Redken Shades EQ is a versatile, demi-permanent hair color that can enhance your natural shade, correct tone mishaps, or simply blend away gray hair without lifting natural hair color. It can be used by itself or in combination with Shades EQ Gloss for a shiny effect. Whether you want to cover gray or correct brassy tones, Redken Shades EQ makes it easy.

Things You'll Need

Gray

Redken Shades EQ covers or blends grays. Use a neutral base shade to balance the dye in your formula for best results. The amount of gray you wish to cover determines the amount of neutral base shade you use. If you have 25 percent gray, use 1/2 ounce hair color; for 25 to 50 percent gray, use 1 ounce; for 50 to 75 percent gray, use 1 1/2 ounces; and for more than 75 percent gray, use 1 3/4 ounces.

The ratio of Redken Shades EQ to processing solution is 1:1. If you have 25 percent gray, use 1 ounce hair color to 1 ounce processing solution. Mix the correct amount of hair color and processing solution and apply immediately.

Work with dry hair. Part hair into four sections. Apply hair color to each section, one at a time.

For fine, delicate hair, let color process for 20 minutes at room temperature. Normal/resistant hair should be processed for 15 minutes, wearing a cap under a hair dryer. More resistant gray hair should be processed for 20 minutes, wearing a cap under a dryer.

Rinse color out from hair until water runs clear, then shampoo and condition with Color Extend.

Correct Color

To tone down brassy color, consider a green neutral shade, a neutral shade, or a titanium shade. To lowlight hair and add more depth, select the correct level and tone of Shades EQ Color Gloss and hair color. If you’re unsure what shade or gloss to use, visit a beauty-supply consultant and ask their advice, or ask to see the Redken Shades EQ chart. However, please note that when lowlighting, it’s important to formulate lighter than the natural level and include warmer tones in the shade you choose. Select the appropriate shade or gloss to balance your current results.

Mix 1 ounce hair color to 1 ounce processing solution and apply immediately to the hair. Part dry hair into four sections and apply color to each section, one at a time. Make sure hair is fully saturated. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse hair until water runs clear, then shampoo and condition with Redken Color Extend.

References and Resources

Redken: Color Science