Garnier • Olia • Hair Color

rated 2.5(344 reviews)

Average Rating.2.5
Would buy this product again.38%

rated 1 of 5 monicajune on 1/30/2015 11:02:00 PM more reviews by monicajune

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

Ok so my hair is naturally a medium brown colour and I have dyed my hair in the past but always seem to miss parts of my hair because it's just so thick. It's only just past my shoulders but basically sticks out around my head like a brunette cloud. ANYWAY, I was really keen on the idea of having bright red hair again and like many others I was drawn in to purchase this product because of the lack of ammonia and promises to deeply condition and make my hair vibrant and glossy. *SPOILER ALERT* (overall it sucked). I used shade 6.60 Intense Red if I can remember correctly and my sister did the colouring. To cut a long story short over the space of less than 48 hours we had gone through two boxes of the stuff in hopes that the latter packet would coat the areas we originally thought we had missed. My sister literally had saturated my hair in the "permanent" stuff but it must've just washed off in the shower. Now I have red red roots and patchy red and brown tresses. My speckled hair now looks ridiculous when I put it up, and I will be getting the dye job re-done at a salon in the near future. As for the oil treatment aspect, the texture of my hair is no different if not worse off than before I used this product- the ends now feel thoroughly straw-like and I will not be repurchasing the product.

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rated 5 of 5 makingitup12 on 1/25/2015 2:05:00 PM more reviews by makingitup12

Age: 19-24   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

Like the others, I decided to ignore all the negative comments about this product because I really wanted to try it and my sister said she loved it
I have (now had) short dark/medium brown hair and I bought the Olia colour Darkest Brown 3.0 and I LOVE IT
-Colour - came out a lot darker than I thought it would... it's pretty much black but I am okay with that
-Price - At local stores it was 12.99 which is not at all affordable for many, but I had a free coupon so I went for it!
-Product/Application - I felt that it was a VERY easy application process, I am a mess when I dye my hair but this was sooo easy to use - It was a thicker consistency than many other brands, but it was easy to blend into my hair - Like usual, I put a bag over my head to heat keep the heat in while I was waiting for the product to sit, but it got REALLY hot on my head - Product washed out SO EASILY! like other people said it was like washing mud out of your hair
-Conditioner - standard tube that most brands give out - Garnier dye conditioners usually come in a small package, but this one was an actual tube!

Overall - GREAT PRODUCT - it smells AMAZING! - so SHINNY! - so SOFT!
-According to the reviews this is a hit or miss product

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* FaceofMaleah on 1/18/2015 10:54:00 PM more reviews by FaceofMaleah

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Red, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

For the past 6 months I have been using this hair dye and having been pouring all of my energy into loving it because I wanted to love it so badly but I have finally come to grips with the fact that this product is just not good. I used Garnier Nutrisse Cream dye in the shade 660 for about 4 years prior to my using Olia and I loved the vibrant, rich red shade but after a while the ammonia started to really damage my hair and I wanted to try and ammonia-free dye which is where Olia came into play. From the start this dye didn't work for me but the whole 'ammonia-free, oil powered dye' thing really pulled me in along with the packaging....they did a great job marketing this product if nothing else. This dye is incredibly vibrant and long-lasting which is essential when you are maintaining red hair but the problem with this dye is that it always leaves my hair incredibly patchy. The first 3 months I used this dye, I convinced myself that it was my fault that the dye was patchy because I wasn't diligent enough with my application but every single time I dyed my hair, whether I saturated my roots completely in the dye or not, some hair would be dyed and some hair would still be my natural brown shade at the root. Embarrassingly enough, where it seemed to be patchy most consistently was in my middle part, especially near the front of my face which is the most visible. Because of this, I was constantly having to go out and buy more dye in hopes that it might work the second time around (half the time it still didn't), or try and think of creative ways to hide the hair which the dye didn't cover. And call me cheap which I most definitely am but for the drugstore, this stuff is expensive at $15 a box and one box doesn't even cover my whole head, never mind having to run out for seconds when it doesn't work the first time! I'm also not sure if this is because of the oil in the dye but this dye stains like no other. I'm used to getting dye on my vanity and I'll usually just wipe it up with a bit of acetone (don't use acetone on wood surfaces!!) but this stuff does not come off period. Once it's on something, it's on it for good. I must say that one thing I did like about this dye was that it left my hair in excellent condition. I still got split ends because ammonia or not, dye does damage your hair but it left my hair in much better condition than the Nutrisse Cream. Right now I am using the L'Oreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss in the shade 6RP Vibrant Light Auburn and I don't notice any shade difference and the dye applies evenly. I think I'll be sticking with that for now. I do not recommend this product and I really hope that Garnier reformulates it because a product like this has so much potential!

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rated 3 of 5 aurs2578 on 1/15/2015 7:30:00 AM more reviews by aurs2578

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I'm currently living abroad in Romania and I wanted to dye my hair from my natural, medium brown to a lighter brown. I saw the package for Olia and liked how it was ammonia free and seemed like it wouldn't damage my hair so I got the color 6.3 which looks like a Honey Light Brown. The box did not include an applicator so I just mixed it in a bowl and applied it with my hands. I followed all the instructions perfectly. After washing it out I was disappointed to see that there really wasn't a difference to my hair at all besides an interesting reddish shine. It isn't ugly but it also is hardly noticeable. The product did make my hair really shiny and soft though so I'm glad that I didn't have to worry too much about damaging my hair for nothing. I really wish this had worked because the color on the box looked perfect.

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rated 3 of 5 Dee949 on 1/8/2015 3:37:00 AM more reviews by Dee949

Age: 25-29   Skin: Normal, Medium Brown   Hair: Brown, Wavy   Eyes: Black    

Great for an oil treatment but not so much for covering random grays

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* smrtblnd on 1/5/2015 8:38:00 PM more reviews by smrtblnd

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

Worst hair color ever! I have used Garnier permanent color in "Chamomile" for several years with great results. Saw this on sale at CVS and thought I'd try it since its the same company. Bought the color "light blonde" just to do a root touch up. First off the bottle was awkward and hard to get a grip to get an even line of color. After 10 minutes I looked in the mirror and freaked out as my roots looked darker by far than they were to begin with. I know with hair color that sometimes hair looks darker at first. Then I noticed that the colorant was staining my scalp and hair line skin a dark brown, something that with light blonde hair color of any brand had never happened before. After leaving it on for the correct time I saw that my roots were now very dark blonde and no lightning had taken place what so ever! i spread the remaining color onto the rest of the length of my hair according to directions. Left it on for a total of 30 minutes, followed the directions to the letter. I was dreading the rinse out as I knew my light blonde hair was now a very dark blonde. Fortunately I had some Feiria "go blonde shampoo" (don't care for it too drying, but I was desperate!)) and washed the haircolor out. Washed it twice. Blew it dry. Still way too dark and flat, no highlights at all! I searched online and found a tip to get out too dark of haircolor...12 vitamin c tablets mixed with 1/4 c shampoo, left on for an hour. That did help, but my hair is still not as light as it was. Waiting another week and I'm going to go back to the original Garnier in Chamomile.If you have blonde hair this product is a disaster! Only good thing is it didn't dry out my hair, most likely because it darkened and didn't lighten my hair, but the shine is now gone

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* RaeRae2 on 1/5/2015 7:45:00 PM more reviews by RaeRae2

Age: 30-35   Skin: Very Dry, Neutral   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

I have been dying my hair at home for years and usually use L'Oreal preference cream with no problems. I wanted to try this because it has been several years since I tried something different. My hair is very long and thick and generally very healthy and I get lots of compliments. I found this to be an okay product. Not great but not terrible either. I always use a dark brown shade but the l'oreal always seems very flat with no shine at all. This came out extremely shiny with hints of red and gold which gave it a lot of depth and character which I love!! As others have said, the applicator bottle is horrible!! Maybe it would be okay if you are a 700 pound gorilla, but the bottle is way too huge to be practical. You must hold it with two hands to shake it and then it is so bulbous and top-heavy it seems to tip over all the time. But I do love the Long skinny tip which gets down to the roots nicely. My hair felt extremely dry and straw like and the provided conditioner did very little to help. I ended up using my regular conditioner to make my hair feel normal again. Normally the L'Oreal preference conditioner makes my hair feel fantastic, so this conditioner was a fail. So overall I will buy it again because the applicator bottle and the conditioner issues do not outweigh the excellent color this gave me. The great depth of color with the built in shine and highlights is worth the aggravation and I will just use my own conditioner if I buy this again. I absolutely loved the no ammonia feature, and no chemical smell. It literally smelled no different than using a regular shampoo and conditioner.

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rated 1 of 5 Amberyetman on 12/30/2014 11:02:00 PM more reviews by Amberyetman

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Grey    

One of the worst hair dyes I have bought. Garnier just cannot deliver. Bought this hair dye in a dark red, as my hair was already red, and it turned my hair almost more brown than red. I've never had a problem with oily hair, as my hair is fairy dry, this dye made my hair SO greasy it's ridiculous. WEEKS to get my hair back to normal & on top of all that 3 washes and it was faded. I wouldn't give this to my worst enemy.

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rated 5 of 5 4Bella on 11/29/2014 4:29:00 PM more reviews by 4Bella

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

Impressive. 100 % grey hair coverage. Beautiful smell. No ammonia.

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rated 4 of 5 SassySugar on 11/11/2014 10:38:00 AM more reviews by SassySugar

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Oily, Medium   Hair: Red   Eyes: Brown    

Overall this is an amazing product, I'm already on my second purchase of this stuff. One bad side is that it's a little expensive for me, I got it for $8. The color I used was darkest brown, amazing color but if you don't re-color in 8 weeks it turns to a light brown. The condition it comes with is very good it lasts me about 5 washes. Overall the price is defiantly good for what you get.

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