Thursday, 27 September 2012

REVIEW: Garnier Olia hair colour "7.13 Dark Beige Blonde"


Due to my stained nails from the window paint I'm giving them a bit of rehab with no polish, just oil. So I coloured my hair again instead! I got some of the newly released Garnier Olia hair colour. It is supposed to use oils to deliver the pigment to the hair so that it's coloured in a more gentle way! I chose this colour which is a shade darker than my usual hair colour. I apologise for the incredibly broken hair, I really need a visit to the hairdresser but it takes me months to build up to a hair appointment as I've got a fear of getting my hair cut... I haven't used any products here like I normally do so I can show you the hair as it was from using this hairdye. I normally put on some Redken hair oil on the ends which smooths away these pesky flyaways...


Anyway back to the review. The applicator bottle is a drop design, fairly snazzy looking but I have tiny hands so I found it a bit 'slippy' in my grip. The gloves are the usual shitty plastic things with fingers so long the gloves would easy fit E.T the extra-terrestrial... I ditched them and use the pink vinyl gloves I use for my nail technology work instead. The mixing of the product and application is straight-forward.

The best thing about this product was the smell, or lack of it! My asthma is still bad, but this hair colour doesn't contain ammonia and has a very mild, non-fume-y smell. It was actually quite pleasant, for hair colour. It has to be on for 30mins so you need a good magazine while it develops...


I like the colour but it's a bit dark - a bit darker than it seems here. I will try to get another photo tomorrow in daylight. But it's a nice natural colour with soft hair and a lot of shine! I like this product so I think I will try the "8.0 Blonde" next time instead!

To carry on the oil theme - I got this new body treatment from Garnier as well - "Ultimate Beauty Oil":


I've worn it for night time for a while, and it's lovely! It smells of holidays in the sun and makes skin silky and smooth overnight :) It contains no silicones. But as it's a spray-on oil, you should probably apply this on a washable bathmat, not in your bedroom carpet and definitely not on vinyl or laminate flooring!!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was thinking about using this hair colour (Olia 7.13). I was wondering if you felt the tone of this colour was cool or warm? I want to darken my hair and get rid of / tone down warm tones in my hair. I've been looking for reviews but haven't been able to find any so if you had any idea that would be great. Thanks.

Lina-Elvira said...

Hi I would say that it has a cool tone, ashy tones as opposed to golden tones.

Debbie said...

I've just used number 9.0 light blonde of this brand and that too is very ashey, in fact hair is an awful dark grey colour. Nothing like on the box!

Anonymous said...

I've just used 9.0 light blonde and really don't like the colour it gives you., It has a blue under tone and feel like I have had a blue rinse. I will be going out to but my normal hair dye Perfect 10 lightest blonde tomorrow. Very disapointed

Anonymous said...

just used 7.13 dark beige blonde. absolutely awful. im a natural light blonde so wanted to warm it up lightely. it came out a light brown grey! never ever recommending to anyone. got my hair dresser to put it on for me so no errors made on the actual process. having to pay a lot of money now to get it sorted.

Tira Boutique said...

This is a very detailed review that I've been searching for all this time. Thanks for sharing with us your review. I will wait for your another beauty product reviews. Best wishes!

Jan said...

I used olia hair colour today. I'm happy with the colour but I would say that is does not cover ALL grey hair. In fact, the grey that it did cover is now a different tone to my non grey hair. What is the most alarming is that after colouring and drying my hair I used hair tongs to style and my hair BURNT. HUGE amounts of my hair STUCK to the tongs.... is this down to the oil in the product? I will never use this product again. Very, very disappointed and it was more expensive than other competitive hair dyes too.

Anonymous said...

I used the 7.13 about a week ago and loved it :) nice soft hair after use and looks very natural, so will definitely use this again, very impressed.

Some people are too quick to blame the product if the outcome isn't what they wanted, you need to take into consideration your natural colour and the condition of your hair before colouring.

Anonymous said...

I coloured my hair with olia. I forget which shade of blonde I used, but I have to say, after I had dried it I was disappointed with the result, it seemed too ashy. But after I washed it a couple of times the colour changed to more like the blonde on the box, and the condition of my hair just got better and better with every wash. Would definitely recommend this product. Just don't judge too quick. Give it a few washes.

Jane Gregory said...

Also very disappointed with colour result for light golden blonde. Horrible mousey colour. Didn't touch grey roots. I phoned their advice line & they said I shouldn't colour it again for 4-6 weeks even with a wash-in-wash-out toner. Also, it contains hydrogen peroxide so will contribute to hair's overall condition. Don't fancy being stuck with this drab mousey colour over Xmas!

Anonymous said...

I used No 8, Blonde. I'd previously been using Belle Color No8, medium blonde. I think Olio is fab. My hair feels softer and it coloured all my grey, and believe me I have a LOT of grey. I don't find it in the least bit ashy either. I'd recommend this product.

Anonymous said...

Don,t do it. i have been using home hiar colours for many years and this is the only one that has left my hair looking like it has been burnt. hair is brittle and breaking, uneven colour and not total grey coverage. Will have to go and get a good cut which is not good as trying to grow my hair. stick to what you know.

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Anonymous said...

This is the worst product I have ever used to color my hair, I had a lot of dark roots and wanted to eliminate my grey, I now have BLUE roots and the rest of my blond curls are a dirty yuck color which I can't describe. I did every thing the instructions said and have always colored my roots with no issues.I am so pissed !

Sally D said...

I have the same problem,I have colored my hair for years, I have had some mishaps,but nothing like this all my hair is blue/dark gray, I choose the right color I am not new to hair color. I am so disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I commented earlier on this blog praising the product. I just don't get these negative comments at all. I have also coloured my hair for years (I'm 62). This product DOES cover the grey and is much gentler on the scalp. I'd say, give it a go and hopefully you'll have the same experience I had.

Anonymous said...

I had no trouble with this product. I used Dark Brown (one shade darker than my natural color) and absolutely love the result. Complete gray coverage, nice, natural looking color, and my hair feels amazing. I've been coloring for years (both at home and at the salon) and have never had results where my hair and scalp felt better after coloring than before until using this product. I agree with the person who said that you have to take into account the state of your hair, the color of your hair, and not be too quick to jump on the negative. At the suggestion of my stylist, I don't do more than blow my hair dry for the first 24-48 hours - NEVER use a curling iron or flat iron - after using at-home colorant. I also don't shampoo my hair for 48 hours after using colorant. I've found (with all brands) that my color lasts longer that way. For people who are burning their hair, maybe the heat is set too high for their hair type...

Anonymous said...

I bought this before reading all the on-line comments - and might not have since a lot of people had negative things to say! I don't have a lot of experience with at-home haircolouring but wanted something easy (for that reason) and something that would leave my hair in good condition (which is why I have usually been afraid to do it myself). I am delighted with the results from Olia! I did not have trouble with drips or mess like other kinds I have used and had no trouble holding the bottle like some reviewers. I used my own gloves since almost always the gloves that come with these kits are bigger than my small hands. I used Dark Brown which is slightly darker than my own colour and I have a little gray at the temples and some white/gray hairs starting here & there & all were covered completely well. The dark was not too dark (which I have had with some brands) and in fact is beautiful and multi-tonal. The texture of my hair was a bit weird after rinsing before I put in the conditioner but afterward is nice and ultimately it looks thicker and has more body. There was plenty of product & a little to spare for my hair, which is to the shoulder and medium thickness. I did use a flat iron the next morning on the ends (after colouring the night before) with no problems. Really I am thrilled and will definitely use it again, it is the best product I have tried so far.

Anonymous said...

I tried Dark Golden Brown, 4.3, which about the same color/tone on the box as the other two brands I use from Excellence and Nice n Easy. I agree it smelled great and didn't drip, didn't stain the skin and countertops as bad as the other brands; however, the application container was unwieldy and I kept dropping it during root application. The biggest and most important thing was it didn't cover my extremely stubborn greys well enough and the entire root area was about a shade too light. I will go back to my reliable grey coverage with Excellence or Nice and Easy. Too bad. This product coveres like a semipermanent and would be a good choice for virgin hair or somebody with only a few greys.

Anonymous said...

I used this last night. My hair is nice & soft but it didnt touch my grey at all! I was slightly suspicious when it just wiped off my skin as normally I have great trouble removing any excess!
It doesnt have the usual smell of hair dye either - which would be nice but only if it worked!
Maybe it works on some peoples hair & not others?
i cant recommend it on dark hair tho!

Anonymous said...

This is the worst hair color I have ever used. My roots were way too light, my hair was dry 2 days after coloring, and now it has no body - it is limp and lifeless. I too have to wait another month before I can try to fix it. It may work for some, but believe me, it didn't work for me - please don't take the chance!

Deb said...

Used No. 8 med. blonde and loved it. I have very fine light brown hair with about 25% gray. This product left my hair in wonderful condition with natural looking hi-lites.. I've received many compliments. Will definitely use it again. My only complaint is the applicator, it needs some kind of indented grip on each side so it doesn't slip so easyily out of your fingers.

Anonymous said...

That is so true because everybody hair texture is different and also it all depends if your hair was stripped of other chemicals bsfore the application was apllied.






Virginia said...

I had a coupon for this product and bought the medium brown shade. The smell was fabulous and it applied easily with no dripping. Sadly, even though I left it on my roots an extra 10 minutes I still have gray which is the only reason I color my hair. It's not nearly as smooth and conditioned as I was expecting either.

Anonymous said...

I used Olia in the bright red (don't remember the name, but similar to my usual color) and for the first time in 20 years have these horrifying hot roots - they are absolutely pink. I also had trouble getting even coverage and had to go over spots a second time. Sure it smelled good. Will I use it again? Absolutely NOT!!!

Anonymous said...

I just used this color in 8.1 Champagne Blonde and i absolutely loved it. This is the only color out there that I can use to tone down brassiness in my blonde hair. I didn't feel any damage at all, the product had almost no smell, and it was so easy to apply evenly because the oil soaked throughout every strand as I waited on the timer to ding. If you are a blonde and your hair has taken on orange/red tones, try this product!

Ral said...

It is so funny that the side effects people here had are exactly the effects I am looking for :):):). I bought this shade and I was affraid that it would be to yellowish. I am so happy that is fact it's a cool shade. Many thanks!

Lee Ellen Gorman said...

Just used this product- medium golden brown. I did not like the results at all. The color looks dull and it seems my hair is oily and flat. While the smell is not ammonia-like, the flowery smell for me was still too overpowering. I had to rewash my hair to try to remove some of the smell and to remove the oily feeling. While I hate going back to harsh ammonia-based colorants, I will be returning to those after all.