Garnier Olia Hair Dye Review.

Monday, 7 July 2014
Natural Black Hair Dye

Natural Black Hair Dye
Garnier Olia Hair dye, £6.99 at Boots

Sometimes I get caught up with all the new make up and beauty products flying around, and forget to rave about my old favourites. I was dyeing my hair the other day and realised I've never even mentioned this product on here before, despite using it at least once a month for the past 2/3 years. So today, Garnier Olia is going to have it's moment. 

My natural hair colour is black. I love my natural colour and if I could, I'd avoid dyeing it at all costs but unfortunately, black hair usually comes with the curse of early greys. Actually, I think I was about 13 when I got my first grey hair - how bad is that?! They're now at the point where I need to dye my hair every 3/4 weeks or I'm at risk of people offering me their seat on the bus. 

In 10 years of dying my hair, I've tried almost every brand out there and Garnier Olia is by far the best. It comes with the normal squeezy bottle with applicator is super easy to mix up. My hair's really thick so I need a lot of hair dye. With most other brands I need two boxes to cover my whole head, but I actually have some left over with Olia. It takes me about 15 minutes to cover my whole head, then I leave the dye in for 40 minutes. I use my own conditioner afterwards, because the one that comes with this smells too strong for me. I've tried a few other brands that develop quicker, but they just don't match up with how my hair feels after using this one. All the oils in this formula makes my hair feel really soft and shiny afterwards, which is really unusual for a box dye in my experience. Olia gives me an even colour all over and covers all the greys perfectly.

When I first dyed my hair, I made the rookie mistake of picking up the obvious 'natural black' colour, thinking it would be just that. FYI any kind of 'black' hair dye will usually be blue/black. My hair dresser told me to always pick a shade down, so I always go for a number 4 which is 'dark brown' and this gives the natural black shade I need to match my hair. This dye costs £7 in Boots, which is about average, but actually saves me money because I only need to use one box. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this dye if you're thinking of doing your own hair at home.

Do you dye your own hair? What brand/product do you use?


p.s here's my hair just after dyeing it on saturday :)

how to dye your hair natural black

5 comments on "Garnier Olia Hair Dye Review."
  1. I used this dye once and it totally dried my hair out :( maybe I need to try it without the conditioner xxx

    1. Yeah I don't like the conditioner that comes with it. It's such a strong smell and doesn't even do a good job. I just use my normal conditioner (Toni&Guy for damaged hair) and leave it in for a minute or two longer xx

  2. Love the color! mine never turns out that good! lol
    twitter @_iamchianne_

  3. I never knew about picking the down shade! This hair dye sounds really good as well!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  4. I'm so glad that I phoned you before picking up my last hair colour because I never knew about this 'down a shade' rule either!! Love your hair xxx

    Ash |


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