this time and my favorite TV show was fixing to come on in about 15 minutes so I applied my detangler and my frizz control product and blew my hair halfway dry. I have found that my hair responds better if I dry it only have the way thru instead of completely dry. Drying it completely dry leaves my hair looking more brittle and damaged so I try not to do that if at all possible.
    And wala, this is the end game picture. I am so glad I rinsed it off when I did. The only way I can get a light blonde look is for a professional to do it and I do go and have that done about twice a year. That is about all we can afford with my disability check and I actually like this color alot. It is nowhere near the color on the box, but what it did do is give me some golden and some light reddish golden highlights!
    This is how my hair looks when I don't force it to go straight.  I can you that it did indeed get rid of the grey in my hair and now it has a nice healthy shine to it, so regardless of what the color on the box says, it's okay that it didn't work out for me, because this color is actually more like me.  It might look more red to some of you but I can tell you that it is probably the lighting we had in the kitchen.
    Another great thing about letting it dry curly is that it looks like I have thicker hair now. If you noticed in the first picture at the top, I look like my hair is very thin, which it is, but if I quit messing with it and let it dry naturally, I have alot thicker looking hair. So, I don't have any complaints about how my hair turned out. The last time I did this at home it came out almost black with red hints in there somewhere and that was a hideous site!
    Garnier has other brands of Hair Color and I would advise you to research all the different ones and the colors to see which ones you think might look good on you.  I have always said it is better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.  So, stop by and see what all Garnier has to offer and I think you will find the one that is right for you. 
    Garnier's Mission:
    Garnier USA is a division of the global cosmetics company, L’Oreal. L’Oreal is a leader in developing alternative methods to animal testing with the ultimate goal of eliminating all animal testing completely. In1989 L’Oreal voluntarily stopped using animal testing for the evaluation of its entire range of finished products.
    The company has invested $800 million over the last 25 years to develop innovative , alternative methods to animal testing, particularly in the area of reconstructed tissue development. We are totally committed to a future without tests on animals.
    Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. I am a BzzAgent and I was given this toy by them to do a review.