Instructions on how to apply Redken Shades EQ

Updated April 17, 2017

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


Redken Shades EQ will cover or blend grey. Use a neutral base shade to balance the dye in your formula for best results. The amount of grey you wish to cover will determine the amount of neutral base shade you use. If you have 25% grey, use ½ oz. of hair colour; for 25%-50%, use 28.4gr. For 50%-75% grey, use 1 ½ oz. of hair colour and for more than 75% grey, use 1 ¾ oz. The processing solution ratio for Redken Shades EQ is 1:1. If you have 25% grey, you would use 29.6ml. hair colour to 29.6ml. processing solution. Mix the correct amount of hair colour with the proper amount of processing solution and apply immediately. Part hair into 4 sections and take ¼ section and apply to dry hair. For fine, delicate hair, process hair in room temperature for 20 minutes. Normal-resistant hair should be processed 15 minutes, using a cap under a dryer. More resistant grey hair should be processed for 20 minutes under a dryer. Rinse the mixture, shampoo and condition with Color Extend.

Correct Colour

To tone down brassy colour, you should consider choosing a green neutral shade, a neutral shade or a titanium shade for the best results. To lowlight hair and add more depth, select the correct level and tone of Shades EQ Color Gloss and hair colour. If you're unsure what shade or gloss to use, you should visit your nearest beauty-supply consultant and ask his 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 your choose. Select the appropriate shade or gloss to balance your current results. Mix 28.4gr. of hair colour to 29.6ml. of processing solution and apply immediately to the hair. Part hair into 4 sections and apply to ¼ section of the hair at a time. Make sure hair is fully saturated. Process the hair at room temperature for 20 minutes. Then thoroughly rinse hair, shampoo and condition with Redken Color Extend.

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