When it comes to all things beauty makeup is my lane. I try to style my hair and keep it fresh and in style. Sometimes it can feel impossible to get that perfect wavy hairstyle we see all over Pinterest. However after my time with Alex Brown impossible is no longer in my vocabulary. Alex Brown comes from a 3 year stint with Jen Atkin Celebrity Hairstylist and founder of OUAI Haircare. I will admit I was a bit nervous going to her studio considering her experience with traveling around the world, she had just gotten back from Paris Fashion week and with her list of celebrity clients such as Kendal Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Bella Hadid and the list goes on and on.
I read she was from Minnesota and trained at Mario Tricocci University near my house where I grew up and still live today, it was comforting to be honest. The minute I walked into the studio her and her assistant made me feel comfortable and at home! I was ready to have fun!
The Process – Wavy Hairstyle
Alex sat me down in the chair and discussed what I was looking for with my hair. I explained how I love that effortless wavy hairstyle look (showed her pics I saw on her Instagram HERE) and she knew right away what look I was going for. She explained some of my layers looked heavy and it probably was from my hair growing out. 2 years ago after my son was born I went really short. Her assistant Kelsey (Find Her on Instagram HERE) took me over to the sink and used the Ouai Repair Shampoo and Condition I immediately felt relaxed and the scent from the shampoo and conditioner didn’t make it hard either.
As you can see we started to have fun right off the bat! She started to work her magic by giving me a trim and giving my hair some life back that I didn’t even realize it needed. As soon as she finished trimming my hair , thinning out some of the layers and blow drying my hair I saw the difference instantly. A key product she used before she dried my hair was the OUAI Wave spray. I have used this spray before and loved it however I never sprayed it in my hair wet! It has rice protein in it that adds hold for that undone hair look we all want! Needless to say I use it on my hair now when its wet.
That Perfect Wavy Hairstyle
Alex started out by drying my hair with a large roller brush and then started the wavy hairstyle process with a GHD 1.25 Inch Curling Iron. You can find it HERE. She showed me that wrapping your hair just around the barrel will work or if you can just wrap the top part of the hair and bring the curling iron down to straighten the ends. That is key. The ends are to never be curled. One tip that gave me that Ah Ha moment to perfecting the wavy hairstyle is if you curled a piece too much to go over it with a flat iron!!! Genius right?! How did I not know of this or figure this out lol. The straightener she used is from the Kardashian Beauty Hair Collection. You can find it HERE
The other two Ouai products she used is the Texturizing Hair Spray which combines the best of dry shampoo and hair spray for amazing volume and texture. My hair had a lot of static so she applied the Finishing Cream that acted like a lotion for my hair. It tames frizz and gives a gorgeous shine. I really wish I took video of the process to be honest but she has a fabulous video on her Facebook Page you can find HERE
I felt not only refreshed but educated and confident I could do this at home. Maybe not as good lol but that I could achieve the perfect undone wavy hairstyle I want. I didn’t leave empty handed. I made sure to grab all three OUAI styling products she used on me. With the wall filled with products, the product junkie in me knew I just had to have them. I have been using them ever since!
I pride myself in finding products that are worth the investment when you need to spend a little bit more. That goes for beauty services as well. Her hair cut is $150.00 and I can say 100% it is worth every single penny. This will not be my only visit with Alex. Like I said I did not just walk away refreshed and feeling great but educated and confident this is something I can achieve at home.
For more information on booking with Alex at her studio here in Chicago’s West Loop please email firstname.lastname@example.org / www.alexbrownhair.com
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