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The Chicago native takes the trip of a lifetime on Bravo.

Until now, you probably didn’t know Larry Sims by face or name — but you did know his work. The LA-based hairstylist is the creative genius behind Victoria Beckham’s iconic bob, and is in high demand with A-listers like Jourdan Dunn and Tracee Ellis Ross. Now, he takes the spotlight with his own reality show, Bravo’s “Invite Only Cabo,” where he brings six friends on a drama-filled vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Where did the idea for the show come from? 495 Productions — who did “Jersey Shore” and “Martha and Snoop’s [Potluck Dinner Party]” — are always cultivating ideas and coming up with different concepts. I’ve been on their radar. [They] gave me a call a couple years ago and presented this idea. … I’m always on the go with my clients, and I never really get to see my friends or go on vacation. So it was a great opportunity for me to go on a crazy dream vacation and actually bring six of my best friends together.

You’ve appeared on shows like “How Do I Look” and “Access Hollywood.” How has this TV experience been different? In those shows I’m there as the professional, the spokesperson, the level-headed Larry. [On “Cabo”] you get to see the Larry Sims my friends only get the opportunity to see. I’m really just being me.

Did you have to consider whether it would hurt your reputation with clients? Yeah, you always think about how reality TV can affect your brand. Bravo’s the crème de la crème, [so] I was in good hands. I needed [to protect] everything I’ve worked hard for. I didn’t do anything I’m ashamed of; I didn’t do anything that would tear my brand to shreds.

Speaking of your brand, you’ve styled everyone from Gabrielle Union to Zendaya — you gave her a mullet for the 2016 Grammys. How do you persuade celebs to trust you with the most unexpected looks? I’m known for doing things a little [differently], and that’s why I get called. I’ve been able to work with subjects who have trusted me to deliver outside the box. We attract each other. If you look at my track record, I’ve been blessed with girls who really don’t mind playing dress-up. It’s a meeting of the minds.

Where do you go when you’re back in Chicago? There is no food on the planet like Chicago’s, period. I always hit up Portillo’s and get an Italian beef; I always hit up Giordano’s. I drive through the West Side, just to reminisce and think about how I’ve come so far. My great aunt lives off of Lake Street on the West Side; I go over to her house. And I’ve got to get my Garrett Popcorn, of course.


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EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims Promises a Dramatic Good Time With New Show ‘Invite Only Cabo’

What happens in Cabo no longer stays in Cabo..

Bravo is taking viewers along for a one-of-a-kind vacation with celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims on Invite Only Cabo, a new docuseries that finds Sims and six of his pals on vacation together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“I just couldn’t say no to it,” Sims tells ET. “I’ve been approached about doing reality for quite some time now, and I just wanted to do something that was organic, and I actually would’ve, without cameras, taken my friends on a vacation and thrown them in a house and, you know, here we are.”

Sims, who’s responsible for Victoria Beckham’s iconic bob and counts Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union as clients, invited six of his friends on a four-week getaway down south — but here’s the catch: none of the guests knew each other!

“Everybody was themselves,” Sims says. “I actually had never gone on vacation with any of these people, and I’ve known these people, some of them, for over 20 years. So, a lot of it was my first time experiencing being out of the country in some place, for four weeks, with any of them. So, I was surprised.”

“I’m still friends with everybody that’s on the trip,” he reveals, before starting to laugh. “They aren’t.”

“My whole intention was to make sure that I showed everybody that there were more things that they had in common other than just me,” he adds. “I was kind of hoping to cultivate friendships that would be lifelong, as I’ve had really long relationships with everybody. Didn’t work out that way.”

Well, that might be because a lot of drama goes down in Cabo. As Sims notes, a lot can happen in 48 hours, so just imagine what occurs over four weeks’ time.

“There was a love triangle that was really hot and steamy,” Sims teases. “And crazy … It was one of those that, was it better to do this or, you know, did you guys cause more trouble than anything else?”

Sims describes the season as an “adrenaline rush,” both for the cast and for viewers.

“I’m excited to see it all,” he admits. “The thing about it is, it’s really full of emotions. You get the anger parts of it, and you get the heart, and you get laughter, and you get compassion for one another. You get passion, frustration. You get hangovers. So, it’s sort of like, you know, the full gamut of emotions.”

As for the cast member to keep an eye on, Sims says that’s Emily Moses. The Australian beauty is heavily featured in the trailer for picking off her press-on nails at the dinner table!

“We all got a little crazy in us, don’t we?” Sims asks.

“We are not cheating you guys out of a good time,” he finishes. “I can tell you that much.”


Gabrielle Union’s Hairstylist Loves This “Refreshing” Trend For Summer 2017

Good news: You can sleep in this style for three days.


If you’re headed to Cabo with Gabrielle Union’s hairstylist, trust that he’ll pack all the essentials to keep your hair red-carpet-ready. In fact, toting around heavy kits—those dryers aren’t light!—and hopping transatlantic flights is part of the job description for Larry Sims, the celebrity hairstylist who will appear on Bravo’s new show, Invite Only Cabo. It’s also what caused Larry need to need a vacation in the first place!

Larry’s in love with his craft, but it’s not always easy. “The long hours are taxing on your body,” the former backup dancer shared with The Lookbook. After dancing, the multi-talented stylist started his career as an assistant for Ken Paves—who tends to Jessica Simpson’s flaxen tresses—and has gained a steady stream of celeb followers since starting with a bang—or, a bob. “[Victoria Beckham] needed someone and Ken wasn’t available, so he sent me,” Larry recalls. “I was able to work with her to give her the bob, and the rest was history.”

Indeed, Larry hasn’t stopped snipping A-list locks since.” When I’m on set with Gabrielle [Union] for Being Mary Jane, we shoot 16-hour days,” the stylist reveals of his current day-to-day sitch. “There have been several times with Gabrielle, Mary J. Blige, and Lupita Nyong’o, where I’ve flown from Los Angeles on a red-eye to New York, then come right back to LA that evening.”

What makes Larry so in-demand? He names his modern aesthetic and razor cuts as the kryptonite that keeps clients coming back. Jut ask Kerry Washington—”she’s one of the girls that rocks my razor cuts the most,” Larry shares.

For summer 2017, Larry names textured hair and shorter cuts as major trends. “Women aren’t afraid to give themselves a big chop,” he said. “I’m also not seeing a lot of polished, finished hair. I think hair that has been slept in for two to three days has always been the best, and I’m seeing a lot of braids, whimsical textures, and people going off the beaten path in terms of what traditionally works with hair and style. It’s refreshing!” Catch the premiere of Invite Only Cabo on Sunday, May 14 at 9/8 c. And rest assured: there will be plenty of refreshing hairstyle inspiration.

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Celebrity hairstylist shares summer hair trends


Larry Sims is a Chicago native and celebrity hairstylist.

He has styled stars like Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and Tracee Ellis Ross. On Tuesday, he shared his tips on summer hair trends that all the stars are wearing.

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Check out his new show “Invite Only Cabo,” which premieres on May 14 on Bravo.