This story was originally published on April 14, 2015.
Ladies with slightly messy waves are everywhere you turn in this city. It makes sense; it's a perfect look for summer, and it practically feels like summer year-round in L.A. If there's one cut that truly epitomizes this ubiquitous style, it's the delightfully bedheady, and slightly beachy long bob made famous by one of our city's raddest hairstylists, Anh Co Tran.
You've probably seen Tran's work on Instagram
, Pinterest, and pretty much all over the web. If you're like us, you've been left with one resounding question: How do I score this look at home?
To find out, we spent a day with Tran at his beautiful L.A. salon, Ramirez/Tran
, to learn all of the celeb stylist's favorite tips and tricks. The best part? The textured waves you'll create here can become a base for Day Two and Day Three styles that are just as appealing — without ever lathering up!
Lending her enviable head of hair for this how-to demonstration is one of the first adopters of the cut, Alaina Etue
. An L.A. It Girl in her own right, as the aesthetic director for Genetic Denim
, Etue is the brains behind the brand's shoots, styling, and even some of its designs.
Before we proceed with this tutorial, there's one caveat: You really do
need a choppy long bob to pull off these looks. (If you're updating your 'do, ask your hairstylist to go slightly shorter in back, with a soft undercut and lots of shaggy layers.) Thick hair? Cool. Curly locks? No problem. Just follow our suggested tweaks throughout!
Bookmark this page and get your product shopping list ready, because this may just be the coolest, easiest hair routine, ever. More beauty inspiration: Lighten Up! Summer Hair Color Inspiration From L.A.'s Coolest Stylists45 Summer Drugstore Buys Hollywood's Top Makeup Artists Swear ByIs Using An At-Home Beauty Service Weird? We (Happily) Investigate
Photographed by Molly Cranna