How to Use Shades EQ

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How to Use Shades EQ
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Shades EQ is a line of demi-permanent hair colour manufactured by Redken. Shades EQ is a professional hair colour system, so using the product is a bit more challenging than using a drugstore dye kit. You will have to mix Shades EQ -- a colour gloss -- with Shades EQ Processing solution, a developer. You can use Redken's Shades EQ to cover grey hair, to enhance your natural hair colour or to cover brassy tones.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shades EQ
  • Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator
  • Hair clips
  • Towels
  • Warm water
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

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  1. 1

    Read instructions carefully before using any hair colour product.

  2. 2

    Put on plastic gloves to protect your hands.

  3. 3

    Mix Shades EQ with Shades EQ Processing Solution in a 1:1 ratio in your bowl.

  4. 4

    Place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothing.

  5. 5

    Separate your hair into four sections and use hair clips to secure your hair up off your neck.

  6. 6

    Apply the mixture to your hair at the roots, first. Next, apply the mixture to the mid-shaft and the ends of your hair.

  7. 7

    Leave the mixture in your hair for 20 minutes.

  8. 8

    Rinse the product from your hair with warm water.

  9. 9

    Apply a quality shampoo and conditioner to your hair to prevent breakage and strengthen your hair. The manufacturer suggests that you use Redken Color Extend shampoo and conditioner.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to use Shades EQ on dry hair.
  • If you have access to a heat lamp, you can process your hair under the heat lamp to intensify your hair colour. People with fine hair should not use a heat lamp.
  • You can use Shades EQ without the Shades EQ Processing Solution, if you do not want to lighten or lift your existing hair colour.
  • Do not leave the mixture on your hair for longer than directed.
  • Do not attempt to save unused mixture. Dispose of any leftover mixture by pouring it down your drain.

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