We've been hearing a lot of buzz around Garnier Olia
: Made with botanical extracts and oils, this all-new formula promises
long-lasting color and lush, supple textures for a fraction of the salon
price tag. We wanted to see this flower-powered extravaganza in action,
so we asked one of our lovely Walmart associates to check it out.
Q: Shade selection?
A: I used
the 6.6 Light Intense Auburn. My natural hair color is a light
brown/dark blonde, but I have been coloring it at home for a few years
to make it richer. I always add a touch of red. Garnier has been my
go-to hair color for a while, so I was excited to try this new formula.
Q: Ease of use?
instructions were easy to follow. I did a lot of shaking to be sure it
was mixed and was ready to apply my color about 3 minutes after getting
started. The packaging was super chic with black and white and hints of
purple - very luxurious. The teardrop-shaped applicator bottle looked
cool but was difficult to grasp with gloves. It kept popping out of my
TIP: Apply Vaseline along your hairline to prevent dye from bleeding onto your face.
A: The mixture
was thick and somewhat difficult apply evenly to my hair. On the plus
side, it was drip-free – no floor-cleaning necessary!
TIP: For more even coverage, ask a friend to help.
Mix hair color in a separate plastic bowl and apply with a basting brush
or hair color brush.
Q: Sensory experience?
scent was good. It had that typical floral-masking-a-chemical smell,
but was not overly strong. It was definitely more pleasant than many
color formulations I've tried.
Q: Hair color goals?
A: I was
trying a new shade and attempting to cover a few grays. The color was
new but basically a redder version of my natural color. It wasn't a
Q: Hair color results?
resulting color was a bit uneven, but the areas that did appear red had a
beautiful tone! Luckily the color was not much darker or redder than
my current hair, so it looked like I "streaked" or highlighted with the
red. I loved the areas that did take the color, and the shade was
exactly what I expected.
TIP: Wash your hair 24 hours before coloring and
resist the urge to apply styling products, which may create streaky or
- 60% natural flower oil-blend formula penetrates hair shaft, lifting up to three levels
- 100% ammonia-free (most home hair color is water-based, formulated with ammonia)
- Sunflower, passionflower, camellia and meadow foam formula creates a pleasant fragrance
- Available in a full range of 24 shades
- Overall grade: B+
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