Jonathan Antin

Jonathan Antin doesn't hold back when sharing his opinion on male extensions and doing what you have to do on a shoot.

on Feb 23, 20100

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.

16 comments
Ruth Mihaltian
Ruth Mihaltian

Jonathon :

After reading some or most of the blogs I have decided that those who have never entered a compatition really don't know what judges are lookjing for. I myself think you are a good judge you have been there. I have entered 16 contest in a matter of 10 years,and I see what you are looking for. Keep up the good work. Sometimes hairdressers who work in salons think they no everthing but guess what I learn a lot from just watching your show and the comments. Thanks for a good show and the knowledge Ruth -from TN.

TeamJ
TeamJ

Love Jonathan! Glad he's back on Bravo. Would like his show to come back. I wish I could use his products (I'm Black) but I can't. Any feedback he gives on Shear Genius should be noted. He's the bomb in hair styling!

LeonardoNYC
LeonardoNYC

This was my last viewing of "Shear Stupidity". Who judges the judges??? How could these overapid so-called experts have elimiated Brian and not Brig? What were they thinking???? There were four of us watching the show and all in total disbelief. Anti-New York bias perhaps? who knows? who cares? In any event, good luck with the show, but you just lost this viewer and several others. Maybe it's time for new judges to be calling the shots on "Shear Nonsense".

rr
rr

Could be such a great show ..but it isn't. I want to see the talent not the idiotic drama! The judges don't help with thier own over blown ego's and a hostess that seems deadpan and cold. PLEASE GET RID OF THE HIGH SCHOOL BULLY TYPES! This is not competion it's high school! Let the talent be the driving force and tone down the drama.

Andreas T
Andreas T

I just watched the show after a few seasons of pause. Jonathan over the top critique to Brig was just plain distasteful and it convinced me that this show is worthless. There is absolutely no excuse to potty mouth comment, Jonathan. No matter how bad the stylists work is, nothing matches an undignified critique. Your ego has more volume that any of the hairdos I have seen on the show.

ShelleyG
ShelleyG

I don't think the judging this season has been impartial, it's clear that 2 of the contestants can "do no wrong" no matter what. I have enjoyed this show up till this season. I have really been disappointed because of the comments and the behaviour of two of the contestants who act like they're in intermediate school and the support from the judges when they perform poorly makes it clear that the season has already been decided!

Jonathan Greene
Jonathan Greene

I'm not the biggest fan of this season. Jonathan was ok oh his show on Blow Out...but that show didn't come back and possibly for a good reason. I can understand the level of attitude that you have to exude at times in business, but not everyday. The attitude coming from the contestants...is expected. It makes you wonder if any of the eliminations become personal. I loved that Tabitha was a judge on the show. I would have liked to seen her visited Jonathan on Blow Out and assessed his business then. Maybe a little bit of that over the top ego would have made for a good watch.

FeliciaUrban
FeliciaUrban

Jonathan, I would like to know where your located so you can cut my hair. I like the way you act and you know what your talking about. I love watching you on the shows.

Zubi58
Zubi58

Jonathan is a wee bit arrogant for me. Thinks he's a hair god. Plz

extension girl
extension girl

I agree with most things said in the extension challenge. I do them all the time and extensions are hard work and detailed. There were some people who missed the mark but then again. I usually do wemon so who am i to jugde:) www.kristinaraeleen.com.

Dawn Dian
Dawn Dian

It is fantabulous that you are back on Bravo! I miss your show Blow Out, and being " hair styling challenged" myself, miss re-winding, and watching your skills! I have been telling people for years that if I ever win the lottery, my 32 inches of long hair is getting an appointment with you, the master! I love your attention to detail, and also not putting up with any bull. As you can tell, I think you are the greatest, and delighted that you don't insist that everyone cut their hair short, butloves to add sex appeal, and easy leaves the client feeling great about their hair. You are a professional, no two ways around it. Thank you for being you!

Tami Johnson
Tami Johnson

Johnathan,

It was so nice to see you Are back on Bravo. Like the others I too wish your role in the show was bigger. You are so talented and have so much in you to teach others. Do you have a mentoring aspect of your business? Baltimore is missing you! We need stylists that realy Know hair. Especially naturaly curly hair!!!!!!! Wish you were here.

ckbecker
ckbecker

love ya jonathan! i agree, you should be on more, but you've got a family and a business so you can only do so much, family first!

mmc
mmc

I usually get a perm about once a year, maybe 1 1/2 years at times.My perms usually last a very long time.The last time I got a perm the bell rang but the stylist didn't take care of me for at least 10 or 15 minutes later.For the first time in my life I got a really bad perm and got a frizz head.I was so disgusted and tried to buy products to fix it myself.It took a few months and then it got looking ok but not great.What could the stylist have done to make it better right away?Anything?I would appreciate your opinion.Thanks......

rstar
rstar

Jonathon Antin, you look like the comedian Russell Peters.

Viewerkathy
Viewerkathy

I wish that Jonathan had a bigger role in mentoring these poeple during the contests.I was soooo happy to see him back on Bravo!Give us more Jonathan!!!!