Hello! This morning I decided it was time to eliminate those pesky little gray hairs of mine and make a change from a subtle ombre to solid color. I’ve been sporting a modified ombre since November, meaning that I lightened my tips to a caramel shade, but only on the underneath panel of my hair. I enjoyed the look, but I’m ready for a little change back to normal. I decided to give Garnier’s new oil-based hair color a try in 4.3 Dark Golden Brown. So as you can see, my “before” hair color was a dark brown, a little red-ish in the light in some places. You can’t really tell in the photo, but the under-layer is a lighter, caramel shade that was starting to look a tad brassy-orange. It wasn’t bad at all, but my gray hairs were starting pop out, and I needed a change.In comes Olia, which I purchased from Target for $8.99. Olia is ammonia-free, permanent, and the first drugstore hair color that is oil-based with claims of visibly improving hair. I’ve tried pretty much every brand of drugstore hair color in the past, including Preference, Feria, Nice N Easy, Perfect 10, John Frieda, Natural Instincts -you name it, I’ve tried it. Some have been good and okay, and some have been bad…very bad.
Back to Olia, the application process was rather easy with no mess, no staining. It does not have that aggressive chemical smell that normally overpowers your bathroom, and unlike all the other hair color brands I’ve tried, it did not make my scalp itch. I read countless reviews on Olia, many saying that it took forever to rinse out, some saying that the bottle isn’t user friendly, and that there wasn’t enough product in one box. In my experience, the hair color rinsed out quickly, and I found everything easy to use. However, I have very thin and fine medium length hair. I was actually worried during my application process that I would run out of product. Thankfully, I did not, but if you have longer and/or more hair than I do, there is no way one box will be enough.
Olia did in fact, leave my hair smoother, shinier, softer, and bouncy. I like how my hair looks like I flat ironed it, but I didn’t. It turned out darker than I expected, which has happened many times before with drugstore box hair color. My hair did not turn out like the color guide photo on the box. It almost looks more like the black hair photo box before the Olia. I only see the “golden” in the sun, otherwise, it looks like a dark, dark ash brown (eh hem, yeah, okay it looks black). It covered my grays and caramel tips pretty well though, so I am pleased with that aspect.
Would I use Olia again? Maybe, if it was on sale. I’ve had the same results before with cheaper drugstore hair colors. It didn’t really wow me, but I love the fact that it doesn’t smell and my scalp isn’t itchy. It would be nice if the color guide on the box wasn’t useless, but I guess it just depends on the condition and color of your hair before coloring. I read one Olia review while waiting-out the 30 minutes with the product in my hair that said it made her hair fall out in clumps. Needless to say I was freaking out a little, but I was relieved that was not my experience. I will update this post to let you know how well the color and texture hold up.
UPDATE (1 month later): Unfortunately about one week after coloring with Olia, my gray hairs started to come back and there was noticeable color fading in my previous ombre section. It was tolerable at one week, but but by week three, my grays were noticeable miles away, practically screaming out to the world to be colored over again. Although there was considerable fading, the texture of my hair remained the same, and it maintained the shine. I used Loreal’s Root Touch-Up to conceal those grays this past weekend. Will I buy Olia again? NO WAY.