Me (Rebecca) interviewing Johnny Ramirez earlier this year.
With the warmer weather sneaking up on us I’m starting to crave lighter sun kissed hair. Achieving perfect celebrity swept locks is obtainable for the everyday lady and celebrity hair colourist Johnny Ramirez tells me how it is possible.

If you’ve seen his Instagram you’ll see the true definition of #hairgoals. Ramirez has worked his magic on stars such as: Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Alba, Sophia Bush, Alessandra Ambrosio and Whitney Port.

In a few weeks I’m heading into the salon for a lighter look but before I commit Ramirez tells me how ladies like myself can get our locks ready for its next transformation.

Photo by ramireztran.com
Photo by ramireztran.com
Now before heading to your appointment it may be best to show some pictures of your desired look and some of your childhood photos. “I always ask clients if they can bring a picture from when they were 12 years old because kids always have the most beautiful hair colour and as we get older our hair gets darker. When I see what their hair colour looked like when they were younger, it gives me a palette of colours I can play with.”

Ramirez tells me that Jessica Alba and I share one thing in common and that is our natural hair colour. As a dark brunette I always feared that perhaps lighter hair may not suit me however he tells me otherwise. “Some brunettes think they can’t go lighter but it all comes down to recreating the root and matching it to your natural colour,” he says.

“It’s so low maintenance, it’s lived in. You can dress it up or dress it down. – Johnny Ramirez, Hair Colorist & Owner of Ramirez Tran Salon

I was eager to know what kind of work Ramirez put in when creating Jessica Alba’s beachy locks and so he shared his techniques. “We highlighted her entire head with paper fine highlights and I followed the hair cut she had with some beachy pieces at the bottom. I then went back and deepened her root again so it would match her natural colour, so when it grows out it continues to blend in. It takes a long time like 4-5 hours but in the long run it lasts for about 6-7 months.”
Although getting her hair to that state took a while, it’s not something you’d have to do again often so he recommends taking baby steps when it comes to your transition. “It’s so low maintenance, it’s lived in. You can dress it up or dress it down,” says Ramirez.


When it comes to colouring hair I’ve had my fair share of disasters. I asked Ramirez how one should handle damaged hair and he tells me that there is no such thing as damaged hair forever because it’s only temporary.

“If your hair is dry and damaged put a conditioning treatment, get a nice little trim, take a mask home and if you do that for 2-3 months it’s going to get back to a healthier stage. We jump from damaged (hair) to it feeling better. That’s why I never say it’s permanently damaged because your hair keeps growing. I think people get stuck thinking ‘OMG, my hair is ruined!’ But just go to someone who knows how to take hair in a better direction.”

If you want your head graced by Johnny Ramirez, he’ll be in Toronto at LAC+CO June 8-11. You can find more information here.

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