Shear Genius is an American reality competition television series produced by Reveille Productions in which contestants engage in weekly hairstyling and cutting elimination competitions until a winner is determined.
The series premiered in the USA on Bravo on 11 April, 2007.
Shear Genius premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel on Friday 8 August 2008, at 21h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Saturdays: 03h00, 09h00, 15h00
Hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actress, designer, and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith, Shear Genius offers a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and creative world of high-end hairstyling.
To win this competition, a group of talented hairstylists from around the world will literally go head-to-head in creative challenges that require more than just talent with a comb and scissors.
Whether it's the bob, bouffant, perm, or chignon, hair becomes an art form as the contestants with a flair for hair compete in challenges that could put them one step closer to being crowned a "Shear Genius."
From the guy next door to the A-list celebrity, everyone is a potential client and provides a true test of skill. The crop of budding stylists will come from all walks of life and hail from all over the nation.
Some will get "cut" early and others will "blow away" the competition.
Season 1 Contestants
Anthony, 40, from Manhattan Beach, California (originally from England)
Ben, 32, from Chicago, Illinois
Daisy, 31, from Hialeah, Florida
Danna, 37, from Santa Monica, California (originally from South Africa)
Dr. Boogie, 33, from North Hollywood, California
Evangelin, 32, from Reisterstown, Maryland
Jim, 49, from Buffalo, New York
Lacey, 22, from Miami Beach, Florida
Paul Jean, 29, from Beverly Hills, California (originally from France)
Tabatha, 39, from Ridgewood, New Jersey (originally from Australia)
Theodore, 22, from Canton, Ohio
Tyson, 31, from Salt Lake City, Utah
Season 1: Anthony Morrison
Season 2: Dee Adames
All seasons air exclusively on M-Net Series
Season 1 (9 episodes)
Premiere: 8 August 2008 | Finale: 3 October 2008 | Fridays, 21h00
Season 2 (10 episodes)
Premiere: 13 November 2009 | Finale: 15 January 2010 | Fridays, 21h00
Season 3 (10 episodes)
Premiere: 6 August 2010 | Finale: 8 October 2010 | Fridays, 21h30