TODAY Show Beau­ty Expert Deep­i­ca Mutyala believes that any woman can style her hair for a quick sum­mer updo in under a minute.  Mutyala attempt­ed to prove her hypoth­e­sis by show­cas­ing easy sum­mer styles on women of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and hair tex­tures.

While I can’t say any of the styles were par­tic­u­lar­ly impres­sive (the first model’s style was called “a rope twist”), the styling of the black model’s hair was no doubt the least impres­sive of the bunch. When asked about the seem­ing­ly inten­tion­al imper­fect styling of the hair, Mutyala replied:

“It’s actu­al­ly not that trendy to be per­fect.”

The insane thing is the mod­el actu­al­ly had a cute style to start, only to have it hor­rif­i­cal­ly ‘made over’. Take a look for your­self: 

Here’s the offi­cial video from The Today Show.

While we com­mend the TODAY show for their inclu­siv­i­ty in select­ing the mod­els for this seg­ment, it’s clear Mutyala’s beau­ty exper­tise does not extend to the styling of black women’s hair.

What are your thoughts? Should we give Deep­i­ca Mutyala an A for effort or nah?

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72 Comments on "[Video] The TODAY Show Did THE WORST Hair Makeover EVER on a Black Woman"

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All I got to say is this.….….. SHE CANNOT DO HAIR TO SAVE HER DAMN LIFE!!! What the heck was that????!!!!

Jacqueline Perry

The young lady’s hair was just FINE, before the “styl­ist” got her hands in it. WHAT was she think­ing??? I hope that young lady checked a mir­ror before she went out.…..bad enough it was on NATIONAL TV ! !


Hot mess!



MsNae Wrknonmines Perry
MsNae Wrknonmines Perry

Wow, I can’t believe she thought that style was accept­able lol…Can you say HOT MESS Smh


I give her a nah, and a ha ha! It was actu­al­ly fun­ny, and I think the mod­el thought so too! I think she may have done bet­ter had the seg­ment been allowed more time.


It’s as if she wasn’t even try­ing to make it look good. What hap­pened to that piece on the side she left out? She clear­ly just gave up in the mid­dle of it.


what the hell did she dooooo


WHY?? And she con­tin­ues to smile…


What…the heck.

T. Thomas

That was painful to watch! OMG! She has no idea what she’s doing with nat­ur­al hair…


If she can’t do all hair types, she doesn’t deserve to be called an “expert”. And her demon­stra­tion was far from expert wor­thy… The model’s hair looked bet­ter before she messed it up. Shame.…


Yes her before look was so much bet­ter than the after.

Lori Titilayo Wellman
Lori Titilayo Wellman

that was SO hor­rid! i’d bet that when the sis­tah saw how that so-called styl­ist made her look like she lost her scarf in the cot­ton field, she want­ed to (said like Jill Scott in “Why Did I Get Mar­ried”) whoop…dat…A**!!

Shaniqua L.

That would be “Or nah,” on the A for Effort ques­tion.


No. She gets no sprin­kles. Either you know what you’re doing or you don’t.


Or nah lmao


She gets a nah from me. She is the rea­son my mom always told me grow­ing up “you can’t let every­body play in your hair!”

Nikki Griffin

nah, she fucked that girl’s hair up if she claims she can do hair she should be able to do hair of all tex­tures.

Ugonna Wosu

The model’s face was like “wtf is she DOING????”


I watched that show.….I remem­ber her say­ing some­thing about a side pony.…I must have turned away because she F’d her hair up! OMG!




This was hilar­i­ous­ly bad


It just got worse with every sec­ond! I know the woman in the chair was think­ing “What the heck is hap­pen­ing?”. And then, when the “styl­ist” start­ed tug­ging all rough­ly at the messy pony­tail to make it tighter/fluffier (such a no-no in my opin­ion, very dam­ag­ing if done reg­u­lar­aly).


Oooh, Deep­i­ca. You might need to turn in your beau­ty license. IF you have one.


lmao I can’t believe they did this lady like this. That “beau­ty expert” should be ashamed. That braid on the first girl was ter­ri­ble. The sec­ond style was… as we can all see… an abom­i­na­tion. Idk what she was think­ing, but that first hard pull after get­ting the girls nat­ur­al hair in the pony tail… D33r L0rt, I knew it was gonna get worse.


I’d be pissed at hell she messed up my hair with that ugly updo. I don’t know any woman of col­or, black woman specif­i­cal­ly who would go out in pub­lic with that do!! UG_ A_ LEE!!


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No A for effort — she needs to go learn how to style black hair before land­ing on a show doing a demo. Even if she was attempt­ing a messy bun the least she could have done was catch the whole head of hair in a high­er bun and pull out two ear tendrils.…fluff up the bun and keep it mov­ing. Instead she left her look­ing like she passed through a wind storm…hair all jacked up…smh