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Paula Kent co-founded Redken Laboratories in 1960. As a young actress in the late 1950s, when hair was highly bleached and teased, Paula was challenged with baby fine hair and sensitive skin. On set in Hollywood, she constantly experienced allergic reactions to the products used by hairdressers and makeup artists. She visited dermatologists and hairdressers to find a solution, but no one could explain to her the science behind the products.

 

In a moment of inspiration, Paula realized that she could help millions of other people who needed gentle, high-performance products – and that professional hairdressers needed to know the chemistry of hair and skin, product ingredients and their relationship to beautiful, healthy hair.

 

Using $3,000 she earned from appearing in a beer commercial, Paula Kent and her hairdresser, Jheri Redding (forming the name "REDKEN") started Redken with three products and an intensive education program for hairdressers. The formulas were developed based on three principles:

 

  • Protein technology (since hair is composed primarily of protein)

  • An acidic pH of 4.5-5.5, complementing the natural pH of the hair and skin

  • Products recommended exclusively by licensed cosmetologists in professional salons

 

With this, Paula Kent revolutionized the professional haircare industry for both stylists and clients. Her pioneering spirit is cherished and she leaves behind a legacy that sustains the brand today.


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Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo 300ml
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Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo 300ml
$36.00

Great for brunettes

Got this after my dyed brown hair (was a blonde) was fading. It much such a big difference and pro-longed me having to go back to the salon. Highly recommend. The only thing I don't love is the smell but at the end of the day if it improves my colour I really don't care!
Redken All Soft Conditioner for Dry, Brittle Hair
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Redken All Soft Conditioner for Dry, Brittle Hair
$35.95

Staple for soft hair

Have used this product and range over the years. Makes my hair silky soft. Go to if i'm switching up my hair product from a strengthening regime to a softening/shine one. Highly recommend and its not too expensive which is great.
Redken All Soft Shampoo for Dry Hair
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Redken All Soft Shampoo for Dry Hair
$35.95

Good results

Go to product and range if I feel my hair is dry/lacks softness and don't want to spend too much money. See notable results.