Provided by Influenster
Hello my first ever VoxBox. It’s uncanny how these come at you at the right moment, when I was personally getting sick of my red-ish hair.
I received the shade “4.15 Dark Soft Mahogany.”
Influenster give you arbitrary colors out of the ones you chose in the survey, meaning you may not get the shade you wanted most, but will still receive something you can use and like.
I like Mahogany. I would’ve liked to try something lighter since my hair’s so dark, but this is good.
This product is 60% natural flower oils, no ammonia. Which may be the reason why I didn’t feel as much scalp-tingling as I got using other DIY hair dyes.
I did notice Olia makes you wait a wee bit longer. Most products I’ve used makes you wait for 20-25min, advising to go over only if your hair is very dark. Olia requires 30 min straight off the bat. Perhaps it’s less damaging on the hair?
Here’s what’s inside the box:
- After Color Conditioner
- Instructions + black gloves
The usual, for a DIY hair dye kit. The gloves were a little too big and slippery. I recommend putting a hair band around your wrist to secure them.
Here’s my hair before Olia. It was red…ish, not very even.
My hair is straight and a bit dry, frizzy at the ends. I’ve seen reviews that say Olia, as an oil-based dye, may weigh down your hair if it’s greasy to begin with.
Tadaaa – This is after Olia “Dark Soft Mahogany.”
It’s actually very reminiscent of my original hair, which I haven’t seen in a long while. Nothing exciting, but I like it 🙂
(Please keep in mind that this is me second day in without shampooing… I usually wash my hair everyday but I was pressed for time)
With this (slightly) new color palette, (slightly) different makeup colors suit me now. I’ve got a less warmer palette overall.
A few tips when DIY dyeing your hair:
- Wear an old t-shirt. Drape an old, tossable towel around your neck (faux-salon style) and secure it using a rubber band. This will prevent your body from being stained.
- Line your ear-tips and hairline with vaseline. Those are the areas that will inevitably get stained. Vaseline makes the stain easy to wipe off.
- Turn on an air vent or open a window. Don’t let the fumes get to your head.
- Time yourself. I usually apply first then set the timer.
- Go slow, and use a old tossable hairbrush if you have one. Fast application may result in splotchy highlights. Look to my previous hair for proof. The hairbrush isn’t a must, but does help a lot in achieving even application.
- If you feel the burn more than usual or to the point where you can’t stand it, quickly wash everything off. This has never happened to me but I’ve seen reviews. Please do a patch test before trying. Read the instructions carefully.
There is no way a hair dye would restore damage hair; the most it will do is inflict less damage with good color payoff.
I think I got a decent payoff even with my dark hair 🙂 Recommend.
(Do try the patch test though! You never know with allergies.)