Cast Blog: #SHEARGENIUS

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A Mildly Unkempt Chinese Guy

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

A Mildly Unkempt Chinese Guy

Inside scoop from the producers of Shear Genius.

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The first thing that the contestants saw most mornings, when they woke up, was a brainy but mildly unkempt Chinese guy called Matt watching them sleep. It's not as bad as it sounds -- Matt is the other story editor on the show. He usually took the morning shifts at the contestant apartment while I took the night shifts. Usually 2 producers would be there for morning wake-ups, and one or two producers would stay on after we wrapped, to catch any kind of night time excitement. The contestants didn't know Matt too well because he was a ninja at taking story notes in the field and was cloistered in video village for most of the shoot. But I suppose having a camera jammed in your face first thing in the morning can be a bit jarring, no matter who is holding it.

We had a relatively late call that day at Shorty's barbershop in Hollywood. It was a great space visually but logistically it was cramped quarters. We needed six stations for the stylists to work in, a dressing room for Jaclyn, a room for the director and executive producers, a room to hide our surprise guest judge Christophe in, somewhere to set up all the monitors and equipment and somewhere to put all the rest of the cast, crew and stuff that we use in shoots on a daily basis. We made do but staying out of all the cameras' eye-lines (especially with all those mirrors) was tricky. When the men walked into Shorty's for the first time, I have to say it was a little scary. Some of these guys' looks bordered on menacing. There were some major transformations on this challenge. Every one of them walked out of there looking better than they did walking in.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys after their haircuts were done. Nearly every one of them was insanely shell shocked and had that deer-in-the-headlights look to them. I thought one of them might cry for an instant but he collected himself in an instant and moved on. Hair is a huge part of anyone's identity, and even if you think that person might not care about how their hair looks - cut all their hair off and then ask them how they feel right afterwards. If they can string a coherent sentence together about how they feel, I'll give you a dollar.

Danna had first pick of the models and regretted her choice later because apparently his hair was filthy. I've learned while working on this show that dirty hair has a certain unpleasant odor when it gets wet that is quite distasteful for stylists. So remember to wash your hair beforehand next time you get it cut.

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After Tabatha's win in the men's makeover challenge, she got to dole out the boxes for their next elimination challenge - hair through the eras. She gave them all a quick glance, decided which one she'd take and then handed them out very swiftly. Tyson, Daisy, and Boogie were respectively worried, anxious and perplexed by their boxes. Boogie couldn't get over the whole evil/medieval thing. He only found one picture on the internet despite help from Tabatha and Anthony and he was clueless about what to do. Tabatha told Ben about how controversial flapper hair had been in its time. She likened it to punk hair and they actually had a pretty intellectual discussion about the subject.

Tyson kept to himself and you could see the gears turning inside his head at a furious speed. He was freaked about doing Elizabethan era hair but he also seemed to be steeling himself to kick some major ass at it. After drinks, discussion and more drinks, somehow Daisy and Danna ended up doing push ups. They were trying to see how many they could do. Daisy won the push up challenge. It's a good thing Anthony didn't participate because he would have put them both to shame.

At times, you could hear a pin drop in the salon during the Hair thru the Eras challenge. The stylists were so focused on this one. Tyson practically collapsed when time was called. Boogie's medieval was incredible, especially in light of his trouble researching the topic. production_105_03_320x240.jpg

Before judging started we interviewed Anthony who was totally convinced that he was going home. Though as you all know, it was our dear Danna that went home. Danna was always flirting with the sound guys that checked and changed her mic everyday, which was a constant source of amusement for the producers listening in via headphones in the control room. Her goodbye was composed and classy and I was proud of her for not crying. She did some very fine work on the show and I'd go to her salon in a hot second. Until next time...

Model Host

Camla Alves describes her disappointment in the stylists' performance during the Shortcut Challenge.

We are down to the wire and sadly we had to say goodbye to Jon who turned out to be a gracious loser. It is always refreshing to see someone who is grateful, appreciative, and proud of their experience. Sometimes I really wish we didn't have to edit the show so much because Jon's goodbye was emotional. He really charmed us throughout the whole competition, what a sweetheart!

I like this episode in particular, because I was the only model for the Shortcut Challenge and I single-handedly got to judge the remaining finalists.
I could tell that each of them were nervous to do my hair and didn't
really know at first how hard it is and how long it takes to blow out/style my hair.

Initially, I  was weary when Brig was doing my hair, especially when I  noticed that the baby hairs were having a hard time staying in place -- that is one of my pet peeves!

Janine styled my hair, but it was not the right way to style it, it needed to be down and loose.

Next, it was Jon's turn. Unfortunately, he accidently burned me. I tried to be as calm as possible, so he would have a chance to finish the challenge, but damn it hurt so badly!!! He did do a nice job on the shape, however he didn't execute it right.

When I called Matthew out for not doing clean sectioning, he acted is if I shouldn't say that!  Well that bad sectioning resulted in the bump that was left in the back of my head, but other than those two things, it would have been perfect! I loved how the edges were smooth, straight, and clean.

I was frustrated on how none of the stylists were able to give me a really amazing hairstyle, something they didn't really show on the actual episode. You weren't able to see how truly upset I was.

The second challenge was having the four remaining finalists define and create their own signature style and brand for their portfolio. The guest judge was the amazing and legendary stylist, Oribe and boy, do I value his opinion! I thought that Janine's first model looked like a Chia Pet when it was supposed to be an afro. The way Janine styled herself was not
indicative of her brand; I was a little disappointed in that because it was the first time that I didn't buy it!!

When Brig's first model came out, I was taken aback by the ice cream cone hair style. I do have to say that both of these styles demonstrated Brig's distinct point of view and showed who she is as an artist. It really was the first time I was able to see Brig! I am glad that she won this challenge and am so excited for the finale next week!

Three finalists left and who will be the last one standing???? You will just have to wait and see, tune in next week for the season finale:)

Beijos,
Camila