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The Man with the Midas Touch with Hair

September 20th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

KIM VO, Colorist and Stylist to the Stars (Photo: PR)

“The Man with the Midas touch with Hair”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

There is a difference in


hair and the difference is


He is similar to an artist

with a paint brush, only

Kim uses his

brush to create a color


with vibrant colors on his

client’s hair.

The famous Hair Stylist of the Stars, Master Colorist Kim Vo

spends time between his four salons in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills,

Laguna Beach, and San Francisco.

I was thrilled to meet him at the Mirage Resort, in Las Vegas and

asked, “What factors are important when you decide which hair

color to use?”  Kim answered, “The difference between a $35 hair

color and a hundred and fifty dollar color is looking at the hues of

the skin, the eye color and the flex of the eye to see how light will

affect them.

The term Makeover is the perfect way to describe Kim’s coloring

style.  I think that is why he is different from all of the thousands

and thousands of other colorists.  Kim feels, “That is one of the

reasons, the other reason is I am an approachable person, people

can talk to me about what they really want in their hair and their

look.  I can give it to them without attitude.

I have done Makeovers and Extreme Makeovers for several years

now.  When I do a Makeover, some people ask for the fantasy

color they always wanted, but have a hard time communicating it

to their stylist, so when they say, ‘I want a Makeover’, I ask, Do

Sandy Zimmerman AFTER her Extreme Makeover

Sandy, your Makeover was a shout!  I also wanted to match the

golden highlights to the flex of your eyes.”

And my hair did change from a whisper of dull reds and dreary

yellows to a shout of vivid golden highlights and a glowing

toasted pecan color.  I realize my red hair was too dark before and

now the combination of new colors brings more light to my face.

I could hardly believe the effect of hair color in the way a person


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The Man with the Midas Touch with Hair

(Photos: Tony Auvinet-Creative Director,               Sandy Zimmerman-Before, and Tony with another client, and client in special hair dryer.  Left to Right)

Kim knows how to capture the perfect blend of colors

and he weighs EVERY detail of a person's face to

find the perfect formula.

Kim is very creative and reaches beyond simply

coloring a client's hair, he seeks to individualize his

techniques for each person.  Kim's trained eyes

notice details which are important in

the overall picture. "I keep everything in mind,

generally the whisper, talk or shout, with the

shouters we know to shout, the

whisperers we know to give delicate highlights. 

We love making people feel great, and understand

how to make people look special."

Voted  Best Blonder in the Business  by Vogue

Magazine, Kim modestly said, "It was such an

honor, I love color in all different

hues and do not just do blonds. 

I use all hair colors.  Hair coloring

has to be very special because this is not an

assembly line, it has to be unique."

Tony Auvinet, Kim VO Salon's Creative Director, is

one of the finest Styling Masters, each cut is

specially designed for the individual

and each cut is a masterpiece.   

Kim describes Tony's techniques,

"Tony cuts hair like Edward Scissorhands, flinging

the scissors everywhere.

Tony makes the most beautiful cuts because he does

not cut the hair every time.  Very little hair gets cut,

but Tony's precision is amazing." 

I wanted an easy hair style and love my

exciting modern look Tony created.

I compared Kim's technique to an artist painting on

his own canvas with hair because he knows colors so

exceptionally well, but he really is an artist on

canvas. Kim paints in oils and loves

the textures and prime colors.  "Even where I put

the foil placement in my client's hair is very artistic

and has to do with art.

I took some enrichment classes, but I think you have

the touch or you don't.  You have to be lucky to

understand the techniques

of art and apply them to hair color.

Kim's schedule runs seven days a week working on

30 clients a day.  His celebrity clients include Kate

Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Teri

Hatcher, Pamela Anderson, Kirsten Dunst,

Jenny McCarthy, and Katherine Heigl, just to name

a few.

The Kim VO Salon, inside the Mirage Resort, is

open from 9 am- 7 pm, 7 days a week. 

For information, call 791-7474.