Hello dears! I am thrilled to share my hair dyeing experience using Madison Reed Hair Dye; a healthy, easy product to brighten or darken your locks without damaging them. I mentioned a while ago that I would be trying out one of Madison Reed’s blonde hair dyes, but it took a while to decide which one was best suited for me and that is why you haven’t heard or seen anything regarding this idea on the blog, until now…
The girls and I had an appointment scheduled with our hair stylist a week or two after I put up the post on my new summer style inspiration, and so I wanted to wait until I saw our stylist before I made the commitment to buying a Madison Reed blonde hair dye. Our stylist had never heard of Madison Reed, but that didn’t stop her from encouraging me to try it out, besides helping me understand a few things about coloring hair. Here is what we figured out would be best for my very first color treatment:
- Determining your natural hair shade.
If you ever want to know what your hair shade number is, just ask your stylist the next time you’re in for a trim, and she will bring out some samples of hair; the darkest (ebony black) being a 1 and the lightest (platinum) being an 11. I was a 7, so things were looking good as far as how much lighter I could go (Madison Reed permanent hair dyes will lighten or darken up to two shades) and 9 was where I wanted to eventually be.
- If this is the first time you have ever colored your hair, consider lightening your hair gradually.
This was probably the best advise my hair stylist could have given me, because to tell the truth, I loved my natural shade of hair, and after thinking about this advice, I realized that I didn’t want to change my hair to a shade that was completely different from my natural one right off the bat; at least not right away. I took her advice, and purchased Sicily Blonde which took my hair one shade lighter (i.e. an 8).
With this great beginners advice out of the way, are you ready to see what the coloring process looks like?
I think one of my favorite things about Madison Reed is that even though they are a small company, they are very professional in everything they do! For starters, they make the process of picking out your hair color simple, and if you have a question, the chat box is right there with someone on the other end ready to help you out.
Upon receiving the kit in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised by how professional it looked. Once opened, I noticed how neatly everything in the kit was packaged and labeled. “Wow! How cool!” I felt very comfortable and almost like I had been turned into a professional colorist!
I could tell that Madison Reed certainly understands the need for beginners to feel at ease. All the things I needed for a successful dyeing process were in the box, with the instruction booklet right on top. I dove right in, and found the color activator bottle, the tube of color agent, a box of two pairs of professional coloring gloves, a box with the coloring cap inside, a packet of color block cream and another with a cleaning wipe. And last but not least, Madison Reed provides you with their own “color gentle” shampoo and conditioner. Perfect, just perfect. 🙂
Following the directions, I separated my hair into quadrants and clipped them up before spreading on the color block cream directly below my hair line. I put a good deal of the color block cream on my neck (ears too), since I knew my color-wet hair would inevitably touch it. Then, putting on the first pair of gloves, I prepared the coloring agents and proceeded to saturate a quadrant of hair at a time, starting from the ends and working my way up to the roots of my hair. Simple and easy.
When using the coloring agents, starting with the ends and middle portions of your hair, it might help to think of them like you would conditioner–you want to completely saturate your hair with it so that in the end you are clipping up sweet smelling, color-wet hair. Unlike the ends, when I began covering my roots I found the best way to do so was to use a skinny styling comb to lift up sections of hair so that I could run a line of color agent down the parted roots. I started from my center part and worked my way down the rest of my scalp.
Note: One key point that the Madison Reed coloring tutorials always mention when they focus on the roots is to make sure your scalp is covered with the color agent to insure an evenly colored head of hair.
Once everything was covered, I put on the cap to let my hair sit for the amount of time given in the instructions–about half an hour.
As always, Charlotte was my camera girl, so when all the pictures were taken, and we had to sit and wait, I suggested that she pick out some of her favorite Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorials to watch to help pass the time. Her face lit up with a smile, and she quickly pulled one up. Time well spent. 🙂
As soon as the half hour was up, I raced up to the bathroom and rinsed out all the color before taking a shower to fully wash and condition my newly colored hair. During this time, I didn’t look at my hair (I wanted it to be a surprise). But when I washed it, some loose strands came out (typical when I wash my hair) and I immediately noticed that the strands were lighter! I finished up quickly so I could take a peek, and there it was! My hair was definitely a full shade lighter!
The beauty of Madison Reed’s hair products isn’t just in the fact that they provide a natural, safe solution for women who are trying to stay away from salon and store brand hair color treatments. No, they give you products that will add to your natural beauty, allowing you to explore unique ways of enhancing your own natural beauty, with DIY in mind.
For me personally, I can’t tell you all how pleased I am with the results! Though they are subtle, it is enough for me to get used to right now, and since I am on a continuous color plan, I won’t be stopping with this color. “Really? So you’re going to go lighter?” Yep! I am taking it to a 9 next time around! I can’t wait!
If any of you are interested in trying out Madison Reed permanent hair dye, do let me know so that I can send you an invitation, giving us both a $15 dollar credit on our next orders! 🙂
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Much love, and many blessings to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer