Rihanna went red and Katy Perry went blue, so what is a regular gal to do? Probably something less drastic like color highlights — especially depending on where you work.
I checked in with Hollywood hairstylist Kim Kimble, who coifs A-listers including Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira, to learn that the color trend is spreading to her everyday clients — especially women of color.
“Color is a huge industry right now and it is on the rise,” says the third generation hairstylist, whose Kimble Hair Studio is in West Hollywood, Calif. “Women are going for bolder, more vibrant colors. Women are experimenting more and are not afraid of color.”
Another trend that Kimble predicts will continue from spring into summer is temporary hair pieces.
“You may be going somewhere and you want to have that look that Beyoncé had at a red carpet event, so we are working to create a system where a client can put the piece on and have that look. It is actually cool because it is a hair accessory.”
Kimble, who was head of the hair department on the upcoming feature Sparkle, Whitney Houston‘s last film, reveals she used pieces for some of the looks she created for Houston and Jordin Sparks in the film. Her feeling is that their use is becoming more and more common among women in general.
“It is an accessory. It is part of your style,” she says. And she points out that pieces are helpful for women with damaged hair, who can just clip in a piece for a fab ‘do — she does not recommend using pieces that require glue — and be on their merry way.
A final hair tip for spring is the return of natural texture. “I think people are starting to embrace their curly, textured hair and it is going to be more fashionable to have that look,” she says. “There are a lot of products on the market that are about creating texture because people are learning that their hair is damaged from all the heat from curling and straightening irons, so they are learning how to love and wear their texture.”
Kimble Hair Care Systems, which can be found at select Target stores or online, includes products to help with both texture and damaged hair.
“My mantra is healthy hair and style should co-exist,” says Kimble, whose new TV series L.A. Hair, premieres Thursday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv. The series — with eight, one-hour episodes — will follow Kim as she manages her team of talented, yet high-strung stylists – including her mother Jasmine – as they make over Hollywood’s elite, one strand at a time.