Earlier this month, Redken announced the new Shades EQ Bonder Inside Ash Gold shade family, featuring three new dreamy shades: Misty Beige 010AG, Glossy Greige 09AG, and Smokey Beige 07AG. With the perfect balance of cool ash and warm gold reflects, the Ash Gold family is here to create your new blonde staple: Greige Blonde.
Greige is a multi-dimensional neutral that works on both cool and warm skin tones across all hair types and textures. While this wearable blonde looks amazing on textured hair, achieving blonded hues on tight curls often requires extra protection and distinct technique. For added strength, the new Ash Gold shades are exclusive to the Shades EQ Bonder Inside family—an all-in-one toner and bonder that helps protect and strengthen sensitized hair. Formulated with Citric Acid and Taurine, Bonder Inside will help ensure the integrity of curls remains intact while toning to the same Shades EQ Gloss results you know and love.
As for technique, we sourced the Pros. To help you achieve the ever wearable Greige Blonde on your clients, we had Redken Ambassadors and texture specialists Barri Gibson and Rachel Redd test out the new Ash Gold shades first. See their results, step by step formulas, and other tips for achieving your new go-to blonde on high textured hair
Redken Ambassador Barri Gibson specializes in coloring and shaping textured hair, so we asked Barri for her top tips on ensuring your client’s curls are still intact once the hair is done processing.
“When highlighting,” Barri explains, “I like to use super thin, see-through sections and a low volume (usually 10 volume) around the face, because the hair is very fragile.” For the rest of the head, she uses 20 volume developer. “I mix small amounts, so the lightener is always fresh, and I pull foils as soon as the hair reaches the desired level of lightness.”
Remember, the tighter the coil, the more fragile the hair. See Barri’s greige results below with her formula and product recommendations for protecting her client’s curls.
Client’s hair level started at about a 5. She lifted perfectly using Redken Flash Lift Bonder Inside with 10 and 20 volume for a full head of highlights.
Known for her hand painting skills on texture, Redken Ambassador Rachel Redd tested out the new Ash Gold shades on two of her clients. If her dreamy results don’t speak for themselves, here what she had to say about the new shades.
“I love the new Shades EQ Bonder Inside Ash Gold series because you can create a cool ash tone without muting the vibrancy in the highlight like other ash tones.”
Learn how to get the vibrant tones on textured hair with Rachel’s step-by-step formulas for a greige blonde below.
-Step 1: Full Foil Highlight, alternating between thin (1/2 inch) slicing and fine weaving technique, using 3oz. Flash Lift Bonder Inside with 4.5 oz 20 volume. No added heat. Highlights processed up to 45 minutes.
- Step 1: Free Hand Open Air Balayage Highlights using 3oz. Flash Lift Bonder Inside with 3.5 oz of 20 volume from the temples down to the nape.
Foil Highlights using a thin slicing technique with a light backcomb throughout the top crown and hairline of the head: with 2 oz. Flash Lift Bonder Inside with 3.5 oz 20 volume, applied to Zone 1 & 2 the blend out warmth, leaving pre lightened ends out.