Simply awful. Very thick, glue-like texture, hard to work through your hair. I used this two weeks ago and my hair STILL doesn't rinse clean in the shower (I've never had a problem with any other dye). Also, this is the first dye to ever 1. burn my skin when it touched it (a tiny bit got on my forehead and before I got the chance to wipe it off it immediately felt like a chemical burn) or 2. stain my skin. I couldn't feel if my hair was truly saturated or not through the gloves so I ran my fingers through (never been a problem with ANY other dye I've used as long as I wash my hands off a minute later) and my fingers have been red ever since. The packaging is horrible, such huge tubes to just turn around and toss once you squeeze them into the bottle and mix, and the mixing bottle itself is too big to comfortably grip with one hand like how most people apply dye. I can't say much about staying power or fading since this is only 2 weeks old but everything else about this dye is so dreadful I'll never try it again. My box cost me $8, my usual dye (Revlon Color Silk) costs me $3 and gives better results. Also, very limited color selection. Spare yourself and don't try this one.
Very disappointed. Did not even cover one gray hair. This is the worst hair color for gray hair! I have tried many products, but the results from this are worse than the others. $10.00 wasted, I will stick to L'Oreal which gives me great coverage. Also the bottle is hard to hold due to it's shape.
I bought this in dark brown for a root touch up. I hadn't read the horrible reviews until this was already parked on my roots. My color actually came out decent, no better or worse than anything I've used recently but instead of using the conditioner after rinsing I added it to the remaining hair color and put that on the rest of my hair for the last 10 minutes. I had some Clairol conditioing treatment left from a previous color and used that after I rinsed and to be extra careful did a quick rinse with my regular conditioner. My hair came out in pretty good shape although a tad over conditioned at the scalp with maybe a little dryness on the ends but no more so than 90% of any other box color I've used. The color is even and it did a decent job covering grays. No red roots and very little color on my scalp. The mixing bottle has got to be the worst thing I've ever used. Way to big for my hands. I had to shake using both hands while trying to keep my finger over the tip. I also didn't like the absolutely pointless waste of packaging. The box itself is pretty large to fit the ridiculously huge plastic squeeze tube that the developer comes in and the enormous train wreck of a mixing bottle. I'd rather use Colorsilk or even Natural Instincts which doesn't cover as well but doesn't dry my hair out even with frequent coloring. I'd be afraid to use this as often as I would need to..
BOTTOM LINE: If you want to spend a few dollars more than the other products because of this one's claim to use an oil blend that won't damage your hair, use it at your own risk. You may end up with extremely dry hair like most of the people who used it, and ladies, I don't think it's worth the risk.
I decided to buy it after reading both the negative and positive reviews--both my mom and I did--but my mom tried it first. We both purchased 5.0, Light brown. Her color came out nowhere near the box, instead being a light, brassy orange. She complained her hair felt really dry, too. A few weeks later (today), despite my mom saying I shouldn't use it, I did.
Application was quite difficult with the shape of the bottle being difficult to hold. It did not smell bad, however my hair started to feel very coarse while I was putting it on. After 30 min, my roots looked very brassy, while the rest of my hair looked very dark. I rinsed it out (which was easy, quick, and didn't leave a residue in the shower). I didn't like the quality of the conditioner, though; my hair actually felt softer BEFORE I used it.
When I combed my hair out, I could really tell how dry it was. I literally wanted to stick straight out! Now, I color my hair frequently, but even my hairdresser can't tell I dye my hair because it's so healthy. After using this, it feels like I need to cut off a good 6-8 inches it's so dry!
When I did a rough blow dry to see the color, I was not happy either. Instead of the neutral brown on the box, my head looks coppery brown. I will definitely not buy this again! Now I have to wait to dye my hair, too!
This is it, this is the one. I've been through every other dye brand and this is hands down the best so far. Before trying it I checked for reviews and they were so SOO bad (mostly talking about straw-y hair) but anyway, I decided to give it a shot because that's the logical thing to do (not?).
I don't have grey hairs so I don't know about that one, my hair did feel like straw while I was applying the dye, waited for 45 minutes, no strong smell or itchy scalp!!! And it was easier to wash away than other hair dyes I've tried, also I used way more of the treatment than what it adviced and applied some of my own conditioner just in case. Dried my hair with the blow dryer and lo and behold.. amazing natural looking color with lots of bounce and shine. So I have no idea what these other people are complaining about, this product is amazing and I will continue buying it idc.
I've been dying my medium ash blonde hair red for years. Now I have about 15% grey and most recently was using Naturcolor with great success. Wanted to try something that might brighten up the red a bit. I bought Light Natural Auburn. No trouble at all with application, applicator, consistency of the product, etc. Smell - pleasant. Color came out great and blended very well with my ends - just enough of a boost in vibrancy to make me want to use it again - and it's much cheaper than Naturcolor, which is about $18 per box. I don't sense any more dryness in my hair than normal. Have not washed it yet, but don't expect to see any dramatic fading and there is no red on my white pillowcase. Liked it!
I didn't have a bad experience with this dye and I'm actually very surprised others did. I bought the bright red (6.60) because it was on sale and I had a coupon. I generally just buy whatever red dye is on sale because most look the same on my hair, which is naturally dark brown with some lighter bleached portions in it from hair experiments.
The dye itself was nice. It didn't smell too bad and it came out a very nice, bright red that took a while to fade. I don't shower everyday though so that probably helped. I didn't dry out my hair or irritate my scalp or anything along those lines.
What I did not like about this dye was the shape of the bottle. It's round and very hard to hold on to with the loose plastic gloves that come in the box. If I had some latex gloves it might not have been so bad, but I had a hard time actually dying my hair because the bottle slipped out of my hand a lot.
This wasn't my favorite dye ever (mainly because of the stupid bottle) but I would buy it again.
Bought Olia based on TV advert, thinking it would be gentle on my hair. I typically dye my hair every 8 weeks for the past 10 years successfully with L'Oreal. Trying out Olia was a mistake, it FRIED my fine healthy shoulder length hair, became brittle, breaking, colour was not bad... it took me a YEAR to get my hair back into shape, through major cutting and conditioning.
I think I'm in the minority here but I actually LOVED this dye!
I recently decided to go blonde (huge mistake) and resulted in orangey, horrible, severely damaged hair. I had a bad experience using a permanent dye at home a few months ago (chose a chocolate brown shade and it came out this putrid red/black which I had to use colour remover on. So needless to say I was tentative of using another dye at home! I had been sticking to L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss shades to cover the hideous bleached mess underneath but because my hair was so porous and light underneath unfortunately the colours would fade significantly within 2 washes (given it was only semi permanent it's understandable especially given the condition of my hair!) anyway, I was sick of having to dye my hair so often so I decided to bite the bullet and get a permanent dye. After perusing the aisles for almost half an hour I finally decided on Garnier olia. I, like others, was drawn to it because of the oil base and that fact it contained no ammonia. I chose the shade Iced Chocolate. I found the packaging to be a little bit awkward, although the tear drop bottle was in theory a good idea it was difficult to hold and apply the colour. In the end I found it easier to squirt it directly into my hands and massage it onto my head. I also found it helpful when you were getting towards the end of the bottle you could take the lid off and scoop out the contents fairly easily since the bottle was short which was handy. I only have shoulder length, layered hair but it's veeeery thick and I struggled to cover all my hair with only one bottle so people with long hair will definitely need two!
I left the colour for 25 minutes rather than the recommended 30 as I didn't want it coming out to dark.
When I started to rinse my hair felt very dry and crunchy as others had mentioned but rather than use the included conditioner with the dye I used my Joico K Pak Intense Hydrator and my hair felt lovely and soft. The colour when blow dried was basically identical to the shade on the box which is something I've never experienced with a home dye so I'm ecstatic. I've only washed my hair once since dyeing it but have had no fading at all, so so far I'm really impressed. Definitely recommend!! :)
Why oh why did I not read the reviews on this load of crap before purchasing? Never again. I have colored my hair at home for years and consider myself an expert. Lesson learned. I thought it would be nice to use something gentler this time. Wow. Virtually no color change at all, no grey coverage whatsoever, and it left my hair literally crispy. That is all.