After finalising four times, Kim Rance was finally crowned Creative HEAD’s It Girl 2015 at The It List Awards last September. Her tenacity and dedication to hairdressing has seen her score incredible session and editorial gigs, and this May (Wednesday 25), she takes to the stage as a guest artist at The Coterie: In Session. This is her story…
“I didn’t particularly excel at school,” Kim remembers. “Instead of revising for my GCSEs, I was cutting the hair of all of my classmates ready for prom and restyling the geeky grunge boys.”
As soon as she could, Kim swapped school for the salon, and joined Clipso in Watford. A testament to her discipline, she rose through the ranks to become junior art director and remained at the business for ten years. “I ran a fully booked column of clients as well as organising shows, teaching and directing in-house competitions,” she explains.
From there, Kim moved to Brooks & Brooks, where she again challenged herself, doing everything from wedding hair to social media. “Sally and Jamie Brooks gave me so much guidance,” she says. “I flew all over Europe, working with brands like Batiste and Diva Professional Styling. The confidence I gained at Brooks & Brooks really helped me, but there simply wasn’t enough time in my day anymore… I was working seven days a week just to keep spinning all the plates. Something had to give; now I work in a salon with flexible hours and I can use my time to work in session.”
After sending out her CV and portfolio to a host of London agencies, Kim signed to Premier Hair & Makeup. “It has really helped me grow and I’ve learnt so much assisting Sam McKnight at fashion week. I can feel myself developing with every job. It makes me incredibly happy.”
Since winning The It List’s It Girl 2015 award, Kim has continued to work on runway looks around the globe (“The day after winning I was on the plane to NYC for the first ever time for Fashion Week.”) She now has editorials for Dazed and Wonderland under her belt, including a cover with The 1975’s Matt Healy.
“After the shoot, we got asked to work on the video for the band’s song ‘The Sound’ and then ‘Change of Heart’. Growing up, I used to watch all my favourite bands on MTV’s Making the Video… and all the time I was working on set with The 1975 I had butterflies in my stomach,” she admits. “My teenage dream is finally coming true.”