Well- I started off a bleached platinum blonde- to light brunette. It was beautiful, until it started to fade and turn too gold/orange. I used L'Oreal natural match in light ash brown- which would last about one week and my hair would pull reds and golds. I used Wella Color Charm, mixed 2 med. blond colors w/a blue violet base and added in Adrell red gold corrector. This helped- but still not enough. (photos in profile of hair after the Wella). I came on here looking for advice and red many reviews. Redken was highly recommended. I purchased 7T and 7V, mixed with clear and developer- and viola! Much better toned down hair. There is still a bit of red in it, mostly seen in the sun etc. Much better color that I can live with! (After photos also in profile). Will repurchase- may add a drabber to correct some of the red. Overall- very happy with result. Hair feels good, and shiny.
I started getting my hair professionally colored with this last year. I still love the condition it leaves my hair in, but I am disappointed with how dark and 'muddy' my ends have gotten. The stylist even puts the color on my roots first, leaves it in and only touches up the ends. My hair has not been chemically altered in any other way, either. I am probably only about 15-20% silver, but it is also fading very quickly on the root area and even after color, all the silvers do not uptake the dye.
It was fun for a while, but now that my silvers are coming in fast & furious, I am going to somehow try to have as much of the color removed as possible and let it go natural.
Platinum Ice rules as a toner, if you're bleached blond like me. Just watch it carefully, or you'll end up with purple hair, as happened to me on one occasion.
Now I mix it with at least 50 percent clear -- which I had to buy it by the liter on eBay, unfortunately. On the plus side, it costs about 40 percent less per application this way.
Great color, and the developer is very gentle. My hair always looks shinier and in better condition after I use it. Given the punishment it takes (my natural color is black), that's saying a lot.
I have very fine, part wavy, part straight medium to dark brown hair with a little grey starting. I had it highlighted for years and then started 'coloring' it on my own with drugstore products. After year of that my hair was a strange shade of orange brown and so damaged I had to have a professional fix it. She recommended Redken shades and I fell in love with it. My hair felt glossy and healthier after the first application. The color was so rich and natural looking. Three years later I am still having shades every six weeks or so and I still love it!
I love the way it makes hair feel-with more volume, bounce, and gloss. It also fades slowly so that my greys look like highllights right before I go back in for a touch up. It is very gentle, with very little chemical smell to it. For touchups we do the color on the roots and clear on the ends so that I can still get the volume and gloss that I love all over. Over the years we've also found two different shades colors-one slightly lighter and more natural for summer, and one slightly darker with more red for the winter. I would never switch from this product.
This stuff is great for toners. I love that they have a wide selection and you can custom mix formulas. They really act as a conditioning treatment and leave your hair looking and feeling silky and shiny!!! My HG demi-permanent color!!!!!! Perfect for those with relaxers since the formula is so gentle it will not cause extra damage to the hair. Also good if you would like a temporary change! You can only go darker with this because it does not lift color... because it is demi-permanent!
The things I don't like about shades is that 1. They are extremely runny!!!!! I usually end up making a mess all over the floor and on the clients cape (even when I use the color thickener) 2. They are not true to color. They usually come out darker than expected so always mix a level or two lighter! 3. The smell isn't horrible but it stays in your hair for a few days. 4. Never go to bed with your head wet or this stuff WILL stain your pillow!!!!! I definitely recommend blow drying your hair immediately after shampooing & conditioning, to prevent any staining of clothes!
I've been using Shades EQ for over three years and I love everything about it! Huge shade range and glossy, predictable results...
I use this product in the Platinum to tone my bleached highlights. Sometimes, we will mix a bit of Silver to it. My hair pulls red, so I love these shades as they have a bit of violet/blue to them. As others have noted, when you use this as a demi it does not last more than a couple of weeks but it does add a nice glaze to the hair shaft. Have also used the Mojave, a darker ash blonde, with good results.
Ive used this product a couple of times in school and for some reason I didnt like it, I think it was the consistency. I really dont remember. But I just recently used this product on my sister in law on her highlights and it looked great! I actually plan on using this product again. I also love it because its deposit only so for example if its a light color it willl only dye the bleached areas or lighter areas, it wont lighten a dark area. Not messy at all! I also would like to add that redken has awesome colors! I love the KICKERs. I actually love any redken product!
Before I had so much grey hair I had this applied by my hairdresser religiously every month.... it actually makes your hair silky smooth and so super glossy I loved it.... now with so much gray... I have permanent haircolor applied now... I highly recommend this product it's fantastic and you won't regret it....
Oh wow! I have been a Revlon Colorsilk woman for years. But I made a coloring mistake by playing around with the Frost and Glow last night. I ended up with bright brassy yellow highlights. Definitely not my color!
Out of frustration, I decided it was time to visit a salon instead of trying to fix it myself. The stylist and I talked it over and I decided to give the Redken EQ a try. I'm so glad I did! He mixed Mojave and Chestnut for a semi permanent color. The end result? A beautiful chestnut copper mix. I love this more than my HG medium golden brown in Colorsilk. My hair is feeling soft, looks healthy, glossy, and I'm enjoying the multi tones it produced over the highlight disaster. :)
This may be HG part II
Unfortunately I had to come back and remove some lippies. The EQ color washed completely out after one shampoo! And I took care to use a non clarifying shampoo. It left me with bright brassy copper penny hair. I went back to the salon today to have this fixed. This time the stylist talked me into going with permanent color, a brown with gold tones. I thought, ok, how can brown mess this up? It was Redken Colorfusion. I ended up with hot copper penny roots and paid $70 for it. I'm extremely mad and will be going back to my Revlon colorsilk. Now I remember why I stopped going to salons a long time ago! grr.