F---ed Up Hair

Jonathan Antin handicaps the remaining competition and makes an exclusive announcement!

Bravotv.com: The Shortcut Challenge was their first time working solely with African American hair. How do you think they did?

To be a well-rounded stylist, you have to be able to do every hair type and work with every hair texture. Every stylist should be able to work with any and every hair type. I watched each style and I watched a little of the preparation and I was kind of left with disappointment. I really didn't feel like anyone really shined. Janine's style was almost twisted and pulled back and wrapped with that gold lace and I felt that if you smoothed out the whole hairline you could basically leave the rest of it to be completely frizzy and you could wrap it around so no one would ever see. I think Brian did a decent job. She looked a little bit high school prom. Quite honestly, I disagreed with the guest judge. I don't think a half-up, half-down makes a girl look younger necessarily. I just think the way he left those curls was very hair-do on top and then the length underneath was kind of prom-like. If he had taken the curls out and smoothed them out and left them hanging, put them up and secured them and then leaft it hanging down, that's a very hot Brigitte Bardot meets early Diana Ross look. There's nothing too young about it. It's very sophisticated and sexy. I just think that Brian, again, wrong execution. However, I think he smoothed out the hair pretty well. None of them smoothed it out so it was actually perfect. I thought they were all decent and everybody did work where you could basically go to a salon, pay them money, and you would get your moneys worth. None of them were cover-ready hairstyles and that's the way it's got to look. With the skill set of these stylists and the number of people left, you really got to step up to the plate now and you've got to make it happen.
You have to bring everything you've got to the plate and you've got to shine. I just didn't see that from the Shortcut Challenge.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the Elimination Challenge?
Bryan was doing that Edie Sedgwick thing. Her hair was so far from Edie Sedgwick. Edie Sedgwick's hair was a classic example of perfectly f---ed up hair. There's a difference between f---ed up hair and perfectly f---ed up hair. Her hair was just f---ed up. Edie's hair was perfectly f---ed up. I do this kind of hair from time to time, where I do a perfect cut, and then I'll go back in and perfectly f--k it up. It's basically like you're going to go in and texturize it, beat it up a little bit. I actually use the phrase "f--k it up." I say it all the time, there's a difference. With Brian's hair the color was treacherous, and the girl wasn't the prettiest in the world so you really have to overcompensate. In the hair category, you have to lend a bit of beauty. When you're working with a girl who doesn't have the strength and features on the face you have to compensate for that in the hair. He made her look worse. He made her look less pretty than she actually is. She looked harder, miserable, and I think I said something about her looking like a heroine addict. She just looked terrible. And then there was Matthew, who did the Madonna-like bouffant. I really felt like Matthew's hair was perfect architecturally and symmetrically. Technically, the shades of colors didn't quite match exactly. In order to really get all the blondes to really match up, I'm not so sure they had the exact amount of time they needed. I probably would have needed three hours to get that perfect and styled for the cover of a huge magazine. As a matter of fact, I would have prepared the color the day before in the salon and then styled it for the shoot and it would have been perfect. He didn't have the luxury of that time but that's the way the challenge was designed. He did the best job he could have with what he had. His hair was by far the smoothest and as difficult as anyone's, if not more. If I were the only judge, he would have won that competition.
I think that Brig did nothing. She gave the girl some separation and definition in her curls, wrapped it up on the back of her head into a loose updo and let all the curls hang. There was nothing special and nothing that requires high level of skill. I thought it was nothing but it looked good. Sometimes less is more, but not when you're on a show competing for $100,000 to do the most interesting style.
I think Janine was by far the most cool and edgy, for lack of a better way of putting it. Bringing back that Diana kind of look, that's not an easy hairstyle to create. To build that much volume and width is old school hairstyle and there is a serious level of difficultly to that, without making it a big ball of frizz. To have a real bit of controlled frizz with direction in it with it still looking symmetrically sound on someone's face, I really think she did a great job. I think if anyone of them were to be the cover of the magazine, that's always what I go back to. To me, that's how I make my decision. If I were a photographer I would have chosen Janine's to shoot for the day. It had that nostalgic, really cool and edgy Diana Ross vibe and it was, technically, a very difficult style to do. I thought it was great. It was no more difficult and no more technically sound than Matthew's. I thought it definitely would look better on the cover a magazine or the red carpet. For a red carpet I thought it was a great look. Matthew's was a little bit more for the stage than the red carpet.
I think Jon did a great job. If it was a cutting and coloring competition, Jon wins all day long. I think that Matthew and Janine have an edge on him when it comes to styling. I think that Jon exceeds them in cutting and coloring. I think Jon did a great job and he did what he was asked to do. He got this girl ready for the red carpet. Her hair was smooth, it had volume in the back, it had the bump, and it had all the bells and whistles that the red carpet requires.
Bravotv.com: Anything you would like to add?
First of all, I want to apologize to the fans and bloggers that I haven't blogged the last few shows. I've been extremely busy with a new venture of mine. This is the first place I’m actually going to mention this and it's the first time anyone's going to hear anything about this although there is a press release going out I'm going to say this on Bravotv.com first. I have sold all of my shares in Jonathan Product. I have moved on, and I am no longer affiliated with Jonathan product. Jonathan Product can no longer use my name or my likeness and I am getting ready to sign a big new deal with a big new company or come out with Jonathan Antin professional haircare. I am also, quite possibly, going to open up a Jonathan Antin hair care that is going to be off the charts, literally groundbreaking hair care. That's why I've been unavailable so sorry to the bloggers. That's it!

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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!