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Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Ramirez's Dos and Don'ts of Coloring in 2015

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Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran Salon
Photo: Courtesy of Ramirez | Tran Salon

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For those of us who aren't quite ready to make an extreme hair transformation, there are brilliant local talents like Johnny Ramirez, co-founder of Ramirez | Tran Salon in Beverly Hills and king of natural-looking locks. Here, the cool-girl beloved colorist shares what's now, next, and outta here when it comes to coloring your hair today.

2015 sparks a year where we have officially said goodbye to the ombré and have opened the door to "Lived in Hair Color". This look is seen on the cover of magazines, films, red carpets, and runway shows. It's that effortless, I-just-got-back-from-a-long-vacation and realized my childhood hair shine through. Even the pigmented color hair has gone lighter with more pastel tones versus the very bright tones. I travel all over the country throughout the year and see clients in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and my home base Los Angeles and the demand is the same: my clients all want to achieve these effortless hair color looks. Below are a couple of dos and don'ts that I stress with my clients all across the country.


  • Do bring in to your hair colorist photos of the look you are trying to achieve. This gives them an idea of what look you are going for and they can tailor accordingly to your hair type and face. A baby picture is also a great idea to bring in.
  • Do use silicone- and sulfate-free shampoo to ensure that your hair color is not stripped.
  • Do always get a gloss and deep condition treatment after any salon visit. The gloss will fill the color in and help the hair shine.
  • Do tone down stripey hair color from the roots to create a "lived" in colored root.
  • Do use special treatments to remove chemical build up. For example, if you are going to be spending sometime by the pool this summer it is important to note that chlorine build up is very damaging to the hair and can turn the hair green.
  • Do take into consideration the maintenance of the hair color look you would like. We need to be realistic as to how often you are able to come in for touch-ups. If you know you prefer a couple of months in between visits then please let you colorist know this so they can consider a different technique that grows out without much notice.


  • Don't wash your hair right before your salon visit. Believe it or not, but working on dirty hair is easier for us and will save your scalp from irritation.
  • Don't use permanent color to change your color if you don't have grey hair because this causes the hair to oxidize and turn orange.
  • Don't change your whole hair color if you just have a couple (two to six) grey hairs. It's ok to just pluck them
  • Don't  overlap fresh new color with old color if you're a brunette, especially around the face as it tends to go black. This also leads into not highlighting over orange and brassy hair without getting a color correction first.
  • Don't come in with hair extensions without letting your colorist know in advance so that they can make any adjustments to ensure he/she is achieving the ultimate goal.
  • Don't ignore your skin tone and eye color when it comes to hair color.

Ramirez Tran Salon

8912 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211