Paula Kent Meehan, the founder of Redken Laboratories Inc., died Monday surrounded by family in her Beverley Hills home.
Launched in 1960, Redken Laboratories Inc.’s vision was to create products based on the “scientific approach to beauty.” Kent Meehan suffered from sensitive skin and hair, and wanted to create nature compatible products. She became a champion for educating hairdressers about the chemistry of skin and hair, and designed programs to train stylists not only to be more successful but also to market Redken products in the salon—a revolutionary practice at the time.
Although Redken Laboratories was acquired by L’Oreal USA in 1993, Kent Meehan still continued to support the brand. She also created the Global Salon Business Awards through the B.E.S.T. Foundation to recognize leading salons, and is the recipient of many industry awards, including being inducted into the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Hall of Leaders and Intercoiffure’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her passion for philanthropic work beyond the beauty industry included animal charities and the arts.
The industry will greatly miss her vision and passion.