Redken Color Fusion haircolor is usually found in hair studios. Redken comes in advanced coverage, natural fashion and natural balance. Advanced coverage includes warm and neutral browns, while natural fashion contains reddish shades and natural balance includes ashy shades. If you want that highly coveted salon look from the comforts of home, you'll probably have to order this haircolor online. After you find a site featuring Redken shades, choose the color you want. Then choose the undertone such as a warm golden/reddish tone, neutral beige hue or cool blond highlights. Be prepared for some ultra shine and vibrant color.
Wear old clothes and drape a towel across shoulders before dying hair. Read directions if available and remove hair color and developer from any packaging.
Do a strand test to determine how long to keep color in hair. Grab a 1/4 inch thick strand and apply 1 tsp. of color to hair. Wait up to 25 minutes and rinse out.
Apply Vaseline to the base of the forehead and around the hairline to prevent staining.
Clip hair into four sections, two in front and two in back.
Put on the gloves and add the Redken developer to the bowl. Mix the 2 oz. pro-oxide cream developer with the 2 oz. Redken color fusion shade of choice. Use a haircolor brush to mix the color together in the bowl.
Apply color with brush from roots to ends to each section of hair until saturated. Start with the back layers as those are darker and need more time to color. Work your way to the top and front layers last since highlights absorb color the fastest. Comb lightly through all the layers to ensure an even color—but don't massage scalp.
Allow color to stay in hair for the designated time period as indicated by the strand test.
Rinse hair to wash off of all the color. Once water runs clear, add conditioner, rinse again and towel dry.
Wait at least 24 hours to shampoo after coloring.
Use a deep conditioner once a week to keep hair healthy and strong.
Use a color-depositing shampoo and conditioner to maintain hair color.
But make sure you go only one to two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color; otherwise, it will be harder to maintain.
Never dye your eyebrows or lashes; doing so may cause blindness.
Don't leave the product in longer than the strand test suggests.
Karen Kleimann has a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She works as a photographer and managing editor at a North Jersey Media Group newspaper. Kleimann has also interned at CNN, "NC State" alumni magazine and Dowden Health Media, where her articles appeared online, in print and through broadcast.