Garnier Olia: A Review

A couple of months ago, I dyed my hair red again.  After being a brunette for a

Garnier-Olia-1-610x610while, I got bored and realized that I was born to be a fake redhead.  I’ve been using Revlon Colorsilk Luminista in the shade Red (150) for years.  Pretty much since I graduated high school.  Colorsilk is great because it’s specifically for dark hair.  The downside?  It made my scalp itch and it stinks even though it says it’s ammonia-free.  It retouched my roots once a month and the dye only costs about $4, so I stuck to it.

One day, at Walmart, a black, fancy looking box caught my eye in the hair products section.  It was a hair dye: Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Color.  The price was a little hefty for me: almost $9.  I knew I would give it a shot eventually.  Weeks later I bought a box and a week after that, another.

  • No ammonia
  • Vibrant color
  • Scalp comfort

Yes, please.

I opened the box and was immediately impressed.  I was used to getting a packet of after-color conditioner.  This time, I got an easy open tube.  The applicator itself looked really fancy and the gloves were made for pros.  They are very flexible and won’t break down so easily.  Also, the dye didn’t transfer onto my hands.


Unlike other dyes (Colorsilk included), you won’t take minutes to detangle your hair after washing it.  Whatever formula is in the conditioner, it’s magic.  You also get more product in the tube than in the ketchup packets from hell found in other dye kits.  Those take forever to open.

Let’s move on to the pros and cons.


  • Does not stink
  • Does not make scalp itch
  • Gloves are durable
  • Great packaging
  • Conditioner detangles hair
  • Leaves hair silky smooth
  • The color is SUPER vibrant


  • Price
  • Takes forever to wash out
  • Applicator takes some getting used to (it may slip off hands)
  • “Non drip” formula is a lie

Last words

This is a must have or at least, a must try.  And please don’t take the word “vibrant” gently… It’s really vibrant.  Keep in mind that some work places frown upon super vibrant hair.  6.60 Intense Red is super intense.  It’s so intense that I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks after a few washes because I preffer a more natural-looking red.  Put Garnier Olia permanent hair color in your shopping list.  You won’t regret it!

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