Shear Genius

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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 3 Seasons
  • 5.8  (422)

Shear Genius is an American reality television series that premiered on Bravo in 2007. The show revolves around a group of hair stylists who compete against each other in various challenges to ultimately win the grand prize of $100,000 and the title of "Shear Genius". The show was hosted by Brazilian model and actress Camila Alves, who was joined by a team of judges including actress Jaclyn Smith, hairstylist Rene Fris, and guest judges.

The first season featured 12 hairstylists who came from various backgrounds and experiences in the industry. Each week, the contestants were given a new challenge that tested their creativity, technical skills, and ability to work under pressure. The challenges ranged from creating avant-garde hairstyles to working with celebrity clients, and the contestants were judged based on their execution, originality, and overall performance.

Throughout the competition, the contestants were mentored by Rene Fris, who provided them with guidance and feedback on their work. Jaclyn Smith, who is known for her iconic hairstyles in the 1970s, brought her expertise as a client, and also provided critical feedback to the contestants. Each week, one contestant was eliminated until the final episode, where the top two contestants went head-to-head in a final challenge to determine the winner of Shear Genius.

One of the unique features of Shear Genius was the "Elimination Cut," where the judges would choose the bottom three contestants and give them an opportunity to defend their work. The contestants would then have to cut a strand of their own hair, symbolizing their willingness to take risks and be accountable for their mistakes. This added an extra layer of depth to the competition, as the judges were able to see how the contestants handled pressure and criticism.

Another exciting aspect of Shear Genius was the celebrity clients that the contestants worked with. Throughout the season, the contestants had the opportunity to create hairstyles for stars like Paris Hilton, Kate Hudson, and Nicky Hilton. This not only provided an opportunity for the contestants to showcase their skills to a wider audience but also gave them a chance to work with high-profile clients and learn from their experiences.

Overall, Shear Genius was a popular show that ran for three seasons on Bravo. It received positive reviews and was praised for its unique challenges, talented contestants, and expert judging panel. The show not only showcased the artistry and creativity of the hairstyling industry but also provided an entertaining and exciting competition for viewers to enjoy.

Shear Genius is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on April 11, 2007.

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Season 3 Finale
10. Season 3 Finale
April 7, 2010
Who will prove to be Shear Genius? The third season comes to a close and one contestant will be named Shear Genius.
Bring It On, Bitches
9. Bring It On, Bitches
March 31, 2010
The contestants have to style their first celebrity client and then create a signature look.
The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God
8. The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God
March 24, 2010
The competitors must choose a tool, inspiration, and a style for each other. They must update a classic Hollywood look and update it.
Hotter Than a Gay Bar on Fire
7. Hotter Than a Gay Bar on Fire
March 17, 2010
The stylists give new looks to recent high school graduates. They also create 60s and 70s inspired red carpet looks for VIP guests for Estelle's album release party.
It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Annoying
6. It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Annoying
March 10, 2010
The 7 remaining contestants have to interpret geometric shapes on Asian hair.
For the First Time I've Scared to Death
5. For the First Time I've Scared to Death
March 3, 2010
The stylists must transform military wives into pinup girls to surprise their husbands who are overseas.
I'm Borderline Pissed Off About That Hair
4. I'm Borderline Pissed Off About That Hair
February 24, 2010
The stylists must do bridesmaids' hair.
The Spiral of My Emotion
3. The Spiral of My Emotion
February 17, 2010
The stylists must give a man a sexier look with extensions.
I'm Totally Stealing Your Model
2. I'm Totally Stealing Your Model
February 10, 2010
For the Elimination Challenge, the stylists have to create avant-garde hairstyles based on a tasting menu from Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel.
A Risque Runway
1. A Risque Runway
February 3, 2010
Stylists must give punk rockers a more polished look; sophisticated styles for a fashion show.
Where to Watch Shear Genius
Shear Genius is available for streaming on the Bravo website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shear Genius on demand at Amazon, Apple TV and Bravo.
  • Premiere Date
    April 11, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (422)