Questions to ask before coloring your hair
How do I choose the best hair color shade?
Much like you always want a haircut that flatters your face shape, you’ll want to choose a hair color that complements your eye color, eyebrow color, and skin tone. If you think a certain color may make you look washed out, a similar shade with a different undertone could be the answer. Your colorist can help you choose an at-home hair color shade that brings out your natural features and keeps you looking your best.
In the meantime, take the Madison Reed color quiz online. It will ask you questions about your skin tone and the subtle hints of color you’d like to see in your hair. Look into the future with our Virtual Try-On Tool, where you can upload your picture and see how the shade looks on you.
Does my hair type affect how well my color treatment will work?
Madison Reed Radiant Cream Color is great for all hair types, whether you have stick-straight hair or a head full of curls. However, if you have henna on your hair or other chemical processing such as relaxers or perms, speak with a licensed colorist before coloring.
Do you have any tips for at-home hair coloring?
We might be biased, but we’re pretty big supporters of at-home hair coloring. You don’t have to be a client at an expensive salon to get gorgeous balayage highlights or create the perfect ombré effect in your hair. When you talk to your hairstylist, ask about the general process you should use for your color. Then, ask if they have any more specific tips that apply to your unique hair type, current color, hair length, etc.
If it’s your first time coloring your hair at home, read this post for our best tips to make things easier, like sectioning out the different lengths of your hair and how to make sure the color is even on the back of your head.
Will I have to change my regular hair routine with this new color?
If you’ve previously had color-treated hair, you already know that changing your color calls for a change in your hair care routine, too. Particularly if you’re going from a dark shade to a lighter one (or vice versa), you’ll want to incorporate a few new products and habits into your everyday hair routine. Your hair stylist will probably recommend things like:
Switching to color-safe shampoo. Many shampoos contain sulfates, which can strip the color out of your hair faster than you can say, “Lather up, buttercup.” Choose a shampoo and conditioner that’s made specifically for color-treated hair, like our color protecting Shampoo and Conditioner Set. You may also consider incorporating a color depositing hair mask into your routine to maintain color from fading or minimizing brassiness. Use this in-shower treatment after every other shampoo in place of conditioner to maintain color.