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Dying my hair for the first time – a Madison Reed review

For the past few years, I think I have been in denial about how much gray hair I actually had. I even had a white streak in my bangs but still couldn’t admit it might be gray or a sign that I am getting old. I don’t recall exactly when the lighter stripe showed up but I originally thought it looked more blonde than white.

Recently, I noticed more gray stands in my hair and decided it was time to do something about this. I have never dyed my hair – beyond a temporary dye back in high school. I know nothing about dyeing my hair. So, I turned to the internet. I knew nothing about stripping color, lift, shades or pretty much anything. I did also check in with my mom and mother-in-law who have both colored their hair for years.

Now, I was not interested in changing my hair to a different color. I wanted to retain my color but just get rid of the grays. In fact, I would prefer that no one know that I dyed my hair. My research – or more accurately, Facebook – led me to Madison Reed, an online hair color company specializing in hair color without harsh chemicals.

They offer a way to find your perfect shade. If that doesn’t work or you have any questions, you can chat with someone online, on the phone or email them. I am a strawberry blonde but was having trouble having the website recommend a color that looked appropriate. Instead I looked at all 40 shades and wrote down a few I thought might be right for me. Then I emailed a couple photos of my hair (following their online instructions) to their color specialists.

Twenty-four hours later, the color specialist responded with two colors that she thought would look good. One of them – Ravello Blonde – was one of the colors I had picked out so that is the one I went with.

Now with Madison Reed, you can place a one-time order or save some money and sign up for membership where product can be regularly shipped to you. (The membership can be cancelled at anytime.) I opted for the one-time order and was able to a free shipping code online. (I also ordered the extra tube of color as my hair is longer than shoulder length.)

Before shot – on left side of photo, you can see a lighter strip area in my bangs.

The product shipped and arrived promptly. You get everything you need in the box – hair color, 2 pair of gloves, cap, barrier cream, cleansing wipe, instructions and samples of their shampoo, conditioner and no-frizz serum. Even though they send detailed instructions, they also offer videos online that show exactly what to do and how to handle difficult to cover gray hairs.

after shot – gone are the grays – color is a little darker than my original color plus the lighting in the room was different

The directions were easy to follow. While I was a little nervous about doing this myself verses going to a specialist, everything turned out fine. The grays were covered, and the color was perfect. My hair felt soft and healthy afterwards.

It has been about a month since I dyed my hair, and the color still looks great. (And no one has asked me if I dyed my hair.) If you are looking to cover your grays or are only looking to go up or down one shade of color, then Madison Reed is definitely worth it.

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