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Vixen Chat: Kim Kimble Dishes on “L.A. Hair” Drama And Explains Why She’s a Great Example For Women

Kim Kimble is perhaps one of the most acclaimed celebrity hair gurus in the business. Remember Shakira's long, flowing locks on NBC's The Voice? Kim styled it. And remember Beyoncé’s glam hair for the Super Bowl? Or Kelly Rowland’s big, curly hair? Yup, those are Kim’s creations too.

But Kim isn’t only a star behind the scenes, now she serves as an industry expert in front of the camera on the second season of her hit TV show L.A Hair. Her new goal? “I want to help people learn, grow and educate them, that’s why I chose to do a TV show,” she says.

On today's (June 20) episode she's slaying the manes of Fantasia, Lil Mama, and Syleena Johnson. But being a megastar doesn’t come with drama. Herewith, Kim reveals what it’s like to be an owner of a L.A. salon, and why she believes in giving her staff a second chance even if they are (really) crazy.

VIBE Vixen: Congrats on your new salon! How has that transition been?
Kim Kimble: Oh my gosh it’s kind of rough because you know with contractors and dealing with the building, it was a lot of work. I’m super excited about it because we needed more space. It’s been really great, but challenging because the drama is real [laughs]. But it’s coming together, I’m happy with it.

Angela is back to working in your salon, but is she staying for good? Or is her appearance temporary?
I believe in giving somebody a second chance. She asked me to come back so I wanted to give her another chance and bring her back into the salon. You will see her back this season, but I do have my eye on her!  I had to be smart about it, but she asked nicely so I gave her an opportunity.

How are things between you and Angela now?
I’ll say this. Angela is not the first Angela in my life. This is a competitive business. I’ve dealt with this in the past and it doesn’t make it easier, but I know that at the end of the day I am blessed. I still have a great career, great clients, and a great business. I am too blessed to harp on whatever she’s done. She has to pay for her actions. I have my vision and goals that I want to do and I’m going to stay focused because I have a mission.
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Do you have a favorite staffer on the show?
My mama. But, besides her, I love me some Dontay; he’s a mess, but I love him. He makes me laugh all the time with his drama and his silliness. He’s talented and he never changes.

How is it working with your mom?
It’s not easy. She’s one of my favorite people in the world but it’s not easy.

Many people say that they watch the show for the drama, but it seems that the show is real-life for you; it’s your career. How do you respond to these people?
To be honest with you, sometimes I wish it wasn’t real. People that know me, know I have a reputation. It’s [being a hairstylist] not something that I just all of a sudden started doing because I have a show. I was a celebrity hairstylist before this show. But, I didn’t want to do something fake and that’s why I was nervous about doing a reality show. And, I know how much drama a salon can be. Oh God!

So let’s talk a little bit about China. What’s her relationship like with you, your staff and clientele?
China is interesting. I worked with her for a while and she’s cool. But, when I finally saw the show I was like “wow!” TV can bring out the best in people, or sometimes it can bring out the worst. I don’t agree with everything China does, just as I don’t agree with what everybody in the salon does. They’re grown people and I’m not interested in raising anybody. I will work with people, that’s just who I am until they get disrespectful. I’ll give you one chance but I don’t know if you’ll get another one because I don’t have too much time to be playing around. But, all and all I think she’s a cool person we have a great relationship.

Are you happy with your entire staff now?
Yes I am, I am happy with my staff.

It sounds like you had issues with everyone at some point, but at the end of the day you respect them as long as they do their work. Is this true?
They are very great stylists and we don’t have a lot of issues. But sometimes they want to test you. They want to do their own thing, they want to be their own boss, they want to have their own staff, and that’s fine. But if you’re going to be here, this is how Kimble Hair Studio needs to operate. I don’t have a problem saying “you can’t do this in my salon” because this is my business and if you can abide by the rules great, if you can’t then you have to go.

I don’t really have too many issues or fights with stylists. If we have an issue then you can’t work in the salon. I’ve had some issues with Angela, yes, but she wasn’t always that vicious. This viciousness is kind of intensified because of the show.

Which the camera will do.
Yes! Some people can easily talk in the confessions because nobody is standing there watching them. But, going back to Angela—she’s just young. I’ve been in this business for a long time. I’ve matured and I can teach Angela a lot of things if she would only listen, but she’s young she has a lot to learn. Life has a way of teaching you—and you can either learn from somebody who’s been in the business, or you can learn as you go through it. The choice is yours.

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What do you want your salon to be known for? What do you want viewers to know and remember?
I want them to remember that we are creative and great hairstylists. I want them to learn lessons from my show—I look at it as education. I want them to learn about Kim Kimble, as not just the celebrity hairstylist, but as an entrepreneur. I’m trying to be the next Madame CJ Walker. Yes I get angry when something doesn’t go right, but who wouldn’t protect their business? Who wouldn’t protect their mother? Who wouldn’t protect their territory? At the end of the day I’m professional, I do my job well and I try to be a great example to women.

Everyone, especially stylists, say women should learn how to care for thier hair. What’s the best way to learn how to take care of your hair?
First you learn from your stylist. You look to your stylist or to other professionals in the industry and take their advice. Also look through magazines for tips from professionals in the industry like myself or other hairstylists. I have a few rules on hair maintenance: 1.) Keep your ends trimmed. 2.) Keep your hair moisturized with the right conditioner, leave-in conditioners, any product that is moisturizing that doesn’t have alcohol in it. 3.) Don’t use a lot of heat in your hair, the more heat you use the more you’re going to damage it. 4.) Sleep in a silk bonnet. If you don’t have a bonnet, use a silk pillowcase or scarf.

We have a lot of readers who are transitioning to be natural, but a lot of them are using heat on their hair because they want their hair to be straight. What are some ways that they can minimize breakage with heat?
If you use heat properly you don’t have to use it too much. But, you must use the right technique. You’re supposed to move in the direction the cuticles in and look when you do it so it doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft. If you want your hair to have a lot of curls and body, don’t over heat it. You don’t over-process it with the relaxer. If you blow-dry it, maybe press it a little bit and curl it with the curling iron, but if you flat iron it and you go back and curl it, you’re doing too much. Also, use deep conditioners or leave-in conditioners that soften the hair.

You mentioned good conditioners. I’m sure your hair care line offers some. Let’s talk about Kimble Beauty a bit.
Kimble Beauty is a solution-based hair care product line. We specialize in natural hair, dry hair, damaged hair, and curly hair. I’m about healthy hair. I love to see the hair respond properly when a product is used on it.

We have a Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry line that’s designed for normal to dry hair and damaged hair types. That line includes a shampoo, masque, leave in conditioner, shine spray and serum. We also have a Bounce Back Curl line that’s designed to enhance, de-frizz, moisturize and control curly textured hair. We designed our line of sulfate free products, with no alcohol, only moisturizing items. There is something for everyone.

Catch Kim and her staff in action, Thursdays at 9pm EST on WeTv

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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.

 

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

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Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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