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What happens when you mix sweet-as-sweet-tea southern charm with the cosmopolitan vibes of a Midwestern metro? You get the lovely, talented Haley Kimble (@haleyki), originally from Tennessee and now based at Ulta Beauty’s Chicago flagship store on the Magnificent Mile. Don’t let her polite demeanor fool you though—she can whip out a badass blonde!

Haley Kimble

@haleyki

Ulta Beauty, Chicago

Specialty: Blonding, color

Top-performing post: A simple bottle blonding retouch technique, but it’s a quick, handy trick to have in your back pocket.

Favorite apps: Facetune refines my work and gives refreshed look to the image.

I follow: Sonya Dove, Ammon Carver, really all the Ulta Beauty Pro Team.  They genuinely inspire me.

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Pro tip: Natural light is always my best friend; and try to give a truly useful share for other stylists in the comments when possible.

Hidden talent: I do a pretty great fashion pony.

Fun fact: I can write raps about any topic given five minutes.

My audience follows me because: I think my core audience consists of other stylists I’ve encountered either personally in classes I’ve taught or other events throughout my journey that know I love this industry and enjoy building others up.

How social media changed my life: It’s been a great platform for me to express my artistry and explore my creativity and celebrate others’ simultaneously.

My first @modernsalon feature: I did a red French twist that represented a lot of the techniques I’d picked up over the years but put my own spin on it. I was proud of my work, but I felt the biggest burst of pride when @modernsalon deemed it worthy to repost!

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