Fellow makeup artist Anya Brewster, who is the ESPN hair and makeup department head, confirmed Jones’ death to Variety. In a GoFundMe page dedicated to Jones’ memory, Brewster wrote: “After a long battle with cancer, on March 25th, Nickole passed on with her family by her side.”
“Nickole was a force of a woman,” Brewster’s tribute continued. “She didn’t accept anything but the best. Her tenacity and conviction for all things beautiful gave way to a very successful career as a hairstylist working in both television and film. Some of her credits include ‘Young Sheldon’ (Department Head), ‘The Mindy Project’ (Department Head), ‘Big Little Lies,’ and ‘NCIS.’ Her celebrity client list was one that most people would dream of.”
“Young Sheldon” and “Big Little Lies” actor Iain Armitage shared a tribute to Jones on via his Instagram page. He wrote, “It is an incredible feeling to work where the people you are surrounded with truly feel like family. The hard part of this kind of love is when you have to say goodbye. Iain first met Ms Nickole on ‘Big Little Lies’ on his very first day as an actor. The kids on BLL were fascinated with her flawless makeup and gorgeous nails and also responded to the fun atmosphere she created. Iain was thrilled when she came to ‘Young Sheldon’- he felt like he’d won the lottery.” He continued, “She was so talented, but also so incredibly kind and made everything she touched more beautiful. We are bereft and miss everything about her so much, especially her thoughtfulness and her laughter. She leaves behind a family that meant the whole world to her, and also a work family- and she meant the world to us. We love you, Ms Nickole. We are grateful to have shared the earth with you.”
Jones’ first credit was working for Fox Sports and later she was key hairstylist on “The Craigslist Killer.” She went on to work on “NCIS: Los Angeles” from 2009-2015.
Following her work on that series, Jones landed key hairstylist on the HBO series “Big Little Lies” starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. It earned her an Emmy nomination in the outstanding hairstyling for a limited series or movie category.
Most recently, Jones worked on the 2020 movie “Valley Girl” starring Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse. She began as a hair department head for the CBS series “Young Sheldon” for 60 episodes, and was upped to department head hairstylist from 2020-2021 where she worked on four episodes.
Jones is survived by her spouse, Jen; their four children, Rubin, Cielo, Gabriel and Michael; her parents, Cynthia and Michael; her sister, Jenn; her brother, Kevin and a large extended family.