Curl Advisory Board
Meet the Curl Experts: Our panel of top hair stylists, educators, and salon owners is building the future of curls.
As a salon owner and educator, Lauren Moser has established herself as a leading force in the field of creative hair design. Her professional portfolio ranges from runway shows, editorial photo shoots, and ad campaigns, to the contemporary cuts her clients love at her salon, Hair Lab Detroit. Her head-turning fashion looks have won top national honors and media attention, including a win in the Textures category at the 2015 North American Hair Awards (NAHA).
“Product is your friend. Be sure you are using enough product to treat every curl on your head for consistent results.”
Master barber and educator Rodrick Samuels has earned a reputation as one of the most skilled and versatile “hair designers” in the business. As co-owner of Hair Lab Detroit the Salon and Hair Lab Detroit the Academy, he specializes in cutting, multi-cultural hair, and is an expert with a set of clippers. He is a Milady Educator of the Year Nominee, 2016 AIPP nominee, and has been recognized by Barbers Only magazine as a Top Barber Educator in the nation.
“As a men’s groomer, I use Mongongo Oil as a finishing product, and also to shave my clients. The moisture that it adds to the skin helps the razor glide—and gives a great finish to the hair.”
Based in Los Angeles, Tiffany Daugherty is a celebrity hair stylist and texture expert. She uses her skill as a Ouidad-certified curl specialist to educate and style her curly-haired clients for red carpet events, photo shoots, and campaigns.
“Try your best to stay away from heat—irons, blow drying straight—if you’re concerned about losing elasticity with your curls. Air drying is always best. If you must use any type of heat at all on your hair, always use an excellent heat protectant.”
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Chadwick Pendley is a recognized expert when it comes to the art of creating beautiful hair. With more than 10 years as a Ouidad Certified Stylist, he initially trained at the Manhattan flagship salon with founder and renowned stylist Ouidad herself. Today, in his role as Master Artistic Educator, he trains, inspires, and educates other stylists through the Ouidad certification process. He is co-owner of the flagship salon, Ouidad by Chadwick and Igor, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
“Always apply your styling product when your curls are completely wet, immediately after you have exited the shower. You’ll see a real difference in the appearance and behavior of your curls.”
Jason Hallman has been a stylist at Ouidad's NYC flagship salon since 2011. In his role as Lead Educator, he trains stylists across the country to work with Ouidad products, haircutting, and styling techniques, and oversees training and development of salon apprentices in New York and Santa Monica.
“If you don't water your plants they won’t be healthy and grow. Curls are a lot like that. Keeping your hair hydrated is the single most effective way to have bouncy, soft curls.”
With nearly two decades of cut, color, and education experience at Ouidad, Ayanna Augustine is one of the company’s foremost curl experts. In her role as Lead Educator and Senior Stylist at Ouidad’s New York flagship salon, she leads stylists certifications and trains salon apprentices, and is a go-to stylist for VIP clientele.
“A Ouidad cut removes the excess weight and bulk, and makes hair feel so light. It will make your curls more lifted, bouncy, and full of life.”
A Ouidad Certified stylist, Helen Wagmeister is Head Designer and Trichologist at Cosmo & Company Salon & Spa in West Palm Beach, FL. She began her hairdressing career in England in 1983, and has studied the science of hair and scalp analysis under the guidance of Dr. David Kingsley, PhD, at the World Trichology institute.
“Hydration is vital to maintaining healthy hair of any type. For curly hair, choose a product line that caters to the needs of your curl type to keep strands hydrated and supple—and to prevent breakage.”
September Sirico is the resident Curl Specialist at Greg & Tony in Westport, Connecticut—the first salon to become Ouidad certified in 2002. She is the owner of blow dry southport | westport—an innovative blow-dry bar that also specializes in Ouidad curl styling. She lives for beach days and beachy hair.
“Treat your hair as you would your body—hydration and nutrients will allow your curls to thrive.”
A 30-year veteran stylist, Robert Thomas has worked as an educator and research/development lead with various brands. As a celebrity hair stylist, he’s worked with clients ranging from well-known entertainers to world leaders. His work has appeared on the runways at New York Fashion Week, on national television programs, and in top magazines.
“My number one tip for anyone with curls is to really identify your curl type. Once you identify your curl type, the world of possibilities is endless.”
With 18 years of experience behind the chair, Jessica O'Brien brings a masterful knowledge of curls to her role as a stylist at Ouidad's New York City flagship salon. Before joining Ouidad, she was a Senior Stylist, Artistic Team Member, and Curl Specialist at Gene Juarez Salons & Spas in Seattle, where she was the leading expert in curly hair and ethnic hair.
“Make sure that your hair is wet enough (think just out of the shower) when you apply your styling products. This makes it easier to apply the product, and helps create a more consistent curl.”
Based in Los Angeles, Ashlee Levitch is President of Bangstyle.com and Nailstyle.com, social platforms dedicated to the art of hair and nails. With over 10 years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries, Ashlee is focused on developing a unique digital space for stylists to promote their art while drawing inspiration from the best artists in the industry.