The Best Dark Red Hair Color

Mahogany. Ruby. Auburn. When it comes to dyeing my hair, dark red hair color is my favorite. It’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a little bit Little Mermaid. Sweet and sassy, dark red hair color is the best of both worlds. I’ve experimented with a lot of different reds over the years, and my current favorite is Sardinia Red from Madison Reed.

Dark red hair color is my favorite, so when it's time to dye my hair, that's why I love using Madison Reed's at-home hair color in Sardinia Red.

The Brand…

I’ve blogged about Madison Reed before (here and here), but the company has changed a bit since I first started using their hair color, so now is a good time for an update.

Madison Reed is the first ever Smart 6-Free permanent hair color, which is free of ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates, and gluten. Plus, the at-home hair color includes keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract to help protect and pamper your hair. As a girl who has fried her hair with drugstore hair colors, I like knowing that Madison Reed is free of many harmful ingredients and that they include special nutrients to keep your hair look amazing after you color it.

But, back to my favorite red…

Sardinia Red (6NCG) is described as a “rich auburn with hints of copper and gold.” I keep coming back to this beautiful, dark red because it perfectly walks the line between fun and professional. Depending on the light, my hair can appear to be a dark, warm brown or a rich, red copper. It’s kind of the mullet of hair colors, but in a good way.

Dark red hair color is my favorite, so when it's time to dye my hair, that's why I love using Madison Reed's at-home hair color in Sardinia Red.
Dark brown inside…
Dark red hair color is my favorite, so when it's time to dye my hair, that's why I love using Madison Reed's at-home hair color in Sardinia Red.
Coppery red outside…

Red is a color that requires a lot of upkeep. Ideally, you should only wash your hair a couple of times a week and use cold water because multiple washings in warm water will make the red fade faster. However, I’m a hot water gal who likes her hair to feel squeaky clean, so I make sure to use a color depositing shampoo a few times a week. Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo is my current go-to, but I’m on the lookout for a more natural option.

My roots start showing in about 4 weeks, but I usually wait 6-8 weeks before coloring again. This, of course, is personal preference, and dyeing your hair every 4 weeks would keep the color looking richer longer.

So, what’s in the kit…

Dyeing your hair at home doesn’t have to be a scary process. Madison Reed has a quick survey you can take to get personal hair color suggestions, and you have the option to chat with a colorist if you have more questions. The Color Kit comes with everything you need to do your hair:

  1. Instructions
  2. Gloves
  3. Barrier Cream
  4. Cleansing wipe
  5. Radiant Color Cream
  6. Conditioning Color Activator
  7. Protective Cap
  8. Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner

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You can try one box for $24.95 plus shipping or you can select the continuous plan, which knocks the price down to $19.95 plus shipping. The nice thing about the continuous plan is that you can manage when you get deliveries so you don’t have to be stressed about dealing with multiple boxes of hair color you haven’t used yet.

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.

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21 comments

  1. I just dyed my hair darker, and I’m loving it. BUT I’d like to try Madison Reed once it’s time to dye it again. Do you mind emailing me your link for future reference? 🙂
    By the way you look stunning!
    XOXO

  2. Three big cheers for red locks! I was born a pale (think Scandinavian level) blonde, but my hair turned a hideously mousy brown colour around puberty and so I began colouring it when I was 16. I opted first for red (don’t recall the exact shade, but it was from Clairol) and played around with various shades of red, blonde, brunette and even (briefly) black, in my teens and early 20s, but ultimately went back to red. It’s the hair colour that I feel most at home in and that I just automatically think of as “me” at this point.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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