Cast Blog: #SHEARGENIUS

Adee Should Have Gone Home

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

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

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Double Booked

Adee Should Have Gone Home

Find out why Jonathan thinks a different stylist should have gone home instead of Joey.

Bravotv.com: First, you were the judge for the Shortcut Challenge. The stylists had to take punk rock girls and give them glamorous looks. What do you think was their biggest challenge?
I think the most difficult part, right off the bat, was that they were left with (especially the ones in the end who didn't have any options). In my opinion, Amy was left with the most difficult model in the challenge because of the nature of her hair. I think that was obvious on the show. One of the most difficult things about being a hairstylist is that whenever you get someone who is locked in to the world of music or a cult following of music, and usually someone in that punk rock category is, you're not just dealing with hair. You're dealing with a lifestyle. So right off the bat, although the models were on the show, none of them wanted to change their look, none of them wanted to look normal. They just wanted to continue to look punk, but they also wanted to be on television. Right out of the gate you're already at a loss. Being an experienced hairstylist you know that they're not going to be happy with 99 out of 100 things that you're going to do, unless you give them a different punk rock hairstyle because punk rock is punk rock and that's it. It's like I said, it's a way of life. That's difficulty No. 1.

You've got that on your mind during the whole makeover part of it. Not the explanation or the aftermath, but rather the practical part of making them over... This would be the most difficult part of the challenge. I don’t think that anything would trump that. Working while you know that, and that when they finished, they knew that. As the clients look at their hair and there's that reveal moment, the stylists were kind of looking at them with one eye shut. They weren't thinking, "Oh my God, they're going to be so happy!"

If you looked at Amy's, she did that kind of edge. Matthew didn’t have much to deal with -- he did that kind of mohawk haircut. He really went more in the direction of color, which is really the only choice he had. And he added extensions, as did Amy. They both kept them under the rock n roll umbrella but gave them something somewhat classic and beautiful.

Janine had a major issue. Out of the gate, I was really looking for more from her. I went over her resume at the beginning of the competition and just reading who she had worked with and what she had done, I was really looking forward to something great. I don't know what she was thinking. I still, to this day, can't tell you what went wrong. It was so bad that it's out of the realm of critique. I can't even begin. I just did a segment on TV and I had three anchors compete in a haircutting contest. They were competing who could to the best haircut in one minute, and I was judging. These anchors did the same kind of haircut that Janine did. It was unfinished and it didn't look like a pro did it. I can sum it up by seeing she was so nervous that it took her right out of her professional stylist shoes and turned her into a civilian over a period of one hour. She just completely got lost and that's what nerves will do. It was that bad that I couldn't critique her, and I couldn't even hold her responsible. That one just doesn't even count! It's not like it's bad work; it's not even work.

Adee just with his bitching and complaining and talking up a storm about David Beckham, his techniques... I just knew right away that we're gonna have fun with this one. So what, you cut David Beckham's hair? My three-year-old son could have cut his model's hair the way he did, and my three-year-old could cut Beckham's hair the way it's cut. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to give someone a mohawk. Jon, on the other hand, I kind of knew he didn't like me but he kind of stuck to his own. He was very professional about everything. But to be honest with you I didn't like any of them. They all have their heads up their asses.  It's gonna be difficult for all of them. They're all going to dig their own graves. They're all gonna make it extremely difficult for each other and themselves. Although, Jon really was handling it in the best way possible. Like I said, he was sticking to himself and staying out of the drama.

Bravotv.com: Let's move onto the Elimination Challenge.
Adee -- horrifying. You buy extensions for hair in a drape format, and all he did was take the drape and tie it around the neck. There is nothing genius about that; it's exactly the opposite. It's as elementary as humanly possible. I thought Joey, who did that bright orange red, the girl looked kind of neanderthal to me. There was nothing beautiful, and it was very cave woman like. When I'm looking at runway I have to see something that has almost never been done before but at the same time is classic and timeless. You really have to hit that right in the middle. There was just none of that and the hairstyle was tasteless and classless and it was thrown together. It was more of like an arts and crafts rather than hairstyling. He got lost and didn't know what to do. It's a shame because he could have been great. That's one of the easiest challenges to really shine.

Bravotv.com: Janine redeemed herself in the Elimination Challenge.
She did a kind of couture frizz. That's something that those who have experience in the world of fashion are familiar with, especially in the last year or two. It's become kind of a hot thing. It's a little safe. It's been done, although it's still being done. It wasn't out and it's not over. She went with that and it would be at least something to keep her there, and she got off to such a bad start. You don't want to strike out and then try to hit a home run, you just want to get on base and stick around. That's, in my opinion, what it's all about. This type of competition is really stick around and save the best for last. She did a good thing. I thought Matthew did a great thing. I thought Brigg was a little safe with the woven web. It kind of resembled a tablecloth with embroidered cane. Again, arts and crafts, and not a lot of hairstyling. If she was with any of the great photographers on set shooting for a bikini shoot for Sports Illustrated or Chanel or Gucci campaign they might have thrown her off the set. Take your Spiderman web out of here. That's my feeling, but again, I'm harsh and a little intense. It worked; it was safe. I saw what was going on with everyone else and it was a win-win and her execution was there, that's what did it for her. It was clean, perfect.

Joey went home, but some viewers thought that Adee should have gone home over him.

I share that same feeling... I know that the viewers thought that Adee should have gone home and I concur with them, and the feelings are mutual. I did my best. The other judges teamed up against me. I felt like one of the contestants! Very often, I voted the opposite way. Again, I'm a stylist, and a realistic one. Kim and Camila are not supposed to know about these things. They know at first glance whether it looks good or bad. They know more than your average individual. Kim has experience styling hair but hasn't in over a decade. Camila has experiences with someone styling her hair and has had her hair done 100 different ways, however, it's not dealing with someone else's hair. You only know how great your hair is and how wonderful your hair has looked and problems you've had along the way, but you don't necessarily know about someone who has hardly any hair or someone who has fine hair or if someone is trying to, by way of smoke and mirrors, make that happen. Not taking anything away from their credibility, but there's no way they could judge on that same level that I'm judging on. There's now way they could see what I'm seeing and there's no way they can communicate it the way that I do it. They don't do that. It's like going to the car dealership and asking a brakes specialist how the color looks. He's in the car business, he knows about cars, but he's a brakes specialist and doesn't know about paint. That's the difference. I feel like Adee, if we did it all over, bye-bye. I will say that I loved that he stayed on because it made my job more fun. By the way, I went into every challenge with a clean slate. As a judge I can't be thinking about what he did so badly on the last one and let that affect my opinion of the challenge. That's not fair. I have to go into each competition with a clean slate. Everybody deserved to be there at the beginning of every challenge. Whoever was there deserved to be there in my book. He got a hall pass. Joey's going home unfortunately and he's here.

Bravotv.com: Joey went home, but some  viewers thought that Adee should have gone home over him.
I share  that same feeling. I know that the viewers thought that Adee should have  gone home and I concur with them, and the feelings are mutual. I did my best.  The other judges teamed up against me. I felt like one of the contestants!  Very often, I voted the opposite way. I feel like Adee, if we did it all over, bye-bye. I will say that I loved that he stayed on because it made my job more  fun. By the way, I went into every challenge with a clean slate. As a judge I  can't be thinking about what he did so badly on the last one and let that  affect my opinion of the challenge. That's not fair. I have to go into each  competition with a clean slate. Everybody deserved to be there at the  beginning of every challenge. Whoever was there deserved to be there in my  book. He got a hall pass. Joey's going home unfortunately and he's  here.

 

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!