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Brandi Nichole is an international celebrity stylist, brand architect, beauty expert, and author. She has made her mark in the beauty industry as a trendsetter who understands the benefits of continuing education and strives to remain current by continuously enhancing her skills and techniques as well as training others to be successful.

Brandi has passion and purpose to uplift and build positive self-esteem through hair care and beauty education. With over 18 years of cosmetology experience and certifications such as Business management & Ethics, Professional Development and Teaching & Methodology to name a few.

She has accomplished several milestones in her career by telling her story in the published book: Black Girls Gone Blonde, from working with New Day Associates/ Hype Hair as a stylist for the International Designer of the Year Contest, head stylist for Fashion Awards MD to Pageant Judge and Stylist for GA Latina Pageant, Miss Black USA and Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington DC.

Brandi has been involved with local, national and international opportunities doing photo shoots for productions companies and various photographers throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) and Atlanta Metropolitan area.

She was also a contributor writer for BNB magazine where she shares her knowledge and expertise about the hair care industry to over 7,500 subscribers internationally.

Her most notable accomplishment was being one of the hairstylist in Essence Magazine for Women of the White House and being the 1st Celebrity Stylist to make the cover INTERNATIONALLY for OKHair Magazine launched in Brazil. She won her 1st award as Best HairStylist in Houston TX, March 2016.

 

*Brandi Nichole recently partnered with Nordstrom on her book release

What inspired you to begin a career in the beauty industry?  

Ever since I was 12 years old, I use to go to the salon and get my hair done by my Aunt Karen. So as I used to sit in the salon, I would just watch the transformation and decided I wanted to be able to do the same thing. The BIG difference was that I’ve allowed my passion to drive me further than behind the chair. I love all things beauty through beauty education, editorial, professional image, and runway fashion. 

What’s one piece of advice you wish you would have received before starting in this industry?

How to save money while building a business and brand. I was making well over $80,000 a year just working behind the chair and I failed to create a savings system for myself. However, I have a way better savings system now. So I am able to finance my own dreams and goals. 

Writing a book is a pretty big task, as a busy businesswoman when did you decide it was time to write a book and what is your work schedule like when you are writing?

 I knew it was a time when I kept getting prophecy that it was time to write the book. Then, it really hit me when I attended an event in DE and as powerful as I was speaking at events, I was tired of people walking away from me empty-handed, so that’s when the manifestation happened. As far as my work schedule, I am currently working a retail management job, while rebuilding my brand. So, my life can be very hectic as well as too tired to even want to create content, but I have to push beyond myself.  

What beauty trends are you excited about this fall?

As far as makeup trend, seeing the different shade of red lips with a neutral makeup look, I love a nude lip but red has graduated to my lip collection. Now, hair I have 2 top favorites and that is the bob and the 40’s waves look. Believe it or not, these are looks that are simple and chic but can be complicated to execute without the proper tech skills.