If you say beauty, glamour or Beyoncé’s hairstylist, people immediately know that you are referring to the phenomenal talent of Kim Kimble.
Kim Kimble is an acclaimed hairstylist who is well-known for working with major celebrities and creating innovative and leading-edge hairstyles for her clients. Beauty and glamour is no stranger to this accomplished entrepreneur. Kimble has worked with such renowned fashion photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and Matthew Jordan Smith, and her work has appeared in national ad campaigns including L’Oreal, Pepsi, Neutrogena, CoverGirl, Nike and McDonald’s. Her handiwork has graced every major fashion magazine and she is virtually unstoppable.
This impresario and visionary is never compelled to compete with others. Kimble pushes herself to ensure that she stays at the top of her field, while remaining humble and grateful in her accomplishments.
Kim Kimble chats about Season 3 of her hit reality show, “L.A. Hair,” and how to stay on top of your game in the competitive hair profession.
Q: Did you ever imagine that you would be doing a reality show and in Season 3?
KK: Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself being in or on a reality show. I had been approached several times and I always wanted to produce a reality show, but I didn’t think I’d be in a reality show. I wanted to create shows related to the beauty industry with other people and never thought about bringing it to my home.
After turning down some other opportunities, it was brought to me about doing a reality show about me and my team. I was wary but I met the production team and the timing seemed right. I felt okay with it this time around. I’m so glad that I did because I had the right team in place from both the salon and the production side. When everything is right it just all falls into place and for me it happened so quickly. When they told me that it got picked up for WE tv I was so happy. I prayed about it and I knew that if it was God’s will it would happen. Before I do anything I pray to make sure that it is God’s will, and here we are in Season 3.
Q: L.A. Hair has some very interesting stylists to begin with?
KK: Yes, they are very interesting, very creative and they have strong personalities. Stylists are just like artists too. When you have creative artists together there will be conflict and drama.
My sister Leah (who is the Salon Manager) is back this season and we can be like water and oil. My mom (Jasmine) who is a stylist on the show along with me, they call us, “The Kimblettes.”
Leah believes that my style is too glamorous and extravagant and of course it clashes with her style, which is simple and practical. Leah is very smart and she’s working on her doctorate. As you saw last season, Leah thought my Fendi styling chair was ridiculous and a waste of money because it was too over the top for her taste. I had to make her understand that I wanted it because I worked hard for it and it is a fabulous chair! Although Leah’s the older sister and I’m the boss, she’s still bossy. At the end of the day we’re family and we have each others back, but the drama is still there.
Q: You talked about the importance of education. How do you stay up-to-date with your hectic schedule and what’s your advice to up and coming hairstylists?
KK: Be open to learning everything because when you’re not, you will miss out. No one knows everything. I used to take classes all the time and go to every trade show that was available
to me. I can even learn from other hairstylists. If there is something new that I see another hairstylists doing I will ask them to teach me. I have always been hungry for knowledge and knowing about my industry and the things that I’m interested in.
Go to trade shows and take classes. There has not been one class that I’ve taken that I didn’t learn at least one thing. You learn that one thing and adapt it to your style and create your own. I always like to push myself. I’ll take a client and ask them if I could try a look or technique on their hair. There are a lot of different ways that you learn. I like to learn about the trends, but I also like creating trends. I like to look for things that inspire me to be able to stay ahead of the curve and be a trendsetter. I like to figure out how to create the next trend by staying inspired.
Q: What is the best way to approach another stylist when you want to learn from them? You don’t want to be perceived as copying their look or style.
KK: It’s always best to ask. It boils down to how you approach it with them. Everyone is not going to be okay with teaching you something they consider theirs. If that’s your signature style, just know that person may not want to share it, and that’s okay. McDonald’s is never going to share their signature sauce, so the same theory applies. All you can do is ask. They can either say yes or no. There are other avenues to get knowledge and one of the best methods is to just get in there and try it. I learned a lot in the midst of doing it myself. It boils down to experience. You can also be an assistant for someone’s work that you admire. Most people are very free with sharing knowledge and there will be a few that are not.
I wanted to get some information on some hair steamers for my salon and the hair stylist that had them wouldn’t share the information with me. That’s okay because I researched and I was able to be resourceful and found a vendor that carried them. It’s important to be resourceful.
Q: If people think they have a concept for a reality show and that they would make good TV, what do you suggest and what do they need to know?
KK: First, you are exposed and out there for the entire world to criticize you. You have to have a thick skin and not let it bother you. It is scary but one thing that I learned is that no one is perfect. You’re not perfect in life, you’re not perfect in business, and no one is perfect. Good or bad I think you’re able to learn something from our show. Education is a big deal for me and I think that if you’re a hairstylist you’re able to learn something from L.A. Hair”, on what to do and what not to do.
I try to maintain my integrity because that’s the type of person that I am. Other people on the show may do things that I cannot control. When the cameras come on things come out! Sometimes I’m like, “Wow, really?” It’s a learning experience but as long as something positive comes out of it; I think it’s worth it. Even if I do something that I know that I shouldn’t have done, I try to resolve it immediately. I try to apologize so that we can move on.
Q: What’s next for Kim Kimble?
KK: I started my hair care line and I want to see that continue to grow. I started out being a creative mind wanting to help women. My grandmother started in her kitchen making her own products for women’s hair. I’m a third generation hairstylist so I’m continuing her legacy. I believe in products that are healthy and good for your hair. I’m expanding the Kimble Hair Extensions and Wig line and I want to open a chain of Kimble Hair Salons and educational centers. I would like to teach people about hair care and hair styling. There is a growing demand for people wanting to know about styling hair for television and film.
Education, brand building, producing spin-off television show(s) about the hair industry are on my “Things To Do List.” On top of all of that, I would like to get married too!
Here’s to hoping that Kim does get married one day soon.
Tune in for the Season 3 premiere of “L.A. Hair,” every Thursday, beginning May 22nd at 9 pm and 8 pm Central on WE tv.
See Kim Kimble at SHB International Hair Show, Charlotte, NC, June 30, 2014.
For more information on Kim Kimble, upcoming appearances or to schedule an appointment at Kimble Hair Care visit their website.
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