Camila then brings in Jonathan Antin, who created the "signature look" of the Pussycat Dolls. Never mind that his sister Robin created the group and he probably happened to be the one there when they needed it. Jon can't stand him and for that matter, none of the stylists look genuinely excited to see him there. He sets himself up as a harsh loudmouth, and then we meet more contestants. Amy is the youngest on there, and she lives in Canada where she owns three salons and a scissor company. Camila explains to all of them that each week they'll have a short cut challenge which will be, well, held in a short amount of time, and then there will be the elimination challenge and one person will go home. She then goes through the prizes while most of the contestants smirk as if they've already won.
Time for the short cut challenge! Twelve totally punky girls, with hairdos ranging from a bright pink half-bouffant to dreadlocks, walk in. Camila says the girls are now looking for a more refined look and Brig, of all people, says their hair is crying out for help. Methinks the one with the orange-yellow tone shouldn't throw the first stone. Janine is the next contestant we meet, and she has her own salon in Hollywood and says she's no stranger to this kind of crazy hair. Jonathan is going to be the judge and is looking for technical skill, creativity, and overall transformation. They draw scissor boxes with numbers that give them the order in which they'll choose. Arzo is first. She was born in Afghanistan and has a salon in San Francisco, and looks a little like Sandra Oh. They all pick their girls and Amy, who has the last number, was hoping to not get the girl with dreadlocks; of course this means she does. To Amy's credit, she's super nice and upbeat with the girl even though she was apparently dying inside.
Hairstyling montage! We meet Brian, and as he says he looks beyond Vogue and is inspired by "indigenous cultures" and "history books." No one told him he actually just looks like a dime-a-dozen hipster. Matthew from Denver invites us to Google him, which will show us that he's done the covers of all the local magazines and always does hair for New York Fashion Week. His haughty tone seems more appropriate for telling us he's done the covers of all the high fashion magazines, rather than a bunch of locals, but good for him and his confidence. Giacomo is up next and likes to tell his model all about himself. He has worked "all over the world, with every celebrity in the world, every supermodel in the world, with every wealthy queen, king..." God gave him a gift, you know, but I do like that he admits he loves his life and what he does. I do think, however, that if he'd really done that much already he wouldn't necessarily be trying to win Shear Genius. It's just a theory. Joey is from Australia and has won a lot of hair competitions, but he doesn't know if his aesthetic will appeal to the American market.