Nostradamus on episode 1: The Hair is Back

The moment I walked into the salon I remember thinking, “wow, this is so surreal, is this real life?” As I looked around, I noticed Mz. H2O standing there and so I decided to introduce myself. She seemed very friendly but before we even got a chance to know each other more contestants flooded the room. I immediately felt a lot of tension. There was a lot of smack talking going around and I knew right away that with the wide variety of personalities here, this was going to be a long, chaotic and competitive competition.



After meeting the host, Eva Marcille, and judge, Derek J, we were informed of our first “Check Up from the Neck up” challenge. Our challenge was to create a fantasy style inspired by a celebrity’s tweet. In addition, as if that wasn’t challenging enough, our pieces also had to be at least 3 feet tall! WTF! Are you kidding me? I’ve never done a piece this high, let alone this abstract.

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As I looked around the room, I thought to myself, “man, there are some horrific pieces, how did some of them even come up with such designs?” To be honest, it felt great to be one of the first to finish. When Derek J and Eva came over to me, I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, Derek J only gave me positive feedback which gave me the confidence to believe that I could possibly win the challenge. But in the end Atomic and Bossa Nova ended up in the top two. I was really bummed, as I believed that my piece could have been in the top two also. Better luck next time.

For our first Glam Slam challenge, we were asked to design a piece inspired by our celebrity crush. I felt that this was going to be a great challenge because not only am I inspired by Lady Gaga but I also look up to her as an amazing artist who is not afraid to push boundaries. I felt that this challenge was great because it gave me an opportunity to show that I can turn my creativity and inspiration into a beautiful hair piece.

I chose Lady Gaga as my inspiration because I recently had the honor of attending two of her live concerts. Seeing her owning the stage just inspired me in so many ways which led me to create a piece utilizing elements from her “You and I” song. These were a piano, microphone, fire and Nebraska state sign made in meat. After seeing my model strut the runway with wardrobe and all, I felt confident and was pleased by the outcome.

I felt ecstatic when I became a ‘hair-do’. This was my first battle against another opponent, and I won! After winning the battle, I felt assured that this is what I was born to do. However, since this was my first challenge, I wanted to make sure that I stayed humble. I did not want to get ahead of myself. By the end of the day, I was mentally exhausted and was homesick. All I wanted to do at that point was to snuggle up in my bed and not allow any distractions to get in my way of my ZZzZZz... What is in store for the next challenge?

Wait... I forgot. Bronx went home. Although she was sweet and talented in her own way, let’s be real. This is a competition, not a talent show. I’m here to compete!

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