Bravotv.com: Let's talk a little about the Shortcut Challenge. Ken Paves was the guest judge and it was all about male extensions. What is your take on male extensions?
I don't know if there's anything worse in the world or more painful to look at then a man with extensions in his hair. It's like a big, grizzly, hairy back and neck. That, to me, is the ultimate don't. It's just bad from the word go. Unless it's for a film or something like that, any dude that's going to put hair on his head that's going to sit on a table before going on his head is a problem. I'm talking about toupees, hairpieces, and extensions. All of the above are really, really bad and horrifying. On the flip side, hair restoration, as it is today, is done pretty well and is a pretty good thing. I have a lot of clients who have done that. Extensions are very bad. By the way, I think that Ken Paves was the perfect guest judge. He's probably the only one I could ever see in the world of hair, at my level of hair, that would actually wear something like that. He's just goofy enough to actually put something like that in his hair. He's a good stylist though. I thought he had some good stuff to say too.
Bravotv.com: Matthew did do a good job with the extensions though.
Listen, I've put extensions on guys before. I did them Jared Leto for one part, I put them on Tobey Maguire for another role, I put them on Ryan Gosling for another role, and I did Leonardo Dicaprio way back in the day for a David LaChapelle photo shoot for his book. Of course, they all looked incredible. I did them on Ricky Martin who looked like Tarzan, but the hair looked good! You know, I was always horrified in doing them but you have to make them look real. It doesn't matter what head they're on. That Fabio thing always comes to mind. The challenge is kind of around that. Bad news.
Bravotv.com: Onto the Elimination Challenge where the contestants had to create romance novel looks. What were you looking for? Did you want them to modernize it?
Well, they were supposed to modernize it. Again, they used the extensions so that was really dragging me down. The way that everyone blending the extensions was OK.
Bravotv.com: This is the first time they're working in teams. Do you think that was an advantage or a disadvantage for them?
I thought it was an advantage because two heads are always better than one. For no other reason, I definitely thought it would make for great TV. If you put two control freaks together that are perfectionists (or they like to think they are), then you're going to get some fireworks. I wasn’t aware of that part of the challenge until I got there. When I got there and heard about that I thought it would be great. I was also interested in seeing who took charge and it was interesting to see how one person took charge and the other person took a backseat. That gave me some good information to work with as far as who had that level of confidence going into this challenge as opposed to who didn't.
Bravotv.com: Matthew and Janine actually won. Matthew really took charge and has been doing well. What did you think of their look?
At this point, I’m sure everybody was going, "Matthew and Janine again?" But in the same respect, I was like, of course! You could see from the very beginning that their skill set and/or level of skill was very high. They both came in with a pretty good deal of experience in these areas of hairstyling. I didn't really feel like Matthew necessarily took charge. Matthew may have been the voice, but off-camera they were really weighing in 50/50. Janine was definitely that mysterious, silent type. I thought it was a perfect team. I knew right away that they, at the very least, would be in the top two. If they weren't going to win they would be second. I thought they did a great job. They handled it perfectly. The guy looked great. Janine did a great job with the pieces. I think Janine took over more with the guy and Matthew took over with the girl. That's kind of Janine's thing -- that pirate thing, that kind of hardcore rocker. To me, she took what she knew best and made that work for the challenge. Matthew's thing, as per usual, is beauty, beauty, beauty. He implemented that and went with it. I don't think they tried to do something they weren't familiar with. They made it current, which I really liked. They updated that tacky Fabio thing.