About Redken

Our founder Paula Kent revolutionized the professional Haircare industry for both stylists and clients. Her dedication to science and her pioneering spirit helped make the brand what it is today.

August 9th 1931

Paula Jane Bear was born on August 9th in Beverly Hills, CA

1940

Paula grows up in Burbank, CA

1946

At 15, she leaves high school to have her baby son, Michael Miller

1950

Paula Kent (stage name) gets acting roles in commercials and TV drama

1959

She is named Queen of the Congress at the 23rd annual Congress of Beauty

August 1960

Paula Kent starts redken with jehri redding, a chemist who developed low-ph products for paula’s sensitive hair

Amino Pon and PPT gain a
cult following

1965

paula kent buys out
Jheri Redding

1966

Redken annual sales reach $1.5 million

1968

Vidal Sassoon is hired to tour for Redken

1969

John Meehan joins the company

1970

Paula joins Union Bank board of directors

Redken introduces science & business education to hairdressers

1971

Redken goes partially public,
Paula retains 52% of the company

Paula buys Elvis Presley’s former
Canyon home

1972

John Meehan becomes Redken President; Paula becomes
chairman and CEO

Redken launches Challenge of Success

1974

Redken holds the first symposium

1977

Paula is named among Business Week’s “100 Top Corporate Women”

1980

Redken’s new “Extreme” haircare products strengthen distressed hair

Redken launches in 13 countries

1983

Redken launches Shades EQ

1984

Redken stages a spectacular exhibit at Hair World in Las Vegas

1987

Redken purchases Trevor Sorbie of America

1988

The Meehans reclaim the company for private ownership for nearly $50 million

1989

Redken establishes NAHA in
partnership with Modern Salon

1990

Paula is honored as one of “Top Fifty Women Business Owners” by Working Woman Magazine

1992

Paula is named one of “Eight Most Powerful Woman Business Owners” by Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine

1993

L’OReAL purchases Redken with annual sales at $160 million

1994

Earthquake devastates Redken’s Californa facilities and the company relocates to L’OREAL’s NYC headquarters

Newly named Redken 5th Avenue is repositioned as a trendsetting fashion brand

Paula purchases the George W. Elkins Building, now the Kenquest Building

1996

Redken opens the Redken Exchange to educate salon professionals

1998

Redken co-founder Jheri Redding passes away

2000

Redken sends teams of artists to work backstage at Fashion Week events around the world

2002

Paula is honored by the Women Entrepreneurs of the World

2004

Paula stages the first Global Salon Business Awards in L.A.

John Meehan passes away

2005

Redken partners with world-renowned stylist Guido

2010

Redken Celebrates 50th Anniversary

2012

Redken launches Chromatics, with new ODs2 innovation

Redken launches its first mobile app, Style Station

2014

Redken reinvents styling line with new innovative products Pillow Proof Blow Dry and Flex

June 23rd:
Paula passes away at her home in Beverly Hills
at age 82

today

Products are available in 43 countries around the world

9 million Google searches
for Redken annually