I’m not a girly girl. There I said it. I don’t know how to properly put on makeup, nor how to do anything fancy with my hair. Now, mind you, I have fabulous hair. The one exception is that I have been graying since I was 16. Yep, 16. Up until I was 30 though I used to pluck all my gray hairs out with tweezers! Then it was like overnight I grew a Silver Forest on my head. :/ I was NOT amused. This is my review of my first time coloring my hair at home: Madison Reed. I Hate Grey Hair!
Here is me before – Although I try everything I can NOT to get a good pic of my gray hairs :/
A few of my blogging friends had been telling me about this new at-home hair color company, Madison Reed. I have never once attempted to color my own hair. I have always gone to a salon and had my roots or have my whole hair colored for over $100 a pop. Traveling though meant I didn’t always have access to a colorist that I knew and trusted. I had a horrible experience in Alabama when I finally couldn’t take the grays anymore. Absolutely horrible!
So I ordered a box of Madison Reed and it was sent to Seattle where I was staying. I was hanging out with a guy friend and either he nor I knew anything about hair, but we read the directions on the box and followed along. The instructions seemed simple enough and between the two of us, we put the Portofino Red all over my hair.Portofino Red was the color I was trying to achieve.
We even managed a little on the walls too (sorry about that!). I should have asked if there was a difference when you were trying to cover gray hairs. Sadly, I didn’t leave it on as long as I could have. I should have read this guide to covering gray hairs. 🙁
My roots were still gray. The rest of my hair was a beautiful reddish-brown color. I reached out to Madison Reed and showed them these pictures. They sent another box to be to try again in Alaska following the gray hair instructions. I’m fully aware that this could have been user error especially with how stubborn my gray hairs were. I’ve seen many of my friends hair after they tried Madison Reed and it worked like a charm. I’m ready for Round 2, gray hairs!
Here is the After Pic. I hate you gray hairs. HATE YOU. Sigh.
I tried it again with much better success!!! What do you think? I love it!!
Here’s a little bonus for you if you want to try Madison Reed:
50% off your first box of Madison Reed permanent hair color.
Update #2 Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up aka My New BFF
Yes, yes it is.
New Product: Root Touch Up
So you are running late for a date or appointment and you notice those roots, again. With no time to do an at home color or head to the salon, what do you do? You could try a messy bun to see if you can cover the dreaded gray, or you could check out the new Root Touch Up from Madison Reed. This stuff looks so easy to use and looks like it could be a great alternative to that bun (that likely won’t work anyway). I have this in two different shades as I go from black to red with the seasons.
Madison Reed created a lightweight powder in eight shades – from platinum blonde to rich black – that brushes on dry, blends seamlessly with your hair color, and stays put until your next shampoo… even if you’re leaving the gym or caught in the rain.
I wrote a new post where I did a video of me applying the Madison Reed hair color. You can clearly see that I have no idea what I’m doing, yet the grays went away. Bye, bye grays, I never liked you anyways!
New Product Update
I’m placing an order for this Root Reboot as I would love anything that will give me a bit more time in between colorings. Right now I can barely make it to 3 weeks before it is time to cover my gray hairs again. SIGH.
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