A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that L.A. Hair is packed with interpersonal drama and catty behavior. The language is pretty salty ("ass," "pissed," "bitch"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped), and arguments between the staff are frequent. Alcohol is visible during social gatherings. Tweens and teens may find the visits from popular artists like Brandy and Kelly Rowland appealing, but the show really isn't geared towards them.
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What's the story?
The reality series L.A. HAIR features celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble as she runs her high-end salon that caters to celebrity clients. From helping singers like Brandy and The Apprentice's Omarosa Manigualt-Stallworth look good for the cameras, and working with clients like Kellie Rowland on photo shoots, she has to keep her own diva-like team, including her assistant Anthony, and stylists Dontay, Angela, China, and Terry, in check. The rather spacey Charity also creates some challenges. When things go wrong her mom and stylist Jasmine Kimble offers advice. It isn't easy, but Kim works hard to remain professional while transforming her clients one hair at a time.
Is it any good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look into the world of a high-end stylist and her staff. While there is some discussion of hair and how to cut it, color it, and/or weave it, most of the show's focus is on over-the-top drama between the staff, much of which feels staged for the cameras.
Folks who like the gossipy indulgence that comes with beauty-shop reality might find it entertaining, especially when a celeb shows up to get something done and is pleased with the results. But the constant bickering featured here might make you want to pull your hair out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about hair salon-centered reality shows. Is it the styling or the stylists that make the show appealing? Are viewers expected to learn anything about hair or hair styling from these shows, or are they just promotional vehicles for the salon and/or stylists being featured?
Do you think a show about well-behaved staff at a well-managed salon would be an interesting TV show? What makes reality shows successful?