Sunkissed Highlights

Remember my teeny tiny obsession with colorist Johnny Ramirez’s work? Well, I finally bit the bullet and took this virgin hair of mine to the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. You guys, I spent TWELVE hours having my hair colored and cut by Johnny and Anh Co Tran, respectively. (And you thought I had OCD…these guys were speaking my language!)

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Um, how stylish are those two? SO STYLISH, I SAY. (Anh’s responsible for Coco Rocha’s edgy cut and Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie – good to know if/when I decide to choppy chop.)

So, yeah, I looked like this for a good portion of the day.

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Johnny was meticulous, I mean, METICULOUS with my hair. He’s an artist, for sure. And wears great boots, to boot.

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I will say there came a point in the afternoon when I wondered if something had gone terribly wrong with my hair, but was quickly talked off the ledge by a few of my highlighted-hair-expert-friends after I texted something to the effect of OMG THE ENDS OF MY HAIR ARE BUTTERSCOTCH YELLOW.

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All part of the plan, my friends. Look at the finished result!

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I am so, so happy with the results. I told Johnny I wanted beachy, sunkissed highlights and he delivered.

The best part? The top of my hair wasn’t touched so it will grow out seamlessly, and I only have to visit Johnny once a year. (Good thing as that is all I can afford, peeps.)

After spending the past couple of decades with virgin, all-one-shade hair, it feels great to have some depth and dimension.

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Loving the color gradation in my updos too. Can you hear me squeeing over here? Because I am.

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Hooray for highlights! You can check out Johnny’s work here and Anh’s work here.


  • Megan @ Mama Bub

    November 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Looks amazing! Makes me think I might someday bite the hair color bullet.

  • Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane

    November 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Loving the highlights! They look beautiful on you!! I’m actually getting mine done in a few weeks and cannot wait!! I think it’s the perfect way to spruce up a boring one shade color without having to go to the salon too often.

  • Stacey

    November 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

    You have seriously gorgeous hair. I loved it before you got it colored, but the highlights are very pretty and he gave you a very natural ombre.

  • Danielle

    November 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You look gorgeous! I love meticulous hairstylists!!!!

  • jen

    November 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    you look fabulous! I have virgin hair, too, and this is making me wonder…!

    can I request a tutorial on that amazing up do???

    • whoorl

      November 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      That’s coming in December! :)

  • Judy Huynh

    November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Curious … what is the price range for their work?

    • Karen

      November 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I’d also love to know!

    • whoorl

      November 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Johnny charges $500 for highlights…but after seeing how much time he spent on my hair, it’s a bargain!

      Anh’s haircuts are $300.

  • Christy

    November 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Your highlights look beautiful! I’ve never colored my hair either but am starting to consider it. I’ve always felt like I wouldn’t even know what to ask for, but maybe “beachy sunkissed highlights” is all I need to say!

  • angela

    November 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    pretty. I was looking forward to a play by play, what was exactly going on for 12 hrs? shampoo, blow dry, cut, then color, then shampoo, then cut again, then more color ??

    • whoorl

      November 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Lots and lots of color blending – he works with tiny sections of hair, blending the color/bleach slowly up the hair shaft so there are no obvious lines of where color ends and begins.

  • Kathy

    November 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Fabulous. I, too, am obsessed with Johnny and Anh’s work. I’ve been wondering, how do they achieve those gorgeous, loose curls you see in all those “after” photos–curling iron? flat iron? Do tell!

  • Plum Pretty Sugar

    November 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Lovely! Absolutely gorgeous!



  • jen

    November 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm


  • Joanna

    November 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I had a full-body panic when I saw “TWELVE hours.” I hate small talk at the salon and the idea of having to be conversational for that long gives me the shakes. HOWEVER, it might just be worth it for such gorgeous hair. It is worthy of a good squee!

    • whoorl

      November 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      No need for small talk…they totally get it. In fact, Johnny said he wished he could clone me because I didn’t feel the need to make small talk. ;)

  • jennifer

    November 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

    It’s fantastic.

    Bravo! (well next year bravo!)



  • Lori

    November 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Wow!! It looks amazing! Well worth the time spent in the salon!

  • kat

    November 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    amaze. you had fab hair before and it’s just spot on natural and sunkissed. love!

  • Betsy

    November 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Wow, virgin hair and no gray hairs?!?! That is so youthful. I wonder how the process and price would change for those of us who don’t have such lovely before hair and have gray to cover? Your hair is amazing both ways!

  • Kristin

    November 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Wow! It looks so good!

  • Mary

    November 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

    @Betsy, when you have gray hair all bets are off on anything being “easy”. I have to get my roots colored every 5 weeks but really need it done every 3. And to add to that my gray has been officially declared “Very Resistant” to color, so I’m just happy to walk out of my salon with the gray covered. Although I have to say Whoorl and I have pretty much the exact same type, length, color and texture of hair. She is very lucky she doesn’t have grays yet. Her after photos are stunning. I too, would like to know what they use to get the loose, natural waves in the after photos.

  • janice

    November 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    sorry not worth it.
    love you and love your blog
    just my opinion

  • Lydia

    November 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Loooove it! And definitely worth it if you’re only going once a year.