Q: What was your reaction when Bravo approached you about doing your own series?
A: I had a million of them…Excited would be the first one—and surprised. It was something that came out of the blue for me. But I’m happy it did.
Q: You had a certain reputation on Shear Genius. Were you worried about how you would forever be portrayed in that light?
A: I never actually thought of that. It’s a great question. It’s something that I actually never thought of. I love Bravo and I think they make great shows. Before I was even on Shear Genius, I was a Bravo watcher. I know the reputation that they have, so I hadn’t even thought of that.
Q: You’ve been called a female Gordon Ramsay. What do you think of that comparison?
A: I don’t think I am, but I understand why people might make the comparison. I mean look, the first thing is that we both obviously have accents. So right there, it kinds of labels you and they put the comparison on you. But I think Gordon and I are probably similar in that we’re both incredibly passionate about our industries. Gordon is incredibly passionate about the restaurant industry and the restaurants that he’s trying to help, and I’m incredibly passionate about hairdressing and the hairdressers that I’m trying to help. So I understand why people make that comparison.
Q: You have a reputation for just telling it like it is. Are you always like that in your everyday life?
A: I am. I just think that it’s better to be honest and to tell people the truth than to not tell them the truth. And with the situations that I’m going through in the salons, it’s important that I do tell them the truth because I really do want to help them. And because I have such a small window of time that I spend in these salons – a week is really not a long period of time to turn a lot of these situations around. So it’s important that I go in there and get to the bottom of what the problems are that they are having in their business, and be honest about the problems so that I can effectively help them and effectively help them turn their business around.