To Walk The Red Carpet

Find out why Michael was disappointed with this week's looks.

Did you miss me? Allure's editor-in-chief, Linda Wells, was top judge this week, so I was free to get a massage...or, in reality, catch up on my fashion-director duties. But just because I wasn't sitting on the stool doesn't mean I don't have opinions.

I love how spicy things got. I mean Tabatha and Anthony at the spa, trash-talking Tyson and -- my favorite part -- Anthony calling the other stylists "wankers"? Those two are like the kids who rode at the back of the bus, sneaking smokes and bullying the rest of the class. And then Danna going mental on Evangelin? I didn't see that one coming. And once Tabatha joined the brawl, those hedge clippers weren't as sharp as the tongues in that room. I felt like I was watching Dynasty -- with all the bitch-slapping, name calling, and teased hair.

For the elimination challenge, each stylist had to create a red-carpet style for Vanessa Williams -- and Danna really nailed it. It was as if she'd channeled Wilhelmina Slater, Vanessa's character on Ugly Betty who struts around with the most fabulously done-up hair. The combination of the teasing on top and woven pieces in back was both restrained and paparazzi-perfect.

Maybe she was still enraged about Evangelin "single handedly setting back the hair profession," because Tabatha f'd this one up, as she would say. The hair in front was tight, but in back she let out a roar of twisted curls pushed to one side, so you got a glimpse of that angry updo even before the model turned around.

Anthony went with a classic, the beehive. But it reminded me of another classic, the Cone Head. His hive shot up a good six inches into the air, teetering a little to the left. The red-carpet event for this? A UFO convention.


Daisy's model had really curly hair, but instead of whipping out her flat iron, she went with it by winding three sections into buns on the back of the head. The style was neat -- even pretty. But was it Vanessa Williams? No. And did it complement the dress. with its beading and busy box pattern? Not really. If Daisy had just played it straight, she could have been a contender.


And then there's Ben. It was as if an octopus had landed on her head, its tentacles hanging down in thick, sticky tendrils. It was awful. As Vanessa said, "Heavy and like the end of a long prom night." michael_104_09_320x240.jpg

I said in my last blog that for a stylist to be a shear genius, he'd have to take risks. Boogie did -- he is the self-proclaimed master of red-carpet hair, after all. His sweeping updo had a hump, for lack of a better word, on each side of the head and a big swoop of bangs. With a little more teasing it would have been Princess Leia on crack. Instead, it looked Victorian and beautiful and like something a celebrity with real chutzpah could pull off.


Man, the hubris is on high his week. Tyson said his specialty is "making hair hot." His style was hot all right -- scalding to the senses. High and smooth on the top and sides, then pinned into a thin strip of tangled curls in back, it was as if a chignon and a mohawk had had a one-night stand and this was their unwanted child.


There's nothing Sally hates more than tendrils. You'd think the stylists would have done a little homework, worked their way into Sally's psyche -- but no. There were tendrils dangling in all their ugly glory on nearly half the models this week. But nothing -- except maybe a tattle from Tabatha -- could have prepared Sally, or anyone, for Evangelin's tendrils. They were thin. They were scraggly. They crept all the way around the head. They were kinked on the ends... It was a serious what-the-hell-is-that moment. And it all could have been avoided if Evangelin had just reached for her beloved hedge clippers. I hope they serve her better at the salon. michael_104_15_320x240.jpg

The stylists sure did take chances, and they managed to create a few (well, maybe a very few) good looks. See you next week on the stool...

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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:)


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