Tracey Cunningham Reveals Celeb Color Formulas

Chrissy Teigen

How many times has this happened to you? A client comes into the salon armed with a photo in her hand— it's on her phone, it's on her tablet, it's ripped out of a magazine. In that photo there's a stunning celebrity that she'd kill to look like. That A-lister's shade is her dream, and no matter what, it's your job to make her dream come true. To the rescue: Hollywood's go-to girl for color, Redken Celebrity Colorist Tracey Cunningham. “Social media has completely changed the beauty industry game,” says Cunningham. "Our clients all want the looks that they see online." Here, she shares some of her famous Redken color formulas, so you can recreate the stars' hottest shades. 

Lana Del Rey

“Lana has the prefect soft brunette for summer. It’s not too harsh so as your skin tone warms up with the temperatures, the color will transition nicely over the course of the summer months," Cunningham shares. To recreate the look: 

Formula 1, Zone 1 (hairline)

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  • 1/2 oz. 07N Mirage Shades EQ Gloss
  • 1/2 oz. 06NB Brandy Shades EQ Gloss
  • 1 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 2ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Formula 2, Zone 1 (root)

  • 3/4 oz. 06NB Brandy Shades EQ Gloss
  • 3/4 oz. 06GN Moss Shades EQ Gloss
  • 3/4 oz. 05N Walnut Shades EQ Gloss
  • 2 1/4 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 4ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Formula 3, All Over Glaze

  • 2 oz. 08GG Gold Dip Shades EQ Gloss
  • 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 4ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Apply Formula 1 & 2 to zone 1 using Global Application. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo lightly. Dry hair. Apply Formula 3 all over using Global Application. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rinse hair and towel blot hair. Apply pH-Bonder #2 Fiber Restorative Pre-Wash Concentrate for 10 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and Condition with Color Extend Magnetics

Chrissy Teigen

“Chrissy is the ultimate bronde inspiration. Especially in the summer months, my clients are constantly traveling, so low maintenance is always a top priority. I love this look because a little root makes it feel lived-in and beachy, so it requires less trips to the salon while still looking fresh," says Cunningham. 

Formula 1

  • 1 scoop Flash Lift Maximum Power Lightening Powder
  • 2 oz. 20 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer
  • 4ml pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Formula 2

  • 3/4 oz. 09G Saffron Shades EQ Gloss
  • 3/4 oz. 09AA Papaya Shades EQ Gloss
  • 3/4 oz. 08C Cayenne Shades EQ Gloss
  • 2 1/4 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
    • 4ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive 

Take 1/4" sections, place on foils. Highlight Formula 1 and saturate sections. Process at room temperature until pale yellow or up to 50 minutes. Shampoo with Redken Extreme. Apply Redken Chemistry Extreme. Dry hair. Apply Formula 2 using Global Application. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rinse hair and towel blot hair. Apply pH-Bonder #2 Fiber Restorative Pre-Wash Concentrate for 10 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and Condition with Color Extend Magnetics

Leslie Mann

“Leslie’s strawberry blonde is so popular with my blonde clients who are looking to change it up without going brunette or a true red. I love using Shades EQ Gloss to enhance the new tone and add depth to the hair without the commitment of permanent hair color,” Cunningham shares. 

Formula 1 (Hairline)

  • 1/2 oz. 07NB Chestnut Shades EQ Glos
  • 1/2 oz. 07N Mirage Shades EQ Gloss
  • 1 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 2ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Formula 2, Zone 1

  • 1 oz. 06NB Brandy Shades EQ Gloss.
  • 1 oz. 05N Mirage Shades EQ Gloss
  • 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 4ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Formula 3, Zone 2

  • 1 oz. 09NB Irish Creme Shades EQ Gloss
  • 1 oz. 09N Cafe au Lait Shades EQ Gloss
  • 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution
  • 4ml when using pH-Bonder #1 Bond Protecting Additive

Apply Formula 1 & 2 to zone 1 using Global Application. Immediately apply Formula 3 to zone 3. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rinse hair and towel blot hair. Apply pH-Bonder #2 Fiber Restorative Pre-Wash Concentrate for 10 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and Condition with Color Extend Magnetics.

About: For over 50 years Redken’s foundation has been based on extensive scientific knowledge and the belief in, and support of, the expertise of salon professionals. Redken provides salon professionals with innovative products, inspiring education and exclusive salon programs to be as successful and profitable as possible. Located in New York, Redken is also at the forefront of trends and has created a strong relationship with the fashion industry. As a result, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken provides salon professionals and consumers the ultimate professional edge. For more information, visit RedkenPro.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope @Redken5thAve.

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