You Can Totally Do This At Home! Try Madison Reed’s DIY Salon Kit

While I love my hair stylist of almost 10 years, I can’t justify sacrificing my larger life goals with the $150 price tag of updating my roots on a monthly basis. Working on financial life goals has sent me on a full-fledged quest to enjoy all the comforts of quality salon service with the DIY price tag. Hello Madison Reed!

My explosion of gray roots right in the front of my hairline encouraged me to stalk up on Madison Reed products. For those who don’t know; Madison Reed is a fairly new company that boasts about having perfected salon quality hair coloring with an at home price tag. Their products are made in Italy and free of: ammonia, PPD, resorcinol, parabens, phthalates, and gluten. Products have lots of keratin, argon oil, ginseng root extract for conditioning and shine. As a consummate style adventure seeker, I have tried all the big names for at home coloring – albeit, in my youth. I’ve tried Clairol to Dark and Lovely, and even more recently, Shea Moisture. Most came with a very strong chemical odor and left my hair feeling brassy and hard. This stoked my initial fears about trying another at home dying kit.

I had heard so many great things about Madison Reed from colleagues who didn’t quite have the same hair texture as myself, if you know what I mean. So I decided to do some research of my own. I watched videos, I read posts, and I reviewed pictures. I was looking for people to share that their hair was dry, brassy, hard to manage, breaking, etc. With all those over processed nightmares, I just knew I was bound to find one!

Guess what? No one said that.

So I decided to see for myself. Since I love a good auburn red color, I decided to try the Sardinia 7NCG, which is a medium amaretto red. I was thinking it would be a great color for my current ombre color to transition from.

The kit comes with:

    • Very easy to follow all the information you need in 10 steps or less.
    • Barrier Cream – which keeps your ears, forehead, and neck color-free.
    • Cleansing Wipe – to clean up any unwanted color.
    • Radiant Cream Color – rich in argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root to strengthen and protect hair.
    • Conditioning Color Activator – for longer-lasting color and easy application. The bottle comes with a screw off cap and tip to make mixing and applying color simple and tidy.
    • A Protective Cap – to keep your color in place until you are ready to rinse.
    • Gloves- two pairs of gloves. One pair to apply color and another fresh pair for when you are ready to rinse it out.
    • Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner – rich with nutrients and free from sulfates and parabens to help you attain a healthy shine.

To complete a root touch-up, I was instructed to divide my hair, mix a few ingredients, and apply the product to my roots. After, I put on the cap and spent about 30 mins dancing to my favorite songs. Then applied the remainder of the product to the ends of my hair and danced for another 10 min.

Rinse, wash, condition, and style.

I decided to give my hair a little extra conditioning, so I jumped out the shower, did a face mask for about 10-15 min., then hopped back in to rinse.

I want to note; my hair was just a little tough from the processing, but nothing like I’d experienced years prior. There was no brassiness and the color is super rich. Richer in fact than my last treatment at the salon. Also, there was no scalp burning or burning eyes in the whole process.

So far, I’m a fan. Check out my results.

I’m looking forward to adding summer highlights with their Balayage Kit in a couple of months. If you haven’t, be sure and visit the Madison Reed site. As with anything, be sure and read or watch a number of reviews and share this one with friends who may be looking to give it a try.

Jamila Taylor

World traveler, strategic planner, stylist, and food enthusiast. Jamila loves to travel the world tasting new flavors, and exploring local cultures. When she's not traveling on her magic carpet she's helping small businesses through her boutique consulting firm, Enjoy the Day Consulting. Follow her travels @justjamila

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