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Redken Logo.jpg
Product type Hair products
Owner L'Oréal Group
Country United States
Introduced 1960; 58 years ago (1960)
Markets Worldwide

Redken (or "Redken 5th Avenue NYC") is an American hair care brand owned by L'Oréal Group under the Professional Products division.


The company was founded in 1960 by hairdresser/chemist Jheri Redding and actress/model Paula Kent, thus the name, "Red-ken." Redken pioneered the "Scientific Approach to Beauty," and revolutionized the professional salon business by introducing the concept of protein reconditioning and developing new protein based products, which they patented.[1]

In 1993, with sales at $160 million, Redken was sold to Cosmair, Inc. In 2007, Redken was named as one of the "Icons of the American Marketplace" together with 256 other American brands (out of 800 nominations).


In 2014 Lea T became the face of Redken, thus making her the first openly transgender model to front a global cosmetics brand.[2][3][4]

In 2015 Suki Waterhouse became the face of Redken [5]


  1. ^ "Paula Kent Meehan, TV Actress Who Co-Founded Redken, Dies at 82". 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  2. ^ Vingan, Alyssa (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Lands Big Redken Contract". Retrieved 6 November 2014. Now, Lea T has received her most groundbreaking campaign yet: She's signed on to be a brand muse for global haircare brand Redken, with print and digital campaigns set for a January 2015 release. 
  3. ^ Friedman, Megan (4 November 2014). "Transgender Model Lea T Is Redken's Newest Face". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Morwenna Ferrier. "Lea T, the transgender hair-care model who's shifting our perception of beauty norms". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Gaynor, Emily. "Suki Waterhouse is Officially Redken's Mane Girl". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 

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