Hair Battle Spectacular

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy hair competition has big styles but falls flat.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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

Violence

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

Sex

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."

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bybigmane August 11, 2010
minista and tsunami are both really pos itive
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... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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