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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 Conditioner

High quality conditioner

This redken condition is amazing at preserving the colour of dyed hair. It makes the hair feel super smooth and nourished. It is such a high quality conditioner.
Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing HairsprayRedken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hairspray
Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hairspray

My go to hair spray!

This is an amazing hair spray and definitely a go to of mine! Holds styles so well and is a great price for the quality product you get
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Redken All Soft Shampoo for Dry Hair

Worth a try

I was given a sample of this shampoo along with the matching conditioner. I only received enough for a couple of washes so cannot comment on long term effects but what I did use of the product, I liked. The shampoo lathered well and had a nice smell and my hair didn’t appear oily or dry after use. I have fine hair with dry ends and oily roots and I didn’t notice much change after two washes with the product but I suspect it would require longer use for greater effects. Give it a go if you think it sounds good for you!

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