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Hair Horror Stories

When bad hair days are super-sized on the runway.
Hair Horror Stories When bad hair days are super-sized on the runway.

Let’s face it, hair isn’t just “hair” for models. Be it lengthy straight, insanely curly, or pixie short, a model’s crowning glory is a clincher when it comes to casting or booking big campaigns and runway shows. I mean, would Candice Swanepoel be as sultry without her big, long locks?

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Look at Miranda Kerr. Her hair’s definitely doing half of her job.

And Tyra Banks can’t stop flipping hers.

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So what happens when waves turn wiry or a flat iron straightens out curls for good? These models dish out their hair horror stories and share tips on how they exorcise split ends, damaged crimp jobs, and rock-hard tresses as the countdown to Philippine Fashion Week begins.

JESSICA YANG

MY HAIR HORROR STORY:

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“I walked a brand show for PhFW many years ago and my hair was the biggest of the bunch. It was super big and it had about three fake doves in it. The hair stylist got so excited that they did my hair first. Though the show was at 7pm, I was all made up at 3pm. They put stuff inside my real hair to support the height and the hairpins were poking my scalp because of the weight of the wigs. I teared up right before the show because it was too painful but mangaed to pull it together right before stepping out."

FAVORITE RUNWAY LOCKS:

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“My favorite look is a vintage hair ‘do paired with winged eye makeup. It's either that or wet hair with accessories.”

MANE MAINTENANCE:

"I don't do anything to my hair when I'm off duty. Oh, and also, I go all out on conditioner! [Laughs]

SAM GOMEZ

MY HAIR HORROR STORY:

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“I just did a show recently and my hair was just ridiculous! It was set with hairpins and hairspray instead of using a curler. My hair is really thick and long so it took a while for it to finally set. Right before the show started, they took off all the hairpins and the curls ended up looking like isaw.”

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FAVORITE RUNWAY LOCKS:

“I really love big curls. Not only do they look good on me, it's also less stressful on my hair. That and you can still go out with it after the show.”

MANE MAINTENANCE:

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“I usually go to a salon to get my hair treated once to twice a year. I wash my hair with shampoo every other day and condition in between. It’s not good to use shampoo everyday and also to not use the same shampoo throughout the year which is why I change my shampoo from time to time.”

MAAN MARQUEZ

HAIR HORROR STORY:

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“The look was some sort of a beehive but for the hairstylist to achieve the look, he had to put a styro ball on top of my head and wrap it with my hair. The ball was pressing against my scalp the whole time. I think he used a whole pack of hairpins and a can of hairspray just so it wouldn't move. Oh, the struggle to repair the damage.”

FAVORTIE RUNWAY LOCKS:

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“I loved the look for Vania Romoff's PhFW collection last season. It was very delicate and feminine -- just a loose bun with a few strands falling off to the side. It matched really well with her signature off-shoulder dress.”

MANE MAINTENANCE:

“After all the teasing, ironing, curling, and other products used for shoots, hairstylists would say that all we'd ever need is conditioner. Nope, it's not enough. It may sound unclean but I suggest not washing your hair everyday. Let your natural oils moisturize your strands. But if you can't go a day without washing, just use shampoo every other day but apply conditioner everyday. I also use L'Oreal's Hair Repair mask twice a week. L'Oreal's Mythic Oil works wonders, too. Simply apply it after you shower and let it dry. It gives shine and nourishment that your hair needs.”

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And there you have it! If we spot another hair faux pas on the runway tomorrow, we promise to keep our camera phones to ourselves.

Photos from Giphy.com

Illustrations by Maura Rodriguez