redken shades eq

Does anyone have any experience with Redken Shades EQ, either done in a salon or if you bought the color yourself online and did it yourself at home? My hair is already dull and splits easily, so I don't want something that will dry it out. I know the Shades is some kind of sealer/gloss, I'm wondering if it would help shine up damaged hair?

I've tried Natural Instincts which is a semi-permanent color and it left my hair a bit dry, and my color is a natural dark blonde so left an orange hue to it. Since Shades EQ has more shades to match my color hopefully the orangery color isn't an issue. I'm hoping since it's a professional product it's more gentle than the drug store stuff and does shine up hair!
Hi! I'm a stylist, and at our salon we use Shades EQ all the time. It's a semi/demipermanent color. It just deposits color and has no lift. And yes, the clear added in will help with shine as well. It's pretty gentle, but anything chemical you use on your hair will cause SOME damage. That's just the nature of the beast. But I think you'll find you get less damaged/dried out with shades than Natural instincts. HTH!

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i used it but i would suggest going red with it (red fades so fast!)
other than that though my hair didn't freak out like it normally does after a dye job. (actually the pic in my siggy is the red redken shades a few days after i had it done)
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This sounds similar to Alter Ego.
I went onto the Redken's site:
http://www.doyoushadeseq.com/salon_proven_formulas/

but I was not able to see any pictures of the actual mixes. Is this something you can do at home? Is it really gentle and friendly (sort of speak) to dry hair?

I have used Alter Ego in the past but my hair has been really dry lately and I dont want to use a strong chemical dye.
Does anyone have any experience with Redken Shades EQ, either done in a salon or if you bought the color yourself online and did it yourself at home? My hair is already dull and splits easily, so I don't want something that will dry it out. I know the Shades is some kind of sealer/gloss, I'm wondering if it would help shine up damaged hair?

I've tried Natural Instincts which is a semi-permanent color and it left my hair a bit dry, and my color is a natural dark blonde so left an orange hue to it. Since Shades EQ has more shades to match my color hopefully the orangery color isn't an issue. I'm hoping since it's a professional product it's more gentle than the drug store stuff and does shine up hair!
Originally Posted by miggy0801
My former stylist used this color on my and I loved it. My hair always felt so good with this color. Much better than store bought color. I use Natural Instincts now and it's not nearly as nice. I can't afford to have my roots done in the salon every four to six weeks though. I thought you could only get this through a salon. Where can you buy it yourself online? I'd love to use this at home!
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errr...hope the stylist doesn't mind me telling you, but people sell the stuff on Ebay and if you do a google search some online beauty supply store sell it, extendedlengths.com is the first one to come up and I seen others awhile go but can't find them now. I haven't ordered the product from anyone online or tried it in a salon yet, so I can not promise they are authentic!

My former stylist used this color on my and I loved it. My hair always felt so good with this color. Much better than store bought color. I use Natural Instincts now and it's not nearly as nice. I can't afford to have my roots done in the salon every four to six weeks though. I thought you could only get this through a salon. Where can you buy it yourself online? I'd love to use this at home!
Originally Posted by eche428
Okay, I too am eager to purchase Redken Shades for at-home use (in this economy, $50 every 2 months, not to mention cut & blow-out, just isn't in my budget anymore ). How hard is it to do this? I have dark brown hair and simply want to cover the grays. I chose mahogany and will lighten it up with the crystal clear (I don't want any violet or red in it). Extended lengths (anyone know if they sell authentic products?) sells both along with the processing solution. Am I being an idiot even considering doing this on my own? It's really even more for the roots--the grays just pop up too quickly (even sooner than the 2 months) and I'm tired of plucking. I feel like it wouldn't be that hard, but what the heck do I know. Any feedback would be appreciated!
Coloring your hair at home with professional hair color isn’t nearly as hard as you think. There are a few things to take into consideration, but on whole, if you can bake cake mix, you can do this too! Most of what you need to know applies to hair color period – kit or professional.

Using professional hair color at home means several things. It means you can custom blend a color to complement your own skin tone. It means that you can pick additives and products that are the least damaging to your hair.

General Hair Color Guidelines –
1. Understand that there are 3 basic types of hair color – permanent, semi-permanent, and demi-permanent. If you are covering grey, you want permanent. Semi and demi are made to wash out/fade over time. Demi will fade the fastest, followed by Semi. That means you’ll have to keep doing your whole head to keep your grey covered. So just get full on permanent and be done!
2. 2 days before you color, do a deep treatment on your hair. You want your hair in the best possible shape before coloring it.
3. Do NOT get your hair wet for 24 hours before you plan to color it. This will help the color bond to your hair properly and prevent fading.
4. Do NOT get your hair wet for 72 hours after your color it. This will also help the color bond properly and prevent fading.
5. Shampoos fade hair color. If it lathers, it probably strips hair color. The only difference is the matter of degree. Low-poo and bars are better than sulfate containing shampoos. Either of those options may be perfectly acceptable to you.
6. DO NOT USE METAL BOWLS, MEASURING SPOONS, UTENSILS, COMBS, BRUSHES WITH HAIR COLOR. Most hair color will react with the metal and you may well end up with Crayola black hair – UGH!
7. Sun, salt and chlorine fade hair color. If you must go swimming, be sure to saturate your hair with tap water and conditioner before you go in. Try to wear a hat or keep your hair covered outside. Besides, it’s good for your skin too!
8. ONLY the first application of a new color should be to your whole head. All subsequent colorings should be roots only. Just work the color into the rest of your hair for the last 3 to 5 minutes of the coloring process if you feel that you need to so that you can cover any fading.

Professional Hair Color Guidelines

1. Buy yourself some gloves. You can get them at the beauty supply but it’s usually cheaper to go to Harbor Freight, Home Depot, etc. and purchase the Nitrile gloves. Besides, no one likes dyed fingernails or hands.
2. If you don’t have one, get a plastic squeezy bottle like the ones that come in the kits or get yourself a bowl and brush to apply your hair color. This will help you apply the color. You can rinse them out and reuse them almost indefinitely.
3. Use the developer that is made for your hair color. It’s not that much more and most manufactures formulate the developer to work with the additives in their hair color.
4. When you pick a developer, go with the lowest volume developer offered with your hair color that will color your hair. That’s typically a “10 volume”. It will have the least peroxide in it and be the least damaging. Developer isn’t that expensive – usually about $6 for a 16 oz bottle. You’ll only use a few tablespoons at a time, but this is the part where you can really start to control how much harm you do to hair during coloring. When you do this for the very first time, it’s well worth it to spend an extra $6 or $12 on some developer you may not use so that you can minimize the damage to your hair for rest of your life. Most home kits use a either a 20 or 30 volume developer.
5. Sally’s sells additives for hair color. I’m going to mention a few here. If there’s not a Sally’s in your area, you can order it on line. Most of these are under a $1.00. If not, most any other beauty supply will have something similar.
6. Look for an additive called “Care & Comfort”. It’s a pH buffer that will protect your hair and scalp from some of the harshness of the developer. It goes into the hair color. I personally double up on this one.
7. If you have resistant grey, there are couple of different additives depending on the color that you’re using. One is for dark/red shades and another is for ashy (green based or cool) shades. Pick the appropriate one for your color.
8. 777 is a conditioner additive that helps repair the coloring damage while you’re coloring.
9. Ion makes a protein treatment that goes into the color that also helps to repair the hair during the coloring process.
10. If you are custom mixing a color, be sure to measure precisely so that you can recreate it later.
11. Mix the developer and the color in ratio listed in the directions. Some will be 1:1. Others will not. This is another reason that it’s important to measure accurately!
12. Mix a bit of your color formula with the right amount of developer and DO THE STRAND TEST. This will tell you if 10 volume developer will work for you or not. Some hair, particularly grey hair, is very resistant to color and 10 volume may not work for everyone. You may need a 20 or even a 30 to get the results you want. You won’t know until you test it.
13. Once you get your timing, your color mix, and your developer down, then you can color your hair.
14. Follow the timing from your strand test.
15. Rinse you hair really well.
16. Buy the after color conditioner. Sally’s sells the Feria but there are other brands available for use immediately after coloring. This helps to neutralize any developer that’s left in your hair, remove any excess pigment, and seal in your new hair color.
TIA,

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Wow, thank you for all that info! The reason I had chosen Shades (demiperm) is that I don't have too many grays--a very small fraction, but since my hair is so dark and they are showing up more frequently along the part line, I decided to color (never having done so my whole life until I turned 40 last year), but didn't want to get into the heavier chemicals associated with permanent color. Does that make sense? Or should I still go with permanent, despite this?
I use shades EQ at home all the time. I do friends hair and my own with fabulous results. I mix the colors and create beautiful shades. I have no experience, I taught myself and it is almost impossible to mess up with this color line as long as you know what level you are. Brunettes are so easy to do. There is a color chart on redkens site and you can figure out what to mix or buy the formula book on ebay. The formula is simple: equal parts, IE mix 2 oz redken developer to 2 oz color. I buy from cyber salon on ebay and she is very reputable.
I go to the Ulta Salon and have the service done on my hair, but I do go with the red...I believe someone mentioned that earlier, and it comes out really pretty. I had the blood prior, but I looked washed out, so I went with the red...the Shades EQ works really well with my hair.
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Okay, I too am eager to purchase Redken Shades for at-home use (in this economy, $50 every 2 months, not to mention cut & blow-out, just isn't in my budget anymore ). How hard is it to do this? I have dark brown hair and simply want to cover the grays. I chose mahogany and will lighten it up with the crystal clear (I don't want any violet or red in it). Extended lengths (anyone know if they sell authentic products?) sells both along with the processing solution. Am I being an idiot even considering doing this on my own? It's really even more for the roots--the grays just pop up too quickly (even sooner than the 2 months) and I'm tired of plucking. I feel like it wouldn't be that hard, but what the heck do I know. Any feedback would be appreciated!
Originally Posted by DrLiz
Erm, two months is very optimistic. I used to have it done when I was first going gray, and it never lasted longer than two weeks. I was using a mid-brown shade to try to blend grays into my natural medium deep chestnut brown.

No, if you decide to do it, I don't think you're at all an idiot to do it on your own if you can find the real thing - it's very expensive for what it is IMO, even if it lasted longer on me. There wasn't anything difficult about applying it. Plain old Loving Care lasted a little longer on me, and I didn't think the Shades results were appreciably better.

Mahogany is a reddish wood, so I'd think a mahogany shade would have some red . . . .
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Honestly, if you're going to color, get yourself to the beauty supply and work out the forumla you need to color your hair with the least damaging developer. Developer is about $6 a bottle for quart. You won't use more than a few tablespoons at a time. You just don't know how much damage you'll save by doing it this way.

Home Kit = 30 minutes with a 30 volume solution...

Why... because it will work on 99.9% of the population no matter what!

My way - you might be able to get out for 10 minutes with a 10 volume solution. That's about 90% less damaging to your hair.
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Does anyone have advice for how long to leave this in the hair?
I just purchased Redken Shades Eq on eBay but the seller didnt leave any instructions. I've done a ton of Google search but didnt come up with anything. Does anyone know where I can find instructions for application?

I notices the color and developer is very liquidity and I'm used to cream and gel formulas that's easy to mix in a bottle or bowl and apply...
I've used this on my own hair. Gives you great shine and nice, sheer color. In my pic, I'm wearing 03V Orchid with the Violet Kicker added (bigger picture here).

Info from redkensalon.com:
  • Shades EQ is mixed in a 1:1 ratio of Color Gloss to Shades EQ Processing Solution. <--You must get this developer. It will not work with others!
  • Example: Mix 2 oz. (60 ml) 06AA Bonfire Shades EQ+ 2 oz. (60 ml) Shades EQ Processing Solution.
  • Always mix in equal parts and use immediately.
  • Standard processing time is 20 minutes at room temperature and is recommended for best penetration and durability.
  • For more vibrant results, process 15 minutes with plastic cap under a pre-heated warm dryer. Remove cap and cool for 5 minutes.
  • To achieve lighter color deposits, use diluted formulas, not reduced processing time.
My own tips:
  • To boost an undertone, first mix .5 oz color kicker with 1.5 oz dye, then add 2 oz developer.
  • It mixes to a liquidy gel, so I recommend using an empty coloring bottle to apply it (available at beauty supply stores)
  • I have waist-length hair of medium thickness, and I only needed one 2 oz bottle of the color. If your hair is longer and/or thicker, use 1.5 bottles (3 oz) or more.
  • PM me with your email address if you want me to send you a PDF of the color chart.
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Do not buy from Extended Lengths. I've ordered from them twice. They sent my first order really quickly. Pleased, I ordered from them a second time in late August. I never received my order. The third time I contacted the proprieter, she promised me a refund. That was a month ago. No refund.


I'm not the only one this has happened to. Here is their Better Business Bureau profile. An excerpt:
BBB Rating for ExtendedLengths.com
Based on BBB files, ExtendedLengths.com has a BBB Rating of F on a scale from A+ to F.
Reasons for this rating include:
  • 16 complaints filed against business
  • Failure to respond to 10 complaints filed against business.
  • One complaint filed against business that was not resolved.
I get my Shades EQ on ebay now.
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I was reading all your posts and everyone is very helpful. Can someone email me the color chart for the Redken Shades EQ? I would really appreciate it.
Gail
I've used this on my own hair. Gives you great shine and nice, sheer color. In my pic, I'm wearing 03V Orchid with the Violet Kicker added (bigger picture here).

Info from redkensalon.com:
  • Shades EQ is mixed in a 1:1 ratio of Color Gloss to Shades EQ Processing Solution. <--You must get this developer. It will not work with others!
  • Example: Mix 2 oz. (60 ml) 06AA Bonfire Shades EQ+ 2 oz. (60 ml) Shades EQ Processing Solution.
  • Always mix in equal parts and use immediately.
  • Standard processing time is 20 minutes at room temperature and is recommended for best penetration and durability.
  • For more vibrant results, process 15 minutes with plastic cap under a pre-heated warm dryer. Remove cap and cool for 5 minutes.
  • To achieve lighter color deposits, use diluted formulas, not reduced processing time.
My own tips:
  • To boost an undertone, first mix .5 oz color kicker with 1.5 oz dye, then add 2 oz developer.
  • It mixes to a liquidy gel, so I recommend using an empty coloring bottle to apply it (available at beauty supply stores)
  • I have waist-length hair of medium thickness, and I only needed one 2 oz bottle of the color. If your hair is longer and/or thicker, use 1.5 bottles (3 oz) or more.
  • PM me with your email address if you want me to send you a PDF of the color chart.
--Alyssa
Originally Posted by nchambly
I do have a question for you. I have my hair dyed a base of Pravana's Violet Mahogany Brown.. and then have some Manic Panic Purple Haze in my bangs and around my face. I want to give my base some kick but I just dyed it. Can I use the Redken Shades EQ Equalizing Conditioning Color Gloss in Violet Kicker on it now and give it a more violet boost of color??

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