Exclusive Interview with Cassie's Hairstylist, Cesar Ramirez

drugstore.comCesar Ramirez is a celebrity hairstylist who works with recording artist Cassie, high fashion editorials, and new muscial artists like Kat De Luna, to create beautiful, dramatic, signature looks (including the half-shaved head that Cassie's been sporting recently).

Now you can learn more about how he approaches creating hairstyles, the background behind Cassie's head shave, plus his amazing hair product recomendations for every hair type and budget! - RLB

RLB: I notice that the look for Cassie, as well as much of your editorial work, is very "sculptural" in feel. Where do your ideas come from - what inspires your looks?
CR: I love shapes and texture and always go for silhouettes that complete the entire look.

RLB: working with her. What are some different types of looks that can be created with this type of cut? What are the best products to use for naturally straight/wavy hair, and then curly hair or relaxed hair that may be in this style?

CR: I’ve been working with Cassie for years before she shaved her side and since we both love to try new styles we felt her latest cut was more fitting to her personality. The meaning behind the cut is to be real and not overdone yet giving you a feeling of rocker, bed head, and tasseled, fun hair.

The best products to use when trying to accomplish Cassie’s look:

Naturally straight hair: Texture Spray by Shu Uemura for a piecy textured finish.

Wavy hair: Sublimateur Jour by Kerastase as it provides a shine and frizz-free finish.

Curly hair: Redken’s Ringlet 07 for soft hold and control

Relaxed hair: Kerastase Cemint Thermique to help reconstruct and provide moisture.

RLB: What 5 hair products are always in your kit and never let you down?

CR: TIGI Rockaholic Dry Shampoo

Redken Fabricate

Redken Workforce

TIGI Root Boost

Shu Uemura Polishing Milk

RLB: What is your latest new hair product discovery and why is it great?
CR: Brazilian blowout treatment for frizz and unruly hair.

RLB: What types of products do you still see a lack of in the market place?
CR: Multi purpose products that can be used for curling, flat ironing, creating texture and/or heat protection all in one.

RLB: Do you work a lot with wigs/extensions for some of your more dramatic looks? If so, what are the best hair products to work with this type of hair?
CR: Yes, dramatic looks are the best. I use all natural hair and therefore can use the same type of products or tools I would use on human hair.

RLB: What are your favorite 5 drugstore hair products?
L’Oreal Paris Pumpingcurls

Redken Workforce 09 Hairspray
Sebastian Potion 9

TIGI Rockaholic Born To Rock Leave in Detangler

Gillette Style Sculpting Paste

RLB: What hair product splurge is worth every penny?
CR: Shu Uemura Art of Hair.

RLB: What projects/celebs are your working on now or in the near future?
CR: I’ve been working with Kat DeLuna for the past 2 years and recently worked on her latest video “Push Push” featuring Akon. We are now collaborating on designing her new look for the upcoming tour.

Cassie has lately been my red carpet muse for events such as the Met Ball and the Elle Women in Music Concert.

I recently joined Top 5 Management’s roster and could not be any happier. The agency has endless opportunities for me and truly believes the sky is the limit.

*Images courtesy of Cesar Ramirez


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