I colored my hair! I colored my hair! It might not seem like a big deal, but I haven’t colored my own since the “plum” incident of 2006. Since then, I’ve left hair coloring to the professionals.
But lately I’ve been finding too many gray strands tucked away, and my lightened ends were starting to feel brassy. And I was kind of just itching for something new, ya know?
When I had the chance to try Madison Reed’s at-home radiant color kit, I was on it. Their salon-quality color is free of harsh chemicals, like PPD, resorcinol, ammonia, and paraben — and their goal is to make at-home color convenient and…fabulous. Yes, please.
To find the perfect shade for my tresses, I used their Color Advisor tool. I even did a little (super easy) consultation with a Madison Reed colorist — emailing a quick selfie to give them an idea of skintone and current hair color.
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My colorist recommended Verona Brown, which I’d been considering, so I decided to go with it.
I’ve had the color for a week now, and I really like it. There are usually two things I can’t stand with at-home color: 1) THE SMELL 2) Flat color with no natural highlights or dimension.
I was really impressed that Madison Reed’s better-for-you color didn’t have that terrible ammonia smell. Women actually voiced their concerns with putting harmful chemicals in their hair. (Turns out most of us don’t like smell of ammonia — or we have allergic reactions to PPD and resorcinol — so Madison Reed just straight-up eliminated them from their products. Yeah — I can get down with that.)
The trick for telling how your color looks is to step outside — and I was thrilled with the tone of my tresses. My fear of a flat color was unfounded! I like the auburn brunette shade.
So, how was the process? I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t do it. I looked at the box and totally psyched myself out. Even though Madison Reed sent me a box with detailed instructions and quality items to make the color a reality in a no-fuss type of way, I almost choked when it was time to get up to bat.
Hair is stressful, okay?
I’m so thankful I ended up going for it.
Madison Reed really did make it easy an easy experience that left me feeling fabulous! (And isn’t that how each of us should feel every once in a while?)
Since I did have lighter ends with my previous ombre highlights, my light ends soaked up the color more than I wanted, giving me a dip-dye look. (Ahhh!) To take care of it, I simply washed my hair again, and rubbed a little concentrated dish soap on my ends. (Hot tip from my mom, a former cosmetologist!) It evened out the color, and of course, I deep-conditioned after.
Madison Reed has 32 shades to choose from, and the coloring process couldn’t be easier. They send everything you need in a package on your doorstep. No questionable drugstore purchases, no pricey salon-visits. I’d definitely use the process again!
My hair looks and feels healthier — and even Jonny noticed a difference in the health of my hair. (Husband points!)
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