HAIR DYE-ARIE – A Madison Reed Hair Color Review
By Susan Keats, Contributor & Seize-the-Day Propagandist
It has been years since I have written. When was the last time? Was it way back when I read a story in Teen Magazine about simple hair highlighting? After putting my hair into rows of tiny braids and spraying on a lightener as instructed, I ended up with a head full of red polka dots.
Or maybe the time my big crush called after I put dye in my hair for the first time. I was only supposed to leave it in for 20 minutes, but I left it in for over an hour because I couldn’t bear to tell him that I needed to hang up the phone. I looked Goth for a few days until I had it professionally corrected.
Maybe it was after I saw a photo of myself and could see clearly what my mom had been telling me for years: my hair looked blotchy as a result of too many cheap boxed dye jobs.
Dye-arie, these days I spend so much time and money just to have someone else color my hair, I’ve been contemplating ending it all and just going gray. Maybe I should let my tresses be who they are…yet… I’m not sure I’m ready to look… grandmotherly. What should I do?
Today I was asked by Boombox Network to review Madison Reed Hair Color. They are paying me to try out the product and give my honest opinion. Well dye-arie, maybe things are looking up!
Today I looked up Madison Reed Hair Color. There are samples of colors that I can look at, but as always, I am confused about the color I want. I like the dark brown my hair used to be before I started messing with it so long ago (the irony!).
This is very cool though! The website says I can call, email, or chat online with a consultant who will help me to choose the right color. I picked up the phone and was immediately chatting with a super nice consultant who was eager to be helpful. She had me send a photo of myself to her and with her guidance, we narrowed down a few choices for me. Wow! I am really appreciating the customer service. Also, the website offers a few videos that show how to use the product. After watching, I have to admit this looks pretty easy. Could this be a new chapter in my hair-coloring story?
Wednesday (one week later)
Product arrived! My gray is really showing now, but if I like what happens once I try this hair color, I can arrange for them to send a box automatically every month. That is very appealing for this busy gal. Seems like a no-brainer.
Woke up this morning and took a photo of my gray streak.If I needed any further motivation to get coloring, this was it. Blech.
I opened the box and got started. Right away I noticed a few things:
- First, this product is beautifully packaged, and definitely makes me feel as if I’m about to do something special for myself.
- Second, Madison-Reed comes with a blocking cream to keep the dye from coloring your skin. They do this in the salon and I appreciate having the stuff because I actually have stained my skin before.
- Third, I wasn’t worried about running out of the product, there seemed to be plenty.
- Fourth, it was thick enough to not be drippy, but thin enough to be very easy to spread through my roots.
- Fifth, NO AMMONIA! It smelled good! Woo hoo!
- Also, I didn’t need the extra gloves they gave me, but I appreciated the gesture.
Minor disappointment: I was under the impression while watching the videos on the website that the kit would also include the hair clips thatthey suggest you use when dividing your hair into sections. There were no hair clips. Somewhere in my house there used to be hair clips but I think my daughter must have them in her room….somewhere.
Yea, I’m not going in there.
So, I’ll have to buy some hair clips. Not such a biggie.
I’m actually very pleased with the Madison Reed hair color product. It was quick and easy to use. The color is natural and exactly what I was looking for. The gray is covered, the color is dark brown with multi-tones of red, which I love. I like the salon quality of the whole experience and the price is waaaaay less than a salon. Another big perk, I don’t smell like ammonia. I’ll have to see if the color stays or fades away, but unless I decide to go blonde, or gray, or polka dotted, I may just have found the solution to my hair woes.
Thanks for listening Dye-arie, until next time…if there is a next time.
Here is where you can order your Madison Reed hair color. Enter code “NEWYOU” to get 20% off and free shipping on your first order before 3/31/14.
Let us know if you try it!
Susan Keats ~ In 2010 Susan received life-changing news after a routine mammogram. She had breast cancer. After plenty of tears, anxiety and soul searching, she finished treatments and is now entering a year of renewal, growth, and recovery. Susan hopes that those who are just stepping into the experience of illnesses or crises will find the same comfort and inspiration that she felt when others shared their experiences and wisdom with her. She is looking forward to rediscovering parts of herself that she had allowed to fall away. This is going to be a great year!