She is one of the most talented and in-demand hairstylist working with Hollywood’s glitterati. Her client lists includes Beyoncé, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Gabrielle Union, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige just to name a few.
Kim Kimble is a celebrity hairstylist, entrepreneur and working mom. On top of that she is also the star of WE tv’s breakout series “L.A. Hair.” Debuting its third season this Thursday,“L.A. Hair” will once again give us a glimpse into Kimble’s world as she shows us her creativity and the demands (that she always delivers on) when working with Hollywood A-Listers, the difficulties of working with family in your business and the drama of the talented, but mischievous “L.A. Hair” staff.
Kimble seems to balance all of the demands placed on her hectic schedule, seamlessly. Yet, she still is one of the most humble and down-to-earth people you could meet. Kimble shares how dreaming big and working hard has made her one of the most acclaimed celebrity hair gurus in the business.
Q: Do you pinch yourself to see if all of your amazing accomplishments are real?
KK: I am just so thankful for all of the things that God has blessed me to be able to do. I believe that God designed me this way because that was his will and I believe there is more to come. That is why I humbly appreciate where I’ve been, what I’ve gone through and what I have built. I believe there is a bigger, greater picture for me. I feel that God has definitely got some more work for me to do.
Q: You make it all look so easy working with the most celebrated names in entertainment. Share with us the journey that it took you to get to this level of success that you have earned.
KK: It is definitely a process and it doesn’t stop. For example, I worked all night Thursday into Friday with a client. Friday afternoon I flew to New York for another client. I worked all day Friday afternoon into the early hours of Saturday morning; caught the red-eye from New York (flew all night) to Los Angeles. Left LAX and I just arrived this afternoon for another client at my salon. Now I’m sitting here with you for an interview. It takes a lot of work and it’s not easy. I’ve missed out on many things because of my work. My career is demanding and people call you at the drop of a dime and you have to be available. So there was a lot that I had to learn on how to deal with the demands on your schedule and balancing it all, and I’m still learning. You can be so passionate and driven about your career that you neglect yourself. I love doing hair and I strive for success in building my brand. You come to realize that there is a price when you’re building your career. There are relationships and events that you miss out on because you have to work. It is a different lifestyle and the hours are not always easy. It’s a demanding job that requires you to be on top of your game. You can’t be lackadaisical. If someone calls you about an album packaging shoot you must be prepared to bring different ideas and new concepts. I have to be able to create new things for my clients at all times. You also have to be able to spend money in educating yourself. I’ve spent a lot of money ensuring that I keep learning and evolving. It’s a lot of work and it’s not easy.
Q: In essence, you haven’t slept in 3 days?
KK: Pretty much. I’m trying to keep a balance by getting back on track with my workout regimen because all of the flying is wear and tear on the body. Let’s not talk about when international travel is involved because you’re dealing with the various time zones. You look up and an entire day has gone by. Nevertheless, I am still grateful and humble to have the kind of career and work that I love doing. You just have to learn to balance and take time for yourself, which I’m still getting better at doing for myself.
Also, knowing when to delegate is so important. It helps to surround yourself with a good strong team. In this business (or any business) you want to make sure that you have good, solid and loyal people on your team who will have your back. For example, my flight was delayed and I had a client that was scheduled for an appointment with me. Even though my flight was late, I had one of my staff members step in so that my client wasn’t kept waiting. She was able to get the client started and I arrived to finish styling her. It takes a team to keep things working well. You can’t do it all by yourself. My advice for entrepreneurs or working professionals is to always surround yourself with good people.
Q: Let’s talk about delegating and knowing when to let go. When you’re first starting out you are doing it all yourself. Then you get to a point where you start to grow that you must delegate to be successful. What is your advice?
KK: I’m still learning that myself. You can’t be everywhere and you can’t duplicate yourself. It’s so important that when delegating you are doing so to a trusted person with the proper skill(s) level. Often time’s clients will call you and want to book you for the same time as another client. I have a staff of stylists that I can refer people to that I know the client will be in good hands. You want to refer them to people that are loyal to you and you want to know that their intentions are good. That’s why it is so important to determine a person's intentions during the interview process. There are people who will lie during the interview but they will reveal themselves later. People are so hungry that they will do anything, even to the point of trying to take your clients. If that client strays and if you treated them well they will eventually come back. I make it hard for a client to stray to another hairstylist because I spoil my clients and give them my best. That makes it difficult for someone who doesn’t have the same mentality and work ethic to keep a client of mine that was wooed away.
I firmly believe that you reap what you sow. Sometimes the client may need to go and see if the grass is greener on the other side. It’s just like that saying, if you have a closed hand nothing gets out…..but also nothing gets in either. You don’t get blessings by having a closed hand. You also have to learn that people will come and go in your life and only a few will stay. My advice is to do your best, surround yourself with good people, treat your clients well and everything else will fall into place.
Q: What can we expect to see on “L.A. Hair,” Season 3?
KK: People are tweeting that this new season looks really good! In terms of TV it’s even better because we’re into the groove of the show and the new salon is fully in place. The cast (Leah, Naja, Dontay, Terry, China, Anthony, Jasmine and Jose) are still amazingly interesting to watch and you’ll see me styling some new celebrities and really cool hair this season. There is definitely drama and some surprises that you'll need to tune in to watch. Even before I had my TV show I knew that salons were full of drama, it’s just the nature of the business. “She stole my client.” I knew that this would be interesting TV because in every salon there is at least one dramatic person and my salon is no different.
Tune in for the Season 3 premiere of “L.A. Hair,” Thursday, May 22nd at 9 pm and 8 pm Central.
See Kim Kimble at SHB International Hair Show, Charlotte, NC, June 30, 2014.
For more information on Kim Kimble, upcoming appearances, hair care products or to schedule an appointment at Kimble Hair Salon visit their website.