What were your thoughts upon meeting the contestants?
They looked like a lively group.
Did any stylist stand out?
Nekisa, because of her looks: the way she dressed, her smile, and the way she presented herself. I noticed Charlie's black-rimmed glasses, which seemed to be just glass. And Oshun looked like he was going to be very talented. He spoke a great game but totally let me down.
What did you think of the Short Cut Challenge?
I thought it was brilliant! This craft is all about gut instinct and about having an image in your mind before you even touch your client's hair. I was waiting for one to make an irreversible cut.
What did you think of the Elimination Challenge?
I was very excited about it. Growing up during the golden age of cartoons as a latchkey child, I was curious to see how they would take a two-dimensional character and make it live and breathe. This was a great opportunity for the stylists to be inspired and think outside the box and take huge chances. Iconic people, including cartoon characters, are great places to draw inspiration. I once did a look inspired by Daphne (from Scooby-Doo) for an InStyle carpet charity look.
So did you agree with the voting?
Yes, I did.
Do you have any parting words for Oshun?
I wish I would have seen more of your work. I know for a fact you were playing low-key so you could step up and shine later. I wish you would have left the gate running.
Any predictions for the rest of the competition?
The stylists really need to step it up. They need to take many more chances. I really want to see them shine.