Let’s talk about hair. Or, more specifically, hair dyeing. Yew! Definitely a favourite topic of mine! And something I have more than a little experience in.
As is obvious if you’ve read this blog for a while, I LOVE colouring my hair. I have had every shade bar my natural one on the blog, from black to red to ginger to blonde to platinum to lilac. I’ve loved them all, have fond memories of them all and am really looking forward to going back to ginger goodness as soon I have exhausted my desires to bleach my hair every, oh, what is it now? 30 seconds or so.
Of course, bleaching your hair is never going to be good for it. My hair is surprisingly soft, considering I go at it with serious chemicals so often. I wouldn’t expect it to be a flowing waterfall of silk but I love the colour, so I can live with that. But when I had black, and then red, it was great having soft and shiny hair.
Getting my hair so pale needs a lot of harsh chemicals. Once every 18 days or thereabouts my bathroom becomes a seemingly airtight chamber of smelly ammonia (it reminds me of cleaning my cat’s litter tray) (yes I know, that’s gross) that makes my eyes run, my head (I don’t like the word scalp, it’s gross) feel hot and my skin tingle. It’s a good thing I like being a bleach-head... for now. It won’t be forever.
Thankfully, thankfully, the more natural hair colours can be much more manageable. Much kinder and nicer to use.
I’ve been asked to try the new Garnier Olia – “the first permanent home hair colour powered by oils, not ammonia!”. Interesting... and exciting! No ammonia? Really?!
I have almost always done my hair colour at home (except when I went from black to red, although I did the red to platinum myself) because I don’t want to spend zillions of dollars on going to the hairdressers every other waking minute of the day when I can be happy with the results I can get at home and save my monies for vintage dresses.
So, the thought hair colouring being a senses-assault-free experience is more than a little appealing. The new Garnier Olia “propels home hair colour into a new era”, apparently. I am going to see if that is true!
No, not on me! At least not this time :) I am going to stick with the platinum for a bit longer – but who knows how long? I have a big day coming up and might just be red in time for that... I’ll have to make a decision soon. BUT. I will be trying out this new dye on my beautiful friend Trish!
It promises it will protect hair from damage and provide “optimal scalp comfort ... Garnier Olia guarantees to respect the hair fibre like never before thanks to a higher oil content in both the colourant (60%) and the developer (20%)... Maximum colour performance, visible improvement of hair quality, a new experience for the senses“, and that sounds pretty good.
I am going to put it to the test!
BUT FIRST, let’s have a giveaway! I have 1 x Garnier prize pack to give away to a lucky reader. The prize pack includes:
- 1x Garnier Olia Product
- 1 x Colour Last Shampoo & Conditioner
- 1 x Fructis Style Blow Dry Balm