Beyonce's hair, done by Kim Kimble, at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty
The secrets to red-carpet worthy celebrity hair from stylist Kim Kimble.
THE PERSON: Celebrity hairstylist and Pantene ambassador, Kim Kimble has worked with celebs like Beyoncé, Zendaya, Nicki Minaj and Shakira.
THE SITU: Kimble is in Toronto, and I’m going to get one of her signature blowouts: soft, sexy and effortless. “Women don’t like their hair to look overly styled,” she says. “I try to make them look not too perfect.”
THE GOODS: Pantene Pro-V Style Series Airspray (Level 2 Hold) ($6), the first-ever aerosol hairspray to be completely alcohol-free. It’s formulated with water, which means a softer hold and a delicate scent that smells more like a perfume than a hairspray; notes include blood orange, pink jasmine and amber.
THE RESULT: My hair feels like it normally does—i.e., product-free—but looks like its best self (and stayed that way—for four days). I run into an editor post-appointment while I’m walking down the street and Snapchatting my soft, silky hair blowing in the wind. I’m totally fine with it. (#WWBD)
THE PRO TIPS
DIY red-carpet-worthy hair with Kimble’s advice.
1. Use hairspray the way it's meant to be used.
“Spritz eight to 10 inches away from the scalp or hair, so the product has room to disperse. Pick up sections of hair, spray through them and then let them fall. This gives it body and creates a nice texture, especially if you’re trying to get a good blowout; it gives it a particular movement instead of looking perfectly coiffed.”
2. Red carpet glam takes planning.
“People don’t realize [that getting red-carpet-ready] is a full collaboration between the celebrity, the hair and makeup people and the wardrobe stylist and usually takes a lot of planning. We’ve been seeing a lot of styles lately mixing hairstyles from the past and creating a new twist for a fresh, modern take on an old style. I predict we’ll see more of this trend on the red carpet [this year].”
3. Healthy hair is glam hair.
“Your hair should look good as long as you have a great cut and great colour—and it’s healthy. Healthy hair is easier to style. You should have your hair cut and coloured at least two weeks before an event. This gives the hair time to get the true colour and that lived-in look after the cut.