"Shear Genius" is the latest reality competition show to hit the
The show airs Wednesday nights on Bravo, replacing the similarly themed
just concluded “Top Design.” The basics of showcasing the best of the
their chosen field and putting them through challenges remain the same.
This series field of expertise is hair styling and is hosted by Jaclyn
Smith. Twelve finalists from all over the world live in a loft while
Each week, one stylist is pronounced as showing “shear genius” winning
challenge and another is sent packing. The ultimate winner will receive
from Nexus (sponsor of the show), hair styling duties for an Allure
cover shoot, and an apprenticeship with Nexus’ top stylist Roy Teeluck.
in ‘Top Design,’ host Jaclyn Smith doubles as one of the judges.
on the panel is celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger, Allure magazine
fashion director Michael Carl, and the Nexus’ “Shear Genius” hair
director Rene Fris.
The premiere episode featured a small-scale challenge of cutting each
’s signature style into a mannequin’s head. Each stylist gets their
workstation staged in a circle in this vast room allowing the contestants
each other as they work. The winner of that challenge got the opportunity
pick first from the group of models used in what’s dubbed “the
This challenge was more extensive in that the stylists had
craft supplies from Michaels to make ‘hair art’ on a live model. The
displayed the stylist’s work as they paraded down a runway for the
The judges deliberated with the stylists out of the room and then singled
just six of the stylists as being in the top three or bottom three while
announcing the top stylist and the one going home.
The show summary online promises a wide variety of challenges and
clients including A-list celebrities. There are some standout contestants
that viewers can love, can hate, and even love to hate. I think however
theme will be tough to appeal to anyone not interested in this particular