Hair Maestro Kim Robinson Wants Every Woman’s Uniqueness to be Celebrated

In this exclusive interview, Kim Robinson shared with us some valuable insights on how he defines and creates Asian beauty.


Founded by Kim Robinson, Asia’s most celebrated hair maestro, the kimrobinson salons are beacons of excellence in the world of Asian beauty. Every element of the kimrobinson experience has been carefully crafted to make you look and feel truly beautiful. The team of outstanding professionals work their exceptional skills, creativity and knowledge to take you on an unforgettable journey to incredible beauty.

In this exclusive interview, Kim Robinson shared with us some valuable insights and how he defines and create Asian beauty.

Vanilla Luxury: Who inspired you to step into the hairdressing industry?

Kim Robinson: When I was 14 years old, my mother inspired me.

Vanilla Luxury: What is it about Asian culture and hair texture that speaks to you and your craft?

Kim Robinson: Asian women have a different take on femininity than Caucasian women over 40 years. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work on Asia’s most discerning women who have shared with me their many views on beauty and this has been instrumental in building my technique that I’m known internationally for. Asian hair is so different from Caucasian hair and it has taken me years to perfect a technique that’s exclusive to kimrobinson.

Vanilla Luxury: You have been in the industry for almost four decades. Can you share your most challenging moments and how you overcame them?

Kim Robinson: There have been many challenges that I’ve overcome working with Asian women and their hair, first being communication; second is hair texture and handling the many different Asian hair textures; finally, colouring and perming Asian hair is fundamentally different so this was a major challenge.

Vanilla Luxury: One advise that you will always tell your clients?

Kim Robinson: Have a cut that works for you; don’t have a style that looks good only when blow dried as this won’t last. Get a cut that suits your natural style so it will last long, even after leaving the hair salon.

Vanilla Luxury: This is a personal question, as a fellow hairdresser. What do you do in order to stay ahead of the game?

Kim Robinson: I’m not interested in competing with other hairdressers. I’m only interested in our clients and delivering the very best to them. Our clients tell us that they’re often stopped on the street and told that their hair is so beautiful and asked where they’ve had it done. And to them, it’s priceless!

Vanilla Luxury: Lastly, what do you want to be remembered for?

Kim Robinson: I believe that I will be remembered as an exceptional hairstylist with an eye for beauty. The one and only!

Katherine Tan

31 Jan 2019, 10:00 AM

With almost 20 years of experience behind the chair, Katherine is a hidden gem with a loyal clientele from the media industry. Her passion for hairstyling & communication made her the first hairstylist/writer in Singapore. Katherine’s mission is to share her expertise and best finds from the hair industry through the lense of a hairstylist. She is also the Founder of Salon Now - a platform dedicated to engage, educate and elevate hairstylists in Singapore and all around the globe.