Ammonia is one ingredient that is almost always used found in permanant hair color, whether used at the salon or at home—it allows the hair to open up so that the color molecule can be deposited. But recently, hair color companies have been looking to alternative ingredients (the concept was first introduced with professional lines) and Garnier is the first at-home permanent color to do so.
Garnier Olia ($10) is an at-home permanent hair color line powered by oil. It makes use of a 60 percent oil blend, with oils extracted from flowers, and MEA as part of the colorant, which works similarly to how ammonia does without any unpleasant smell. It’s the MEA in the oil that helps to open up the cuticle and place the color in the hair. The color also works to improve the state of your hair and eliminate dullness and roughness so that hair is shiny, soft and bouncy with rich, vibrant color.
Bottom line: Garnier Olia can completely cover gray hairs and give long-lasting color. But, like with any at-home hair color, you should still test a patch of hair before using the product.
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