By Mahima Kaur
THIS UCL biochemistry graduate has revealed how men from across the world offer her up to £200K for locks of her lengthy flaming-red hair and even create and share bizarre memes of her being swallowed by a semi-naked cartoon character.
Haircare influencer and entrepreneur Jasmine Larsen, who is in her late twenties, from Bristol, England has made a successful career of her four-feet and three-inches long hair.
Before she started her current work, she had no idea that her Rapunzel locks would attract the attention of some of the richest men from around the world who would be willing to pay her huge bucks to cut her hair.
From receiving offers of cutting her hair to marriage proposals, Jasmine’s DMs on Instagram are flooded with creepy messages from desperate admirers.
One of the DMs offers her a whopping $250K to sell her hair to them.
Another one offers her a Mercedes Benz and a luxurious apartment if she connects with rich politicians.
Jasmine was born in Branbury, Oxfordshire, England into a family of five siblings and she was raised in Bristol.
After completing her studies in biochemistry from UCL she worked as an editor for some time before she realised that her hair had the potential to carve out a successful career for her.
Along with a stream of positive messages, Jasmine’s inbox is always brimming with advances from men who either offer her money to sell her hair or they propose marriage to her.
She even has to tolerate followers creating bizarre cartoon characters which they depict swallowing her hair, and share images of it putting her entire body in its mouth.
“I used to receive lots of requests to cut my hair for money,” she said.
“I’ve also received many DMs from guys wanting personal hair videos for a sum of money.
“Sometimes they request hairstyles that happen to be fetish of theirs, such as buns.
“The hair fetish community is big on Instagram.
“One guy made a video of a cartoon character slowly eating my long hair.
“More recently, I’ve been receiving lots of marriage proposals from all sorts of men.
“Some of them mention their wealth and how they can provide for me.
“I attract wealthy men from Middle Eastern countries like Dubai and Qatar.
“They live luxurious lives and think they can get any woman they desire with their riches but it is always a big no for me.”
There are also people who like to spread their hatred online accusing Jasmine of narcissism and selfishness.
“Some people refuse to believe that this is my natural hair or even hair colour,” she said.
“They say that they think my hair is super greasy and gross.
“They even call me selfish to keep all this hair when there’s people with cancer and need a wig.
“It’s funny that they accuse me of being a ‘gross narcissist’ for having long hair.”
She now works full time as a haircare influencer and entrepreneur and sells her own hair accessories, Lars Haircare.
“Out of my five siblings, I’m the only one with red hair,” said Jasmine.
“Both my parents are Turkish, but I was born and raised in Bristol, England.
“Growing up, my mum would always plait my hair for school.
“I wasn’t fond of this hairstyle at the time and wanted a ponytail instead, but now I’m thankful she chose a protective hairstyle.
“I’ve been wearing the English braid almost every day for the past few years.
“It keeps the strands moisturised and protected from environmental factors that can lead to dryness and frizz.”
When asked about what led to her growing her hair this long, Jasmine says that she has always been fascinated with long hair and cutting her hair always made her sad.
“I’ve always liked long hair since I was a little girl,” she said.
“I always felt sad after getting a haircut so let my hair grow after my last one in late 2017.
“My first hair oil was Davines oil. Now it’s the Rose Hair Elixir from The Innate Life, which is my favourite natural silicone-free hair oil.
“While letting my hair grow, I was applying for a hair modelling job where I was required to film a video of my hair for Loreal.
“I randomly posted this on IG and received many likes and comments and this is when I found the hair community on IG and joined a group of long hair girls.”
Jasmine has people loving her hair all over the world with people constantly asking about her routine and hair-care regime.
“Many people want to know my hair growth secret and I keep telling them it’s a combination of things like sticking to a consistent hair care routine,” she said.
“Many people ask if my hair colour is natural, and others want to know how I care for my hair.
“People call me their inspiration for haircare and call my hair ‘truly amazing’.
“They tell me I remind them of Lara Croft, Phoenix Rising and Jessica Rabbit with my long red hair.”
Jasmine believes in a healthy hair routine and takes simple steps and measures to ensure the health of her luscious locks.
“I use scalp treatment, hair mask, shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner, styling treatment and hair oil,” she said.
“As for tools I like to use a microfibre towel, ionic hairdryer, detangling brush and scalp massager.
“I like to buy both affordable and expensive products like Herbal Essences and Oribe.
“I wash my hair once or twice a week so I don’t quickly run out of shampoo.
“I also love looking into the science behind hair growth so I can give better advice to my followers.
“Looking after my long hair is a full-time job but it’s definitely rewarding.
“It signifies health, wisdom and femininity. It’s truly my crowning glory.”