On a recent trip to my local Walmart, I dropped by the hair color section to pick up a box for my root touch up and spotted something new.
Looking at the box, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it contained "60% oils with natural flower oils and no ammonia". I said to myself, "Self, this has to be better on our hair, don't you agree?" She did, and being an adventurous sort, I dropped the box into my cart and continued on with the rest of my shopping.
A couple of days later, I broke out my ratty, stained, hair coloring tshirt, grabbed a towel to protect my bathroom floor, donned the sexy black gloves that came with the product, and proceeded to get my color on. Breaking open the package, here is what I found inside.
I think it is worth noting here that the product comes with an applicator bottle that's shaped like a tear drop. Some may find it difficult to hold as it is rather large at its base. However, this didn't really bother me because I don't use the applicators anyway. I mix my product up into a bowl that I picked up for a little of nothing at my local Sally's and apply it with a brush.
The first thing I noticed was the smell, or rather, the lack of smell. No harsh chemical odor. I'm liking this stuff already!
The liquid wasn't too thick or too thin. It had a nice consistency that was easy to spread but didn't drip.
Since I was just doing a touch up, I applied it to my roots and waited for about 20-30 minutes, then spread the remainder over the rest of my hair and waited about another 10 minutes.
Usually, I have a really hard time getting my water to run clear, but this rinsed out quite easily. I always shampoo immediately and then I use the conditioner that comes with the package. Here I have to mention that after rinsing and shampooing, my hair felt somewhat dry, so I was a little worried about how it was going to turn out, but after using the conditioner, my hair felt silky smooth and smelled wonderful!
Overall, I had a great experience with this product. No bad smells, no itching, easy rinse, soft, thick feeling hair. I got a very rich color, full of depth and shine.
I must say that there have been mixed reviews for Olia, some had great experiences, and some saying that it dried their hair out. Since this wasn't the case for me, I have to wonder if hair texture and health don't play a role in the end result and possibly even the color shade that was chosen, so, here are my statistics to help you make a better decision.
- Age: Clock is ticking up on 49 years.
- Hair health: My hair gets trimmed on average 4 to 5 times a year. It is colored, typically, every 4 weeks. I very rarely blow dry my hair but I do frequently use hot rollers or a curling iron. I don't wash it every day, usually every 3 or 4 days using a non-detergent shampoo, and I always use a conditioner.
- Hair texture: I have very thick, straight hair but it is fine with some texture to it. When left to its own devices, it tends to be frizzy but flat, if that makes sense.
- Hair color: I am a natural brunette with probably around 50% graying. I used Garnier Olia number 6.0 Light Brown, which is a little lighter than my natural hair color.
I didn't really take any before or after pictures because there wasn't a whole lot of difference in the color, but if you look at the photos in my last post, which was done the day after coloring, you will see the depth of color that I got. Keep in mind that the lighting in my bathroom is not the greatest and it gives me more of a red hue to my hair than I truly have, but you are able to see how shiny it made my hair.
All in all, I have been happy with this product and I will be using it again. At $8.99, it was a little more expensive than the Loreal Preference that I normally use, but I think it was gentle and gave me very natural looking results.