Star of the Scissors



Courtesy of Clark Russell

The premise of Split Ends, the Style Network’s reality show, is simple. Take two hairstylists from polar-opposite backgrounds, have them switch places for three days, and film the results.

That script didn’t deviate when Clark Russell, owner of Walnut Creek’s Clark Russell Salon, agreed to be on the show in September. Accustomed to a clientele of upscale Contra Costa socialites, Russell suddenly found himself at the New Millennium, an all-male sports-themed barbershop located in a gritty Los Angeles neighborhood.

The culture clash should make for some awkward—and amusing—reality TV, according to Russell, who says the experience gave him a newfound respect for the skills required to wield barber’s clippers.

“Who knows, I might open up the Clark Russell barbering school,” he jokes. “We’ll see how the ratings go.”

Clark Russell appears on Split Ends on January 24 at 8 p.m. on the Style Network.

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