Kim Kardashian West is the Harry Houdini of Hollywood. In a world obsessed with detailing every minute move celebrities make, she still manages to give press the slip and pull out surprising transformations with some regularity. Granted, she has decidedly less facial hair than the great Houdini -- either that or she's lasered it off by now.
For her most recent transformation, Kim debuted a sleek, flat-ironed lob with sharp angles for the launch of Kristen Noel Crawley's beauty line on July 31. Later, she wore the same style to the launch of little sister Kylie's birthday cosmetics collection.
No rest for the weary (me) or the vain (her).
If you, like me, have ever wondered how Kim's hair survives the constant abuse of being heat styled to death on a daily basis, look no further than this answer: It's a wig. It has to be.
For starters, it's a well-known fact the Kardashian family loves a good lace-front. The same way a Dior bag or Balmain shoe might suit a particular outfit, they use fake hair. Kylie often wears candy-colored or bobbed wigs and Kim faked platinum for husband Kanye West's fashion show in the spring.
Kim's pro of choice when it comes to bewigged lengths is Tokyo Stylez, the man behind the hair of celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Gabrielle Union. Stylez never lets Kim's transformation slip ahead of time, but did post a photo with Kim yesterday. He did a similar “teaser” before her blonde Yeezy look debuted.
Furthermore, Stylez recently filmed himself trying on a straight, chocolate-colored wig that seems awfully close to Kim's color. Side note: You should be following him on Instagram. He is a glam god.
Fans may be fawning over the modern cut, but Kim's choice of a wig says more about the style than any press release could. It's chic, but those sharply angled edges would require intensive flat-ironing on a daily basis. This isn't a wash-and-go look.
Is Kim's hair something you'd try? How would Houdini feel about this? Let me know in the comments.