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The road to Gisele-worthy hair is paved with good intentionsвЂ¦ and plenty of frustration. Breakage, brassiness, and dullness are all annoying obstacles blocking our way to Instagram-worthy tresses. So, what's the secret to melted, sun-kissed, surfer-girl hair color? Other than actually hitting up the beach every day (one can dream), the answer is: rehab, apparently.
Johnny Ramirez, one of L.A.'s top colorists and one-half to the duo behind the celeb-favorite Ramirez | Tran salon, told us exclusively that he'll send some of his clients to вЂњhair rehabвЂќ after an initial consultation. вЂњIt's therapy for damaged and over-processed hair,вЂќ he explains. вЂњMy rehab program requires real commitment from the client. I need to surrender your hair to me so I can create the most beautiful, healthy, natural hair color for you.вЂќ Surrendering our hair to someone takes quite a lot of trust, so we asked Ramirez to break down his healthy hair program for us.
Step 1: Mask It@johnnyramirez1
The first step of Ramirez's hair rehab program? Incorporating a repairing, hydrating hair mask to your shampoo-conditioner routine. вЂњFirst, I'll ask you to do masks every three weeks so we can start growing out the root,вЂќ he says. вЂњI prefer L'OrГ©al ProfessionnelВ Pro Fiber ($48), and deep-conditioning treatments we can do at the salon.вЂќ
Step 2: Cut Out the Heat@johnnyramirez1
The next step in Ramirez's hair rehab plan might just be the most difficult: For the next eight months (more or less, depending on how brittle or hair is), he forbids you from using any heat. вЂњNo blow-dryers, no curling irons!вЂќ he says. Cutting out heat from your hairstyling routine will allow your strands to grow and heal unperturbed, ensuring they don't break or fry during the dye process.
Step 3: Get a "Dusting" and Some Babylights@johnnyramirez1
This growing-out period won't be easy (or look pretty), but Ramirez says to hold out; the reward will come. If your strands are looking scraggly through the process, he says to get a light вЂњdusting,вЂќ or a mini trim to cut off the dead ends.
вЂњI know this will be difficult, and your hair won't be as bright as you're used to it being, so I will gently highlight around the face around month three or four with babylights so your face will be brighter,вЂќ he explains.
After about eight months, if you've вЂњreally committed and surrenderedвЂќ to Ramirez's plan, he says, he'll give you вЂњthe worksвЂќ (as in, his signature and top-secret highlighting and balayage technique). Afterward, you'll leave his salon with beautiful, shiny, beachy, lived-in color (see any of the models above for reference). The only thing left to do is find the perfect backdrop to Boomerang your hair toss.David Mallett Mask No. 1 L'Hydratation $75Shop
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