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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kim on

so if kimble didnt cut her hair then WHO did??!! everyone knows hairstylist etiquette…you never ever ever have your hair done by someone else when youve had the same stylist for years. what a slap in the face to kimble.

Chula on

Rihanna can pull off the short hair – Beyonce not so much. B looks like a tranny.

fiona on

no big deal – if she wants long again, she gets extenstions. i also agree that the long hair she had was probably/mostly fake. no biggie – all these celebrities do things like this to keep themselves relevant. you know; “oh look at me know everyone”!

cal on

LOVE IT!
Think it is s-e-x-y!!

catherine on

It would appear that fan in Toronto during her concert did more damage to her mind that her hair. My guess is people were making negative comments about it mangling her long pretty hair; & she thought, alrighty then, how do u like this non-mangled hair. Now u can’t accuse me of having extensions or weaves & all the other ridic comments. Much the same as she wasn’t really pregnant. Why are people so full of hate & negativity, criticism, accusations about celebrities that are there to perform for us and add art, culture, music, sweetness to our worlds? I never understand this malignant behavior!

Charli on

I think it looks cute from the front. The back is not amazing. I would like to see er out and about town with it. I think for her show and shoots she can just add extensions and wigs when the mood strikes her. Nothing has changed. Women love to change up their hair and B is no different. I love it!

postathread on

YAWN…probably the first time we’ve seen her real hair, what with all the wigs/weaves she wears. She ain’t so pretty without all that hair, that’s for sure.

Darlaroy on

I feel that you folks that are saying that she just took off her weave are HATERS! Why she have to wear a weave…..because she’s black? I didn’t here all this when Miley Virus cut off her hair…..oh because she’s white hers must have been real right? Y’all need to be ashamed I’m black and it took forever for my hair to grow out long but it IS POSSIBLE people jeez.

Tiffany on

#HalleDidItFirst IJS!!!!! 👍👏🙌

Anni on

I have been wearing a super short pixie for years, cutting my hair was empowering. It made me feel beautiful, I had no hair to hide behind. Men tell me all the time how sexy my short hair is and how I stand out from most women.

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