Beauty: Garnier Olia HairColour Experience

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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After chopping my locks last September, I’ve been itching for another change. My hair was looking dull, lifeless, and in the words of le boyfriend – wiry. Yikes! So when I was offered to try Garnier’s new Olia haircolour, I jumped at the chance as it couldn’t have come at a better time!

I arrived at the L’Oreal Academy in Toronto ready to update my look for spring and learn about Olia. And though my colour experience wasn’t very traditional (every step of the way was filmed), after dying it, I am a total at-home haircolour convert!

Since I haven’t had much at-home colouring experience, Garnier’s Nina Farrauto kindly answered all of my pressing questions and calmed my nerves. Is my haircolour going to look like the picture on the box? Yup. What’s so different about Olia? It’s an ammonia-free and powered by oil, “which visibly improves the quality of hair to reverse roughness and dullness for more brilliant, dimensional colour and softer, shinier hair with bounce”. Will it make my hair look shinier and healthier? Yes and yes!

After my consultation, I picked my favourite shade (light ash brown) and began colouring. Mixing the colour was super easy: twist, squeeze, mix, shake…kind of like a cocktail…and it smelled great too! And the pretty (ergonomic) bottle made it quick and easy and added to the fancy factor of the kit. I also loved Olia’s no-drip formula — it was nice not having to constantly wipe my face and neck. Oh, and did I mention that it smelled fantastic?! The usual chemical odour was replaced with a fruity fragrance instead.

Thirty minutes later, with my hair rinsed and conditioned, I peeked at the mirror for the final reveal — and squealed with joy! My new hair was vibrant, shiny and healthy. And boy, was it soft! Someone even told me that it feels like a bunny! And weeks later, it’s just as soft.

Thanks to Garnier Olia, I went from dull and blah to shiny and vibrant in 30 minutes and for under $13! I’ve since recommended it to a few friends and family and have only heard great responses! So if you want to get rid of dullness, greys or just update your look, Olia won’t let you down.

Nelia Belkova

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