Tutorial: How to Re-Create the Signature Waves From L.A.'s Hottest Salon

Updated 04/25/19

If you haven’t heard already, let us assure you Ramirez-Tran is the L.A. salon of the moment. Known both for its Instagram-famous lived-in hair color and the tousled, textured waves that accompany it, naturally. If you’re lucky enough to score an appointment with co-founder Anh Co Tran, you’ll no doubt be walking out of the salon sporting this look. But luckily for those of us who don’t have that hair appointment on the books, Tran believes in getting great hair at home. So, he let us in on the technique he uses on all his clients. And it’s surprisingly more doable than it looks.

Scroll through for the step-by-step tutorial on lived-in waves! 

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Start

Begin with your natural texture—if it’s a little dirty, even better.

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Section and Curl

Clip up the top section of your hair, so it’s out of your face. Start curling your hair in 1 1/2- to 2-inch sections.

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Curl Away

Tran says to always start curling away from your head to open up your face. He recommends using a 1 1/4-inch barrel as it’s the most versatile. We used the Hot Tools Marcel Iron ($47) to create this look, but Tran says if you’re more comfortable with a flat iron, that will work too.

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Curl In

Next, reverse the direction of the curl. You’ll alternate curling away and toward your face all the way around your head.

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Keep Curling

The most important tip to remember about this technique is to leave the ends out of the barrel.

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Spray

Grab your favorite texturizing spray—the one we’re using, L’Oréal Professionnel Techni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair ($24), is amazing—and start spritzing all over. Lift up each section and get the underside and roots.

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Tousle

To keep the ends smooth and add a bit more piece-y texture, scrunch Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream ($46) up through your ends.

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Done

And that’s it. Now you have tousled texture Anh Co Tran himself would be proud of.

Want to transition this look into something sleeker? Try this super simple knotted ponytail tutorial!

Credits: Hair by Anh Co Tran, Makeup by Stacey Tan, Photographed by Paley Fairman, Modeled by Molli Stumpff, Produced by Clique Studio.

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