Professors at Scripps Howard Create "Big Hair Obsessions"
by Gabrielle Gant
What happens when a women is so attached to her hair style
that she hides from friends, won't go to work or class, spends
enormous amounts of money on products, is afraid to let her
significant other see her natural hair or even let it be seen in
On each episode of the reality show "Big Hair
Obsessions" (BHO), a team of Wigmasters, Weavologists and
Naturalists functions as hair-stylist therapists to help women
discover their true selves beyond their hair. Some examples of
episodes will be those that share the emotional stories of people
suffering from alopecia, thinning hair, and hair loss due to cancer.
By the end of each show, the unveiling of a new look will prove that
hair is a great accessory, but true beauty comes from
The reality show's first official meeting was held Friday,
Sept. 19. Scripps Howard Professors Allie-Ryan Butler, Carol Davis,
and Chris Leonard told interested students that they will create a
short, fast-paced video that incorporates sound, music and engaging
images to demonstrate a television concept. The resulting
"sizzle reel" will eventually be shopped to various media
outlets. The Big Hair Obsessions show also has products attached to
it; a hair oil and a wig/weave glue originally created by a Hampton
mom. These products will ultimately be taken to market.
Though the show is about hair, it is designed to teach
students about STEM and STEM entrepreneurialism. Through an
accompanying app, students will learn about STEM careers such as the
persons involved in creating hair oil, wig glue and new forms of
synthetic hair and the process of branding, marketing and selling
these products. The concept is based on the research of Professor
Carol Davis as she looks at the use of entertainment and media
vehicles to encourage mass audiences to lose their fear of STEM
The BHO student teams include hosts, hairstylists, make-up
artists, a wardrobe stylist, producers, directors, editors,
videographers, casting directors, writers, chemists, computer science
students and others in charge of the development of innovative ideas.
Each team will produce a one-minute sizzle reel and compile them to
make one that is five minutes long.
Production teams will meet at the teams' discretion, but all
teams will convene every Friday in the studio of the Scripps Howard
School of Journalism and Communications to discuss the progress of
the project and new ideas.