Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An Insider's Look: Hair Colorist Kim Vo

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If you don't know who Kim Vo is, you're missing out. He's the mastermind behind some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Britney Spears to Kate Hudson. Not to mention his stint as a judge on Bravo's Shear Genius! Recently, Kim and I have become acquainted on Twitter -- and I'm so happy to bring you An Insider's Look on how he first became a colorist, his top trends for spring and so much more.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I am from Vietnam. I always am in wonder about coming from the jungles of Vietnam to the jungles of Beverly Hills. My education was in LA, but my true training was in New York.

How did you know that you wanted to become a colorist?
I’ve always loved color. I paint with oils and acrylics when I’m impatient! My eyes are truly sensitive to different variations of color.

How did you become involved with Shear Genius?
After doing Extreme Makeover for five years and the Daily 10 on E! I had gained enough TV knowledge and respect for our industry to be a judge.

What do you think are some of the biggest color trends for spring?
The big spring trend is working with your natural texture. Golden highlights created by carving and painting while using the natural hair pattern.

How do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration every day, everywhere! I have a photographer's eye. Every ordinary object is extraordinary to me.

What are your top 3 hair tips?
1) Mimic the shine, body and fullness of youth.

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2) Use a deep conditioning moisture mask.

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3) Don’t kill a fly with a shotgun. For example, Don’t over highlight because it causes more dryness. When using hot tools you need a thermal protectant (like Kim Vo Radiant Styling Cream.)

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What is the product you simply can't live without?
The Kim Vo Glaze has always given me a boost of confidence. It is my liquid courage!

Being a colorist must be fun -- but what do you do in your free time?
I’m the male version of Martha Stewart -- hot glue gun and all!

To follow Kim Vo on Twitter, click here.

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