I have a confession. I have been coloring my hair for over half my life. I started at the age of 24, when I came across my first grey hair. I know that my natural hair color is a shade that my mother called “Dishwater Blonde.” Sort of a muddy color, that is not quite brunette, but not light or lustrous either. At this point in my life where I am firmly entrenched in middle age, it is also quite grey at the root. I have always been blessed with thick, but fine hair. The older I get the more I notice the feel of my hair is a bit rougher and wiry, due to all the grey underneath. One of these days (far, far in the future) I may give in and let it go silver. Until then I will keep coloring it, every two months, like clockwork.
When I was given the opportunity to review Madison Reed Hair Color, I was willing to give it a try. I can honestly say I have tried most every hair color brand on the market. I have also had my hair professionally colored a number of times in my life, with mixed results. I had yet to find a product that completely earned my loyalty.
The online ordering process was easy. I went to Madison Reed and went through the color options. I first had to determine if I was a warm or a cool, to find the right shade. A little online research gave me a tip to look at my wrist, if my veins looked blue I was a cool, if they looked greenish, I was a warm. I was most definitely a cool. After going through the color selection for my skin tone, I opted Capri Blonde 9NGV. I placed my order late in the evening on a Saturday, and on Monday morning I received an email notification that it shipped. It arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday afternoon. I was pleased with the quick shipping.
The contents of the box were similar to what I’ve found in other hair color kits. It came with developer solution and hair color, and an applicate bottle. The applicator bottle was easy to use. The tip was smooth against my scalp, which I appreciated. The kit also came with two quality sets of rubber gloves, a plastic cap, barrier cream and a cleansing wipe to use after coloring.
I followed the directions and divided my hair into quadrants, and colored one quadrant at a time, starting at the roots. I opted for an all over hair treatment and finished with a full saturation of the remaining color solution, combing it through with a wide toothed comb. I popped the plastic cap on my head and, following the directions, waited 45 minutes, (my hair is grey and color resistant) and then rinsed out. I then washed with the shampoo and conditioner provided.
When my hair was dry, I checked, and it appeared my root coverage was excellent, I didn’t see any difference in color from root to end and it all my grey was covered completely. My hair was also soft and shiny.
Four days and two washings later, I still hadn’t notice any fading, and in fact, it looked better than the day I colored it. Overall, I thought Madison Reed hair color was an excellent product, that gave a salon quality hair color experience at about a quarter of the price.
If you’re ready for a new color, I encourage you to try the Madison Reed Hair Color Advisor to see what color recommendation it makes for you. If you’re ready to take the color plunge, visit the Madison Reed blog for hair tips and tutorials.
What is your biggest concern regarding coloring your hair?