We always love supporting and cheering on up and comers because it reminds us of all the love and support we got as we were launching fave4 5 years ago. Alex Stern is one of country music’s rising stars. This Albuquerque native and now Nashville resident has such a great vibe (and an amazing turquoise ring collection). We love listening to her music when we are holed up in the fave4 office. It always puts us in a great mood and gives us that boost of energy to get through our office work. Alex is a long time lover of fave4! We can’t wait to see where Alex’s career takes her.
fave4: What’s your favorite fave4 product and why?
Alex: I love my fave4 Texture Takeover spray! It works amazing with my natural curls to give them textured volume, and it creates the perfect hold for an all day style no matter what the weather or occasion is. It is THE BEST.
fave4: When did you know you wanted to sing, and what has been your biggest obstacle so far?
Alex: I grew up singing in the choir at church, and when I was 9 years old I heard about a voice teacher in my hometown. I begged my parents for lessons. I ended up loving them and the rest is history! The biggest obstacle but also AMAZING but terrifying thing was moving to Nashville. It was definitely an adjustment moving across the country alone to pursue music, but it has been the biggest gift.
fave4: What’s your favorite song you’ve ever recorded, and why?
Alex: Right now I'm in the studio recording my new music and so far, these two songs we've recorded for my upcoming project have been my favorite to record ever. Recording them has felt so natural and truly fun. Sometimes recording can feel really high pressure because I always want to get everything perfect but with this recent project, nothing has felt forced at all.
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fave4: What’s your most embarrassing or favorite hairstyle of your past (childhood or teenage years)?
Alex: My favorite hairstyle is the one I recently got. I love it because it's so easy to style when I'm on the go. Plus I think it fits my personality.
fave4: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
Alex: Ever since I was little I have loved rocks, minerals and gemstones, I collect them, I study them and I love them. Turquoise is my favorite of course.
Learn more about Alex by going to her website www.alexsternofficial.com. Be sure to check her music out on Apple Music or Spotify.
Meet Tara! This fun-loving super talented stylist is TONI&GUY educated and sweet as pie! You’ll might catch her hanging out at the fave4 lab playing hair with us on weekdays, but on weekends, she’s slaying wedding party hair or singing on stage at church. Tara’s hair game is strong and her faith is even stronger. @absolutestrengthstylist
fave4:What was your most embarrassing or favorite hairstyle growing up?
Tara:My most embarrassing hairstyle was definitely the BUTTERFLY clips!! Whyyyyy was that a thing?!
fave4:What’s your favorite fave4 product and why?
Tara:My favorite product has to be Texture Takeover Oomph Enhancing Hairspray!! It is a LIFESAVER when it comes to doing updos. It gives you just enough grip to create the style but is still super flexible and easy to work with.
fave4:What’s your biggest source of motivation
Tara:My biggest source of motivation is definitely my brother, Chas. He unfortunately, passed away from colon cancer at the age of 19 about 6 years ago now. He’s my best friend, and if I have learned anything from him and my experience with his loss is to GO FOR IT!! Always give 110%. His faith, strength and courage during his battle with cancer taught me that I could do anything. It also showed me how short our lives are, and we need to make the most out of it by doing what we love. With that being said, I finally, at the age of 26, decided to go to cosmetology school and I am so happy I did!! I tried a few other careers, but this one definitely had my name on it!!
I recently shaved my head in memory/honor of Chas and raised money for the B+ Foundation. They have been amazing to work with and have such an incredible team and amazing cause!! They raise money to provide financial assistance to families of children with cancer and help fund research for childhood cancers.
fave4:What part of your job is the most FUN?
Tara:I love all of the people that I get to work with as a professional hairdresser. I love hearing others stories, lives, struggles, successes, etc. It is so empowering to me, and also gives me the opportunity to share mine (and my brothers) story as well. I love being able to motivate others, especially during difficult times.
If you live near Dallas and need hair and makeup help, Tara is one of our faves! @absolutestrengthstylist!
Dance Party Friday is a thing in fave4 world. At some point in the afternoon, we put on music and dance. Sometimes we line dance. Sometimes we Conga. Sometimes we just shake our booty. The most important thing is that we have fun and celebrate the fact that it's Friday! We invited Stephanie Di-Biase to join us in an online version of Dance Party Friday as this week's Fun, Fearless Female!
This multi-tasking mom of three has quite the resume. Stephanie was a NBA dancer, AFL dancer and continues to teach dance & choreograph during the week. And actually, to set things straight, not only does she teach, Stephanie sticks herself right in the middle and leads the group with energy to envy. She’s also pretty famous for getting girls ready for pro dance and cheer team tryouts each year....watch out, she may even be judging you! She’s got some sweet moves and an even sweeter personality.
Yes, she’s that good and choreographs for one of the most famous dance teams in the world (read on to find out who!) Needless to say, Steph knows a thing or two about game day hair and styles that need to last through countless hair flips and sweat! That’s why we teamed up with her and sponsor the dance team she manages, the Allen Americans Ice Angels.
fave4: What’s your favorite fave4 product?
Stephanie: I have so many favorite fave4 products! My top 2 are Smooth For Sure Blowout Cream & Texture Takeover… I wear my hair straight a lot and after blow drying with Smooth for Sure it’s crazy soft and smooth as if I went to a salon and got it styled! Then, Texture Takeover gives my hair a really sexy look! It feels good in my hair and SMELLS delicious!!!
fave4: What was your funniest hairstyle memory from childhood?
Stephanie: Favorite/funniest hairstyle was a side pony tail.. I would take a very small strain and braid it so it would hang down the side of my head 😂 Sorry, no pics friends!
fave4: Which do you prefer….to be taught a new dance and choreography or to teach your own to others?
Stephanie: There nothing more rewarding than teaching and choreographing for people! It’s unbelievably rewarding to me when people say they have gotten their confidence back from taking my class and being motivated!
fave4: Tell us one of your most proudest moments either as a dancer or instructor?
Stephanie: One of my proudest moments as a dancer was seeing my choreography on the field by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
fave4: Any secrets to juggling your dance family and your real family? How do you keep it all together?
Stephanie: My advice on juggling my fam/ dance family.. breathe and know you can’t do it all at once! No matter what —you will get through your day!
fave4: Choose one…margaritas, mascara or hairspray?
Stephanie: Ha!! Hairspray!!
Follow Stephanie @stephaniedibiase on Instagram to see her travels around the dance world and her adventures with her adorable family.