* Just an update on this review: According to a Madison Reed rep and a hairdresser as well the results I got where from the fact that I did not follow the advice on the site and I tried to dye my hair more than two shades darker at one time. In case you have light blonde hair like I did and you would like to go several shades darker you should first use a red foundation color and then a darker color. I was told by a hairdresser I was really being unfair to Madison Reed since my hair should have probably looked grey from the beginning, she thought with the lighter before color the results were amazing. So as not to appear unfair I will admit the early washing out was my mistake and their customer service rep was awesome even offering me a coupon for a free color*
"Madison Reed is a premium collection of at-home hair color and hair care products, handcrafted in Italy to bring salon quality results directly to your home."
With a claim that you can imagine how excited I was to try out this salon quaility hair coloring for myself! I had been blonde for some months now and wanted to do something darker because my hair just grows to fast! Keeping my dark roots from growing out was a chore! Here is what my hair looked like before I colored it:
After spending a great deal of time looking through all 27 shades, I decided the color I would like to have was Perugia Black, described on the site to be a Sapphire Black with hints of Blue. Within just a few days my kit arrived.
I was very impressed with the fact that it had two pairs of very high quality gloves, not one cheap pair that would tear on you before you were through applying the color! It also came with what Madison Reed calls "Barrier Cream" which you can put around your hair line and it won't leave your skin looking a different color which I thought was an awesome idea!
I like the fact that the dye was amonia free and didn't have the harsh chemical smell you get with some over the counter dyes. I kept noticing the tint was blue but I figured it would darken up, which it did some. Here is the results! In all honesty, it had alot of blue, but being the cool Mom I am I could totally go for rockin blue/black hair. Best of all I loved the feel of my hair, it was very smooth and soft!
Now, for the bad news. The hair color was suppossed to last about 4 weeks. The more I washed my hair the more it faded, leaving me with a tub of blue every time I washed! Even using the special formulated Madison Reed shampoo did not help with this. As my hair continued to get lighter it became more and more of a dull gray color, and within 2 weeks my hair was gray! (I wished I would have taken a picture.) So I had to re-dye it using over the counter hair coloring which seems to be holding up a lot better. I doubt my results are typical since I have seen a lot of rave reviews and I am sure Madison Reed would no longer be in business, however for what ever reason, being that it had been dyed in recent weeks maybe, I don't know but my hair would not keep the color.
If you would like to try out Madison Reed at home hair color for yourself you can do so HERE!
*I was given the above mentioned product for review purposes, however all opinions are 100% my own.*