Redken. A well-trusted and frequent favourite in the beauty industry. Founded back in the 1960s, Redken has contributed to over 60 years of good hair days, and Salons Direct is proud to offer you collections from this brilliant brand. 

Redken pioneered the way for hair colour and hair glosses, they also have you covered for all your developer needs. Your client will leave the salon with their hair feeling super soft, shiny, and vibrant whilst also acting as a tone corrector! Need we say more? 

Today, we want to focus on getting you up to speed with everything you need to know about Redken liquid colour & the NEW Color Gel LacquersRead on to discover more

What exactly are Liquid Colours?

Did you know that Redken launched its first liquid colour over 30 years ago? The brand began with the launch of its beloved demi-permanent gloss, along with their collection of  Shades EQ. This has now progressed into the development of Redken permanent colour liquid pair in Color Gels Lacquers! 

So, the Liquid colour is a little different from the traditional cream colour. This is because the consistency of the formula is more gel-like. This helps with application, as the texture is perfect for blended and also express approaches. Liquid colour is guaranteed to leave your client with not only a brilliant colour job but also ultra-shiny hair. 

Liquid Color Gels Lacquers and Shades EQ are the perfect products to use if you want to achieve perfect results not only in colour, but also by leaving your client’s hair in a great and glossy condition.

What are the benefits of Using Liquid Color?

  • It’s quick and easy to use- whether you’re a trainee or a senior colourist, this product is suitable for use. 
  • Perfect for time-effective application. Liquid colour can be used either with a brush and bowl or with a bottle approach. 
  • Color Gel Lacquers are very complimentary with Shades EQ Gloss. The two together not only offer 20 direct colour matches, but they also provide the ability to perfect flawless blending with any preferred technique.  
  • No matter what your preferred technique or what’s hot in the beauty industry right now- this product will adapt to you, not the other way round.
  • Colour melts? No problem. Root shadows? No problem either. This is the perfect product to match the sometimes tricky expectations of clients! 

What are Redken Color Gels Lacquers?     

“Color Gels Lacquers is my go-to permanent range because of how much shine and coverage I get, it’s my secret time saver!” Dean Pool-Thomas- Redken Educator

So what exactly are Color Gel Lacquers? It’s a permanent colourant in a liquid form. It’s been formulated to be highly fade-resistant, whilst also achieving up to 100% coverage. Pretty good right? 

The formula can also lift up to 4 levels, deal with stubborn grey areas and also leave the hair glossy with a high shine. Other factors worth mentioning are that it’s very low in ammonia. This helps if your goal is to deliver a high saturation of colour for your clients, along with a balanced radiance. 

How to apply Color Gels Lacquers using the Redken Colour Mantra 

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At Redken, they like to do things a little differently. The technique is to follow The Redken Colour Mantra. 

The Redken Colour Mantra consists of focusing on different zones of hair, curated to minimise as much damage as possible. The idea is to perfect when the colour should go on different zones of the hair, achieving better results whilst minimising the overall stress your client’s hair will be under. 

ZONE 1: Re-growth/root area. For alkaline colour- apply Color Gels Lacquers to the first ½ inch of hair. 

ZONE 2: The mid-shaft area. For Acidic colour- apply Shades EQ where zone 1 finishes. 

ZONE 3: This is the optional zone, as not every client has hair past their shoulders. If they do- apply acidic colour (such as Shades EQ) to hair that is deemed over-porous past shoulder length. This step is to be done last as there can be a risk of damage if you are working with colour desensitised hair. 

So, in short- The use of both Color Gels Lacquers and Shades EQ can be a harmonious duo, and with the help of the Redken Colour Mantra, you can achieve vibrant, shiny results whilst preserving the condition of your client’s hair! 

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Are the Color Gels Lacquers any different from other permanent hair colours on the market?  

There are several distinguishing features to Color Gels Lacquers. Firstly, the processing time is fast- as in from 20 minutes fast. The product is easy to rinse out and offers ease in application no matter what your preferred techniques are. But the best edge of all, you’ll be able to provide your clients with a flawless colour finish. 

‘Color Gels Lacquers is a modern easy way to cover grey whilst providing a high shine expensive finish.’ Thamina Hodder – Redken Educator

How Can I Mix Redken Color Gels Lacquers?

Color Gels Lacquers is mixed in a 1:1 ratio using Redken Pro-Oxide Cream Developers (10 – 40 vol). Develop for up to 45 minutes depending on your desired results.

10 Volume: 20 minutes (1 level of lift, coloring on the same level or darkening). 

20 Volume: 30-35 minutes (2 levels of lift / Gray Coverage). 

30 Volume: 40 minutes (3 levels of lift).

40 Volume: 45 minutes (Up to 4 levels of lift).

Top tips for the best results 

We’ve put together some tips on how we think you could get the most out of this product range: 

Process from 20 minutes

Allow the Color Gels Lacquers to develop for the full 20 minutes, as this will allow the oxidative dyes to work effectively, ensuring the colour will be locked in, ensuring longer-lasting results for your client. 

Application tip

A tip, but by no means the only way to apply. Using an applicator bottle is the easiest application for Zone 1- always swirl, never shake the bottle! 

Understand the difference between the labels

As the Color Gels Lacquers range consists of four different families, it’s important to understand what each represents so that you can achieve the best results for your clients. 

Don’t worry there’s only 4, and they’re shown on the labels. Here’s a breakdown

Gray coverage 

To achieve full coverage of white hair, it’s worth considering a formula of ½ – 1 full level darker in your chosen Super Coverage Family. This is recommended, instead of jumping straight to  NN series

It’s also worth mentioning, ASH BROWN shades can be intermixed freely with other shades for grey hair. You won’t lose full coverage, and you’ll also achieve a lovely neutralisation of natural warmth. 

Reduce saturation

If achieving full coverage isn’t something you’re overly concerned about, add CLEAR to your shades. This expands your colour palette and helps to reduce saturation. 

The perfect pair

When deciding the perfect match shade in Shades EQ Gloss to refresh ZONES 2&3, use the shade names as your guide when selecting.

Helpful resources to know about 

Lastly, we know that even the most senior practitioners never stop learning. We’ve gathered some helpful resources together to help you ace your craft. L’Oréal Access allows you to learn 24/7, at your convenience. Here are some we think are useful:


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