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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Perry Holmes on

I am very happy for her. It’s exciting but not really that big of a deal to me since she basically had some version of this hairstyle in Cadillac Records.

Kim on

Can I please go throw up now..

Capwhan on

Even with a million years of evolution that weave type of hair will never come from her head.

Leslie on

Perhaps she will drop her hair dryer in the water and reach to get it. Zap!

Cher on

“If I were a boy…” Wish granted.

Randzo on

Beyonce is gorgeous…..she is being natural…..”bowdown” u haters….queen b ”run the world”

Delia on

Nappy

Karmen on

Only the African folk like this nap of a do.

ProudAmericanWoman on

I’m so glad I’m not a black woman- there seems to be this whole hidden world of hair politics that I had no idea even existed! Apparently, you criticize each other for letting your hair look how it naturally would, so you give it all sorts of expensive & time consuming treatments. Then you criticize each other for that, too, because it’s not natural, so then if someone stops doing it, they get criticized for stopping. No one can do right it seems! How about you do what makes you feel beautiful and not worry about anyone else’s choices? No hair judgement anymore!

Tammy on

And this is news because???? I’m curious if she donated her “hair” to a charity to benefit someone who needs it. My guess is no…

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