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Two Is Better Than One: Up Close With Ramirez And Tran

April 12th 2016

One is a colorist, the other is a hairstylist – Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran are Hollywood’s hottest hair duo. From social media where they’re killing it—on Instagram alone they have 254k followers between them—to trend-making publications like In Style who include them in their list of top hairdressers regularly, this twosome is hitting all the home runs. And with reason. Through their daily snapshots, you can see trends in the making, get backstage access to some of the A-listers that frequent their salon and get tons of unique inspiration on how to keep evolving your look. Bingo! The waiting list at their sublime Beverly Hills salon may be mounting, but we scored big time when they were recently in Paris as part of a partnership with L’Oréal Professionnel to talk hair, beauty and power. If its good enough for Jessica Chastain, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway and Chloë Moretz, its good enough for FAB.

Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran
To the left Anh Co Tran, to the right Johnny Ramirez from Ramirez-Tran salon ; photo credit: Ramirez-Tran

Tell us about how you met and how you became the hairstyling stars of LA ?

A.T.: Johnny and I have known each other for seven years. We worked in salons and hairdressing shows, and also doing lots of photo shoots for magazines. Our different experiences and expertise naturally brought us together to launch the salon. We opened it two and a half years ago, and it’s working because we know each other so well. We both have our own role. For me, I do cuts, extensions and styling, while Johnny deals with all the ‘chemistry’ of colors. Social networks have helped us build the brand, we first started with a blog, then we went on to Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat.

 Ramirez-Tran Beverly Hills Salon
Sublime Ramirez-Tran Beverly Hills Salon ; photo credit: Ramirez-Tran

What has social media given you?

A.T.: LA and New York are two cities that are really open for social networking. I love Snapchat because people like to dream and live through pictures. It’s also a great way to tell our story, show our personalities, go behind the scenes at our jobs and have fun while doing it.

 Ramirez-Tran Beverly Hills Salon
Ramirez-Tran Beverly Hills salon ; photo credit: Ramirez-TranWhat are the big trends right now?

J.R.: You know, I don’t think we should be obsessed with trends. I create timeless hair colors that provide a sophisticated and casual look. Of course, this is a very Californian style, but I don’t think it’ll ever go out of fashion. One day, a woman of about sixty years old came into my salon. She was someone very important – the kind you’d find on the cover of Forbes magazine, but I can’t tell you who (laughs). So I was very nervous when I found out I’d be doing her hair. She sat down and asked me, “Do you like my hair?” I looked at her and answered, “It’s classic.” Then, she said, “That’s true. I have a conservative style, but I don’t care because I like it.” And I agreed with her, but then she added, “But you know what? I don’t feel sexy.” After that, I knew exactly what I had to do. And the same goes for all women, actually. Although they might have different lifestyles, in the end, they all want to be sexy because this is a form of power and perhaps the only trend!

A.T.: It’s true that in LA, there is a ‘red-carpet’ culture, where hair has to be perfect, but at the salons, the trend in the past few years has been having a natural, low-maintenance cut that looks as if you didn’t go to the hair salon at all. Women still spend two hours in our salon, but in the end, they want that sexy bed-head look. We’re also seeing a return to long, 1970s-style hair. Women enjoy having curls, movement and big hair.

Johnny, you’re known for your blonds that brighten up the face. How did you learn to work with the light?

I did lots of research, and actually, this light is purer in children’s hair. My daughter Amelia is eight, and she has truly incredible hair. It has shades of blond and beautiful gold hues that naturally form a wavy movement. When you grow up, your hair usually darkens, and actually, people still want to get the very light hair they had as a child which is sometimes blond or white for others.

Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran
To the left Anh Co Tran, to the right Johnny Ramirez ; photo credit: Ramirez-Tran

How do you know what cut and color women want?

A.T.: When we do a consultation, we always ask them how they wear their hair, which part of their face they prefer, which hairstyle they love. We need to know about her personality, her job, her passions. And then, in all cases, when we talk with a client, if she feels nervous or confident, she’ll have eventually handle her hair. We always look at how women behave with their hair.

J.R.: You have to be very observant. For example, in a restaurant, I can tell if a woman is on her first date or not depending on how she touches her hair. And this is exactly how I can give a confidence to her hair. I pay attention to every detail because everything counts. I think a lot of hairdressers forget to do this.