Back in November, we interviewed celebrity hairstylist extraordinaire Kim Kimble after she taught Kim Kardashian how to braid North’s hair. We got the 411 on Kim Kardashian (apparently her hair skills have improved), and some invaluable tips from Kimble. “When you have curly hair there’s a specific way to deal with it and of course I specialize in multi-cultural curly hair,” she said. “The one thing you really want to do is keep it hydrated and moisturized. You want to use great product on the hair, which I have an amazing line for naturally curly hair. It’s definitely important which ones you use — that they don’t have alcohol in it, that they’re not drying to the hair, and special shampoo that’s going to keep it hydrated.”
To celebrate the premiere of the fifth season of her WEtv show, LA Hair, Kimble went to Refinery29 to share some more of her wisdom. She’s a big fan of dry shampoo, advocates high-shine, styled hair when wearing a menswear-inspired outfit, tells her clients to always apply oil after flat ironing (and really just using oil all the time) and she advocates the use of flexi rods for volume. Kimble also recommends cocktailing an Afro with a mix of curl cream and a serum.
But in addition to invaluable tips, she did spill some info on Bey. For Beyonce’s hairstyle for her legendary Super Bowl 50 Halftime performance, Kimble wrapped Bey’s hair around a double barrel iron in “a figure-8 pattern,” and then brushed out the curls for major volume. Kimble also styled the Queen B’s hair for the epic Hold Up video, which she says was inspired by the Victorian era, when most women didn’t do too much to their hair. The hairstylist simply used a leave-in conditioner to Beyonce’s natural curls and allowed them to air-dry with a middle part. It’s all pretty much doable!
Kimble also just released a new product, a flat iron that uses vapor for both a shiny finish and to reduce damage from heat tools. Check it out here.
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