In May, Cully neighbor Chanesa Hart opened Revelations Hair Design in the Go42 building at 5140 N.E. 42nd Ave. Revelations is a natural hair care salon, specializing in the maintenance and styling of unprocessed, ethnic hair – including braiding, weaves and extensions. Hart also offers styling products for sale and natural hair care instruction and consulting.
“I’ve styled hair for more than 18 years,” said Hart. “I began my journey working from home. I never did any marketing and got all my clients by referral. My clientele kept increasing and my home wasn’t big enough for the business. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with lupus and had a family hardship that I positively knew that this is what I wanted to do. Here I am, three years later, owning my own business.”
Hart grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from Jefferson. Her children attend Beaumont and Trinity schools.
“My clientele is diverse in age, background, economic status, race, education and religion,” said Hart. “I service both men and women, as well as children. My clients appreciate that I am meticulous with my work, quick – and I don’t apply unbearable tension when completing their styles. I am family oriented, so I service families – and not just individuals. Usually if I have a mother as a client, I’ll have her daughters or another family member as a client too.”
Hart took six weeks to plan and implement the renovation, with the bulk of the work being done in three weeks. Down the road, she might add another workstation and washbowl.
“Thanks to S2 Imaging, Parkin Electric, Aaron McKinney, IKEA and Our 42nd Avenue for their help,” said Hart. “My family often eats at neighborhood restaurants like Olé Frijolé, Pizza Jerk, Amalfi’s, Noho’s and Fire on the Mountain. My kids love POP, the pinball place next door to my shop, and the ladies at the PortLaundry laundromat on 42nd are pretty awesome.”
Hart is determined that her business adds value to the community where she grew up and raised her family.
“I live in the area. My children attend school here. I grew up in the community and I’ve worked in the community and this community has value,” said Hart. “While gentrification has displaced much of the African American community that resided here, I did not want to move my business to the city’s outskirts. I have clients that travel from Eugene, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Salem, Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton and all over the metro area. This is a great location for them to come back to the community that they once knew. In a world that is technology-driven and commercialized, it’s a unique experience to come into a small salon that caters to individuals, and not just rush through another appointment. When people are able to see themselves in a different light, it enhances their esteem. Hair is a woman’s glory and has a way of transforming her image. My business brings creativity and beauty to the community. It’s living art.”
For more information, call 503-915-7624 or visit revelationshairdesign on Facebook.