Obituary: Paula Kent Meehan, builtbeauty-products empire

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Paula Kent Meehan, 82, who built the Redken beauty-products empire that became one of the first companies to make hypoallergenic hair sprays, died June 23 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., after months of battling lung infections.

Plagued by an allergy to hair products, a young actress and model named Paula Kent in 1960 took the $3,000 she earned for appearing in a Hamm’s beer commercial and co-founded Redken with the late Jheri Redding, a beauty salon owner who was married to a friend.


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