Hair Battle Spectacular TV Poster Image

Hair Battle Spectacular



Fantasy hair competition has big styles but falls flat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the series highlights hair-related creativity and artistry, positive take-aways are mostly lost amid the typical reality goings-on -- fights, bickering, partying, etc.

Positive role models

Some of the contestants (who are a diverse group ovrall) exhibit poor sportsmanship from time to time, and they frequently bicker/argue.


Some arguing between contestants. The Glam Slam takes place in a boxing ring, but there's no fighting.


Some stylists use mild sexual innuendo to show off their hairstyles during the Glam Slam; models often wear skimpy bikinis/outfits to accentuate the hairstyle they're showing off. One stylist is known as “Sexy Lexy."


Words like “hell” are audible, while curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped. Abbreviations like "WTF" are frequently used.


Blurred images of Barcardi Rum bottles and other liquors are occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The contestants are frequently shown drinking wine and mixed drinks. One challenge requires contestants to create hairstyles inspired by cocktails.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like most shows of its kind, this reality series -- in which stylists compete in fantasy hairstyling challenges for a cash prize -- has lots of bickering between contestants, strong language (though “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped), sexual innuendo, and drinking. It isn’t the most exciting show, but some teens might be interested in the over-the-top hairstyles that it showcases (or, if not that, then the drama between the contestants).

What's the story?

In HAIR BATTLE SPECTACULAR, 10 extreme hairstylists create outrageous fantasy 'dos in hopes of winning $100,000. Each week, the contestants compete in theme-inspired challenges designed to test their ability to tell stories through hair constructions (which can include both natural and woven hair, as well as props). They then present their hairstyles in a "Glam Slam" -- a performance-driven presentation that highlights their creations in front of a live studio audience -- and a panel of judges (including award-winning hair designer Erick J., celebrity stylist Lindsay Albanese, and a rotating guest judge) decides on the best style. At the end of each episode, the designer producing the worst "hair don’t" is eliminated, while the rest of the stylists get closer to the cash prize.

Is it any good?


The series, which is hosted by Brooke Burns, showcases the growing "fantasy hairstyle" trend, which has been made popular in the mainstream by performers like Lady Gaga. It highlights the creativity and artistry required to translate stories into large, dramatic hairstyles, as well as the kind of styling and performance required to show them off effectively.

Like most reality competitions of this kind, much of the show’s focus is on the contestants, who often seem to be trying too hard to flaunt egos that seem bigger than the hairpieces they're creating. And the judges, despite their efforts to be hip and trendy, are also a little flat. Viewers may be drawn to watch simply out of curiosity, but outside of the outrageous hairstyles, the show just isn’t very exciting. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this kind of reality show. What others is it like? Does anything set it apart from similar shows? Why do you think the contestants were chosen?

  • Did you know anything about "fantasy hairstyling" before watching this show? Is it an art form, or simply an interesting

  • way of styling hair?

TV details

Premiere date:August 10, 2010
Cast:Brooke Burns, Derek J, Lindsay Albanese
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

This review of Hair Battle Spectacular was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Stylists get snippy in reality-show competition.
  • Check this one out before sharing with fashion-crazed teens.
  • Aspiring stylists compete in relatively tame reality show.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bybigmane August 11, 2010
minista and tsunami are both really pos itive
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old September 24, 2010

Great show for tween reality fans!!!

Great alternative to Bad Girls Club for reality fans. This show really sends a good message: these contestants are making fantasy hairstyles to try to reach the top - rather than fighting, partying hard, and behaving really badly to reach the top. Some scenes (like Derek J's girly outfits) bring laughs to my whole entire family!! There is some mild to moderate language, but otherwise this show is great for tweens. My mom will give it the same rating!!
What other families should know
Great messages


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?