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Behind the Scenes with Kim Vo

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"Long ago, I broke down in my mind what a specialist is-and what I came up with is someone who can explain things in understandable terms," he says.  "While some people are wired to think in terms of consultations, my brain is wired to think in soundbites."

That innate ability proved to be the foundation for his meteoric media rise, but Vo has come to realize the roots of that ability began in childhood. With a mother who was a manicurist, Vo started developing a working understanding of the beauty business long before he started learning English at the age of nine. "At the beginning of my career, I was still working on English. When people would explain things to me, sometimes they'd get very complicated," he explains. "I learned to break down the information into simpler terms, which in turn, helped me be able to explain things in simpler terms."

Don't ask Kim Vō to do something half way. Described as "the best blonder in the business" he is also one of the most committed. When preparing to launch BLONDME by Schwarzkkopf Professional (for which he is acting as Ambassador) Vo concieved and created an event that took elements of today--Victoria's Secret, Luis Vuitton--and combined it with inspiring beauty icons of the past--Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn--for a thorougly modern, very theatrical and sexy mix.

Called “Proper to Pin-Up,” original costumes were designed by longtime Vō collaborator, stylist Julian Barcellz, and each represented one of the toners in the BLONDME line. As directed by Vo, the models would appear first in prim, feminine dresses, their long-hair gathered in faux bobs. Then, because as Vō says, "we all have two sides to us" they pull their pins and fling off their frocks to reveal vintage-inspired lingerie and loose, flowing locks.

Kims Secrets to Beautiful Hair

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Kims Secrets to Beautiful Hair

Globally recognized for his work on televisions’ “Extreme Makeover” and “Shear Genius,”Kim Vō is an acknowledged color expert and style authority. As the Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Global Ambassador, Vō works with the Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME color and care range to create a beautiful variety of blondes.

During a recent visit to Vō’s namesake salon at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vō demonstrated the lifting power of BLONDME and a strobing technique to create face-framing highlights on a brunette model.

Globally recognized for his work on televisions’ “Extreme Makeover” and “Shear Genius,”Kim Vō is an acknowledged color expert and style authority. As the Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Global Ambassador, Vō works with the Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME color and care range to create a beautiful variety of blondes.

During a recent visit to Vō’s namesake salon at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vō demonstrated the lifting power of BLONDME and a strobing technique to create face-framing highlights on a brunette model.

“It’s very common for a brunette to come in and show me a Victoria’s Secret Nordic blonde model and say, ‘I want that,’ Vō says. “But instead of discouraging them, I help them understand that it is a journey, they have to be patient and that it could take up to six months. At that first session, you can give them a taste of what it will be like and now you have locked them in. The business of being blonde builds a stylist’s business.”

The Color You Always Wanted

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Kim Vo on How to Maintain Color in Long Hair

Remember that with hair that’s been repeatedly colored over the years, the ends begin to disintegrate, meaning longer hair needs regular treatments for healthy-looking shine. The good news is that there are a multitude of products that can help you achieve the desired effect. Thermal-guard sprays used before blow-drying cut down on negative heat effects. Many shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients like ME-10, which makes the hair dry up to 75 percent faster to ease blow-drying damage. Ionic hair dryers also do their part to preserve the hair, and longer locks can get a dramatic face-lift from thermal reconstructors. With a little effort, long hair can look its majestic best.

When dealing with your clients’ expectations for long hair, it’s important to be realistic. How long a person’s hair can grow hinges on several factors, including rate of growth (on average, a ½ inch per month), replacement growth (usually every three to five years) and texture (the finer the hair, the less likely it will be able to grow long). So if your client’s hair grows at a rate of a ½ inch a month and replaces itself every three years, the longest her hair can get is 18 inches. Additional factors, such as increasing age, can slow hair growth and alter its texture.

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Kim Vo is a Color GENIUS!

Kim Vo, master-colorist to A-list Hollywood, has a unique and innovative vision of beauty. Rooted in his Vietnamese-French childhood, his artistry with hair and beauty jump-started in New York and developed in Beverly Hills.

He began his professional training at The Spot in New York. Later, he moved to Beverly Hills to join the most exclusive salons in the West Coast, Cristophe and Privé. There he served many prominent figures, including Hillary and Bill Clinton. Soon, L’Oréal hired him as a Master Colorist and he traveled to Europe where he began his in-depth study of cutting-edge French technology in the beauty industry.

Kim Vo, master-colorist to A-list Hollywood, has a unique and innovative vision of beauty. Rooted in his Vietnamese-French childhood, his artistry with hair and beauty jump-started in New York and developed in Beverly Hills.

He began his professional training at The Spot in New York. Later, he moved to Beverly Hills to join the most exclusive salons in the West Coast, Cristophe and Privé. There he served many prominent figures, including Hillary and Bill Clinton. Soon, L’Oréal hired him as a Master Colorist and he traveled to Europe where he began his in-depth study of cutting-edge French technology in the beauty industry.