Kim Victoria Fields is an American actress, singer and television director. Fields’ most remembered role was that of Tootie on the sitcom The Facts of Life from 1979 to 1988. After taking time away from acting to attend Pepperdine University, she had a starring role in the hit Fox sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998 as Regine Hunter.
Kim Fields is known for her beautiful golden locs however she recently ventured into another side of natural hair. I had an amazing conversation with Ms Fields regarding her decision to cut off her locs and her experience with her new curly do’.
Mz Mahogany: You have done so many great things in the TV and Film industry. Most people know you as Regine on the TV show Living Single. What was it like working with Queen Latifah, Kim Cole, Erika Alexander and the rest of the cast?
Kim: We had a ball! We all still keep in touch. We have a great amount of love and respect for each other. I just had an absolute ball for the five years we worked together.
Kim: I’ve been blessed to do so many different things in my career. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed to enjoy everything that I have been a part of from television series to independent feature films to plays and spoken word projects. I love that god has blessed me to share my gift and my talent in so many different ways.
Mz Mahogany: Most people don’t know you’ve directed many episodes of the television series “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”, how did that role come about?
Kim: Tyler Perry has known mom and I for years, long before all of the television projects started up, everything started growing so much for him that I guess he got to a place where he needed to bring in a couple of directors to take care of his baby. It was a great honor for mom and I to be trusted to turn over a project like that. He gave me that trust and creative freedom. It was a great blessing to be asked to come to Atlanta and be a part of the team.
Mz Mahogany: How do you feel about switching from being in front of the camera to behind it?
Kim: Well, it’s not like I retired from one and gone to the other. It all depends on what’s going on work wise and lifestyle wise. There are a lot of things I have been offered as an actress that really haven’t spoken to me, so I’m blessed I have something else to do in my life. Not just because you have to work to make a living but you have to work for your sanity. It all varies, if I’m feeling it acting wise, it’s a great feeling to be able to direct and vice versa. I love them both!
Mz Mahogany: What are you working on now?
Kim: There are several projects in development. I have a small part in the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. Earlier this year I starred in a TV movie “A Cross To Bear” and I’m working on an independent feature film this summer as a writer, director and producer.
Kim: When I was approaching age 40, I thought it was time for change. I think a lot of people, and especially a lot of women, subscribe to what society thinks about how you should wear your hair. I had been locking for eleven years and I loved my locs. Somehow my age made me think I was supposed to do something different and so I cut my locs. I miss them terribly and often think about going back. I do love wearing my hair natural and free. I twist it and everything but I may re-visit locsville!
Mz Mahogany: When you cut your locs, and made your first appearance, how did you feel and what reactions did you get?
Kim: Friends and Family thought my hair looked great. I love being in the honey blond hair color family. It was about the color as well as the style. Before I cut my locs, I stopped twisting my new growth to make the transition easier. I didn’t own a comb, a brush, a flatiron, nothing! I didn’t have a plan, I just cut my locs. The feedback was great; people loved my hair and the change. Lately people comment on the different ways they’ve seen me wear my hair, whether it’s straight, curly, or twisted. I love the versatility of it. The feedback has been nice.
Kim: Usually I just keep it twisted after I wash it and condition it.
Mz Mahogany: What’s your daily routine?
Kim: Nothing on a daily basis because my lifestyle doesn’t dictate that I have to do it daily. But I don’t walk around the house looking horrendous! I keep it moisturized but I don’t do much to it on a daily basis, I believe that is part of the growth process. Sometimes your hair enjoys being left alone. Maybe once every 6-8 weeks I color my roots. For the summer I decided to go back to a lighter color.
M Mahogany: I love your hair color, as do so many people; do you know what brand or color you are using?
Kim: Girl if you put a gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you! I just pray to keep my color alive! I go to the same colorist so it’s the same product line but I don’t know what she’s using. When I was locing my hair and on tour I didn’t have the same colorist but I did have the formula. However with different techniques it did come out a little different each time. I went through times where there were visible bands of different colors; sometimes it was a platinum color and other times it was a warm honey blond. You had to play that off like you meant to do that.
Mz Mahogany: Some naturally curly girls say chemical hair dyes make their hair dry and brittle. Did you experience this?
Kim: I actually haven’t.
Mz Mahogany: What are you doing at night to preserve your cute style for the next day?
Kim: I just go to sleep! I was never a “wrapper”. I tried doing the silk pillow case for a little while but it was so uncomfortable. It made me feel sleazy for some reason. So I just don’t do anything at night. For the majority of this year, I have been working at home, being the carpool mom sort of thing. I’ll put a headband on and go. There’s no routine or regimen! Even my chiropractor, during a back adjustment, put his hand on my neck and then my head and said “It’s time to do something about this”!
Mz Mahogany: Some naturally curly girls use less shampoo and opt to wash with conditioner, what do you think about this?
Kim: I don’t know how to wash my hair another way. For those washing their hair with just conditioner, to each its own but for me it doesn’t seem like that would wash your hair. I think people know their hair and their growth patterns, so whatever works for them. When I wash my hair, I wash it! I use shampoo and conditioner.
Kim: Sure, but it’s certainly not on a regular basis. I just pull out the curls to give me some additional length.
Mz Mahogany: Would you ever try a chemical relaxer?
Kim: I shouldn’t say ever but the Obama’s would have to ask me to relax my hair! I don’t see myself doing it or needing to do it. There’s the faux hair world that has come leaps and bounds in terms of hair pieces and wigs. I can utilize that for a role or to change my look for a while so I wouldn’t have to do something as extreme as chemically relaxing my hair. I really love being able to wash and go. I love being naturally me. I am not at all dissing anyone that perms their hair, or the idea of perms, it’s just not for me. Your hair is a personal issue and it’s whatever works for you in that moment. We all go through phases and that’s a part of life.
Mz Mahogany: Although being natural appears to be a trend at present, some women are resisting due to the negative criticism of being natural. Do you have any words of encouragement for the women that want to go natural?
Kim: You have to do what’s best for you. It’s about what you are feeling about you. I don’t think you should let society dictate it. I realize there are some women in a professional environment where it may not be accepted, so they have challenges, but you have to do what’s best for you. We place such a high emphasis on hair and the validation that it seems to give people. To me, that part of it is dangerous. You always want to look your best and your hair is a part of your overall appearance and helping you feel good about yourself. Nothing, not even your hair, should dictate or compromise who you are.
Mz Mahogany: What’s your ultimate beauty secret?
Kim Fields, it was a pleasure speaking with you about your career and your hair!