Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

By Alison Alhamed | 03/25/2010 3:35:00 PM


You either love her fashion or hate it—but Brig from Shear Genius has definitely earned her place on Modern Salon to tell her Style Story.

Brig, take it away!


Age 4, My pajamas had a hat!

Since a long as I could remember I have loved personal style. By the time I could talk I was dressing myself. My mom always allowed me to wear whatever I wanted, and let me tell you I DID! I love to be unpredictable with my fashion. The more color, the better. As a girl my fashion idols were Pippi Longstocking & Cyndi Lauper. Through my teen years, Madonna & these days combine those with Bjork, Alexander Mcqueen & Rodarte. By the time I hit 13 I shed my tomboy image & started obsessing over the fashion layouts in every magazine. That obsession continues today with POP, Z!nk, Another Magazine, S, Nylon…to name a few. My mom taught me to be myself & never worry about what others thought. Through countless years of teasing, I never conformed my personal fashion style. Of course it has changed over the years , as it should, however I really wanted to share my personal style journey with you and felt that pictures were the best way to do so. My hair & weight was ever changing, however through out my 20’s I kept my hair longer at the request of a husband. Never again! By 30, we divorced, I opened p!ay hair lounge & TURNED MY VOLUME UP! At age 34, I have never felt as comfortable in my own skin. I love my short colorful hair and wear whatever I WANT. I do not dress for the comfort of others. I cant help but stand out & I accept that full on. Love my style or not, I DO and at the end of the day, that is all that ever should matter. I hope that with my guts to share these amazingly hilarious personal pics with you, you are inspired to revisit your style history! Please comment below & visit my Facebook fan page to keep up with me and my next adventure! :) —Brig Van Osten

Mickey & me...

1st grade- I loved this sailor outfit

6th grade curl mullet

7th grade- Of course I made my Tiger top with puffy paint

Age 14

Braces! 10th grade

Didn't you own a tie-dyed outfit?

My 1st job- Denny's hostess. Lasted 1 month for obvious reasons!

17, trying to look older- temporary black hair color

Age 19, Simi Valley Cosmetology School..Here I come!

Age 20, competing in a student hair show. Yes, my shorts are vinyl & waterproof!

Age 21, My mom made this skirt. I still have it.

Blonde wig & camouflage dress, doubt I blended in

Age 24, in love with BLUE & cupcakes!

Age 26, ISO Guest Artist- They made me wear all black

Age 27, Getting blonder..

28, I love New York City!

Age 28, Blondorexic + bangs!

Age 29, Mystic tan (I smelled like a sweaty coconut)

What Not to Wear- Wannabe special. 2005 Kristina, Emily, Clark & I /Model Dana Junezka

Age 30, Back to red

Age 31, I painted my dress

Age 32, Back in New York City

Age 32, 2007- Yellow enters the picture..

2008- Life & Style Yellow + bangs

Age 33, 2009 - I go to the circus!

Age 34, The show goes on..


Check out more of Brig's thoughts on her blog at!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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