My Holy Grail Hair Products on a Budget

1. Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner FullSizeRender (3)

2. Garnier Whole Blends Color Care Mask Argan Oil & Cranberry FullSizeRender (5)

3. Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray FullSizeRender (4)

4. Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum FullSizeRender (2)


My Rant, Dying Your Hair at Home, and Garnier Olia Hair Color Review


I don’t know about you but I am fed up with going to the hair salon to get my hair colored. It is way out of my budget and I am never satisfied with the finished results, not to mention it is extremely damaging especially if you are planning on bleaching your hair of any sorts. My natural hair color is a very dark brown but recently over this past year I have been experimenting with balayage highlights. Every time that I went to get my highlights touched up they would come out horrible and brassy. Yes, I am aware that dark and chemically processed hair is very difficult to lift but I was determined to get my desired color. Two months ago I finally just had enough and I have come to terms with the fact that light hair is just not a cute look on me (even though I feel like I was a blonde in another life, but brunettes are sexy too don’t get it twisted). Also, I felt like my former hair dresser was ripping me off. I didn’t have the balls to tackle that mess myself, so I found a more affordable salon in my price range to cover my orange balayage highlights. This hair stylist did a decent color job but she didn’t even style my hair, she just blew dried the shit out of it and with my course and wavy hair texture that was a big no no. Since my hair is so thick and I have a lot of it with it only being just medium length, they needed to use more hair dye than for the average person to obviously completely color my entire head of hair, which increased the price even more but to be fair the receptionist did mention this to me ahead of time when I called into schedule my appointment. Within a couple of weeks my “chocolate brown” hair color immensely faded, so this time I decided to take matters into my own hands and color my hair at home myself.

My Dying Your Hair at Home Essentials:

1.) An old shirt that you no longer care about

2.) An old towel to put around your neck to eliminate getting hair dye all over you

3.) 2 to 3 hair clips, one to securely hold the old towel around your neck in place and the remaining clips to hold your hair up while sectioning it off when coloring

4.) Vaseline is a must to avoid dye stains on your skin, put a pretty thick layer around your face, ears, and the back of your neck

5.) A plastic bag or shower cap to put on your head after you have finished coloring your hair to lock in the heat to ensure an even coverage (also you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting dye everywhere while you wait)


Since I can’t show you exactly how I colored my hair step by step, here is Kandee Johnson’s video. I always use this method! However, if you are covering up balayage highlights or an ombre concentrate the dye on your ends or wherever there is bleach, rather than the roots.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review


Obviously hair color or bleach of any kind is damaging, especially if it is drugstore but if you are on a budget and your hair needs a quick fix sometimes box dye is your only option. I always enjoyed using the Garnier hair color line in the past and decided to give the Olia permanent color a try after hearing some positive reviews. As I mentioned I have a lot of hair, so I ended up purchasing two boxes and had just enough to cover my entire head. So if your hair is longer than medium length and it is pretty thick, I would suggest getting 3 to 4 boxes of color.


Inside, the Garnier Olia hair color comes with two professional looking black gloves (which I was impressed with), a unique bottle applicator that did not contain the developer, a separate tube of developer, colorant, and after color conditioner.


I know this is a review, but I actually prefer to use a brush and mixing bowl from Sally Beauty Supply instead of the bottle applicator to apply my hair color. However, this is totally optional and is not necessary to achieve the perfect look.



  • Professional black gloves that are just the right size
  • Does not have an overwhelming smell
  • Creamy formula that sticks to hair, reducing mess and clean-up
  • Stains on the skin where fairly easy to remove


  • Not enough product
  • The color results are a little bit darker than what is shown on the box
  • My scalp was slightly itchy after application


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Whala! Even though the color was darker than expected, I overall was very pleased with the results and would repurchase the Garnier Olia hair color again.


-Kelly A.