Oxygen, Bravo planning hair stylist competitions

Bravo is continuing its talent-focused competitive reality series with Top Hair, a competition between hair stylists.

The eight-episode series will feature challenges “starting with basic cuts and working up to full makeovers, with the winner receiving prizes including $100,000,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is currently casting the stylists. By the way, after using Magical Elves for its first two–and most successful–reality competition series, Bravo is continuing to hand these types of shows off to different production companies; Biggest Loser producers Reveille will produce.

Meanwhile, Oxygen is planning a similar show, although one that looks more like Iron Chef than Top Chef. Its version is called Tease, and will be hosted by Lisa Rinna, who competed on Dancing with the Stars 2. Production began this week.

During each episode, two stylists will “face off in what is described as an ‘outrageous, Olympics-style’ tournament, competing for a chance at a one-on-one battle with a high-profile ‘master stylist.’ Should they beat the pro, they will receive a honor dubbed the “silver scissors,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cut and dried: Bravo, Reveille plan ‘Top Hair’ and ‘Tease’ makes cut at Oxygen [Hollywood Reporter]
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