Friends Friday | Robert Ramos
Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I’m exceptionally thankful for Fridays this week! Hello Weekend!!!! Today on Jamie Makeup, I am introducing you guys to a friend of mine, Robert Ramos! Robert is a celebrity hair stylist with a huge list of clientele that rave about him including Jessica Alba, Nick Jonas, Eva Mendes, and more. Not to mention, he has his own line of hair care products that is freaking amazing. You need to check it out! Read my interview with Robert Ramos below.
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been doing hair professionally for 29 years.
What drew you to pursuing a career in hair full time?
I knew I wanted to do something creative and fun. I always tried to imagine myself in an office environment and could never really picture it in my mind. I had a friend tell me that I should consider beauty school cause I liked doing my friends and sisters hair. So I did. It was not what I had expected. I expected to learn how to do the covers of magazines and be fabulous, instead we learned rollers sets and theory and chemistry. I thought to myself “what have I done?”
What was your first professional experience like?
It was great until I got fired! Then the next one was much better. It wasn’t until I started to work with Cassandre Bev Hills Salon and Sebastian Intl when I really learned about team work. It was a great learning ground. I got my first break from the salon and did my first big photo shoot 8 pages in Harper’s bazaar and my first TV movie working as a hair personal to the star of the movie. I got to travel, it was all very new and a lot of fun.
What motivated you to launch Robert Ramos Products?
I had always been interested in products and how they were created. It is a passion project and I wanted to make product that I felt was missing in the market or no one had quite made them the way I wanted. So off to a hair lab and begin the process of making products.
What/ who is a daily inspiration for you?
My parents have and are always an inspiration to me. They came from Mexico and learned to speak the language. They invested in real estate and raised 5 children. Growing up I didn’t have all of the things I wanted, but I did have what I needed. I always think if they can do it with the a language barrier, then there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to achieve my goals. Also having goals is always a good thing to have. It inspires one to keep moving, reconnecting with myself towards my goals.
Professionally I’ve always looked at old Hollywood movies from the 30’s 40’s 50’s 60’s 70’s and my favorite era the 80’s. Italian and French vogue has always been a constant in my life. I’ve also loved hair stylists like Sam McKnight, Sassoon, Llongueras and my friend Danilo. Photographers are always a constant like Scavullo, Horst, Steven Meisel and Helmut Newton.
What are two everyday hair tricks that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine?
To stretch a blowdry I always recommend that you pull the hair up in a top knot and loosely clip it with a butterfly clip as to not make a crease in the hair.
Loosely braid your hair while damp into 2 braids and then let them out and you’ve got loose waves.
What three hair styling products would you most highly recommend?
1) I always recommend the Robert Ramos “spray leave-in” I always use the leave in, in the hair to prep the hair before styling.
2) I always use a dry shampoo! Kevin Murphy dry cleaning spray it helps give lift and a bit of texture.
3) I always use a bit of Robert Ramos “Texture Paste” for some lite texture.
What advice would you give to others who have the desire to pursue a career in hair styling?
The thing I always say to people who want to get into hairstyling is go to cosmetology school and really learn what they have to teach no matter how much you don’t think you will use the methods taught. Learn as much as possible. And assist anybody who will teach you about the industry. Not just have you be a servant. This is not an industry for people who are lazy. It’s hard work and a lot of fun.
What has been the most challenging & rewarding parts about your career?
The most challenging will be managing my schedule to rest and have time for my family and friends. The most rewarding is when my clients are happy. Seeing my work in magazines and having my work emulated by YouTubers and bloggers. It’s pretty fun to see how YouTube and Instagram peeps show how I achieved styles from red carpet looks. Most of the time it’s never the way I did it. It just shows there is no 1 way to do anything!
We want to stay connected. Where can we find you? (social media links)
Check out Robert’s full line here: www.robertramos.com
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend.