If there’s a star studded hair sculpter out there, the name Anh Co Tran rings true. A quick scroll through his Instagram feed shows an amazing array of soft and textured styles while the same images dominate Pinterest. His cuts are edgy, modern, and perfectly lived in. His blog, Mister Anh Co Tran, shows off some of the most dramatic hair makeovers, and his Beverly Hills Salon, Ramirez Tran (with partner Johnny Ramirez), is one of the most chic and coveted in LA. We had a chance to talk to Anh about his career and getting started in the industry. See what he had to say below…
How did you get your start in the industry?
I actually started out in fashion but I was always passionate about hair. Afterwards, I started working as an educator for Toni and Guy.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
My biggest career challenge was finding a way to be consistent with all hair textures. I overcame that challenge by crafting formulas and techniques that will duplicate my signature looks.
Who are some of your clients? Can you tell us about working with them?
Anne Hathaway, Emily Ratajkowski, and Coco Rocha to name a few. All of my clients are very sweet, respectful, cool, remain open minded and respect my artistry.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I want the hair to look perfectly imperfect. I’ve created a unique set of looks that I have trademarked as lived-In.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
I always keep a range of different size marcel irons. Ibiza boar bristle round brushes, a tangle teezer, a wet brush, cutting combs, and my scissors. Product wise I always have a texture spray, oil, and light weight serum. I really enjoy Oribe and R+Co products. I mainly use a lot of their line. The products work really well plus it’s smell good and aesthetically pleasing.
Did you have any mentors along the way?
I really didn’t. It was mainly being consistent at what I do and reflecting along the way. Also being inspired by other means of art besides hair.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago or what was the best piece of advice you received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
I would have said “Doing what you love is happiness.” and that’s exactly what I would say to a new stylist.
How would you describe your beauty and hair philosophy?
My hair philosophy has always been the love for undone, perfectly imperfect hair. Over the years of trying to perfect that, I’ve found a technique that can consistently replicate that look on any hair texture to create a style that I call lived-In.
What is the next chapter for you?
The next chapter will be international travels. Spreading the “Lived In Hair” looks.
Where can we find you working today?
At my own salon, Ramirez|Tran.