Madison Reed Professional Hair Color Review (Jan.20)

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New year…fresh hair color! Prior to a couple months ago, I had never heard of Madison Reed, and I’m betting you haven’t either. Let me tell you about the brand and what they offer before we get into my review! Madison Reed is an online company that offers professional grade at home hair color kits. They also have a neat Color Advisor program that helps narrow down their 27 available shades and shows you your best options! They also have a color translator if you want to match your current brand/shade of hair color.

From the website: “Handcrafted in Italy, our special multi-tone formula comes in 27 natural and dynamic shades for sophisticated salon-quality color with unparalleled depth and shine. Whether you’re refreshing your roots or trying on a new color, our professional-grade formula provides complete coverage, especially for those tough grays.” ALSO: “Our long-lasting hair color is packed with rich nutrients like keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract. Your hair will feel stronger, shinier and better than before you colored.”

Here is the kit I received, I chose shade 6NAC-Verona Brown:

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This kit is awesome! It comes with detailed instructions, 2 pairs of gloves, barrier cream, a shower cap, a cleansing wipe, 1oz bottles of their shampoo and conditioner, and developer & color cream.


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Ok so here I am before, I had medium brown hair with warm golden undertones. (Sorry for the crummy lighing in these photos, it was night time and I was in my bathroom.)


Next i’ll show you the steps to the simple and effective application process:

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1.) I got all of the items ready, put on my gloves and mixed the color.

2.) I separated my hair into 4 equal sections per the instructions and applied the barrier cream to my hairline and the tops of my ears. (Make sure it doesn’t get on your hair, or the color won’t take!)

2.5) I started applying the color. The instructions said to start applying color to the back sections first. (I used to start with the front/top of my head.) However, starting in the back seems to get more even coverage because my roots were always much darker.

3.) I put on the cap and used the cleansing wipe to clean up any drips and remove the barrier cream. Then I let the color develop for 25 minutes.

When it was done developing I rinsed my hair and conditioned with the Madison Reed Conditioner. (I never use shampoo right away because I get worried some of the color will wash out.) I have been using the shampoo and conditioner, and I love them! (They have an energizing mint scent) The shampoo suds up and cleans nicely and the conditioner leaves your hair so silky soft and moisturized without weighing it down. They are both sulfate, paraben and gluten free!


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What do you think??!!

I personally LOVE it. I color my hair every few months at home and I have to say this delivered MUCH more vibrant and even results. My hair was also shinier and didn’t seem as damaged like with other at home boxed color. The price is $34.95 for 1 time delivery or $29.95 for auto-delivery (options available from 3 all the way to every 10 weeks) plus $5 shipping. Yes, it’s a lot more than store bought hair color, but if you color your hair at a salon how much is that…$60 plus tip? I would suggest trying this color instead of a salon visit because it does give great results!

Do you color your hair (at home or in salon)? Would you try Madison Reed for your at home color…or is it still too expensive for you?

Thanks so much for reading, please follow me on bloglovin’ xoxo Kristina

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*Product was provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links*

  • cstone412cs

    I need to see what their blonde colors look like :)

    • Kristina

      Go check them out! Maybe their customer service can help determine if if it would work since you need bleach…

  • DTG (@DreambabyDream7)

    Thank you Kristina for your review! I got an offer to try Madison Reed and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for Sharing!

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