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Did Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon get Cut?

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Making the cut Vidal Sassoon is nowhere to be found

Episode 2 of Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon was scheduled to be aired last Friday night. I forgot to record it. On Saturday I went to the TLC Website that originally contained the schedule to find out when it was going to be aired again so I could record it. Nothing, nada, neyt, zero, zilch, not a chance . . . the page was blank.

“Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon Hopefully
it is Gone”

I note that several readers posted comments on my post about episode 1 and judging by those comments and my email, it appears as though Friday nights episode never aired. Please someone let me know if it did. But I suspect that the grown ups at Vidal Sassoon looked at the audience reaction to episode 1 and decided the they were tanking their brand . . . big time.

Episode 1 made the whole organization look like a bunch of rank amateurs. It was awful, almost painful to watch.

If in fact the management pulled the show, they earned back a little of my respect. Now if they would just return my call to them, I’d be a happy camper.


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Making the Cut . . . Doesn’t Make the Cut

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Making the Cut at Vidal Sassoon

Making the Cut a Vidal Sassoon brain child is a new series. The documentary will be covering typical days in the lives of students and staff at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, in Santa Monica, California. The school has a lot to live up to given title of the “Harvard of Hair.”

The first episode was so lame, I’m not eager to spend any more time with the show. I will check out the second show though, just to be sure that I’m not missing something here.

If you saw the first episode, please leave your impressions in the comments below. Did anyone else feel like they were watching a badly scripted day in the life of a group of mostly, self absorbed, immature kids? I didn’t go into this show with any expectations, but . . . this was painful for the impression it gives on the personalities of those in our profession . . . a typical and over emphasized, stereotype.

I am trying hard to think who this show will appeal to . . . potential hairdressers I guess, but it may sabotage a few from following their dream of becoming the next, Jean-Paul type celebrity hairdresser, as well.

TLC film crews apparently have free reign to shoot anyone they find film worthy, so why did they latch on to Chantele? She was not the brightest bulb in the bunch but … I guess she represents a mind set of some students who need to be babysat if they actually want to become a licensed hairdresser. (Doesn’t she know how much it’s costing to get this education? And, isn’t this her choice of career?)

Then there were three students chosen to assist Mark Hayes, Vidal Sassoon’s creative artist, in a fashion photo shoot for Modern Salon magazine. The cameras rolled as the three students gratefulness turned quickly into ungratefulness. They weren’t chosen for their input, but rather to observe and assist the creative artist. After some whining and gnashing of teeth, they got off their high horses and again became grateful for the experience that they could add to their resumes.

“Vidal Sassoon’s Making the Cut was Awful”

I called the school in the beginning of the week and left a message that I would like to know how much it costs to attend the “Harvard of Hair.” I’m curious and thought you potential hairdressers might be interested in that too. Sorry no response yet and I don’t expect a call anytime soon. They mentioned their program is the “toughest in the industry,” lasts for 44 weeks and the students work on “real clients.” (The schools I know of require 9 months schooling before taking the board exams and all the ones I know have students working on “real clients” also.)

From what I’ve seen so far, my suggestion for those of you who may be thinking about attending the Vidal Sassoon Academy is . . . do your homework and also watch the rest of theses episodes. It’s a pretty easy guess that they are going to dig into your pockets deeper than most schools because of the Vidal Sassoon name and location. Ask around, ask reputable hairdressers their opinion of the best school for your money. Go into the schools in your area and interview them, see how they work . . . probably not much different from the “Harvard of Hair.”


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Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon

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Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will bring more mainstream audience

The big dogs are moving into the hairstyling reality TV craze. TLC announced that the new reality TV show, Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will air its premier episode on May 18th. If you’re counting that makes four hairstyling related reality TV series to be announced recently. Quite frankly that is too many even for a hairstyling junkie like me to keep up with.

The other three began airing a few weeks ago and appear to me to appeal to the hairstyling industry insiders. Shear Genius being the best of them and I have been blogging about each episode on my new domain. “Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will be much
more valuable for the average woman”
But quite honestly there has not been much to learn for the average woman on the street. Fun entertainment for those of us in the profession.

But this one may make it into a much more mainstream audience. My guess this will be produced in a way that it will appeal to any woman, not just those from the trade. The name Vidal Sassoon is a more recognized, brand and TLC is a more mainstream network than the others.

If TLC and Vidal Sassoon put their marketing and branding muscle behind Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon, we’ll all get tired of hearing about the show.

Overall I think the competition will only enhance all four shows. If these types of shows begin to draw a mainstream audience of women. Next season, you’ll see programs that will be much more valuable for the average woman. In the meantime if you’re interested in hair, here is the list.

  • Tease – The Oxygen Network

  • Split Ends – The Style Network

  • Shear Genius – Bravo


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