How to Become a Redken Stylist

by Alex Burke; Updated September 26, 2017

In 1960, American actress Paula Kent created a company called Redken Laboratories. Kent's goal was to create hair products that were gentle on hair and scalp. Kent explored the chemistry of skin and hair to design Redken products. Today, Redken is owned by L'Oreal and is a well-known and respected name in the hair and salon industry. Stylists across the globe can learn about color and cut from Redken professionals.

Step 1

Obtain your cosmetology license. Redken does not qualify stylists for licensing. Occupational and professional licensing is handled by state governments. Requirements will vary from state to state. Contact your state licensing board for barbers and cosmetologists for licensing requirements. Most states require training by a state-approved school, a written exam, an in-person demonstration and a licensing application and fee.

Step 2

Enroll in the Redken Specialist program. Redken offers two stylist programs designed to enhance the hair dresser's skills and identify them as a Redken Stylist. Visit the Redken Salon website or call Redken to locate a program near you. Both programs are offered throughout the year in cities across the U.S. The Specialist program is $495 and the Master Specialist program is $595. Programs are completed within several days. Viewing all Redken education opportunities may require signing up for a free Redken website account.

Step 3

Obtain Redken certification. Redken offers certification in color and design. Each certification is provided in a designated city over the course of a weekend and includes prep classes and test retake opportunities. Color certification is $495 and design certification is $595. Test retake opportunities are provided from different cities during the year. Prior to the certification weekend, each registrant receives a study kit that includes everything needed to study for and pass the certification test.

Step 4

Enroll in other Redken courses and maintain your Redken stylist status. Redken offers numerous education opportunities for its stylists. Try a weekend of courses at the NYC Redken Exchange school to keep track of trends and learn new ways to style hair. The Redken Education on Demand website offers free and pay as you go video training in a wide variety of color, design and business building techniques.

About the Author

Alex Burke holds a degree in environmental design and a Master of Arts in information management. She's worked as a licensed interior designer, artist, database administrator and nightclub manager. A perpetual student, Burke writes Web content on a variety of topics, including art, interior design, database design, culture, health and business.