MADISON REED: Is It Worth It?
Boxed dyes and home highlights scream the 90’s and while they are coming back in full force within the fashion world, I think the home hair color needs to stay in the past where it belongs. If you’ve been following along for the past few months, you know that I had the amazing opportunity last March to work with Douglas J Aveda Institute. The results were amazing and I was so happy to share with you a budget friendly way to get some bad-ass hair. When they approached me and asked if I would be up for checking out their Professional Salon, I of course said (aka: yelled) DUH, YES!
But, I’m getting ahead of myself here… lets rewind back to May of this year. I decided I wanted to go back to my original brunette color so I could give my hair a much needed break from highlighting. As a Podcast addict, I had been hearing non-stop advertisements about Madison Reed “the at-home *salon quality* hair dye” company and I figured I would try it out. I thought it would be a great opportunity for a future blog post, where I could share a budget friendly option for getting the hair you have always wanted without the huge price point. Unfortunately, I had the opposite experience.
Knowing that I was going to write a full review of their product (not sponsored I might add), I did my homework. I searched reviews, took their questionnaires online, and even decided to reach out to them directly to make sure that I was getting the right color and product. At the time, I had ombre type highlights, and I was concerned that the end product may not look even because of the two drastic hair colors I was rocking. The stylist I was paired with assured me that it was no problem, gave me directions on how to color my h air, and encouraged me to move forward with ordering. The product arrived, and I immediately began the process. I realized immediately I was in trouble, when half of my hair wasn’t even dyed yet and I had only 1/4 of a bottle left. Long story short…. I ended up with a half-dyed head of hair that was mostly a weird green color. I ran to Sally’s Beauty, begged them to help me, and got my hair situated to a nice “tobacco brown” color. I let my hair rest for the next 4-5 months and then Douglas J Salon came to the rescue and made me feel like ME again.
Douglas J Salon is a high-end Aveda Salon with Hair Designers (AKA: Stylists) at many different price points. While it may cost more than the average hair salon, you can schedule your appointment knowing in full confidence that they will be giving you their full attention. Stylists team up together for colors and cuts, and they never compete for clients. They don’t receive any commission for peddling products, so you know the ones they recommend are truly a good fit for you. Another difference is that there is no tipping at Douglas J Salons. Just like at the Institutes, the focus is on you and your experience, and the quoted cost of your haircut/color is the final price. The Stylists and Colorists are some of the best, and they will walk you through each step of the process. They are open and honest about what your hair needs and what type of color/cut will work with your current hair.
I said it once, and I’ll say it again…. Go in with realistic expectations. I knew my hair had been significantly damaged from all of the dying I had to go through. Listen to your stylist/colorist, they are licensed and trained professionals who live and breath HAIR! Listen to them. If they recommend cutting an inch off, then you should probably do it. Don’t come into the salon wanting silver/grey hair and expect it to work out well for you in one sitting. Know the type of upkeep you’re willing to do with your hair and be open with your stylist about it. I flat out told them, “I don’t want to have to come in every 4 weeks for touch ups. I am lazy and want something easy to style.” In that same tone, know what you’re willing to do and pick a style/color that will work with your lifestyle. As you can all see, I got bangs! (Fringe if you’re cool). It’s important to ask questions when choosing your hairstyle. “Will I be able to get just my bangs trimmed?” “How far in advance do I need to book this appointment?” “What is the cost associated with a bang trim?” The more open you are with stylists/colorists the happier you will be with the outcome!
Lastly… be weary of products peddled through social media and do your research. After looking back at some of the Facebook reviews of Madison Reed I saw that many people complained about how their hair turned out. Their company policy is to tell you they gave you the correct product recommendations and to offer new products free of charge. There is a reason you should be paying more to get your hair cut and colored, and in the long run it is so worth it. Learn from my error, and when in doubt see a professional.
Photography: Eleven Creative