*Los Angeles – WEtv’s “L.A. Hair” star Terry Hunt has added music artist to his resume. The celebrity hairstylist is the lead vocalist and one of the writers of the dual version single titled, “Beautiful.” (Scroll down to listen.)
Hunt gives music lovers a choice of mood music with an R&B “grown and sexy” and a Club “high-energy” re-mix version of the single both to hit iTunes and all other digital formats on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Hunt says the inspiration behind the song is his mantra to all women, “Whatever word you use to describe a woman, make sure you use beautiful before it.”
*In addition to maintaining celebrity hair (she’s laid hands upon everyone from Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, the late Whitney Houston, Sade, Britney Spears, Jada Pinkett Smith, and even the iconic Miss Piggy), WE TV’s Kim Kimble has made a name for herself with her reality show, LA Hair.
Media Partner, theJasmineBRAND.com recently caught up with Kimble, where she gave details about a new spin-off in Atlanta (tentatively called “Atlanta Hair“).
*Kim Kimble, the star of “L.A. Hair,” and celebrity stylist is arguably the biggest name in black hair.
Kimble has a long list of clients including name stars like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira and Mary J. Blige.
She is mostly known for her reality show “L.A. Hair” (Thursday nights at 9/8c on We TV). With the show in it’s second season, Kimble has definitely been keeping quite busy.
Between expanding her business into a second location, launching her line of her hair care products and running her salons, she has her hands full as a female entrepreneur and stylist.
Kimble sat down with TheGrio to talk about her dealings with business and the ever so important issue of hair among black women. In light of it being summertime, she also divulged some insight on how to maintain hair while in the hot weather.
theGrio: You got your first big break styling hair on the film B.A.P.S., but your introduction to the hair business came long before then. You’re a third-generation stylist, right?
Kim Kimble: Yes, I grew up watching my mother and other members of my family do hair, and I would have to say that they inspired me greatly. I am also an avid admirer of Madame C.J. Walker; my dream is to be the Madame C.J. Walker of our time.
It seems like you’re on your way. Season two of L.A. Hair is already on the air and it’s centered on you expanding your business to a second location. What has it been like seeing your business grow as it has?
Having my own business was something that I always dreamed of, and I was very excited when I opened my very first salon yeas ago. Now I’m in my new hair studio on Santa Monica in West Hollywood, and I am thrilled. My new hair studio is about 4,800 square feet, so it’s really huge and I love that. From the posh new look to our extension, eyelash, and nail bars, Kimble Hair Studio is somewhere that you must visit if you reside in or are visiting L.A.
What can you tell us about what we can expect from this season of L.A. Hair?
You can expect more celebs, more drama, and fabulous hair.
NEW YORK – This June, WE tv puts the spotlight on two fierce and fabulous women who are in the business of making people look good, and who all about their own businesses: Kim Kimble in season two of L.A. HAIR and Kenyatta Jones from the brand-new unscripted series, HOUSE OF CURVES.
Kim Kimble of ‘L.A. Hair’
WE tv’s stylish Thursday nights kick off with season two of L.A. HAIR—premiering Thursday, June 6 at a special time 10 PM ET/PT with 11, one-hour episodes—following hairstylist to the stars, Kim Kimble. This season, Kim rises to new heights while whipping the manes of celebrities including Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams, Vivica Fox, Lil’ Mama, LisaRaye, Kyla Pratt, Faith Evans, Fantasia, LeToya Luckett and Debbie Allen.
She continues to build up her business and brand while dealing with the drama of her stylists. With the construction on her new salon finally complete, Kim relocates her staff to her high-end salon in the heart of West Hollywood, where she’s adding an A-list nail technician to her team of high-strung diva stylists. She also sets out to expand her brand with the creation of new hair products and services, but her lofty ideas and chaotic schedule become difficult to balance, so she brings in her bossy sister Leah to help her manage it all. But working with her no-nonsense older sibling for the first time in her life may have just brought Kim more drama than she can handle.
In the season two premiere, Kim unveils her posh new West Hollywood salon. Her first order of business: personnel changes. China is demoted and Kim’s sister takes over as salon manager; Kim also hires a celebrity nail tech who wreaks havoc the minute she steps foot in the salon; and season one’s cliffhanger is finally answered: will Angela be persona non grata in Kim’s new salon or will she give her a second chance? After the season premiere, new episodes of L.A. HAIR will air in its regular timeslot Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT (beginning June 13).
Kenyatta Jones (House of Curves)
HOUSE OF CURVES,premiering Thursday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/PT with six, hour-long episodes, follows the passionate and hilarious trials of Atlanta based, plus-size clothing designer Kenyatta Jones as she kicks down the doors of fashion with her six-inch stilettos, teetering on the precipice of making it big in the fierce world of fashion. Kenyatta is the CEO of Bella René and has designed her dream wardrobe for plus-sized women. With her two best friends from college, an assistant with an attitude and her mother as her main investor, Kenyatta and company will do anything to expand their brand. Mishaps, misadventures and in-house bickering may get in the way of the dream, but in the end, her girls always have Kenyatta’s back. The team is put to the test when Kenyatta and crew compete for recognition in the fashion capital of the world, New York City.
In the premiere episode titled “Full Fashion Frenzy,” Kenyatta and her team prepare for Bella René’s Spring Fashion Show. Kendra, creative director for Bella René, and Sherlynda, seamstress and former creative director for Bella René, try to outdo each other as they vie to be Kenyatta’s number two. When the right buyers don’t show up at the fashion show, Kenyatta makes a power move to get Bella René back on track.
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For more information on L.A. HAIR, go to WEtv.com for exclusive videos, photos, bios and blogs from cast members. And don’t miss a single snip, curl or weave with WEtv.com’s Glam & Go virtual salon where show fans can experiment with fierce L.A. hairstyles by simply uploading their photo to test out different looks.
Check out WEtv.com’s exclusive HOUSE OF CURVES meme generator and share your favorite quotes from each episode, as well as create your very own! Also, visit WEtv.com for sneak peeks, must-see freakout moments and a first look at Kenyatta’s Bella René showroom. Like us on Facebook and follow @WEtv on Twitter (hashtag: #LAHair and #HouseofCurves) for inside information and special giveaways.
L.A. HAIR is produced for WE tv by Eyeworks USA, and executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre and Heidi Dahmen. Lauren P. Gellert and Suzanne Murch serve as executive producers for WE tv.
HOUSE OF CURVES is produced for WE tv by Pie Town Productions and executive produced by Tara Sandler, Jennifer Davidson, Scott Templeton and Jennifer Lane. Lauren P. Gellert and Kate Farrell serve as executive producers for WE tv.
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Watch sneak peeks of “LA Hair” and “House of Curves” below:
*Hollywood celebrity stylist, Kim Kimble, is well known around the industry, due to having earned the status of go-to stylist for high-profile celebs such as Kelly Rowland, Brandy, Beyonce’ and others. Her expertise in “all things hair” have made her a household name among A-Listers when it comes it comes to preparing for Tinsel Town special occasions.
Now, to add even more wattage to her hard earned brilliance, Kimble is joining the fray of reality TV.
“L.A. Hair,” which is set in Kimble’s popular Hollywood salon, will made its debut on WE tv Thursday night. The intended focus of “LA Hair” is the awe-inspiring artistry of Kim Kimble, her “frenemy” and fellow stylist mother, Jasmine, along with her staff: Angela, Dontay,Terry & China. But with all those creative personalities, then throw in a drama-prone assistant, Anthony, and a clueless receptionist, Charity, you get just what reality shows typically serve up: DRAMA. It finds its way to the spotlight, giving viewers the can’t-look-away shenanigans they crave.
Dontay Savoy, Angela Christine Stevens, Anthony Pazos, KIm Kimble, Jasmine Kimble, China, Terry Hunt attend WE tv's launch party for Kim Kimble's new reality series "LA Hair" at Kimble Hair Studio on May 29, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Wise/PictureGroup)
EUR spoke with Kim Kimble about how she started, the show’s drama and her celebrity clients, as well as what she wants the takeaway to be despite the inevitable reality show chaos and disorder.
EUR: How did you become the go-to celebrity hair stylist in LA?
Kim Kimble: I worked on a play, “The Five Heartbeats,” which introduced me to Robert Townsend and from that I was hired on my first film called “BAPS,” because I knew how to do all those crazy styles and they hired me to do that. So, I kept getting jobs in television and film and eventually went on to work with Beyonce on “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” and from that point on, working with her helped catapult my name. People took notice of the work I did on her.
EUR: Your experiences have led to you to owning your own salon, as well as now a reality show. How has that changed the atmosphere in the shop?
KK: They’re used to seeing celebrities come in there, they’re used to seeing cameras. We’ve done, not reality, but morning shows and other events at the salon. Our stylists and clients are used to that high glamour, high celebrity lifestyle at the salon and they’re excited about the show.
EUR: Will we see much about the hair, or will the drama eclipse the art?
KK: We did a ton of makeovers, a ton of hair, and also there are quick little tips on the website. You’ll see Shari Headley, Kym Whitley, Brandy, Monica, Omarosa … when you see us in the salon, you actually get to see more, because the celebs are in the raw. Kelly [Rowland] was actually being prepped for a shoot that day [and episode you saw her on].
EUR: And then there’s the drama…
KK: Hair salons have always been places of constant drama. We try our best to make it a good business and lead by example and what we want is for people to be inspired, to learn more about hair stylists, what they do and get a little sneak peek into the industry, because people think it’s easy being a celebrity stylist and everybody wants to be one. So, OK, you get to see a little bit of, ‘OK, it’s not as glamorous at it looks,’ but it is a great industry to be in and I work with some of the best people in the world and I love my job, so I thought it would be interesting to see that side of the business. And if I can inspire other young entrepreneurs coming up, it’s educational. I want people to learn from it and be inspired.
EUR: How do you manage the gossip in a professional environment with celebrity relationships at stake?
KK: I have a list of rules and I manage people. I sit down and I tell them how I want things to be done. Although, I didn’t raise them, they’re grown people, but you will see in the show that when people break the rules, there will be consequences. I run it just like I run a business, but if we fired somebody every time they do something wrong, then we’d have a huge turnover of hair stylists. People are people and hair stylists are very creative, artistic people, so they are different. They are divas and very competitive…and working with celebrities is even more competitive.
EUR: There was an incident where Omarosa was spoken ill of on camera by your employee, won’t that jeopardize the relationship once it airs?
KK: These are grown people and Anthony is a little dramatic and he was offended, she offended him, so he was very upset. So, all I could do was calm him down. What I was really trying to get from him was what happened and why was he upset, and he told me that she offended him. He had gotten his hair pulled that day. He was already feeling a little out of place being the light-skinned [white] stylist in the salon, so I’m very sensitive to him. I let him know, you never offend a client, the client is always right, but of course I don’t condone clients abusing stylists either, so when I find a situation like that, I have to address it.
EUR: You give away tips and secrets on the show, do you feel that takes away from what you do?
KK: I’m blessed. God gives me new ideas all the time, so I probably got five new ones just now. I educate a lot. I go out and teach classes. I believe you have to give to be blessed, so it’s important to me to share. I’m constantly educating my clients because they need to know how to maintain their hair when they go home.
EUR: You work with your mother who’s trying to tell you how to do things. Does that make it difficult when you’re trying to do your thing?
KK: Well, I’ll be honest with you, she’s been doing this a lot longer than me, so her experience is key and I learn a lot from her. I understand that she’ll always know more than me, because she’s mom and she was first. That’s my mom, she’s just like that, an opinionated virgo, but I do respect her for her knowledge.
EUR: You revealed things about your relationship with your mother that were very private. Any regrets?
KK: I thought it was important to reveal that, because you see other women on reality TV who may have had addiction issues and they still have them, but my mom has overcome them. We had issues because of that that were real, because I was raised in her addiction, but I admire her because she was able to come out of that and I’m actually proud of that, so it has helped us, because we deal with it and it taught me something and it taught her something.
EUR: Who’s your most recent celebrity client?
KK: Brandy has new stuff coming up, she has a new album, a new video coming up that we’ll be working on….I’ll focus on texture, it’ll be very editorial, it’ll look edgier. She’s very daring at this point. she’s very different. I worked with her on the “Never Say Never” album and she had braids back then and I was trying to evolve her out of the braids, but that was part of her brand, part of her look at the time and now she’s very open and adventurous.
“L.A. Hair” airs Thursday nights on WE tv at 9 pm PST/EST.
If you missed the premiere of “LA Hair”, check out the trailer below for a taste of it: