Madison Reed Hair Color

Date Fri, April 18 2014
Madison Reed -- the devil is in the details

Madison Reed — the devil is in the details

I was super excited to learn that I would be able to review Madison Reed hair color. I had never before heard of the brand, but I knew I needed a color refresher. The last time I dyed my hair was in a salon, and I had some dyed black and a small portion dyed red. Unfortunately, the red quickly faded as red is so likely to do. Strangely, however, the black also faded. The stylist called it “tonal,” but that really just meant that it wasn’t a great dye job.

This was back at the end of August, so my hair had plenty of time to shift colors since then. Most recently, it’s a lighter brunette — my natural color — in front and toward the roots. On the bottom and back where it was black, it was a medium brown. You can see the color pretty well in the photos on this post.

If I had been thinking smartly, I would have gone with a darker color because I know it’s harder to go light without bleaching my hair, but I wasn’t. I don’t typically dye my hair more than one color and had forgotten about this. As I was browsing the Madison Reed site, I found myself torn before two reds. I wound up going for the lighter Vesuvius Red, which is described as “Natural deep copper with reds to create a vibrant ginger” on the site. You can use their color advisor to find the right color for you. There are 27 total.

Think Inside the Box

It didn’t take long before the box arrived at my door, and it was literally a box. You can see the awesome purple packaging in the photo to the right. Upon opening the box, you the cardboard flaps presented you with all the information you need. A cardboard tray also holds absolutely everything that you need to color your hair:

  • Before color

    Before color


  • Bottle
  • Cream for your hairline and ears
  • 2 sets of gloves (1 for applying, 1 for rinsing)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cap

I was immediately impressed by everything that was included. At just under $30, this is more expensive than hair dye that you’ll buy from Walmart, but it’s definitely got everything you need right out of the box.

Down and Dirty Dying

I headed over to Mom’s to have her assistance. I have poor lighting in my apartment, which makes is hard to see if you’ve saturated all hair. We applied the cream to my hairline and mixed the dye. Mama put on the gloves and began piecing my hair and putting the dye in it. Now, if you’ve ever dyed your hair at home, you know that it can sometimes smell awful because of ammonia. This wasn’t the case at all with Madison Reed. My hair looks great, but it also feels good. Madison Reed ditched harmful ammonia for ingredients such as keratin, argan oil and ginseng root. The second (or is it third?) thing that I like.

The bottle contained more than enough product to cover my hair, and we followed the instructions to add the extra dye because we were doing an all over color. Then, it was time to don the hair cap to protect your hair — and belongings — while you wait 30+ minutes for it to set in. If you want, you can put on the second set of gloves to rinse, but I always hop in the shower.

Madison Reed’s color kit comes with small bottles of shampoo and conditioner. They’re not huge, but it’s awesome to have those products that will make your hair soft and protect color without having to purchase separate shampoo and conditioner. I rinsed, shampooed and conditioned before hopping out of the shower and blowing my hair dry.

The Results?

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As soon as it was dry, I noticed three things.

  1. The copper color was freakin’ gorgeous!
  2. The dye had made the darker portion of my hair much darker and it looked sort of weird.
  3. We had definitely missed a spot.

I went back and applied the little bit of leftover dye to those spots. Though, I did later notice one place where the dye just didn’t seem to take. To remedy the strangeness between the lighter and darker portions, I changed my hair pair from center to the side. It looks much better this way. In fact, someone asked if I was attempting to go ombre. I wasn’t but it kind of looks like it in the picture, doesn’t it?

It took quite a few shots to get a good one of color. Red hair is really hard to photograph if you don’t have the right light or equipment. I lack both LOL. That is
However, there’s no doubt hat the color is incredible. I wasn’t quite as pleased with my transformation because of a mistake that was completely my own, but the product is definitely a keeper!

Beauty Bonus!

I’ve now listed 5 or so things that I absolutely love about Madison Reed color, but I want to list one more. When you order from them, you’ll get a followup email with a “Reward.” This is a coupon code that you can use at Julep for free nail polish! I wouldn’t let that go to waste. Typically, you’ve used a $14 coupon for one full-size bottle of nail polish, but I decided to use it for two polishes that were on sale. That’s a great value for $24.95. First-time customers can also save 20$ with coupon code 20NOW.

Madison Reed also has a subscription program so you can order new hair color directly to your home to touch up roots and no one will be the wiser.

Madison Reed Hair Color

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