The Person Most Shocked By Beyoncé's Short Hair: Her Stylist!

08/08/2013 at 02:46 PM ET

Beyonce short hairCourtesy Beyoncé

When Beyoncé posted the cut seen ’round the world on Instagram last night, there was one person more shocked than most: Her stylist Kim Kimble.

Kimble, the star of We TV’s L.A. Hair and Beyoncé’s longtime stylist, had drawn up a whole hair concept for a video they were shooting together this weekend — and now she has to go back to the drawing board.

“I had a whole plan laid out … I wanted to do a retro ‘50s type of hair. I feel like there’s going to be a meeting soon!” she tells PEOPLE, laughing. “It won’t be the long, wavy, typical hair, but I’m really excited to do something different. No matter what, she knows I’ll give her what she wants!”

Kimble says her reaction upon seeing the new do on Instagram Wednesday night was more than surprised — it was emotional. “I got a little teary eyed!” she confesses. “I’ve been working for her so long, she has this beautiful long hair and it’s hard to grow hair out. I feel like it’s my hair, I work so much with her. I feel a little emotional but excited for her too. Maybe I’ll cut my hair off now. Short hair, don’t care!”

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And despite many commenters speculating Beyoncé just removed her weave or extensions, Kimble says, “She had great, thick long hair, which she cut off because she’s ready to make a statement. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beautiful, sexy, bold and I can do it all. She’s the perfect model for that: A working woman, mom, superstar, businesswoman. She’s powerful in herself. “

So what does Kimble have in mind for this particular superstar at Saturday’s video shoot? She’s still working on the concept, but she’s excited to experiment with the star’s new “easy, effortless style” — whether she plays up her natural curls or goes for something more sleek — and she plans to experiment with grooming creams, waxes and her own shine serum.

But regardless of what anyone else thinks of the style (and we’re loving it!) “It had to be her decision,” Kimble says. “This was a big step, and it’s perfect timing.” For lots more of Kimble’s high-profile hair clients, watch L.A. Hair on We TV Thursdays at 9:00 EST and check out her website, then tell us: Would you ever go super short? What statement do you think B is trying to make?

–Alex Apatoff

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Tamara on

Not sure whether she cut her hair or took out her weave. But it works. I cut my hair a few months ago because of damage and LOVE my short pixie

Stephi on

…….”because she’s ready to make a statement. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beautiful, sexy, bold and I can do it all. She’s the perfect model for that: A working woman, mom, superstar, businesswoman. She’s powerful in herself……”. My thoughts?Really? Because she isn’t the model of any woman I would want to be. But hey, that’s just me. Not hating on her and certainly NOT jealous of her…..I just don’t find her to be much of a role model…..

k on

Why should this be such a shock? She probably got fed up with wearing all that fake hair for so long. Besides, this short look is much more elegant and chic.

deana on

so her longtime stylist find out via instagram that she chopped all her hair off??! seems kind of strange. maybe she was emotional because beyonce didn’t come to her when she decided to do that major cut!

Sho Nuff on

Yes, her hair was a wig, HOWEVER, she herself did have a nice lengthy grade of hair and that is what she cut and what her stylist is speaking of. Clearly it’s not about cutting her wig (and by the way, many of these celebrities and non-celebrities wear a little extra to give them volume and length) Imagine running wild on stage, daily, traveling from country to country as she does and sweating profusely while performing. Would you not be tempted to wear a wig so that your natural hair can have a break and you don’t come out looking crazy? Wigs are like make-up and women shouldn’t be judged if they so choose to wear one. It’s simply to give your hair a break and give you a more dramatic, well-managed look. If you were a millionaire, I’m sure you’d add a little something to give you that special umph. And skip being a millionaire, this is a universal thing. We dont judge our grandma’s for wearing wigs, now do we? LOL. Plus, all the diva’s wear wigs E.g.: Cher, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan. DIVA’S (make NO apology for being a diva, ladies) In the words of Beyonce “pat your weave!” and be fabulous.

Ella on

The headline should really read, “Beyonce Photographed Sans Wig..or Maybe It’s Just Solange Wondering What It’s Like To Be Popular”.

Sydney Chandler on

I’m a Black woman and I have my naturally long hair. I’m sick to death of the misconception that Black women can’t grow their hair long, we can. And some of you flapping your pie holes about the weave and the wig thing, then you need to Google Beyonce’ when she was younger. She had a head full of long hair. This entire subject of a Black woman’s hair is insane. Every woman in my family has long hair unless they cut it and it’s not unusual it’s just people want to have something derogatory to say about any Black woman. Beyonce’ is a gorgeous woman with long hair and with it short.

Fem it Up on

She has a square face, “strongish” jaw, and the neck of someone who stretches the vocal cords and sings a lot. Just needs some statement earrings to fem it up. I’m sure if she had always had short hair, we’d all think long hair would take some getting used to.

Foxtrotter on

I cut my long red curly hair last month for the first time in 20 years. People Mag never showed up to cover the story.

kay on

ugh. like she REALLY cut her hair!! what they mean is that she had her extensions or weave removed…geesh!

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