Cast Blog: #SHEARGENIUS

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Episode Five

Stick to Your Guns

Brig IS Shear Genius!

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Model Host

Best Foot Forward

Dollywood

Lose the 'tude!

F---ed Up Hair

Out and About

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We Need to Be Wowed

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Go With Your Gut!

Color is Important

It's About Time!

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Flowing, Fierce, and Frizz-Free

Time to Up Their Game

Getting Into It

What Happened to Jon?

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Like Magic

Thinking of You

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Push the Limit

Giacomo Was Scared

Adee Should Have Gone Home

Hair is Important

No Filter

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I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It!

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There You Go

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Our Top Three!

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Dee Shined

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Tell A Story

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The Right Winner

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Proud

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Big Red, Big Win

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Hair Sculpting Master

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Magazine Hair

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Child's Play

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Anyone Can Win

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The Heat Is On

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Shine With Confidence

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Quick Fixes For Bad Hair

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I Am The Future!

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Driven, Desire, Dangerous

Episode Five

Paulo Candido explains why this episode will make viewers cry.

Shortcut Challenge: "Surfer Boy Polish" Today: Men's cuts on the beach -- 1/2 hour to do it Kicker: Make a surfer go from the ocean to night out on the town. We couldn't shampoo their hair or use blow dryers. My model Rocco actually is part of the crew. Totally kewl guy with nice hair. Gave him a great cut. Oscar (Blondi) was guest judge. He said my cut wasn't all that different. Hmm. I cut so much hair off his head -- strange. He also said that there wasn't enough texture. Interesting considering 98% of his haircut was done with texture blades. Whatever! So Nicole wins. Did a nice job. Go girl. The twist was that in the elimination challenge, she was going to seriously affect four of her fellow competitors. HMMM?!? We'll have to wait and see what that means!

Elimination Challenge: "Women with Alopecia" What an emotional challenge. This one will make the viewers cry! As soon as we got the challenge, I turned into Ricky from Project Runway. Changing a client's look is an emotional experience, especially when they have no hair! Shear Genius provided wigs by Hair-U-Wear, at $1,000 per wig. WOW! All the women were so strong and brave. They all had Alopecia Universalis, which is total hair loss! So Nicole picks first. Then she picks me! YAY! WOOT. So that means that I'll style with her and have full time, 1 hour and 45 minutes. My client Kylie was such a sweetheart -- 18 years old, had gotten alopecia 4 years prior and had only 1 wig. It was a blonde wig that had a short, straight cut, and it actually looked really cute on her. I asked what she wanted. She said she would like a wig that she could wear when going out with the girls. Something that made her look and feel FIERCE. So we went for RED.

She wanted hair that made her feel sexy. So I did long rotational layers with heavy side bangs, texturized the hell out of it, curled it, and lightened some underneath panels in the front. It was crazy that the bleach over processed hair turned slightly pinkish - which ended up being a great surprise. So I told Kylie about it and she was totally down for it. AWESOME! So, I proceeded to style it, and curl the whole wig with a curling iron. I made it look sexy and hot and she loved it. She owned her new look. With or without the wig, she was a sexy mama! Time for Judging: Top 2--Me and Nicole! OMG. Finally in the Top 2! F*** yeah! WOW! WOW! WOW! I couldn't believe it. Honestly, I thought that Nicole was taking it. So Jacklyn says-- Paulo... Pause...pause... Your work was Shear Genius! OH MY FU****** GOD! NO WAY?! It was so amazing to see the look of approval in everyone's eyes. Wow. Jacklyn asked me how it felt to finally be the winner and my reaction can be best described as: GYRATING WITH EXCITEMENT! Sure as hell felt good! Finally! Whew. Now for the bad news. Bottom: Nekisa, Charlie, Gail I knew that Charlie wasn't going to go home. Although it would be a shocker. Then Jacklyn calls Nekisa's name. OMG. Bottom 2--Charlie, Gail Gail goes. The judges said that she lacked confidence and that without it, she wouldn't be able to move to the next level. I agree, but she's a sweet girl though. : ( But this night, it was all about ME! The fu**** up thing was that in this elimination challenge, you don't get immunity. Damn! Figures--my luck.

"Phone Call" So today I was able to call home and talk to Geordie because of the situation with the credit card and money. Had to keep it totally business. That was soooo hard! I miss him sooooooo much! I tried to keep it business. But when he said, "This is so weird -- I'm hearing your voice" and broke down, I lost it. This is the hardest part of this whole experience. So messed up! I'm still in the game with no plans on going home, but man, when I do get home, I'll have such a new appreciation for everything I have there! I love that man of mine!!! Xxoo!

Brig IS Shear Genius!

The controversial contestant reveals which stylists she still speaks to and what she learned from the experience.

Bravotv.com: In this challenge, you got to pick your assistants? Why did you pick who you did?  
Throughout the entire competition I saw a personal strength in April that I truly admired. I knew 100% that she would give her all to help me execute my vision, regardless of how crazy it sounded to her. I chose Faatemah because I needed her strong styling abilities for what I had in mind. I had an advantage and didn't want to face either of them on another team. I was excited to put together an all female cast.
 
Bravotv.com: How do you think your two assistants worked out in the end? 
Brilliantly. April and Faatemah helped with the final looks. They both gave their input which I candidly admit helped arrive at the winning end result.

Bravotv.com: Can you describe your inspiration a little more? Have you ever laminated hair before?
I had never laminated hair before or seen it done. It came to mind a few days prior when I was playing with a roll of clear tape, so I tried it on a piece of hair from my own extensions and it was very interesting. It seemed a bit nuts, yet intriging at the same time. I love taking risks at the chance that the outcome could just be genius. When Henry and I consulted, I asked if he liked comic books, and he told me how he just started collecting collecting Chinese comic books. Cool! That I felt was the "money" question to give me the go ahead with my idea. Imagine: Bjork as a villianess superhero.

Bravotv.com: Were you expecting the criticism you got from Jonathan about not using their real hair enough?
I rarely work with extensions in my salon, so I was thrilled to push myself. I expected criticism from the day I tryed out for the show.  I welcomed the different opinions, Jonathan's included.  Because I expected it.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when your hair came down the runway? 
It was insane, unusual, and most importantly elevated Henry's collection. I loved how the color story I chose came through, especially on the final model where I muted the color palette into pastels. I also was thrilled with the make-up. It really punctuated the entire look. When Matthew and Janine?s hair came down the runway I thought they put up very strong looks. Matthew took a huge risk by using the skull caps. I thought it was cool that he threw all his cards down on the table and went for it. Janine always managed to make the most of every second we were given. It is no secret that they both are extremely talented. Once again my work was the odd collection. I knew I was looking at something that I had never seen before. Completely original. That was all I ever wanted to do during Shear Genius. I felt like a winner at that moment and really did not care if the judges liked it or not.

Bravotv.com: At that point did you think you had it or maybe you lost it?
I was thrilled with myself for the concept and thankful for April, Faatemah, and Henry's input that helped produce the final looks. The entire process of the show to that point was such a arduous journey that I was proud that I took a HUGE risk.

Bravotv.com: Did you agree with the judges' comments for your own hair and your competitors?
I was on cloud nine to be standing in the finale and hearing Linda Wells say that she had never seen anything like it ever on the runways around the world.  When Henry (the designer) told me how pleased he was, I couldn't have been happier in a bathtub filled with Fruity Pebbles! As far as Matthew and Janine's looks... I don't recall what the judges said.  I was in my own world at the time.

Bravotv.com: Some of our viewers love you, some love to hate you (sorry!) -- how much of what we saw is the real Brig and how much is strategy? 
What you saw was the REAL me strategizing for $100,000 in my greatest professional challenge. Early on I realized a few stylists were "blinded by my bow" and started saying I was crazy. I felt that being underestimated was not a disadvantage. I was so thrilled to be standing behind a chair in the Shear Genius salon. I was given a very rare opportunity to really discover what I could handle.

Bravotv.com: What went through your mind the moment Camila announced the winner? 
Shock at first.  Then I wanted to jump up and down and there was no way I could with Janine still standing next to me. She was actually very kind to me and congratulated me.  I am not a gloater, so I hope I didn't appear ungrateful. Winning was something I said I would do, however having accomplished that goal among the high level of talent each stylist possessed was surreal.

Bravotv.com: What are your plans now?
Shear Genius introduced me to a large amount of talented and creative people. I plan to continue to be ME and inspire others to TURN UP THEIR VOLUME!  I don't understand the lack of confidence a lot of people experience, however I wish to inspire them to try something new and not worry about what anyone else thinks. I am eager to take advantage of the amazing exposure I received from being on Bravo and use that to help express my ideas.

Bravotv.com: What has changed for you since the show started filming?
Going to Target has become a social adventure. The recognition has been great for my business at play hair lounge. and has created some amazing new friendships and opportunities.

Bravotv.com: Do you still talk to any of the other stylists? 
I do.  April, Brian, Amy, and Jon. I welcome future conversations with all of the stylists. 

Bravotv.com: What do you think the biggest thing you learned was? 
That I truly am 100% secure with myself, my style and my ability, and to accept failure and learn from it. I also learned that without everyday responsibilities and distractions, my creativity increased exponentially!

Bravotv.com: Any message to the haters?
No. I prefer to focus my attention to those who are positive and support the freedom of self expression. It takes twice as much energy to be negative then it does to be positive. and as you know I am a very positive person so I have plenty of energy to spare. 

Bravotv.com: Anything else you'd like to add? 
I plan to continue to post my stories on my blog "BrigKnowsBest" and cutting hair at my salon, p!ay hair lounge in Simi Valley, CA. I strongly believe that success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. I have been overwhelmed by the amazing amount of support by people who have shared this amazing journey along with me. This is only the beginning.  I am ready for the next big challenge!