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Redken Experts are brand ambassadors.  Our experts are the top stylists and colorists as well as some of the most sought after professionals in the industry. Recognized for their areas of expertise in hair, Redken utilizes these “Experts” to provide our customers with the latest tips, tricks, trends and how-tos.
Get to know the Redken Experts on a personal level! What famous personalities have they worked with? How long have they been in the industry? When did they first show interest in becoming a hairstylist? Check back in for new snippets about their lives.
Ask these Experts your own questions and it may just be chosen as the "Question of the Month."


David Cannell

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Career Questions:

How did you get started in research and development?
I graduated with a PhD in Physical organic chemistry from Yale University in 1970. I worked in the research labs of Union Carbide in oxidation chemistry until 1973 and moved to Los Angeles from NY.

How did you get started with Redken?
I met Paula Kent Meehan [founder of Redken] and ran the Redken labs from 1973 until I retired in July 2009. I am probably more well known to hairdressers for science education and I've literally talked to 100,000's of salon professionals.

What is your proudest accomplishment(s)?
I have 50 patents in hair/cosmetic science and have been fortunate to have great teams over the years who created such industry icons as Redken Extreme CAT Treatment and Shades EQ Equalizing Conditioning Color Gloss. I have taught and represented Redken on television, radio, and in print publications around the world.

Inspirational Questions

Who inspires you each day?
I still truly think of Paula [Paula Kent Meehan] as an inspiration because nothing ever seemed impossible to her and she truly cared about the products, salons and the hairdresser.

Personal Questions

What do you do in your spare time?
Personally I am writing a cookbook about 50 years of entertaining.

Do you have any unique collections?
I collect avant garde books and works on paper from 1910-1940, French Art Deco and Belgian Boch Freres ceramics. I have four Shih Tzus and eight cars.