Hi! 😉 This time I decided to talk about my hair dyeing procedure, including a review on Garnier hair color. A little history about my hair – I have naturally dark blonde hair and I guess at 5th grade I decided to bleach them and have very light blonde hair color, cause that super grey undertone + my pale skin tone didn’t look good at all. I bleached my hair for about 10 years and you can imagine how damaged your hair can become in such period of time. However, I took care of them and once my hairdresser asked – how can I have such healthy hair while bleaching them?! But it doesn’t mean I didn’t have quite a struggle with them. I did…so about 4 years ago I started to think of dyeing my hair brown, so that my hair could get healthier. It was not an easy decision so at first I tried out dyeing half of my hair light brown and one half was my blonde hair. It looked good, but it took so long for me to dye my own hair in two colors (yeah, I always do it myself), so I finally decided to go FULLY brown 😀 I like to have brown hair, but sometimes I want to have a little hint of blonde, so after a time I might get a new haircut + have some blonde pieces, that would give an illusion of fuller hair.
But now let’s get to the point. Once I decided to grow my hair and have them much healthier, I knew I don’t want to use hair color with ammonia. So I tried out the Garnier Olia hair color product line and you know – I haven’t used any other hair color since that time.
About the product: this hair color contains 60% oils and no ammonia, but it doesn’t mean your hair won’t have a nice pigment. It does have…!!! 🙂 This color provides a very nice, rich, pigmented, shiny and healthy look to your hair without ruining them. From the website: “Olia visibly improves and restores hair as the oils help to reverse roughness and dullness for more brilliant, dimensional color and softer, shinier hair with more bounce.” After using this product for 3 years now, using oils on the ends of my hairs, protecting them from heat, I see that my hair has grown so long. For this time I decided to give a little bit of red undertone to my hair, so I bought two packages of color – one brown and one violet, to mix them together.
As far as I researched, I’m not sure if the color Nr 5.15 Frozen Brown is still available everywhere, cause in Garnier page there is not such color anymore.
As you can see in the picture above, in the package you have 1. Cream, 2. Color, 3. Conditioner + gloves and instruction. Once you mix 1st and 2nd ingredient together, you get a very creamy mixture which is actually pretty liquid and THAT’S what makes the application so EASY. I hate those hair colors which are very hard to smear on the hair and absords into hair pretty quickly. With this product you can work for a VERY long time – until you are finished basically 🙂 As I’m dyeing hair myself I definitely need a product that will not irritate my scalp once I have that product on for too long, has no strong and chemical smell and won’t damage my hair if it will take me about 40min or longer to dye my whole hair in full lenght. As there is no ammonia, there is no horrible smell 🙂 It actually smells very nice! As my hair are getting pretty long, I already need two packages of the hair color (probably, if a hairdresser would do it for you, it would be enough with one), cause with one package it’s ok to dye my roots and a little bit of front hair in full lenght. With two packages there are SO much product that remains, but at least I can be sure that EVERYTHING has been covered 🙂 Below you can see the approximate result of before and after using both of the colors together.
I love the result! I has a hint of violet and a hint of grey toned brown and as I’m dyeing hair myself, I always have some layers that hasn’t got the color FULLY, so there are some lighter layers that I really like 😉
The only thing I have noticed (and not happy about) is that after 1st wash almost ALL of my hair roots are oily and basically, you have a feeling like you haven’t washed them for days…For now after 2nd wash this situation is always resolved, but once I have strugled with such dirty oily roots for ONE WEEK. I could only wear my hair in a bun to cover the scalp area. It was a huge stress for me, but with a very expensive shampoo (I guess the brand for it was Collistar) I was able to get my normal hair back. Maybe such situation is because I’m doing it by myself and it takes a LOT of time, so the color is there too long (however, not damaging them). Maybe…But it’s still my favorite hair color 🙂 Color stays for several weeks, maybe not too long as if you would dye your hair with hair color that includes ammonia, but for me the most important thing is HEALTHY hair! 🙂 (of course, it is better if you don’t dye them tho :D).
I hope you liked this review. If there is something more you want to know about this product and I didn’t cover in my review, please leave a comment down below 🙂 You will see how this hair color looks on me in my upcoming makeup look, so stay tuned!