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Madison Reed Review: DIY Hair Color That Lasts

Madison Reed Review: DIY Hair Color That Lasts
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If you go back and forth between the salon and DIY hair color, then Madison Reed is the perfect option for you. Madison Reed offers at-home hair color — with salon features but without the salon price. It’s a great option if you’re tired of paying the salon price but have been scared to try something new.

Picking Your Color

One of Madison Reed’s special features is the step-by-step customization process offered through their website. Once there, you will answer questions about your hair type, length, and current color. Then they will suggest colors based on your current color and if you want to go darker or lighter. If you don’t like their recommendations, you can browse more color options and pick the one you would like to go with.

You can also chat with a colorist, which is a great option if you’re uncertain about your current color, if you need a second tube of color, or if you’re having trouble deciding on which color to go with.

The Value

The cost of Madison Reed hair color is $24.95 for one order or $19.95 for scheduled delivery (depending on how often you typically color your hair, you can schedule delivery as often as every two weeks or as far out as every eight weeks). If you have long hair and need to add an additional tube of color, it’s an additional $10. Shipping is an additional $5, but they usually have special promotions that discount the shipping charge.

This is more costly than hair color you get at your local drug store, which typically ranges from $4.95-$12.95. (If you have longer hair you may have to buy two boxes, so that would increase your cost another $4.95 to $12.95.)

The Madison Reed Box arrived a few days after the order was placed. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging. I realized this was more than just another box of hair color.

When I opened the Madison Reed box, I quickly realized what the extra cost was for. The box included so much more than the typical drug store hair color box. There was also barrier cream, a bottle, hair color, two pairs of gloves, a cap, a wipe for cleanup, shampoo, and conditioner. All that was missing was a stylist!

You definitely have to read the instructions first, but they were pretty easy to follow. The application was easy. Once you apply the barrier cream to your skin to protect against staining, simply apply the color then put the cap on. Use the wipe to clean up any color that might have dripped — no ruined washcloths here! Once your time is up, put on the second pair of gloves and rinse. Then shampoo and condition for your new results.


After I signed up for Madison Reed, I received five coupon codes to share with my friends for them to get $15 off their orders. There was also information about share codes where friends who placed an order received $15 off then I receive a $15 credit when their order ships.

The Results

Madison Reed Review: DIY Hair Color That Lasts

I’m a little over a week out from coloring my hair, and it’s still really soft. The color is vibrant and looks healthy. I think it’s comparable to the results I get at the salon and definitely feels better than the drugstore color normally does a week after. Madison Reed is definitely on my list to purchase again!

Last modified on June 1st, 2017

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