I have been going to Blush Hair & Beauty Salon in Cardiff for the past 4-5 months and I am so, so happy with everything. My hair is in better condition, the staff are great, the service is even better. HOWEVER, as I mentioned, I've been suffering lately with various ailments and I had to cancel my most recent appointment. I was gutted, but there was no way I could haul myself there with tonsillitis, no matter how bad my roots were and believe me, they were bad.
Faced with awful roots and an impending two week holiday, I had to once again take matters in to my own hands and resort to a home colourant.
I was at a total loss which brand to use - I've tried so many and only ever ended up bitterly disappointed.
Then I spotted Garnier Olia on the shelves. The 60% oil and 'new way to colour hair' messages on the box really appealed, so after a bit of in-the-middle-of-Boots-blog-searching, checking out the shades on offer and reading the box, I decided this was the dye for me.
I was totally lured in by the fact this dye contains NO ammonia and is comprised of 60% oil - it does say flower oils on the box. That has surely got to be kinder to hair than the usual home dye offerings.
Upon further investigation when I got home however, the 'oil' is actually mineral oil which I avoid like the plague usually but i'm unsure where I stand with it in haircare. I really need to research more into this before I form an opinion. I still carried on and went ahead with the application.
I also love the fact that this range follows the salon numbering system for the colours. In the salon I have a level 7 applied on my hair, a dark blonde shade. I have been going a bit lighter in the salon but was far too afraid to keep this up at home, given that I was dealing with virgin roots and coloured lengths - I opted to go back a few shades darker at home and picked up a level 5 - Brown.
I opened up the box and was really impressed with the stylish packaging - it all just seems so sleek and more sophisticated than your average home dye - down to the teardrop shaped bottle and black gloves (LOVE these!)
I familiarised myself with the instructions and then set about mixing the product and applying to my hair.
I applied the gloves, mixed part 1 - developer cream with part 2 - colourant cream together in the teardrop shaped bottle, shook it up for a few minutes and then started the application. I also love the little cut out hole on the back of the box that Garnier have provided to place the bottle when you aren't using it...very handy.
I was amazed at two things by this point - the distinct lack of any offensive chemical smells. This actually smells subtly perfumed and pretty and also how different to other home hair colourants this felt.
The texture was something I have never experienced when colouring my hair at home the dye itself was a pale grey thick viscous liquid and applied to my hair so easily.
I started at the roots as this was my main area of concern. A little bit of product goes a long way with this dye - although it seems you don't get a great deal of product, it was more than enough for my below shoulder length hair. I actually had excess! I massaged it well into the roots and left for 20 minutes before applying to the mid lengths and ends and leaving for a further 10 minutes.
There is absolutely no mess, drips or spills with this dye, due to the consistency.
After developing, I began to rinse my hair in the shower and was suprised at just how soft my hair felt. It did take a while longer to thoroughly rinse away this dye and ensure it was all totally removed, but that is expected given the different consistency.
It almost looked like I was washing putty out of my hair!
I could have easily left my hair at this point without conditioner, it felt so soft and manageable. This is unheard of with home dyes - my hair is normally a tangled mess.
The comb slid through my hair easily - no knots or frizz.
I tentatively dried my hair to reveal one of the most radiant, shiny and most importantly EVEN hair colour.
Remember my recurrent problem with hot roots - every time I use home colours? Not a problem with this dye. My hair was the same colour from root to tip - which I was pleasantly surprised at.
I can't say that this dye changed the condition of my hair, but it certainly didn't make it any worse or dry it out. It was shiny, manageable and the colour was lovely.
It is almost identical to the guide on the box, which is unheard of - a gorgeous multi tonal medium-dark brown. Not the ghastly black most home dyes turn out to be.
I used this colourant 2 days ago and already I have recommended it to several people - I think that speaks volumes about Garnier Olia. It was a pleasure to use and I am so pleased with the outcome.
Garnier Olia has restored my faith in home hair colouring!