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We Test Garnier Olia Hair color

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According to the manufacturer, Garnier Olia can lift up to 3 levels and is a permanent color with 100% Gray coverage.  It is the first ever to use oil blend technology for at-home users, and it uses no ammonia.

Did it work?  Here is our experience.

First, I rarely do the allergy test that is recommended by the manufacturer, but in this case I did.  No problems.

Then, I followed the process step by step to color my hair light brown.  My current color is light brown with blonde highlights, but I wanted to have more uniform color now that I'm not in the sun as much.

The kit contained everything needed to color, including some pretty slick-looking black gloves.  All of the packaging was easy to open without scissors, which I appreciate.  The only negative to the kit was the shape of the applicator.  It made sense at first, but when I had to go back and put more color on my hair, or work it in, the applicator kept slipping out of my hand.  If it's not completely clean and dry, it's like holding a water balloon!

I used one box, as directed, to cover my hair.  As you can see from the photo, below, it almost wasn't enough.  My hair is shoulder length, but very fine, so I usually get by with just one box.  I was able to cover in the spot that I didn't get with what was on my head, but it was tough.  Next time, I'll use 2 boxes.

After 30 minutes, it was time to rinse....

Now for the results...

All in all, it did a pretty good job.

It didn't provide 100% gray coverage, but it was close.  I would say that about 3% of my most stubborn greys were still hanging around, but they were less noticeable..  My hair wasn't as soft as it usually is after a coloring, even with the conditioner. I don't know if this was due to the coloring itself, or due to how dry my hair happened to be from harsh winter conditions.  Color was pretty uniform.

I do wish the color was a little lighter.  The "light brown" seemed pretty dark, as you can see from this picture.  Lighting has a lot to do with the final "look". Some of my pictures seem darker than others.  I don't know if it will fade with time, but I'll update you on the outcome!

Would I buy this color again?  Yes.  As my hair gets more gray, almost no at-home color kit will provide 100% gray coverage.  I think if I were to stay on top of my maintenance (doing roots only as needed) it could look even better.

One HUGE plus to this product is the smell; there is virtually none.  I usually do my hair a few days before I have to be anywhere, and have even avoided going to bed at the same time as my husband, because the ammonia smell can be overpowering and gross.  This product has a light, pleasant smell, similar to a styling product.  My husband loved it!

The color will be available at Walmart stores starting in January.  It will be priced at $8.97 and comes in 24 shades (2 blacks, 10 browns, 5 reds, and 7 blondes.)  Get more info on this product at

This is a sponsored post. I'm a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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