Hello lovely ladies.
I've had red hair on and off now for almost 10 years, and I'm going to start this review off by saying I'm not fussy about my hair, as long as it's red. My hair has been in desperate need of dyeing for at least 3 weeks now, awful roots and extremely faded, and usually my hair dye of choice is normal the Schwarzkopf Live XXL. I decided to opt for a new one, one hailed as a miracle product, Garnier Olia, so lets explore.
Hailed as a hair dye that won't feel like a hair dye, it's ammonia free, made of 60% natural flower oils, has optimal scalp comfort, and, most importantly a vibrant red.
This hair dye comes with more bits and pieces inside than a normal hair dye, and the bottle looked fairly massive, so as my hair is shorter than it has been for a long time I decided than one bottle would be enough.
So, I thought I'd do a before and after picture of the colour. This is the before.
Red, but faded, and in need of a lick of colour!
So, I poured the two bottles in to the larger bottle, and was instantly annoyed. Although the bottle is quite large, it only fill it up to around half way. This annoys me for two reasons, it's misleading and it's a complete waste of plastic.The colour at first was a light orange, but this is normal for most red hair dyes as the colour will develop over time. I applied it with the help of my other half, who helped me check I had applied it evenly and hadn't missed any where.
Once it was on the hair I was surprised by how much I couldn't feel it. This is probably the only positive thing I will say about this hair dye, but it honestly had no "scalp sting" as with almost every other hair dye I've ever tried.
So, this is where the review is going to get a bit meaner than I generally like to be, but honestly, I felt I need to say it.
As I was washing it out I was surprised to find my hair felt just as stringy and like wet wool as with a normal hair dye. This hair dye is meant to leave your hair feeling soft and undamaged, due to it not having ammonia in & all the oil this hair dye. So, the main selling point, and the reason this hair dye is much more expensive, is mute. It almost feels slightly worse, as the conditioner on it seemed to contain a lot of oil that has just sat on the surface of the hair and not penetrated through.
But then, well no, then there is the actual colour. I did as the leaflet suggest and left it on for 30 minutes, but in reality more like 40 minutes to let the hair dye do it's thing. I dried my hair slightly and peered at it in the foggy mirror get a first impression of the colour. First thought? That's not red. Not. Red. This hair dye is called "Intense Red" and at very best, it's a brown red. I've taken a picture without flash so you can get the idea.
As I said, it's not red. I was so stunned I kept looking and looking in the mirror like I was seeing it wrong. This couldn't be, I've used Superdrugs own brand thats made my hair redder than this! As I said before I'm not fussy as long as it's red, and I am so gutted with this colour it's unreal! I actually think my hair was redder before using this dye. It also looks really faded, so I can't imagine how bad this colour will be in a week when the colour has washed out a little more!
So, overall, possibly the worst product I've used this year! I bought this product on offer for £5.99, a full £1 more than a Live XXL, and as it's usually £6.99 it's very overpriced as it does nothing it promises! I bought this to dye my hair before Christmas, and I am beyond annoyed that I am going to had to go and buy more hair dye to cover this colour up! So, to sum up, not red and a waste of money!
Have you ladies ever tried a hair dye you've really hated? Any other brands to avoid?