Jasmine Kimble grew up on the tough streets of Chicago. Resilient by nature, the city of broad shoulders taught Jasmine the value of tenacity and hard work, which she has carried with her and passed on to her two girls, Leah and Kim. The daughter of a hairdresser, Jasmine decided early in high school that she wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and style hair as she worked her way through college. Never expecting hairstyling to be anything more than a means to pay the bills while in school, Jasmine continued to cultivate her craft, opening her first salon in Chicago in 1972.
Jasmine left Chicago in 1977 to pursue a career in hairstyling in what her mother deemed ‘The Land of Opportunity’, Los Angeles. Jasmine knew that L.A. offered opportunities in television and film that weren’t available in Chicago. Unfortunately, Jasmine’s dream of styling hair in the entertainment industry took over twenty years to manifest. It wasn’t until 1999 when Jasmine joined the union, Local 706, that she was finally able to begin to see her lifelong dream of working in Hollywood start to materialize.
Jasmine recognized Kim’s talent at a very young age. She encouraged her daughter to follow the family legacy of hairdressing, and to focus her talents from an early age on television and film. After Kim had been doing hair professionally for three years, they opened the Phaze II salon together, building a clientele until 2000 when Jasmine bought Kim out so she could open her own salon in West Hollywood.
Jasmine will be the first person to open up about her thirty-year drug addiction. She knows she has learned everything the hard way; a discerning critic, she rarely puts her faith in people she doesn’t trust. Unlike the perception of many in Los Angeles, Jasmine doesn’t have time to schmooze. She prides herself on always being a straight shooter, even if that means missing a potential opportunity, or hurting somebody’s feelings, Jasmine will always say exactly what’s on her mind.