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New Hair, New Me: How Madison Reed Transformed My Look

Caroline Levere
ByCaroline LevereJan 27, 2023In Partnership With Madison Reed

Confession time: I’ve never used all-over permanent hair color before. I’ve gotten it highlighted maybe 3 times in my life, and always just a shade lighter blonde. After going through a turbulent few months filled with breakups and career changes, I decided it was time for a change. And what better way to switch things up than by coloring my hair?

A friend of mine had tried Madison Reed for hair color, so I thought I'd give it a try. Let me tell you, I’m totally obsessed with my new color and with the experience. Here’s why:

1. Affordable color in a salon…

The entire process with Madison Reed came out to $150, which included all-over color & a blowout. This is way less than the price of many hair experiences in NYC. I went to the Flatiron location, but Madison Reed has 75 salons throughout the country and is growing! I loved every minute of my experience: the staff was welcoming and walked me through every step of the process. They showed me swatches of all different color options after looking at my inspiration pictures, and they made sure I was comfortable with my color choice before beginning. I loved the head massage I got during the shampooing, and the blowout was honestly one of the best of my life.

Honestly, I’m also OBSESSED with my new light brown hair color. After going through the shades that matched my inspiration, I decided on the shade Como. It was applied perfectly, and I love the extra shine in the product (plus, it gives my blue eyes an extra pop). As an added bonus, my hair feels super healthy due to Madison Reed’s smart-8 free products.

2. …Or at home

For those who don’t live in a city with a Madison Reed salon or who prefer to color their hair at home, Madison Reed has one of the best at-home hair colors on the market. This is NOT your typical drugstore hair color.

Even before going in for my salon appointment, I played around on the Madison Reed site with their color quiz that can help you find your perfect shade and let you try on new looks from the comfort of your own home. I loved this feature and found it very accurate, and it eased my nerves heading into a complete makeover. Also, you can even video chat with a licensed colorist at Madison Reed for one-on-one help, whether that’s in choosing a color, learning how to apply, or deciding which products/product line you should purchase.

Madison Reed sends you everything you need for the perfect at home experience (and way more than any drugstore hair dye gives you). You’ll get barrier cream (to keep the dye off your forehead), dye, developer, gloves & cleansing wipes, a hair cap, plus shampoo and conditioner to lock in your color. You can have brand-new hair in under 1 hour!

3. Madison Reed makes my hair feel better and healthier than before

I’ve heard horror stories from friends about their hair being completely damaged after getting it colored. I was definitely a bit hesitant about permanently damaging my hair, but was reassured to learn that Madison Reed has a smart-8 free formula, and the ingredients they used are actually designed to help hair health (think keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract). My hair actually feels softer & silkier than it did pre-color, and as a first-timer in the all-over color world, I’m thrilled with how it looks and feels.

I will absolutely be going back to Madison Reed to keep up my new color, and potentially try even more colors in the future. What are you waiting for?