Last Friday I attended an event for Garnier the launch of something new for home hair dying….for the first time ever, women are able to buy a salon style hair dye and use it at home.
Up until now, all home dye kits have been water based, and those which contain ammonia are quite damaging to your hair. If you colour your hair regularly you might notice your hair become dry, tired and quite frankly worse for wear – well this new product from Garnier is called Olia and its meant to change all that – as its oil based using an “Oil Delivery System” or ODS.
This contains mineral oil – and also sunflower, camellia, passion flower and white meadowfoam oil.
More and more, ladies are conscious about their spending and having your hair dyed in a salon is a very costly treatment, so a fab, hair friendly home dye would be a God send to millions!!
Garnier have worked really hard on this – it hasd 22 patents pending and has been in development for 3 years or so, so its very exciting both for Garnier but also for us women who can now try something that is meant to be FAB!
Permanent Hair Dye to use at home – comes in 21 shades with more to be released!
Already in some Superdrug stores – launching this week
£6.99 – very reasonably priced
Pleasant scent and contains NO ammonia
OIL based – contains 4 different natural oils to protect and nourish the hair
Works in 30 mins and is easy to use
Results so far – great!
4/5 frome me, so far
I have always used semi-permanent hair dyes at home, sticking as close as possible to my natural hair colour as I just want to cover my ever increasing grey hairs. I have always used dyes which do not contain ammonia, since I want to limit the damage to my hair and I know the ones with ammonia absolutely STINK! My mum uses them all the time!
This product caught my interest as I know that oil is something that can penetrate the hair shaft, hence all these different hair oils on the market and natural treatments you can do at home with argan or coconut oil – which are great for your hair.
I used this the day after the event -and so far I can say I am happy with the results.
First off, you get everything you need – the gloves that come with the kit are quite comfortable on and the instructions are easy to follow.
They are absolutely right about the smell – there is no pungent smell at all, instead there is a delicate floral scent with some fruity notes in there too – its not over powering or offensive at all. Thumbs up to that so far!
It was easy to apply the hair colour once I had mixed it up in the little applicator bottle. The texture of this hair dye is a lot more creamy than traditional dyes that I have used.
One thing I really liked was that it was easy to wash out once the 30 minutes were up. Sometimes it feels like you are in the shower for AGES and the dye keeps coming and coming, but this one didn’t seem to be like that.
I don’t know if its coincidence or not but I got a little bit of headache when I had the dye on my hair and I didn’t have a headache when I got out of the shower. If I use this again and get a headache then I will know its from the product. For now, I cant be sure.
The ingredients of this show that mineral oil is the main ingredient in both the cream colour and the conditioner you use afterwards. If you are not keen on using mineral oil then this is clearly not the product for you.
Once I got all the dye out, I used the conditioner that comes with the kit. You get quite a decent amount, enough for more applications in the coming weeks.
Once I was out of the shower my hair felt quite soft and the colour is spot on. The shade (Brown 5.0) I applied is almost the same as my natural shade. Once my hair was dry I could see that it had covered my greys really well and my hair felt great.
Now, I know its early days, I will have to update this post in a few weeks and months to report on its condition and also how long it lasts. Having only ever used semi-permanent dyes in the past I am unsure of what to expect really – but so far its good!
Overall, I love the concept of this – a nourishing oil based dye instead of an ammonia and water based one which damages and dries out the hair. Whether or not this lives up to its promises in terms of not damaging my hair, well in time we will see about that. In terms of affordability, if this is good then its going to a fab option for ladies who are on a budget.
What do you think? Do you think you will use Olia and see what its like? Do you ever dye your hair at home? What do you use?! Get in touch and let me know!
Thanks for reading!
P.S – this post and related posts contains a PR sample, however my reviews are always honest and my thoughts are my own You can trust me on that, but you cant trust me not to steal your blusher if I like it!
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