Madison Reed: Salon Hair Color at Home

When I was in high school, I begged my mom to let me dye my hair. I grew up watching my mom and grandma dye their hair, and to me at least, dyed hair seemed incredibly grown up. When I was sixteen, my mom finally said yes, and soon my hair was no longer dirty-dish-water-brown but auburn. While my love of dyed hair has led me to some rather expensive hair disasters, I’m still a fan of auburn hair, which means I won’t be putting the bottle down anytime soon.

As I mentioned here, I discovered Madison Reed last year and was very pleased with the results. I tend to flip-flop between salon and at home hair color, but this summer I went back to Madison Reed. 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. My hair color of choice isย Sardinia Red – 6NCG, a rich auburn with hints of copper and gold.

One box costs $24.95, but if you go with the continuous plan, each box costs only $19.95. The kit comes with everything you need to get started including shampoo, conditioner, gloves, barrier cream, and a remover wipe. My box was missing the shampoo because it was out of stock, so I was credited $5, which I thought was pretty nice.

Madison Reed: At home salon quality hair color.

So, how does Madison Reed stack up to salon hair color?

Madison Reed: At home salon quality hair color.
Salon Hair Color


Madison Reed: At home salon quality hair color.
Madison Reed Sardinia Red

Both colors are a rich, coppery auburn, which looks brown in most lights but pops more red in direct light. The salon hair color is a little darker since the picture was taken several weeks after coloring my hair, but overall, the difference between the two is the price not the hair color. Since a trip to the salon costs me at least $60, I think Madison Reed is a score at less than half the price.

If you’ve never dyed your hair at home before, here are my three simple rules:

  1. Don’t stray too far from your natural hair color. No trying to go from black to blonde or blonde to red, etc. I speak from experience.
  2. Follow the box’s directions. Pretty simple but Google can be tempting. Resist.
  3. Get a friend to help you apply it. Even after all these years, I still get my mom to apply my hair color for me because I don’t like blindly squirting and hoping I’ve covered all of my hair.

If you want to try Madison Reed, you can save $15 off your first order by using my referral link. Bonus, when friends use your referral link, you get a $15 credit.

P.S. I’m back home and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging. It’s funny how a few days away from the computer can feel like an age…

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  1. Getting an extra set of hands really helps with at-home color! When I had blue and pink streaks I did it at home, but I’d typically get my husband to help with the brush because it’s not easy to twist your arms around enough to get into just the right position!
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  2. your hair is a gorgeous colour!
    i have been colouring my hair at home since I was like 12 I think, my mum was a hairdresser so she always did it. I had had horrible salon experiences and it was so expensive where I used to live. Now i live on the other side of the world and one of my besties is my hair stylist, but i prefer to keep it as close to natural as possible because maintenance is no fun lol.
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  3. This hair color looks so incredibly beautiful on you! After reading your review I tried Madison Reed for myself and was very happy with the results. Nice to find an in-home dye kit that isn’t a fortune ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all is well with you!! XOXO
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  4. The color looks stunning! And I wouldn’t have been able to tell which one was salon hair and which one was from a box. I desperately need to dye my hair; two kids has made my grays grow exponentially, and unfortunately that is in their quantity not their length. I have never liked the color of my hair, and I started dying mine when I was in middle school. I have done every color of the rainbow but I’m like you and really like the auburn colors. I really like the color you described, looks brown but pops red in the sun.
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  5. It’s a perfect color for you.
    I’ve never dyed my hair at all, although I got salon highlights once.
    I’m going to go grey eventually and I’m going to color my hair. Nice to get this tip because I do not want to spend my life going to the salon all the time!
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