'Shear Genius' finale crowns hair apparent

shear-genius-season-3-finale.jpgWe've reached the end of the road, my darlings! Welcome to the final challenge, where our stylists are vying to be the shearest, geniusest one of all. Brig, Matthew and Janine file in, not to the salon, but to a studio of some sort where Orlando and Camila are waiting for them.

Matthew is smug, having had no doubt he'd be in the final three, Brig is elated, and Janine is thinking about her one-in-three chance at winning a hundred grand. (The dollars, not the candy bar.) Camila introduces designer Henry Duarte, as they will be working with him on the final challenge -- the three all are incredibly stoked. (I would link to his website if it were actually working to show us any of his clothes.)

Everyone best describes his designs as very rock 'n roll and edgy. The final challenge is to design the hair of the models walking in Henry's runway show -- each stylist will be styling six models, and each will have 10 minutes to consult with Henry before heading back to the salon to pick their assistants. They will be judged on how well the styles relate to the clothing lines, and how cohesive their styles are as a collection.

Janine is up first for her consultation. Six models file in, and she goes through the clothes hanging nearby while he tells her he wants a futuristic look rather than retro. She wants to combine different textures but still stay sleek; she describes it as "rock 'n roll, but obscure." Matthew is up next and Henry tells him that this part of his collection is more architectural and clean, and again mentions the future.

Matthew goes through the clothes and almost word-for-word says the same thing as Janine, that he is so happy Henry mentioned that since he was already thinking of going in that direction. He wants to use a lot of leather in what he calls, "bondage-y" style. Finally Brig has her meeting and we are three for three with the futuristic theme. Henry wants the hair to be theatrical, and Brig wants to do something comic book-inspired. She tells him that one idea she has is to laminate the hair and then layer it. This could either be very cool or go very, very wrong.

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