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Real Hair Stories: Courtney

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Madison Reed Review Series

Many of Madison Reed’s models are real women who use our products. Courtney, a test model for our Radiant Color in Siena Brown, shares her story about switching from salons to coloring hair at home.

What was your experience with hair color before Madison Reed?

About 10 years ago, I started going to a salon, and used to go every 6-8 weeks. Like a lot of people, I’m a creature of habit. Once I get something I like, I tend to stick to it. 

One of my girlfriends had a hair color I really liked, but my experience at salons has been mixed. You bring in the pictures and talk to them, but they would get it right about once every 5 times. 

That was about $150 to get it colored with some partial highlights. That’s walking out with wet hair, no blow dry or styling. And when it was wrong, I would either have to call and say “You know, I didn’t want those red tones in my hair” or go back. 

So how has your hair color routine changed?

Madison Reed is 100% consistent. I know what it’ll look like when I do it. And it’s $25 versus $150. That adds up to $1200 a year at the salon. I’m a huge fan!

It’s not just the money, it’s also the time you spend. 

I color my hair about once every 6 weeks. Sometimes it goes to 7 or 8 weeks because I have children or get too tired and need to sleep! At the salon, I could easily sit in the chair for 4 hours. That’s a big investment of my time. 

Now I can color my hair at home watching Homeland and The Americans. That’s my quiet time, when my teens are off studying. 

The thing that I don’t think sometimes translates is that Madison Reed isn’t just another hair kit from CVS or the drugstore. My friends say I got my hair done at salon. It’s salon quality color that you have access to at home.

Your friends really don’t believe you do this yourself?

There’s an annual party that our friends have and about 200 people who show up. Last summer, I was sitting talking to women of all ages, from teens to the 70s. 

I don’t know how we got on hair color, but I told them this was at-home and they wouldn’t believe it. They’d keep asking, “Surely someone put in the highlights?” 

Then I’d explain, “No, that’s the great thing about Madison Reed. Multi-tonal means highlights.” And that’s when they started getting it. “Oh! That’s what that means!”

You’re teaching them, that’s great! Does your hair feel any different with our color?

For sure. I was diagnosed with a thyroid issue 2-3 years ago, and my hair can be super dry. I could go 7 or 8 days without washing it, and nobody would notice. Walking out of the salon, it’d look flat and was always dry. 

When I color with Madison Reed, it’s really silky and soft. It’s humid here in Dallas, and my hair is as smooth as it can be.

I use the Madison Reed shampoo and conditioner, and they’re both really very rich which is perfect for my hair type. Plus my kids love to smell my hair!

What does beautiful hair mean to you?

I would say that prior to using Madison Reed, my hair was looking its age. I’m in my 50s, and my hair looked like it. Now my hair is pretty glossy and nice and rich-looking. My hair looks younger than I do!

And I think hair color is so important. If your hair color is right, then you feel happy. It’s not a cure all, but if your hair looks good, then you pretty much are set. 

You’ve made me a lot happier this year. I think you guys are doing a fantastic job!

Thanks Courtney, this is why we do what we do!

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