How-To: Natural Color with Tracey Cunningham

Tracey Cunningham achieves Lily Aldridge (left) and Martha Hunt's natural color with Redken.

You may not have the power to turn your clients into a Victoria's Secret Angel, but you can sure as heck make them feel like one. Redken's Celebrity Colorist Tracey Cunningham is responsible for so many A-List manes, but Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt may be two of our favorites. Whether it's before the VS Fashion Show, or just a regular touch-up, the models turn to Cunningham for all of their coloring needs, and lucky for us, she's sharing the formulas for Aldridge and Hunt's highly-requested looks. 

"Lily's ombre continues to be the most requested look I receive, from Los Angeles to Dubai," says Redken Celebrity Colorist Tracey Cunningham. "To create that really natural look, I soften her hairline using Redken's Blonde Idol Blue Oil Lightening System oil lightener from their Professional Haircolor Collection, along with Redken Shades EQ – a no-ammonia demi-permanent color – which helps thicken the hair and make it look shiny and glossy. Not one of my clients leaves my chair without a Shades EQ gloss. It's what makes me successful."

To achieve the angels' looks and give your clients their own wings, follow Tracey's Redken formulas for both girls using Redken's Blonde Idol Professional Haircolor Collection and Shades EQ Gloss shades. 

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Lily Aldridge: Natural level 4, Light Brown   

Highlight Formula 

  • 1 scoop Flash Lift Maximum Power Lightening Powder
  • 1 oz. 30 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer  

Balayage Formula 

  • 1 oz. Blonde Idol Oil Booster 
  • 2 packettes Blonde Idol Customizable Blue Powder Activator
  • 2 oz. 40 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer   

Glaze Formula Zone 1  

  • ¾ oz. 07NW Chai Tea Shades EQ Cream 
  • ¾ oz. 09NW Summer Wheat Shades EQ Cream 
  • ½ oz. 09NA Slate Blonde Shades EQ Cream 
  • 2 oz. 10 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer   

Glaze Formula Zone 2 

  • ¼  oz. 09G Vanilla Crème Shades EQ Gloss 
  • ¼  oz. 09AA Papaya Shades EQ Gloss 
  • ¼  oz. 08C Cayenne Shades EQ Gloss 
  • ¼  oz. 000 Shades EQ Gloss 
  • 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution 

Martha Hunt: Natural level 7, Dark Blonde 

Highlight Formula  

  • 1 scoop Flash Lift Maximum Power Lightening Powder
  • 1 oz. 20 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer   

Balayage Formula 

  • 1 part Blonde Icing Power Lift Conditioning Cream Lightener
  • 1 part 30 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer   

Lowlight Formula 

  • ¾ oz. 07NW Chai Tea Shades EQ Cream 
  • ¾ oz. 09NW Summer Wheat Shades EQ Cream 
  • ½ oz. 09NA Slate Blonde Shades EQ Cream 
  • 2 oz. 10 vol. Pro-oxide Cream Developer  

Glaze Formula Zone 1

  • 1 oz. 09N Café au Lait Shades EQ Gloss 
  • 1 oz. 09NB Cayenne Shades EQ Gloss 
  • 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution 

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.

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