My New Year’s Hair Resolutions + Madison Reed Color Gloss Review & Coupon #mrnewyou

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You guys, I have an issue with my hair. I didn’t get it cut for an entire year!!! Do you have this problem where you get so busy that you cannot even deal with the basics? When I was at home my cousin (who is an Aveda stylist) was like… Brandy. Your hair hasn’t been this long since middle school. I came back home with my hair freshly sheared and everyone is like it looks soooo fabulous!  So I need to find a local salon to get it cut a couple times in between. It’s so hard to trust someone with your hair when your blood knows exactly how to do it and how to get it perfect every time.

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My other hair resolution? Keep my color up to date! If you read my blog you know that I use Madison Reed for my hair color of choice because it sets a higher standard, and contains NO PPD, Resorcinol (source of “hair dye allergy”), Ammonia, or Gluten. The first time I used it (over one year ago) I realized that I was sensitive to conventional hair dyes. I thought coloring my hair had to sting and make my hair fall out. Who knew?! I have thin hair (although it is much more full than it was before I started using Madison Reed – the permanent hair color does open up the cuticle) and I just don’t have that much “extra” to lose to the hair dying process. Madison Reed does send me free color and new products to try from time to time (like the new Color Reviving Gloss) but this brand has my highest personal recommendation. I really mean that. Lots of my readers have tried it and left rave comments! FYI you can use coupon code REFRESH to save 20% on your first box of color through January 31!

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I totally recommend visiting Madison Reed to talk to a colorist using the chat button to find the best shade for you!! You can send them photos and tell them all the details about your hair – whether it is currently colored or not, what shade it is, and they’ll help you select just the right color. Because I just chopped mine all off and I’m thinking about a new permanent shade but it’s still winter (I keep my hair darker in winter), I went for the Color Reviving Gloss in Espresso!IMG_8375

Don’t worry – this stuff comes with gloves, but sometimes I do crazy things for a photo! It actually comes off your hands just fine but use the included gloves when you do your hair.  This semi-permanent gloss requires no mixing and has a nice gelly texture.IMG_8376

It went easily on my hair. I hung around for 35 minutes doing blog stuff. What, you don’t have light studio lights in your office? 🙂IMG_8379

This semi-permanent gloss really de-brassed my hair and extended the life of my current color. I love the shade and I got more compliments on my hair afterwards. You guys, I have this photo of me with this ugly mousy color and a perm from 6th grade. My hair woes have almost scarred me for life but I have had beautiful hair for the past year!  I couldn’t be more pleased with the results I get (and no stinging, rashes, or hair falling out) from Madison Reed products. The reviving color gloss is perfect for in-between times (so is the Madison Reed Root Touch Up!). Here’s when you should use Hair Gloss if you have currently colored hair.

  • Maintain color and improve results over time
  • Refresh faded lengths and ends
  • Deepen or darken color
  • Correct yellow and red tones that make hair look brassy
  • Add smoothness and shine
  • Deeply condition hair

Check check and check! You can use this on natural, colored, or highlighted hair and I’m attaching tons of information at the bottom of this post on why and when you should use it. I usually write 100% of my own posts but I thought this information was so handy and I’ve had questions before on semi-permanent hair color.  Use coupon code REFRESH to save 20% on your first box of Madison Reed color through January 31!

The Subscription: Madison Reed
The Description: Hair Color subscription! Long-lasting hair color packed with rich nutrients like keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract. Your hair will feel stronger, shinier and better than before you colored. Formula is free of ammonia, resorcinol, and parabens, taking the harsh out of hair color. And it smells nice too! Set your subscription to exactly how often you need it! Color-protecting shampoo + conditioner also available along with Root Touch Up & coloring accessories.
The Price: $29.95 per delivery

Why & When to Use Hair Gloss

 Madison Reed wants to help you discover this brand new beauty secret by making it easy to understand how you can use it. Here’s everything you need to know about the different ways you can use gloss, sorted by hair color and whether you already color or highlight your hair!

If You Color Your Hair

  • Maintain color and improve results over time
  • Refresh faded lengths and ends
  • Deepen or darken color
  • Correct yellow and red tones that make hair look brassy
  • Add smoothness and shine
  • Deeply condition hair

Why hair gloss is great for you:

Permanent color works by opening your hair shaft to remove natural hair pigments and insert new color pigments. This is great when you’ve just started to color. When you’ve already colored your hair, those strands have been through the permanent process and are already receptive to color, so you can use gloss to maintain it.

On porous hair (you can tell if your hair gets really dark when you first color and then fades very quickly), gloss can actually last longer than permanent color because the color absorbs into the hair and works as a stain. All without opening your hair further (which makes color fade faster), stopping the cycle of coloring more and more to combat fading.

Color Reviving Gloss also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment that makes your hair healthier and able to hold color longer. And it adds a high-gloss shine shows off all colors in their best light. Everything works together to make your hair look and feel better over time!

How to get the benefits:

1. Choose the right color. Hair gloss results depend on the underlying color. So read below for your best choices based on hair color or call the Color Crew, a team of certified colorists and professional stylists who listen carefully and tailor suggestions based on your preferences and hair.

2. Apply permanent color only to roots and hair that has not been colored.

3. Apply matching gloss to the lengths and ends that you’ve colored in the past.

4. Follow instructions to finish hair color process and style as normal.

5. Get ready for questions about your new beauty secret!

If You Highlight Your Hair

  • Refresh over-bleached or faded lengths and ends
  • Correct yellow tones that make highlights look brassy
  • Change or deepen highlights to blend more smoothly with hair color
  • Add smoothness and shine
  • Deeply condition hair

Highlighted hair behaves differently from the rest of your hair because it’s been treated differently. For some people, highlights may have been overly bleached, creating too-light streaks throughout the hair. Even highlights that start out flattering will fade over time and begin to look unnaturally light or unflatteringly yellow. That’s because natural yellow pigments remain in hair after lightening. Hair color adjusts the color by layering violet and ash tones on top to counteract the yellow. When the color fades from highlighted hair, the yellow begins to show again.

Similar to color-treated hair, strands are already receptive to color, so you can use gloss to correct and maintain the tone that you want. You can choose to either counteract the yellow tones without changing the color of your highlights or move towards a more even, overall color.

Color Reviving Gloss also doubles as a deep conditioning treatment which repairs damage caused by bleaching or more harsh methods of lightening hair. This makes your hair healthier and able to hold color longer, which stops the cycle of fading and coloring more and more often. The added high-gloss shine also gives your hair the natural illusion of highlights because it reflects light. Everything works together to make your hair look and feel better over time!

How to get the benefits:

1. Choose the right color. Hair gloss results depend on the underlying color. So read below for your best choices based on hair color or call the Color Crew, a team of certified colorists and professional stylists who listen carefully and tailor suggestions based on your preferences and hair.

2. Follow instructions to apply and style as normal.

3. Get ready for questions about your new beauty secret!

If You Keep Your Hair Natural

  • Try a new hair color with no permanent color or structural change to your hair
  • Counteract yellow tones in natural gray or white hair
  • Use clear gloss for all the benefits without a color change
  • Add smoothness and shine
  • Deeply condition hair

There are a number of reasons that people don’t color their hair. Some want to experiment with new looks but aren’t ready to make a big, long-term change. Gloss, also known as semi-permanent color, is great in those cases because you can layer smoky, red, or gold tones on top of your hair color for different effects that wash out within 8 shampoos.

For those who celebrate their gray or white hair, gloss can correct the tone of hair to be more flattering without changing the color. Prosecco will add a soft champagne blonde tone that complements warm skin tones, while cool violet Crema will neutralize yellow tones for a silvery color that complements cool skin tones.

Last but not least, all shades of Color Reviving Gloss double as a deep conditioning treatment and add incredible high-gloss shine. You can get all those benefits without changing hair color by using clear Glassa. All these options open up a whole new world for people who have never thought about coloring their hair before!

How to get the benefits:

1. Choose the right color. Hair gloss results depend on the underlying color. So read below for your best choices based on hair color or call the Color Crew, a team of certified colorists and professional stylists who listen carefully and tailor suggestions based on your preferences and hair.

2. Follow instructions to apply and style as normal.

3. Get ready for questions about your new beauty secret!

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