I'm going to skip going into detail about each contestant's style and story. Now it's time for me to get personal.
I'll start with Anthony because he thinks that I'm always on his back. He's right about that but he might not understand my reasons behind it. Anthony came into this competition as one of the most experienced hairdressers. I had my eye on him from day one as the potential winner. He coasted in the first few challenges, not really pushing himself to go beyond what he does on a daily basis. We really didn't see Anthony's true potential until the last few episodes. I was always on his back because I wanted him to stretch his talent. Anthony is a fantastic stylist. He listens to his clients, he compromises with them, and his personality is calming and confident. He is one of the best colorists on the show. Any client would be comfortable with him because he is comfortable with himself.
Ben's best attribute is his charming, genuine personality. He is so funny and has such a great energy. It was hard for me to figure Ben out at the beginning because I was taken aback by his tattoos and piercings. I wasn't sure what we were in for. He just needs more experience. He grew leaps and bounds during the show because he soaks up information like a sponge. If he believed in himself more, he would be an amazing hairdresser. I'd love to see where he's at in two years. If he sticks with it he's going be brilliant. He's a great guy.
In past challenges, taking risks has paid off for Daisy but it didn't pan out for this challenge. This time she ran into some bumps in the road and couldn't improvise fast enough. Normally Daisy can create the vision in her mind perfectly. She focuses in and sticks to her plan the whole way through. There's no doubt that her talent for finish work would serve her well for film, TV and photo shoots. She should definitely think about that as a career path. I loved Daisy; she is always smiling and has an infectious positive energy. If I ever start a salon in New York, Daisy will be the first person I call.
This was an amazing experience and a great opportunity. I enjoyed every moment. The cast was fantastic. I know it was hard for them since I couldn't give them technical advice. I wish I could have supported them 100%. In a different situation I would have helped them all.
If my behavior came across as tough love it's only because of the rules. We all learn every day -- I learned as much from you guys as you learned from me. Love you all the most -- it has been an adventure.