On the spot with Tracey Cunningham

Quick-fire questions with Redken’s queen of celebrity colour

Home is… Los Angeles, California

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you? 
I love a great showtune to sing along to – loudly!

My favourite colour is… Black. The hair colourist’s uniform.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I love the heat, so somewhere tropical with a beach, like the Maldives.

If you hadn’t got into hair, what would you have done? 
There was no alternative for me.

Staying out or staying in? 
I travel so much for work that a night in with Netflix is my favourite.

It all changed for me when… My then-employer, Bette Midler, made me go to beauty school after I was a nanny for her daughter, Sophie. We’re lifelong friends!

Weirdest phobia?
I’m a germaphobe. I recently bought two birthday cakes for a colleague so that she could blow out the candles on one, and eat the other.

Your favourite hair decade?
There’s no time like the present! We’re so lucky with all we have at our disposal right now – so much product innovation for us colourists to push the limits.

What’s your biggest extravagance?
Spoiling my cats and the people I love.

What do you collect?
Cats and handbags.

Favourite colour technique? 
Babylights and using Redken Shades EQ on all of my clients – the best for condition and shine.

When are you visiting the UK? 
Soon! Keep an eye on Redken’s Instagram page.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
Never stop learning! Always educate yourself to better your work.

Trust me, don’t ever… Say it can’t be done.

NEWSFLASH: The Queen of colour is coming to the UK to share her Shades EQ secrets!

On April 14 and 15, Tracey will be hosting a series of exclusive masterclass sessions; ‘Bronde, Blonde and Beyond’. Each look and learn class will last half a day, and will see her sharing her A-list colourist formulas (we’re talking Khloe Kardashian, Mariah Carey and JLo!), demonstrating her unique combinations of techniques, and giving her insider low down on how to create the ultimate modern blonde.


BRONDE  – Not blonde, not brunette, but somewhere in between. Perfectly suited to Tracey’s ‘less is more’ approach to colour, with super-fine dimensional methods and natural results, it’s the hair colour that flatters everyone.

BLONDE  – Tracey’s philosophy is that hair colour should reflect the colour you had as a child, and her clients look like they were born blonde. How does she do it?

BEYOND – Just how does she keep one step ahead and make those transformations that take the ordinary blonde to the next level?

PLATINUM PREDICTIONS – Be captivated with colour insights into emerging trends, creating appealing services for your blondes, and prepare to give your clients the red carpet treatment


You will also receive an exclusive Q&A and photo opportunities with Tracey, goodie bag and refreshments


Get your tickets here