Redken Shades EQ

Redken Shades EQ


44 reviews

90% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$


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on 7/10/2017 9:04:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Someone said Shades EQ could be found at Sally's, but I'm not sure I agree..? .Anyway, my former hairdresser used it to make me a REDHEAD years ago (when I wanted to be,) and just recently I needed to tone down under lightened brassy strands from a foil, and my new hairdresser used Shades EQ in 9v for a lovely neutral ash result. I think this is a great product and ordered some to use on my extensions (and myself) to achieve a believable nice balanced color with great results on hair condition. I realize it doesn't last "forever, " and I shampoo 4 times a week, but I am OK with using it more often. I'm thinking it may 'fill" over processed hair in time to make it last longer...

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Thanks to the MUA Hair board for their rave reviews of this. I've used it 3 times now and love the results. It's super-easy, gentle, way affordable, non-messy and just looks great. I have naturally medium golden blond hair that's about 30% grey; I want to soften this but not remove all the grey as this would look unnatural on my 60 year old self. After reading lots of reviews I decided to buy 09NB Irish Cream and 09T Chrome, mixed 50/50 with an equal part of the processing solution. (So my final mixture was 25% 09NB, 25% 09T, and 50% processing solution.) I left it on maybe half an hour and now my hair is so nice and glossy, totally soft and bouncy without any sticky residue or heavy conditioner even though I only used the smallest bit of shampoo to wash it out. My hair is fine and conditioners almost always weigh it down, making it look flat and thin, or attract dirt meaning I'll have to shampoo again soon, so I'm happy it rinsed out so cleanly. I may buy a level 08 next time as I'm not wanting to be super-blond, but this is amazingly natural and I doubt anyone can tell that I've just colored my hair. Thanks so much Hair Board, especially Mia and Dottie!!!! A big win.

10 of 10 people found this helpful.

on 12/27/2015 12:49:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Ive used shades eq gloss theee times and dont quite get the hype.. Maybe I am using it wrong but I see very little shine or color change. i have used 7N, 8N and 9V to tone and my hair looks like a muddy brown color , I thought it would brighten my highlights and tone the brassiness ... Nada...

2 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 1/5/2016 9:27:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Unfortunately every time I use my scalp get burned by shade EQ gloss.
Also it's fade so quick. Also its not my gray well blend.

Hwever shade eq is wonderful products if you want to toned.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

on 8/10/2015 12:42:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I just used Shades EQ for the first time and I'm absolutely loving it!! I needed to neutralize the overly golden tones in my blond hair so I used a formula suggested by an MUA'er on Hair Board. I had balayage done a couple of months ago and my stylist used bleach (with Olaplex thank heavens!) and two additional shades to create a multidimensional effect. However, prior to this I was coloring my hair regularly using a 40 volume peroxide and had used a color remover because I tried a new brand of hair color which came out too dark. Suffice it to say that my hair is very porous. Consequently, the beautifully neutral hair I walked out of the salon with changed within a month to an overly warm, ugly golden hue. I initially went back to my stylist so he could apply a toner, which he did, and it completely changed my hair into an ashy, dark shade that didn't even look blond anymore. So after that mess faded (it took a full month) my hair was back to the overly gold shade. I tried using purple shampoos, but their effects are only temporary and didn't last through a regular shampoo (I didn't want to use purple shampoo for EVERY shampoo because it's drying). So I was back at square one. But someone on Hair Board took pity on me and suggested I use the following formula in Shades EQ: 9V + 9NB. 9V is a violet based shade and 9NB is a neutral/brown based shade. So I ordered them from ebay along with the processing solution. I mixed 1 ounce of each shade with 2 ounces of solution and applied this mixture to clean damp hair. I checked the results in the mirror every 2 minutes, until I saw that the strongest gold pieces were neutralized. This took a total of about 8 or 9 minutes. I then rinsed and conditioned. The result was a beautiful warm neutral shade that is very close to the one I left the salon with. I am, of course, very happy with the result. It's always nerve wracking to try a new hair color product, but thanks to some awesome help from HB, my hair couldn't have come out better! It's super soft and super shiny and the color will last many weeks because I use a sulfate free shampoo and try not to wash my hair too often. All in all, I'm super pleased with Shades EQ and will definitely make it my regular toner. It's more expensive than the toners at Sally's, but I believe it works much better. My hair looks like I just stepped out of a salon. My stylist will FREAK! LOL!! I highly recommend this product.

23 of 25 people found this helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I've been using Shades EQ for about 25 years. Its so versatile and gentle. You have to know how to use it and you have to understand color theory. I have some on my head right now to tone my blondness.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Black

This is hands down the best demi perm color I've found at Sally's. The blue and violet kickers actually DO SOMETHING. I really recommend them for those looking for a lovely blue or violet tint to black hair. I used one of the darker browns (I believe it was Espresso, though I'm not sure) and it was the wrong tone for my skin color and came out too dark, but the formula was fantastic! My hair was super shiny and not damaged. The color was beautiful (just not on me). I never went back to Shades EQ because it's a deposit only color (my hair is naturally black and requires a lot of lift to get to the light/med brown I enjoy) so I went back to permanent colors. I think I'll buy this online to refresh my color since I moved to a country where there's no Sally's. The price is great, it doesn't smell too bad or make your eyes water and the colors are beautiful. One lippie off because it just doesn't last.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 10/11/2013 7:28:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I actually bought this on accident, thinking it was just a regular hair color... so glad I made that mistake!!
After years of having highlights I just recently decided to go back to the dark side. well as most of you know, highlights dont hold color as well as virgin hair, so these parts faded pretty fast. I picked this up in a hurry to re-dye my hair before going to a hair show... im so impressed! it really brought the life back into my color and my hair is SO shiny. I never thought that my damaged hair could look this pretty and glossy! I will definitely continue to buy this to use in between colors.
I used the 3N Espresso btw. beautiful color

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Redken's Shades EQ line is fantastic. After watching my last stylist use it on my hair for a couple years, I decided to give it a shot myself when I stopped working in the neighborhood near her salon. It's very, very easy to use and leaves my hair shiny and healthy looking. As a demi, it does wash out with shampooings, but I shampoo only 1-2x a week these days anyway.

Be sure to use the Redken Shades EQ Processing Solution with it. Mix equal parts til well combined and you're good to go. My very fine hair likes about 20-30 mins, but be sure to do a strand test. A quick google search will yield Redken's Shades EQ color chart, but IME the shades pull MUCH darker than the chart indicates. You can counteract that somewhat by diluting your color with Shades EQ Clear gloss (same Processing Solution ratio of 1:1).

You can find Shades EQ lots of places online, including Amazon and Ebay, but I've had the best luck ordering from (not affiliated in any way). I do wish they had the full range of tints, like the metallics, though. For me an extra dollar or two isn't worth the chance that the bottle might not be adequately sealed prior to shipping or may already have been opened, as has happened when I've ordered elsewhere.

Oh and speaking of opened bottles - and this will probably horrify the pro stylists, but here goes - I find that I don't need to use the whole bottle at a time especially when I'm mixing colors. For me, the color seems to work the same, with no issues, even after the same bottle has been open (and then tightly re-sealed after pouring the amt I need) for 3-4 weeks.

20 of 20 people found this helpful.

on 1/15/2014 5:03:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've had highlights/lowlights ("ombre" basically) done for years on my long naturally dark brown almost black hair and wanted a change. Also, my husband dislikes lighter hair and has been asking me to dye my hair a darker shade for about 2 years now. The nagging was getting somewhat annoying. . .

I finally decided, for winter - I would try going darker. I went to a salon and they used Redken Shades EQ; I chose a medium brownish red shade. It turned out much darker than I thought it would - so like the review below says go down a shade or two! Luckily, I shampooed a few times and rinsed my hair in warm water which faded the colour to a much more natural, softer brown. It completely covered my highlights/lowlights but there is some nice variance in tones and my hair is not just one solid colour - which I love. After the first few washes, my colour has stayed the same with no fading, and no damage. My hair looks healthy, shiny and I'm happy with the outcome.

Overall, it's a great option for enhancing your own natural colour or going a bit darker. I do wish it would fade a bit faster though, but that could be because I'm not used to having darker hair after all those years.

8 of 9 people found this helpful.

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