Redken Color Gels are permanent hair colors that come in more than 50 shades of color in 10 tonal families. You can use Redken Color Gels to lighten or darken your hair color. The gels can be used to create highlights or color effects, and they provide thorough gray coverage. The gels are also thicker than traditional liquid hair colors, which prevents dripping and allows for easier cleanup. Redken is a professional product, meaning it is designed to be used by licensed professional hair stylists, but you can also choose to use it yourself.
Determine the color and developer you will need. Use a 10 volume developer for up to one shade of minimal lift, a 20 volume developer for up to two shades of standard lift/gray coverage, a 30 volume developer for up to three shades of additional lift and a 40 volume developer for three or more shades of maximum lift/blonding gels.
Slip on a pair of protective rubber gloves.
Mix a one-to-one ratio of Redken Color Gel and Redken Color Developer into an applicator bottle. For example, mix 2 oz. of gel with 2 oz. of developer.
Shake the applicator bottle gently for 30 seconds to mix thoroughly. Use immediately after mixing.
Apply the mixtures thoroughly to the hair from roots to tips for new color. For a new growth touch up, only apply the mixtures to new growth.
Leave the color on the hair for the designated amount of time. Leave 10 volume developer and color on for 20 minutes, 20 volume developer and color on for 30 minutes, 30 volume developer and color on for 40 minutes and 40 volume developer and color on for 45 minutes.
Rinse until the water runs clear and apply a heavy conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for an additional three to five minutes and rinse. Style as usual.
For best results, do not wash hair for 24 to 48 hours after dying.
Test a small amount of Redken Color Gel on bare skin before applying. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any adverse reaction. Redken recommends their products only be used in salons by professionals. Use only as directed and do not exceed the time established for developing.
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