First, I apologize to all the hair color professionals, because I bought this on eBay! I used 9Nb, Irish Creme-I have ashy, heavily highlighted hair, and I wanted to tone it down a bit for the winter. I applied an ounce (30mL) each of color and glaze activator to dry hair, covered with a cap, and heated with a dryer for 20 minutes. The color is beautiful, neutral, still highlighty, just...deeper and shiny. I've washed it four times since, and little has changed so fa. It's a great product.
As a stylist its hard to find a true to tone glaze. This stuff is fantastic, very vibrant,very alive, and it gives a great non brassy look to blondes. The only thing is they are very porous so as fast as the hair is gona take this in, its also gonna come out quickly too.
What a great product. I buy this stuff on Ebay and now the space between my salon visits are much longer as I can refresh my color and highlights myself. So many great colors to choose from and so easy to apply. You never have to live with brassy or faded highlights or color again!
this is my favorite color ever! Its true that it does not last too long but you have to touch up the roots every month anyway so that doesn't bother me. the color selection is gorgeous and varried- unlike many drugstore colors who have (ash, neutral, golden) Redken uses lots of different bases. For example, 90% of drugstore ash brown turned green on me b/c it was a blue base. My hair has tons of yellow, yellow +blue= green. but shades has different shades of ash, making it much easier to get the color you want IF you know your hair. I grew especially dependent on these when I went blonde because it kepts the brassy tones away without really damaging your hair.
here is the color chart
you can find this stuff on ebay or professional beauty supply stores. One last tip- try to use a sulfate free shampoo to keep the color longer. These do wash out fairly quickly, though processing time and heat can help.
Love this hair color! It's salon-grade stuff, with a gorgeous selection of shades. Shades EQ are demi-permanent, meaning they fade out over 4-8 weeks (less for the red tones, IMHO) and contain a very very minimal ammount of amonia-type activator. There is no chemically smell when you use this, and it produces gorgeous shine, does not seem to damage my hair (when applied properly and for correct length of time), even after repeated applications. The selection of shades has been developed to allow professional hair colorists to adjust, repair, and compensate for bad color jobs, drastic shade changes, and extremely damaged hair. There are lots of ashy tones (even some that are obviously green and lavender) that are meant to be used to cancel out brassiness and orange tones) and a fantastic selection of reds. I'm a PPP and I love the "merlot" and "orchid" shades. There is a gloss coat product (no color) that I have not yet tried, but I've seen it do great things for other people's hair. There are also "color shots" of highly concentrated vivid pigments (e.g. red, blue, violet) that can be added in small quantities to the regular shades to intensify the color. My stylist told me they blow Punky Color out of the water for intense unnatural hair colors. If you can buy them as a pro colorist, they are very affordable, but of course, salon application is much more expensive. Anyway, find a hair colorist who uses these and check them out. I'm never using drug store semi-permanents again.
I LOVE Shades EQ! It is THE BEST for the shine factor. However, it is semi-perm & begins 2 fade after a few washings. Still, the shade selection is fantastic & the quality of the product is outstanding!