A Quickie With Dee Adames

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Let’s face it: Lesbians can be a little crazy about their

hair. Often misunderstood, occasionally mocked, and as varied as our community,

that thing we call "lesbian hair" is a nuanced category all its own. The

names are as cool as we are: the buzz, the crop, the fade, the shag, the

ubiquitous faux-hawk, and the Big Grandmama of them all, the mullet.

Hairstylist and this season’s Shear Genius lesbian contestant, Dee Adames, knows all about it. Dee has wanted to be on Bravo’s reality competition show since

it first aired over a year ago. This year, Dee

got her wish and will compete against other mane mavens for $100,000 in prize money

and rights to the heady title of "Shear Genius." The show premieres

tonight, June 25, at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Season 2 Shear Genius contestants with host Jaclyn Smith

In addition to competing in the show’s follicle-shaping

challenges, the stylists must wield client service and staff management skills

as easily as they wield scissors and a flat iron. As Art Director at Peter of

London Salon and Spa in Miami, scissor sister Dee

brought all her talents to bear, and while she wasn’t allowed to divulge the

outcome of this season, she hinted that she "did well" and "represented

Miami and our

community."

Dee spoke to AfterEllen.com

about staying true to herself on the show, what a $500 haircut will get you,

and how she refuses to cut any more faux-hawks.

AfterEllen.com: Did

you have fun being on the show?

Dee Adames: I had a great time. I

learned a lot about myself and a lot about how I interact with other people. I’m

very competitive, but I’m also very focused and very driven.

Dee Adames

AE: I’ve talked to

people who have been on reality shows and some of them regret doing it. I’ve

heard "never again" more than once. You have no regrets?


DA: I have no regrets in anything

that I do. I’d do it again! Why not? Great exposure, great life-learning

lessons. It puts you out of your comfort zone, and pushes you to be the best. Why

wouldn’t you want that in life every now and then, you know?

This is something I’ve always wanted to do. I said to

myself, "I need to be on that show." And when I got on the show, I

was true to myself, as always. I didn’t alter who I was. I am who I am … I hope

the viewers get to see that and there are no alterations [because] of reality

TV editing. [laughs]

AE: [laughs] Yeah, well,

good luck with that.


DA: I just hope that they got my

good side.

AE: How awesome is host

Jaclyn Smith’s hair up close and personal?


DA: Well, she’s a hair icon just for

being on Charlie’s Angels and wearing

that sexy, feathered look. She’s a beautiful woman, an amazing woman. She’s very

warm, very sweet, and her hair looked great, always. My hat goes off to her

stylist.

Jaclyn Smith

AE: If you were going

to change her hair, how would you do it?


DA: I wouldn’t change her hair, to

be totally honest. She’s known for that style. I respect the stylist who does

her hair ’cause I see that he’s an artist and sometimes you don’t have to change

something that’s perfect.

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