Hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actress, designer, and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith, the second season of Bravo's creative competition series Shear Genius offers a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and creative world of high-end hairstyling. Famed celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo and Allure beauty editor Kelly Atterton serve as lead judges on the series. Accomplished stylist Rene Fris serves as the competitors' mentor.
Bravo's nationwide search for talented hair stylists unearthed a group of gifted competitors from all over the country who will vie for the ultimate title of "Shear Genius," $100,000 in seed money from Nexxus and a chance to style hair for an Allure magazine feature. The stylists face two challenges per episode — the Short Cut Challenge, testing technical hairstyling skills, and the Elimination Challenge, testing creativity and advanced skills. Every challenge will be inventive and extraordinary, pushing them out of their comfort zone and requiring more than just finesse with a comb and scissors. The stylists will also need to possess the ability to service client needs, manage a staff and work as part of a team, simultaneously, in order to make it in this competition. In each episode, host Smith, delivers the news to the chosen winner and loser with input from Atterton and Vo, as well as a lineup of guest judges. Some stylists will get "cut" early and others will "blow away" the competition.