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Beauty. Brains. And Brame!

Cher’e Nichole is a triple threat — beautiful, smart, and a direct descendant of the Brame legacy.
During the 1940’s, Cher’e’s grandfather, the late Herman Brame Sr., settled in what was known as Vanport. Shortly after, the Senior Brame opened the Cherry St. barbershop and the Tillamook St. barbershop. In addition to planting the seeds of Black entrepreneurship, Herman Brame Sr. purchased several residential properties right here in the City of Roses. Keeping with true Black family tradition, Mr. Brame passed his blessings to his family.

Today, his granddaughter Cher’e Nickerson manages Studio Six Nine Hair Design where she also works as a hair stylist. And while she may have traded her maiden name after marrying her high school sweetheart, the Brame blood will always flow through her veins. When it comes to hair Cher’e can do it all and then some. Cher’e has transformed Six Nine into one of the most creative and innovative salons in Portland — and I can prove it!

Here are some of the unique services Cher’e and her team offer:

• Shears (professional hair scissors) repair, sharpening and sales at a discount
• 24 hour weave-a-thon!
• Pravana Perfection Smoothout
• Hair Strengthening Therapy
• Annual client appreciation day
Now, where else do they do all that at?

Looking for a hair dresser? Need your hair laid for that special occasion? Contact Cher’e at:

Studio Six Nine Hair Design
545 NE Killingsworth
503 284 1782
cherenichole@gmail.com

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Coming from such a rich history and legacy a weaker person may fold from the pressure to succeed, but not Cher’e. She carries the Brame legacy with pride and dignity while remaining relevant in the ever changing hair industry. We had the wonderful opportunity of speaking with Cher’e, and here’s what she had to say:

Cher’e, Hello, how are you?
Hello! I’m wonderful and blessed, thanks for asking.

You come from a legacy of Black entrepreneurship, particularly in the hair industry. Can you speak to such a rich family history and how it informs your approach to business and how you deliver customer service? Do you feel any pressure?
Yes, I am very proud of my family’s business legacy. My grandfather Herman Brame was a Barber and owned two Barber shops. He opened his first barbershop and bought various other properties in the 1940’s, and we are still operating those businesses and managing those properties today. He opened those businesses at a time where African Americans had many adversities, and owning and operating a successful business was challenging but he did it.

And now I am just trying to carry on that legacy by managing our family’s salon and barbershop. I want to follow my grandfathers foot steps and continue to encourage our team of stylists and barbers to provide our clients with excellent service that will keep them coming back, and with hard work I hope to one day create my own legacy in the hair Industry just like my grandfather. I don’t feel any pressure I just strive to be best the best I can be and make my family proud.

How long have you worked as a hairstylist and is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve had my cosmetology license and have been working full time in the salon now for 6 years but I have had the love of styling hair since I was 11 years old. My mom was a stylist as well. I have always had a creative nature, I love to draw, so styling hair is like creating a work of art — I take it that seriously. I pay attention to every detail, the hair has to be perfect before I let a client leave my chair.

What are the current trends in hair right now? What trend never really goes away? What style do you wish would go away forever?
The current trends in hair right now are hair weaves, wigs and extensions, and ombré color effects where the hair is colored lighter towards the ends. A trend that never goes away is healthy hair and a nice bob cut, I think that it’s a timeless style, And if your hair is healthy, all styles will look good. Now a hair trend that I wish would go away and never come back is the Jheri curl, and yes there are some people that surprisingly still get them.

One of your many specialties is hair weave. I want to get your PERSONAL, not professional, opinion — how young is too young to get a weave? And, don’t you think some women have weave addiction? Be honest.  🙂
Yes, my specialty is hair weaving, and as far as what age is too young to get a weave, It’s hard to answer that because a child that may have a medical condition that causes hair loss and that child my need a wig, extensions or a weave to look or feel good about themselves. However, a child without any extreme hair loss I wouldn’t recommend a weave until like high school age, when the follicle of the hair is fully developed and able to handle the tension of a weave. If you do weaves too young, it can damage the hair permanently. Weaves are very convenient.
You have a B.S. in Business with a minor in advertising, why was it important for you to go this route when so many stylists choose not to?
I believe that being a good stylist is more then just styling hair. You can be the most talented hairstylist but if your business is a wreck then you’re not going to live up to your full potential as a stylist. You have to know how to run your business, manage your money and inventory, solicit clients and keep them by giving good customer service. Advertising is important as well, you have to make good business cards, take pictures of your work to build a portfolio and network, network, network. The more you put your face out there and your name out there the better. I think every stylist should take advanced business classes it will take them to the next level of being more than a stylist but a business professional.

If you could get your talented hands on the head of one celebrity, who would it be and why?
If I can get my hands on the head of any celebrity it would be Oprah Winfrey. She’s always in the front of a camera, and her hair is seen by millions of people everyday so it has to look beautiful. She is also an inspiration of mine, an African American, talented and smart self-made millionaire. I would love to soak up all kind of knowledge and advice that she would give to me while styling her hair and making her more beautiful.

I’m asking this question for the aspiring stylist reading this post, is it hard to build a solid clientele? Please walk us through the process…
In order for a new stylist to build a solid clientele, they should be professional, always dress professionally, keep you hair looking nice, because you are your best advertising. Give good customer service, smile, have a positive attitude and do each one of your clients hair perfectly so they will rebook with you on the spot, and become a regular client and refer more clients to you.

Are you single?
I’m married to a wonderful man, he is my high school sweetheart and my rock, he is part of the reason I am where I’m at in my career today. He motivates me every day to challenge myself to become a better me in my personal and business life.

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