A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims at an event. I was so intrigued by his personality and story that I had to get an interview. Thankfully he was gracious enough and agreed to have a phone conversation with me!
Before we start the conversation, here’s a little background information on how Larry Sims started his career. He started as a backup dancer but not just any dancer. He always had a passion for hair so he would style the artist’s hair and makeup backstage. One day someone noticed and passed his name on to Celebrity Hairstylist Ken Paves.
Later, Larry worked as an apprentice for Ken and occasionally filled in for him from time to time. One day, as luck would have it, Ken was not available and Larry was able to fill in to style none other than Victoria Beckham. Yes, that’s right…Larry is the one and only who cut and styled her famous bob hairstyle. The rest is history and needless to say, his client list has grown there.
Now that you have the quick version of his background, sit back and enjoy a conversation with Larry Sims!
BSS: What is your definition of beauty?
LS: Self-confidence, personal style, freedom of expression and being a trendsetter.
BSS: Who was your biggest influence?
LS: As a dancer my biggest influence were the people on the glam squads working on films and videos. Like: Christopher Maldonado – stylist for Aaliyah who passed away was my biggest influence. Oscar James is a huge influence and my mother with her own personal beauty style.
BSS: What advice would you give a cosmetology student who is interested in starting out in the beauty industry?
LS: Do your homework, be around people who are successful and stay humble, perfect your craft and do test shots. Be an apprentice for a stylist so you can learn more.
BSS: When someone is looking for a new hairstylist what are the top 3 tips they should look for?
– Read yelp reviews
– Ask for referrals
– A great stylist will ask about your lifestyle and history of your hair
BSS: What is the hairstyle trend for 2014?
LS: Natural, textured hair, and hair that is not perfect. More of an editorial look like a messy bun.
BSS: When shopping for hair products, what ingredients should people look for and what should they stay away from?
LS: You don’t necessarily get better results with more expensive products. Stay away from products with additives. Get products with moisture, proteins and protect the hair from heat.
BSS: What is the best way to winterize your hair?
LS: When wearing hats make sure your hair is super moisturized and conditioned. Avoid hats with wool as they can damage the hairline and break the hair. Use cashmere or silk scarves.
BSS: How can my readers maintain healthy hair at home?
LS: Keep your hair moisturized, do masking with deep moisturizing treatments and use heat protectants.
BSS: You have just launched the Go Pro Curls line, how do you see your brand expanding over the next 3 years?
LS: Go Pro Grow will be launching in 2014 and I want to expand my brand outside of hair. I want to be the Martha Stewart of beauty…candles, bedding, sheets and more.
BSS: Where can my readers find the Go Pro Curls line?
LS: We are in Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores. In 2014 we will be in Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS and online.
BSS: Is there any other information that you would like to share?
LS: TV projects are coming and the Go Pro Grow line is launching
BSS: Larry, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me and sharing your story!
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