This is the best I have used, totally covered grays and dark roots, I have thinning hair, now it's shiny and healthy looking! love it. No yuckie smells!
I've purchased this color in Black several times now. I love that it doesn't smell and that I can comb it through my hair to evenly distribute the color. I wish it had blue-er undertones though.
Worst actual hair dye product I've used. (discounting my own crazy decisions involving bleach etc. that won't be repeated)
I must admit I was drawn in by the ads, the oils, the whole no ammonia yet permanent thaaang it had going on. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at the pleasing, modern aesthetic bottles, and I enjoyed the fact that the latex gloves were black! Novelty factor right there.
So I got the shade blue/black considering I was dressing up for a hardcore Halloween party...Unfortunately as soon as I started to apply the colour I could tell my hair wasn't agreeing with it...instantly knotted unlike when I've used casting creme gloss etc. (I no that's only semi-permanent but my god the results with that lasted way longer than Olia!)
waited 30 minutes...washed out...hair felt like straw at the ends! Used the conditioner that came with it and hmm well after the wash my hair felt almost filmy...really odd. Not clean, shiny and bouncy at all! More dull, strangely toned and meeeh. Anyway when my hair was 100% dry it almost seemed greasy at the roots despite my copious rinsing, and the texture of my ends had completely changed!! Really easily knotted, course and squeaky...very odd.
I almost wanted to cry when I looked in the mirror. After all that effort and damage on my hair, the colour was absolutely no darker! Certainly no hint of BLUE black in it whatsoever. If anything it actually looked browner/lighter. Not happy. (& yes I did check the colour number on the box matched the bottles) The only pro to this dye is that the colour...whatever it is...is very even. wow.
So after that my hair kept getting so knotty that I literally ended up ripping knots out, despite using my really good leave in conditioner. & then after the 2nd wash...oh wow. Using colour safe hair products, and now with the hair dye I am gobsmacked...It's literally gone so much lighter. At least 2 shades!! I have mid to dark chestnut brown hair. NOT WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOX! Strangest blue black I've ever seen. Never repurchasing. Not risk it on your locks!
A few days ago I decided to try the new Garnier Olia hair colour and I must admit the results I got were definitely one of the best I've ever got. The hue I used was Very Light Blonde 10.0, and the result was a really nice cold blonde, something I have always searched for!
I have long fine hair that has gone through a lot of bleaching and other chemical treatment for about 15 years. Looking for something to cover up my growing roots, I decided to give Olia a try.
I chose the lightest cool blonde and paid around 7.50 euros for a package. One package for long hair is not enough though, I should have definitely have bought two, but managed somehow, because my previous colour and Olia were close enough to not to worry too much anyway.
I have recently been using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss dyes, mainly because it's ammonia-free - just like Olia - but unlike the latter, Casting Creme is not a permanent, and it's expensive, so I was looking forward to finding something new.
Olia contains no ammonia - meaning it shold be less damaging to hair, and does not smell bad - it has a discreet, flowery scent to it. But be reminded that ammonia-free does not mean this colour is any safer than others. Didn't find ingredients for the exact colour 10.0, but here is an overview for the 9.0: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/530311/Garnier_Olia_Oil_Powered_Permanent_Hair_Color%2C_9.0_Light_Blonde/ - beware that reading this might make you want to drop dying altogether... :P
In any case, it is always recommended to do an allergy test before any kind of dying. I didn't, of course, and I have felt a kind of itching on my scalp for these few days after dying, but I cannot tell whether it's the hair dye or something else. I will probably use this hair dye again in the future, but until then, I cannot make any final conclusions. Some users on the net have complained Olia left their hair drizzy or dry - I cannot tell yet, but maybe that's because my hair is always like that.
I understood in some (other?) parts of the world, the package contains a mixing bottle with an applicator, but this was not the case with the package I bought here in Estonia. I had to use my own mixing bowl and applicataor, but for me it's not a big problem since I have 15 years of experience in hair dying :) The gloves in the box, not suprisingly, are not too good (but not the worst, either), but I use my own anyway, so I personally don't really care.
+ permanent with no ammonia!+ smells good
+ cool blonde really is a nice cool blonde
+ not too pricy (7.50 euros where I live)
- must be applied using a bowl and applicator
- possible allergic reaction (but this is probably the case with any hair dyes)
Hated this. It dried out my hair so bad and made it so frizzy!
I've wanted to try this product for awhile. I have very dark exceptionally thick, curly and long hair. Although I have my hair professionally dyed three to four times a year, I have to touch up the greys very often in between appointments. I called Garnier and was told I should buy two boxes and it was okay to shampoo my hair afterwards. I can't stand just rinsing hair dye out -I've got to shampoo with a sulfate free shampoo. I used soft black.
I applied the dye as instructed but noticed the bottle was very slippery. I applied both bottles and was pleased when it did not drip. Quite the opposite: my hair took on a stiff, straw like consistency. I concentrated on my greys and let me tell you this stuff is as thick as a paste. I thought to myself, my greys won't have a chance to survive under all of this dye. Was I wrong! When I rinsed and shampooed, I noticed my greys at the hairline still there. Come on guys! How can a company formulate a product that does not cover basic greys?
My hair, which is normally in decent shape, became straw like, dry and frizzy once I styled it. I had to add style oil (which I never do) just to get a little shine.
Save your money and your hair - this product is a waste of money.
The lightest color turned my hair gray!!!! Ah hell no! lol Never again!
EDIT: If you see this crap on sale, run like zombies are chasing you! Seriously...this stuff is horrid! I had a backup of L'oreal on hand and was able to fix the mess this made of my hair, but it took months of oil treatments and conditioning packs (I also had to get the "dead" trimmed off the ends) to get back the softness and shine. UGH!!!
I'm really surprised this hair color has received so many negative reviews. I think this will become my HG hair color. I have fine, thin, and long hair. I used to use Garnier Nutrisse but I always had issues with the hair color coming out really extreme and nothing like the box color it was supposed to be. I know the colors on the box won't always be what your hair comes out looking like but with Olia it was! I used 6.43 Light Natural Auburn and it was exactly the same as the color on the box. I only had to use one box to cover all my hair too! definitely something I've never experienced before. I always buy two boxes because my hair is long but one box did the trick. Then since I wanted a slightly more coppery golden color I used 9.3 Light Golden Blonde and now I have the perfect shade of strawberry blonde.
I actually really love the packaging because I felt it was easier to hold and when I was nearing the end of the bottle, I could pop off the cap and REALLY use the entire bottle. I didn't feel I was wasting any dye...or money!
Plus my hair is softer than ever! I was worried with lightening my hair I would cause a lot of damage but I did it before I thought I'd be safer this time around and choose the oil based color that is ammonia free. My hair feels like it's never been dyed!! It's a beautiful natural color and it is so silky and smooth. I didn't lose any hair, it actually feels stronger and healthier. I didn't think it felt drying at all, I could definitely feel the oil and i just gently rinsed it out and it felt wonderful without any trace of an oily feeling. I am going to stock up on these dyes because they are so great!
I'm probably not going to say much more than everyone else. This was awful. My friend and I wanted to just dye are hair for fall and figured we would try a new product. Packaging looked enticing, seemed to be selling out quickly, so why not? Awful decision. We both went brown. Me from blonde her from a light ash brown. First of all, the color dries your hair so much during application. Never have I experienced that. The bottle is so oddly shaped it kept slipping. Both of our hands got dye on them, with gloves on (clearly there were holes in them). Here comes the worst part. The dye does not have a full coverage. Both of us still have our old color in our hair! Hers is more of a highlight. Me, the left side of my head is blonde, not even being dramatic. I've dyed my hair many times and this has never happened. I am mortified at this product, I hope it gets taken off shelves asap. Time to head to the salon and have this fixed. AWFUL!!!!
Be careful if you have fine, thin hair as I do. I have colored my hair for years with many different brands and had no problems. When I used Olia an unbelievable amount of hair came out. Very scary. Would never touch this again.