Growing up in Portland, Oregon under his mother’s tutelage, young Donovan gained a knack for hairdressing at the age of 17. In 2003 he moved to Southern California, kicking off his career in the field as a student at Toni & Guy Academy in Orange Country.
Upon graduation, he was taken under the wing of another Beverly Hills salon for a year of formal training with seasoned professionals. It was then that Donovan met Anh Co Tran and was invited to join his team. Donovan traveled the country working as Anh’s lead assistant, finally becoming a senior stylist at Ramirez|Tran Salon.
My approach is focused on knowing the cowlicks, hair growth patterns and natural fall of the hair. That’s the reason I do dry cuts—to get the natural fall and movement of the hair, and finally the haircut grows out beautifully into the look we want.
It’s all about listening and understanding in what the clients want,” says Donovan, “providing the service in a professional manner to not only make them feel comfortable, look better and most importantly build their confidence, but to have them come back and begin building that relationship through trust and loyalty … all because of one amazing experience in my chair!
I think all my clients know I have a good sense of humor. I try and make them laugh at least once through the visit. I feel it brings a sense of comfort.
Being a stylist in this industry gives me a sense of peace. Through my love of hair styling, I’m able to conquer the looks that best suit my clients and, hopefully along the way, change lives in a positive manner.