Hair Color Made Simple: A DIY Check List

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Coloring your hair yourself can be intimidating — and we’re not pretending otherwise. Many of us leave it to the experts for that reason. It’s also why Madison Reed was started — to demystify at-home hair color, so it’s a cinch to do on your own. Madison Reed’s color kit ships with the essentials; plus a few extras to ensure your experience is convenient, relaxing and even a little bit glam. To use a cooking analogy (they’re big food enthusiasts), it’s like having the vegetables peeled and spices measured before you cook. The prep work is already done for you, so there’s no fumbling. No mess. No learning curve.  Hair color made simple !

Hair Color Made Simple: A DIY Check List

Hair Color Made Simple- A DIY Check List

Get It Your DIY Hair Color Application Supplies Together

This handy checklist — most of it’s already in the Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit — takes the hard out of hair color for the easiest salon-quality results you can get at home.

Barrier Cream (Included)

Some people use vaseline, but Madison Reed includes their own color protection formula. Apply this along the hairline to keep dye off your skin. Don’t forget easy-to-miss spots like the back of your neck and top of your ears.

Activator Bottle (Included)

Easy to squeeze? Precise nozzle? Check and check! In soft plastic with a tip applicator, and a screw top, this tool makes anyone a pro.

Hair Color (Included)

t’s ammonia-free, and not only safe, but also scent free. No one will know your gorgeous color came from a bottle.

Two Pairs of Gloves (Included)

Form-fitting, high enough to cover your wrists, and in dye-camoflaging black, our gloves are awesome. You get not one, but two pairs; one set to protect hands while applying color, plus an additional set for rinsing in the shower — so no dirty gloves will ever have to touch and stain your counter.

Cap (Included)

Not your finest fashion moment, but if you’re concerned about guarding against stains while hair is processing, this is perfect.

Cleansing Wipe (Included)

Residue on your ears is a tell-tale sign you’ve been coloring hair. Use these after to get ride of the evidence. Don’t forget the back of your ears!

Shampoo & Conditioner (Included)

For your final step, wash and nourish hair with Madison Reed’s ultra-mild formulas free of sulfates and parabens.


Since Madison Reed’s formula is cream based and has the consistency of a deep conditioner, we don’t anticipate much dripping. For beginners, it’s still a nice security measure against mess until you get used to the process.

Madison Reed Coloring Accessory Kit

Hair Coloring Accessories

Four Clips (in Madison Reed Coloring Accessory Kit)

Helpful for securing hair into four sections; you can also use rubber bands or hair ties.

Wide-tooth Comb (in Madison Reed Coloring Accessory Kit)

Using a comb or fingers, take color through before putting on a cap.

Button Down Shirt (or smock from Madison Reed Coloring Accessory Kit)

Short of coloring, ahem, in the buff, this is the next best thing to keep your other clothes dye-free. For super fans, they now have zip-up Madison Reed Salon Smock.

Glass of Wine (Optional)

Why not make the wait a happy (half) hour?

Wine Tote

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Good Read

This is your ‘me-time’ — dive in!

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

For hair color made simple, visit Madison Reed to find your perfect hair color now! 

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