We all have that dirty little secret, that bad habit we don’t want anyone to know about. Especially when you so passionately advocate for healthy, better-for-you products. Mine happens to be dying my hair. I can’t help it. I love to change my hair color as much as most people like to put on chapstick. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture 😉
And don’t even get me started on professional coloring. Every time I get my hair dyed professionally, it lasts the same amount of time for 15X the amount of money! And most of the times the products they use aren’t any better for you (or, that hasn’t been the case with my experiences). Now, I love a good cut and blowout as much as the next girl, but I just can no longer bring myself to pay someone to dye my hair. And my hair does this weird thing where even if you dye it BLACK, it all fades out to this coppery color. Which, I actually love, but like I said, I like to mix things up on the hair front.
So when I discovered MadisonReed, I KNEW I had to do a review on their Professional Hair Dye at Home. Why? Well, for starters, the ingredients they use.
“At the forefront of innovation, we created the first ever Smart 6-Free permanent hair color: Free of ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates, and gluten. And we added hair-loving nutrients including keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract to protect and pamper hair. Read more about our ingredients.” – From the MadisonReed website
And at only twice the price of my normal hair dye, and with a strong hankering for a change of hair color, I decided to give it a go.
I’ll start off by saying, the selection process is AMAZING. You start by taking a quiz about your hair. It is really short, so it didn’t bother me to make sure I was getting what I actually needed!
After I picked my color, I chose to sign up for the auto-shipment to save a little money and to keep on top of my hair game!
I received my kit, and I was quite impressed upon opening the box. To me, presentation says a lot. The fact that a company CARES about the way you receive their product speaks volumes. And it’s worth a lot more than $20, I’ll tell you that much!
You will have to excuse the poor photo quality, my phone camera is on it’s last legs, and I hadn’t yet received my NEW camera!
Besides the Color and the activator that you find in every At-Home hair dye kit, you receive 2 pairs of GOOD gloves (not those dinky-plastic-don’t-fit-your-hands kind of gloves), a barrier cream to protect your skin from dye, a cleansing wipe to clean the cream and any dye off your skin, a shower cap, multi-use samples of Shampoo + Conditioner (I am going on 4 uses for each at the time of this review, although the conditioner might be out now) AND a sample of their root touch up colors! Which, to be honest, I have NOT used it for roots but have instead been using it for my eyebrows…which reminds me, I should probably get a full size Root Touch Up for my brows. It’s the bomb dot com, ya’ll. IT ALSO CAME WITH 5 $15 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER coupons/codes for me to share with my friends (which, by the way, is YOU).
When using the actual product, it didn’t act like most other dyes that I have used in the past, in that it didn’t seem as lubricated, and quickly sunk into my hair (which wasn’t overly dried out) and did tangle my hair quite a bit. And by quite a bit, I do mean a lot. But there was enough in one bottle for my entire head of past-shoulder-length hair.
The smell of the dye was NOT unpleasant or strongly stringent, and didn’t assault my senses or burn my scalp and eyes like most dyes do. After the designated amount of time, I hopped in the shower, expecting to spend the next 10 minutes rinsing my hair to get all the dye out, as is normally par for the course. But it took maybe 2 minutes. I can only assume that the composition of the dye (the same thing that maybe led to tangling my fine, curly hair) simply saturated my hair and more of the color was absorbed. And the conditioner and shampoo are just a dream to use!
When I dried my hair afterwards, it was full of volume, smelled amazing, and was colored beautifully.
I am a convert, folks. I will never again have to use a product that is bad for me AND the environment, I will have exceptional hair color, and I will happily pay every penny of that $20 per kit. EVERY PENNY. Now, what are YOU waiting for? Oh, maybe that awesome $15 OFF code? If you are interested, please comment here with your email, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! I only have 5 though, so don’t wait!