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Shear Genius 2 – a magnified version of your salon!

Shear Genius 2 was on last night and a new term to me was blondorexia, meaning over processed/excessive blonde hair – only in the world of reality TV!

“Shear Genius 2 Challenge”Truly, it is a reality show, for pure entertainment purposes, to be taken at face value. Whether you are a professional hairdresser or a guest in a hair salon receiving services, the show portrays a magnified version of hair salon professionals doing things their way with a twist.

The personality traits of the hair salon professionals they select for the show actually portrays hair deserss as entertainers first, with the (somewhat/sometimes) ability to do hair. One thing to keep in mind when watching the show it is a reality TV show. The flamboyancy of the hair dressers makes the show a hit as much as the skill sets the hairdresser possess. It was mentioned by one designer that The world’s best hairdressers are on the show certainly not true in my book!

I know two people that tried out for the show in the past and neither one made the cut. They are both true professionals in the hair styling industry. One of them travels around the world competing in hair shows. He also is a platform artist and trains other hairdressers for competitions. He isn’t out there in appearance, but he does have a phenomenal personality and top hairdressing skills, yet he didn’t make the cut. I don’t know if that is an indicator in the selection process, but it does tell me something. After all, how boring would the show be with only seriousness in the challenges??

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Blondorexia was color corrected!

When watching the 1 hour long show, keep in mind that all services are in a condensed version. The quick challenge of giving blondorexia guests a more natural look is not a quick process and can take up to 3 or more hours. In the hair salon we term it as ‘corrective color,’ which translates to very expensive and time consuming. There is a long process that includes replacing missing pigments and filling the hair to accept color, while doing your best to maintain the integrity of the their hair throughout the process.

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Hairstyle inspired by a food hair menu!

The elimination challenge was to be inspired by food hair. The hairdressers needed to create an avant-garde look inspired by a tasting menu. For those of you not in the hair salon profession, you probably wonder how you can be inspired by food. Inspiration is around you each day clothing, different textures, things in nature the list is endless. What inspires you may not work for the next person or their vision may be different. As I watched each hairstyle presented, I realized it is a pretty objectionable challenge, up to the eye of the beholder. The overall shape, execution and polished results are the keys to winning any challenge. I’m just glad I didn’t need to do this hairstyle! My favorite was Jon’s model!

In the beauty industry I learned 2 things long ago: not to judge a book by its cover and the gift of gab goes a long way in a hair salon! Both are SO true!

Just imagine working in a hair salon with all of Shear Genius 2 eccentric personalities it would make for quite interesting days for all!





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