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.
Season 2 premiered on M-Net Series on Friday 13 November 2009, at 21h00. New episodes aired weekly. There are 10 hour-long episodes in the second season.
Saturdays: 03h00, 09h00, 15h00
Hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actress, designer, and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith, the second season of Bravo's creative competition series Shear Genius offers a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and creative world of high-end hairstyling.
Famed celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo and Allure beauty editor Kelly Atterton serve as lead judges this season, replacing Season 1's Sally Hershberger and Michael Carl.
Accomplished stylist Rene Fris returns as the competitors' mentor.
Bravo's nationwide search for talented hair stylists unearthed a group of gifted competitors from all over America who will vie for the ultimate title of "Shear Genius," $100,000 in seed money and a chance to style hair for an Allure magazine feature.
The stylists face two challenges per episode — the Short Cut Challenge, testing technical hairstyling skills; and the Elimination Challenge, testing creativity and advanced skills.
Every challenge will be inventive and extraordinary, pushing them out of their comfort zone and requiring more than just finesse with a comb and scissors.
The stylists will also need to possess the ability to service client needs, manage a staff and work as part of a team, simultaneously, in order to make it in this competition.
In each episode, host Smith delivers the news to the chosen winner and loser with input from Atterton and Vo, as well as a lineup of guest judges.
Some stylists will get "cut" early and others will "blow away" the competition.
Season 2 Contestants
Charlie, 38, from Denver, Colorado
Daniel, 28, from Dallas, Texas
Dee, 37, from Miami, Florida
Gail, 25, from Columbus, Ohio
Glenn, 36, from Decatur, Alabama
Matthew, 37, from Dallas, Texas
Meredith, 36, from Chicago, Illinois
Nekisa, 29, from Concord, California
Nicole, 24, from New York City, New York
Oshun, 31, from Los Angeles, California
Parker, 32, from West Palm Beach, Florida
Paulo, 37, from San Jose, California
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