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This Hair Gloss Line Is Your Key To Low-Commitment Color

If you want commitment-free color, Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss is perfect for you. Read on for everything you need to know about this colorist-approved hair gloss line.

The first time I walked into a salon for a hair gloss appointment, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been lightening my strands for over a decade, and I became accustomed to touching up my hue with bleach every eight weeks (and using purple shampoo in the interim to keep my ash blonde brass-free). So, when I discovered that Redken Shades EQ hair gloss can quickly and effectively tone and add shine to my hair color, I jumped at the chance to try it for myself. 

If you want that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look (without all of the commitment of permanent hair color), it might be time to try Redken Shades EQ hair gloss. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know, including what Redken Shades EQ gloss is, how it works, and how to find the right formula for you. 


What is a hair gloss? 

Like trying a free sample before investing in a full-size product, hair gloss is a salon service that allows you to try a hair color without committing to the real thing. Unlike permanent hair dye that deposits pigment into the hair cortex for long-lasting results, hair gloss is a demi-permanent treatment that gives hair a subtle wash of color and a boost of shine that lasts four to six weeks. The best part is that since hair glosses provide temporary color, the hue will gradually fade—which means no harsh lines or visible roots as your hair grows out. 

A hair gloss can also help refresh color that’s turned brassy over time.  If you’re a salon blonde or a brunette with blonde highlights, using a hair gloss between appointments can help refresh and tone your hue to keep your color fresh and minimize fading.

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What is the difference between hair glosses and hair glazes?

Hair glosses and glazes are often confused, but the two services are actually very different. While hair gloss contains pigment that penetrates the hair cuticle, hair glazes are pigment-free formulas that coat the hair shaft with a mirror-like shine that can last up to two weeks. Simply put, if your salon hue is lacking luster, a hair glaze can be the quick pick-me-up your strands need—but these formulas won’t do anything to change your color. 

What is Redken Shades EQ?

Not all hair gloss formulas are created equal: If you’re looking for the best of the best, ask your colorist about Redken Shades EQ. Whether you want a tone change, a color correction, shine, or to test the waters of a brand new hue without too much commitment, these ammonia-free formulas can provide results in just 20 minutes. Shades EQ also conditions the hair, leaving your mane looking and feeling healthier than when you stepped into the salon. 

How it works is simple: Talk with your colorist about what you want your end result to be, whether that’s a temporary color change, a toning, or a shine boost. They then will create a custom Shades EQ formula just for you. You can even use Redken Shades EQ to tone your permanent hair color as a final step in the coloring process. 

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How long does Redken Shades EQ last in hair?

Because Redken Shades EQ isn’t a permanent hair color, it will fade over time, but you can expect anywhere from four to six weeks of Insta-worthy color before it’s time to head back to the salon. If you want your color to last as long as possible, but sure to invest in color-safe hair care tailored to your specific hair color. 

How often can I use Redken Shades EQ?

While Redken Shades EQ won’t leave your strands damaged the way that bleach will, you can have too much of a good thing. We recommend waiting 4 to 6 weeks between salon applications. 

How To Find The Right Redken Shades EQ Formula For Your Skin Tone

Choosing the right hair gloss is a lot like picking the best hair color for your skin tone—it’s all about identifying your skin’s undertones. You can identify your complexion’s undertones by turning your arm over and examining the color of your veins. Those with cool undertones will have blue or purple-tinted veins and should stick to cool-toned gloss shades, while those with warm undertones will have greenish veins and should seek out warmer-toned formulas. If you have both blueish and greenish-tinted veins, you likely have neutral undertones—which means any hair gloss shade will compliment your complexion (lucky!)

If you want to try Shades EQ but don’t know where to begin, you’re in luck: We’ve rounded up five of the top Shades EQ formulas you’ll be dying to ask your colorist about. Check them out below.

The Top Shades EQ Formulas To Try Now

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SEQ 09V Platinum Ice

You spent all that time (and coin) achieving your dream platinum blonde shade, and SEQ 09V Platinum Ice can keep your icy hue vibrant and brass-free. 

Good hair day by @seolahair.

SEQ 09P Opal Glow

If adding shine to your strands is your ultimate goal, complete your salon appointment with Shades EQ 09P Opal Glow. 

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SEQ 09N Cafe Au Lait

Shades EQ Cafe Au Lait can help refresh and tone all shades of blonde. 

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SEQ 08VB Violet Frost

If you recently lightened your natural brunette strands, Shades EQ 08VB Violet Frost can help neutralize unwanted yellow and orange undertones, keeping your hue cool-toned and brass-free. 

Good hair day by @hairbyjero.

SEQ 06R Rocket Fire

With fall right around the corner, there’s no better time to experiment with crimson shades. For a rich, wine-inspired take on the look, try Shades EQ 064 Rocket Fire.

Good hair day by @highonhair.

SEQ 09VRo Rosé

If you’ve been searching for a low-commitment way to try the pink hair trend, ask your colorist about Shades EQ SEQ 09VRo Rosé formula. This cool-toned violet-based shade can help you live out your pastel dreams (no bleach required). 

Interested in trying Redken Shades EQ for yourself? Use the Redken salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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