The 3 Hair Colors Every L.A. Girl Will Have This Spring

What defines an L.A. girl? Sure, residing in the city of Los Angeles counts, but there’s something more to it—something we can’t quite put our finger on. French girls have their je ne sais quoi, New York girls have their understated cool, and L.A. girls—well, L.A. girls have that inherent sunniness that’s both effortless and enviable. When we think L.A., we think of beachy waves, tanned skin, and frayed denim cutoffs—the Marissa Coopers and Blake Livelys of the world, if you will. And call us biased, but we think the beauty world is catching on and taking a cue from the breezy West Coast.

Take hair color, for instance. The harsh, streaky highlight trend of the ’90s (#neverforget) has graduated to a newer aesthetic that’s decidedly lower-maintenance and L.A.-inspired. First, there was ombré, a gradual fade from dark to light, which turned into balayage, then vacation hair, and now L.A. girls are crazy about “lived-in color,” a phrase dreamed up and trademarked by top colorist Johnny Ramirez, co-founder of Ramirez Tran salon. This type of hair color is exactly as the name implies—subtle, comfortable, and naturally lightened by beach days, glistening from every angle.

Speaking of which, there’s perhaps no better time to update your strands than spring, the in-between season that has us itching for change. We reached out to Ramirez and asked him to share the lived-in, L.A.-inspired shades anyone can try, regardless of their location. Whether you’re ready for a hair color change or just want to see what’s trending here in the City of Angels, you’ll want to keep scrolling—just don’t blame us if you’re suddenly tempted to call your colorist.

Keep scrolling for the three hair colors every L.A. girl will have this spring!

To keep colored hair shiny and vibrant between appointments, we recommend an at-home gloss like Rita Hazan’s Ultimate Shine Gloss ($26).

Would you try any of these hair color trends? Shop some of our favorite hair products for spring!