Few things are more degrading than being a contestant on a reality TV competition– except maybe being a contestant on Shear Genius, Bravo's rip-off of a rip-off of a rip-off of Project Runway. Why? Well, besides the inherent shame of being a part of a competition judged by Jaclyn Smith and the woman (Sally Hershberger) who is best known for creating the haircut that made Meg Ryan look like a miscellaneous blonde street urchin in a touring company of Oliver! (seriously, how boring does your profession have to be if Bravo cycles through 3 seasons of fashion design, 2 seasons of cooking, and 1 season of interior decorating before finally getting around to it), being a contestant on Shear Genius means that Bravo can use your image to promote the show as it sees fit. So if Bravo wanted to depict you floating away in a tidal wave of hair, for instance, there's nothing you could do to stop them.

Or if they wanted to put out an ad with you climbing up a wall made out of giant, shiny, blonde hair extensions, you would have to live with that.

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It's the price you pay for the chance to hold the estimable title of "Shear Genius." Other fun, hair stylist-y options Bravo didn't consider for the

Shear Genius ads: —Giant scissors. —Impaling each of the contestants on the prongs of an oversized comb. —A massive shampoo sink. —Putting the contestants in a large jar of Barbacide.

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