Hairstylist Kim Kimble, star of We TV's "L.A. Hair," has dolled up celebrities including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington. She can count Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz among the photographer-greats with whom she's collaborated, and her work has been seen in Vanity Fair and other A-list magazines. We asked Kimble, whose show has been renewed for 2014, to tell us about the hottest hairs trends this fall.
What are the biggest hair trends for fall 2013? Has pink and blue hair and ombré had its day?
Color is definitely still big for fall but we've been doing more purple, mauve and jewel tones. These are going to be very popular. It's one of those riskier trends. Ombré hair isn't going away but people are finding ways to reinvent it.
Do you see any particular hair length as a big, upcoming trend?
Bobs that hit right at the shoulder, mid-length styles. People are looking for something chic and styled.
I've also been seeing big, voluptuous curly hair. Do you think that's catching on?
Natural hair, more textured hair, lots of volume. When it comes to frizzy and curly hair, [that's] not going anywhere. It's becoming much more popular and people are learning and discovering new and better ways to reinvent themselves with this look.
Are you talking about big naturals like what Solange Knowles wears and the huge afro Oprah wore on the cover of O magazine?
I think more like Solange. What Oprah wore might be a little over-the-top for most people! There's a whole style, especially coming out of New York and the Southern states with natural textures. Solange is very stylish with it.
What about big, bouncy curls, a la the '70s?
We're definitely seeing more big, bouncy curls. People want sexier and fuller hair with more volume and texture. People are sick of stick-straight hair. It was in style for so long and clients aren't asking for it as much as they used to. That's over now.
When you're walking around L.A., at the Grove or walking down Melrose, what do you see as the biggest mistake L.A. women are making with their hair?
There needs to be more education on how to maintain extensions correctly. Women just throw their hair up and you can see the separation [between the natural hair and extensions]. Also, women aren't conditioning their hair enough. As we get older our bodies change and, no matter what texture hair you have, it starts to look dry, brittle and unhealthy. We need to really deep condition and hydrate our hair at least once a month. If your hair is badly damaged, then once a week. If you chemically treat your hair, you need to do a protein treatment as well.
How do you think L.A. hair is different than other places?
We're more relaxed not only with our hair but with our clothing. New York, for example, is more corporate. It's more of a Bohemian, beachy feel here in L.A.