President/Founder, Kimble Hair Studio and Kimble Hair Care, Hollywood, CA
Licensed: 1990, Universal College of Beauty
First job: Shampoo girl for my mother
Clients per week: 5
Price point: $1,500
Why did you choose beauty? As a third generation stylist, it was in my blood. I learned from my mother and grandmother.
Milestones: Attending, graduating, and following through to get my license, because so many beauty college students do not; becoming a celebrity stylist; creating the Kimble brand—salon, products, hair extensions/pieces)
Big break: The BAPS movie, and being hand-selected by Beyonce’s mom to be the key stylist for Beyonce.
Career advice you’ve received: 20 percent of success is your skill; 80 percent is your attitude.
Career advice you’ve given: Hone your skills, and always be open to learn.
Your mentors? Madam CJ Walker, Vidal Sassoon, Mr. Dudley, of Dudley Products
You mentor: Stylists all around the world.
Are there challenges for women in beauty? Of course, as there are in any industry.
Sacrifice and lesson: Having a social/family life because I was focused on working and building my brand. I learned how to create balance--cultivating an amazing relationship with my son and a strong wealth-building empire for him and generations to come.
Risk and reward: When I began freelancing TV and film, I lost a lot clients, but did not let the fear of the unknown overtake me.
To follow in your footsteps, a woman would have to: Work hard, prepare, do research, pray and be humble, positive and patient
Famous woman you would like to style: Michelle Obama
Next change to my personal style: Adding more color to my all-black wardrobe and more innovative hair styles
Reading: The Message by Eugene H. Patterson and the Bible
Playlist: Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” and Michael Jackson’s “A Stranger in Moscow”
Important client experience: Beyonce—enough said!
Every day, just for you: Make myself a delicious smoothie for breakfast
Working on: Expanding locations and services, adding more education elements to the salon and developing new salon concepts. Stay tuned!