Hair color is my mood ring. When I’m sad or need a change, my hair is the first to feel it. I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 16, and the first color I chose was called Caribbean Mahogany, a rich auburn red. Since then, my hair has been dyed black and blonde and back to brown, but no color feels like me the way red hair does.
Red is feisty, fiery, fierce. All the things I want to be. Alas, I am a natural brunette, and my dream of becoming a ginger without using bleach has not yet come to pass. So, my hair is auburn, a happy compromise between red and brunette. In most lights, my hair looks like a warm brown, but when the light hits my hair just right, my hair is unmistakably red. Maybe my hair color isn’t just my mood ring but, also, a metaphor for my life… You think I’m one thing, but actually, I’m a little bit of everything all rolled into one. Cue Meredith Brooks.
My search for the perfect auburn red hair color has led me many places. The most dangerous place being the hair color aisle at Target where I am persuaded a tiny box of chemicals will leave my hair looking luscious and vibrant. Too often, I am tempted to try to go lighter and end up frying my hair, which is why I’ve left my last few color jobs to the professionals. However, professional hair color is expensive, and since I’m not drastically changing my hair color, I’m thinking about going back to an at home coloring kit I tried before: Madison Reed.
Madison Reed is a company that offers salon quality hair color for you to use at home. The colors are handcrafted in Italy and are free of ammonia, PPD, gluten, and resorcinol, and the quick questionnaire suggests colors that are the best fit for you. The 9-piece coloring kit comes with easy to understand step-by-step instructions, and they even include a code for discounts and free products.
Last fall, I tried Sardinia Red (see their other colors here) and was pleased with the color and the easy to use kit. Later, I decided to go to the salon and see if I could go a little lighter. Lo and behold the salon color was almost the same color as Madison Reed’s Sardinia Red but over twice the price. While I’m tempted to bleach my hair in order to become the carrot top of my dreams, I really don’t want to damage my hair again. Sigh. At least I know Madison Reed is there for me and can help me maintain my auburn locks.
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