The Beauty Products Celebrity Hairstylist Kim Kimble Uses to the Last Drop

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Kim Kimble is likely the mastermind behind many of your favorite celebrity hair looks, whether it’s the magic she’s done as hair-department lead of the hit show Euphoria, Zendaya’s flowing mermaid locks in her Valentino campaign, or perhaps a number of Beyoncé’s iconic moments, from the “Crazy In Love” music video to her Coachella performance and the visuals for Black Is King. “My favorite part about what I do is the community and working with so many amazing artists who are so great at what they do,” Kimble says. “I love all of the amazing people I get to be around, traveling and getting to experience different things and different people.”

For Kimble, who is also the founder of Kim Kimble Hair Care, becoming a talented hairstylist was her destiny. “My mother and grandmother did hair, and that’s how I started,” Kimble says of her Chicago upbringing. “What really sold me was seeing the effect it had on people and how they feel after they get their hair done.” Her love affair with hair eventually led her to attend the Universal College of Beauty. But her chosen path isn’t always easy, she admits. “The days can be long, grueling, and exhausting. Sometimes jobs run into each other, and it’s hard to say ‘no’ and choose between clients,” she says. And that’s where the importance of self-care comes into play. For Kimble, that looks like staying hydrated, stretching daily, and lathering her body in sweet almond oil. “Confidence comes from the work you put in,” she says of her routines. “The healthier I get, the better I take care of myself and show self love, which results in my confidence.”


Kim’s A.M. Routine

8:00 — Essentia bottled water: “I make sure that I drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated.”

8:05 — Lululemon The Mat: “Everyday, I must stretch, meditate, and/or exercise a little. I am a spiritual person, and I listen to a lot of preachers in the morning to help me get motivated for the day.”

8:20 — Broc Shot or Hum Nutrition Core Strength: “I love to start the day off with a fruit smoothie, protein shake, or something to give me a boost of energy for my long day.”

8:45 — Yardley English Lavender, by Yardley of London, and SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Sweet Almond Body Oil: “Pastel soap and sweet almond body oil is a must for my skin.”

9:00 — Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk: “I start by putting in natural products so that it doesn’t dry my hair out.”

9:05 — Kim Kimble Curly Butter Crème and Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Repairing Spray Hair Styling Gel: “These products keep my hair hydrated and perfect!”

9:10 — Kim Kimble Celebrity Series Ultra-Light 1875W Pro Hair Dryer, Black & Rose Gold with Concentrator and Diffuser: “Some days I’ll blow out my hair, and others I’ll simply diffuse my curls.”


On the beauty-marketing ploy that makes her cringe:

“When brands only get behind a person just because of their name or status and not because of their expertise in the industry. Brands aren’t using enough expertise and only going by popularity and numbers and not by authenticity.”


On how the beauty industry makes her proud:

“I am proud that there are more products and opportunities for people of color and not only beauty-care professionals but everyday people as well.”


On TikTok and beauty:

“I don’t really have a trend that I can’t stand; I love that everyone is themselves on the platform. People that go on and make fun of other people’s trends or how they do their beauty routine is something that I don’t like about TikTok. It brings negativity, and that’s something I don’t like. I love when creators do makeovers to look like someone or their favorite artists or do retro hair — like the Farrah Fawcett–hair trend was one of my favorites.”


On the ingredients that are overhyped:

“Ingredients that are overhyped are things that have grease. Everyone thinks it’s actually helping the hair, but it’s not. For example, petroleum has no nourishment to it — it may cosmetically put a Band-Aid on the issue, but it’s not really helping anything. A lot of times, it may even block the hair follicles.”


On the ingredients she avoids:

“An ingredient that you should avoid at all costs is drying alcohol … except for hair spray because there is no way around that. Not all alcohols are drying, but those that can be — in gels, for example — are the ones to avoid.”


On her favorite ingredients:

“I love natural ingredients and oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, hair keratin, vitamin E, shea butter — all things natural!”


On her hero product:

“I have to sleep with my bonnet at night — the silk bonnet — because it keeps my hair looking good and shiny. I can’t live without it. I developed this from my client’s request because they couldn’t find silk scarves and pillow cases. I wanted to help them maintain their hair, and silk bonnets help to make styles last.”


On her favorite beauty services:

“Some beauty staples that I swear by, outside of products, include massages, foot detoxing, and infrared sauna sessions to sweat.”


On the routine she must do even when in a rush:

“If I only have time for one thing, I am making sure my hair is done and looks good. I love to make sure I have a shine serum or shine spray because a little shine can always make your hair look better!”

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