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Hairdressing is the next BBC competition format

Hairdressing is the next BBC competition format
Pippa Considine
15 November 2013

Competition format commissioning at the BBC has moved from baking to sewing, taken in vegetable gardening and interior design and has now moved on to hairdressing.

Steve Jones is to present BBC Three's six-part series Hair, with keen amateur stylists battling it out to be crowned at the end of the six weeks contest.

Hair, a BBC In-house production, has been commissioned by Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three, and Emma Willis, head of commissioning, Documentaries and the executive behind the hugely successful Bake Off and Sewing Bee, both from Love Productions.

The hair experts advising and judging the amateurs are Denise McAdam, session stylist and royal hairdresser, and Alain Pichon, international session stylist, who has styled Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Claudia Schiffer.

There will be eight  competitors. Each week they will face three different challenges which will put to test a distinct set of skills. McAdam will be looking at how contestants interact with the hair, how they look at it, touch it and handle hair will be as important as the finished look. Pichon will be looking for consistency and proportion on completed looks and will be impressed by contestants that are well prepared and have their tools laid out ready for the task at hand.

Each week one amateur will leave the competition. As the competition progresses, the challenges get more difficult.

The set will be fittingly decorated. The stylists’ shelves will be full of props, from Bardot-esque hair pieces to bobby pins, glittery hair grips to neon-coloured extensions, rows of gleaming scissors and a range of straighteners, curlers and crimpers.

"The way your hair looks matters," says Zai Bennett. " We’re delighted to have Steve Jones at the helm and joining him are our ridiculously qualified and experienced judges Denise McAdam and Alain Pichon.”

is executive produced by Clare Sillery.

BBC Two recently announced that Studio Lambert is to make a competition format for the channel around interior design.

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