“There Are 7 Bags Of Hair In That Wig” Kim Kimble Explains How She Created Oprah’s Cover Look
If you were like us, you marveled at Oprah’s wig in wonder and astonishment. How did she do that? Is it photoshop? Is it a wig? I’m going to be very candid and admit that for a minute I believed it could have actually been Oprah’s real hair all blown out. (I can be a bit naïve sometimes.) But if you’re wondering how Lady O achieved this iconic look, here’s the info.
Kim Kimble, longtime hair stylist to Beyoncé (she was the one behind the short hair cut), Shakira, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Rihanna and even Miss Piggy, was the woman behind this breathtaking style.
Kimble, a Chicago native, was working with Shakira on “The Voice,” when Andre, Oprah’s hair stylist, approached her.
Kimble told Chicago Sun Times how it all happened:
“I saw Andre, Oprah’s hair stylist, on the set of ‘The Voice,’ when I was working with Shakira. He said, ‘I need a really big Afro wig.’ I said, ‘I have just the thing for you.’”
That thing was an Afro wig, weighing 3.5 pounds. The custom made wig was bubble wrapped and delivered in a bright pink travel box. Kimble said the wig contains seven bags of hair and that, naturally, Oprah looks fabulous in it…because she’s Oprah.
The reception to the cover was immediate and further thrust the already well established Kimble into the spotlight:
“When Oprah revealed the cover, I woke up with Twitter blowing up.”
Oprah opens up about her own hair struggles in the issue which hit stands yesterday:
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, how long, how short, how much, or how little hair you have — women, we have issues with our hair.”
Kimble who is obviously well versed in various hair types, had this bit of advice to offer black women when it comes to their hair.
“I say, whatever makes you feel good and creates your confidence, do it,” the third-generation stylist said. “If you prefer natural, go for it. If you like long weaves, I’m not mad at that either. It’s only hair. At the end of the day, it’s an extension of your style, your image. So whatever makes you feel good, rock it.”