I Need Hair to Be Pretty is the penultimate episode of The Amazing Race 20.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Bolgatty Palace are as follows:

  1. Rachel & Dave (6:53 am)
  2. Brendon & Rachel (7:20 am)
  3. Art & JJ (7:28 am)
  4. Vanessa & Ralph (7:32 am)
  5. Bopper & Mark (10:38 am)

Teams must travel by rickshaw or taxi to Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram in Chandiroor. Once there, they must get a blessing from a priest to receive their next clue.

At Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, Bopper & Mark would receive their clue for their Speed Bump.

Bopper & Mark have to paint a tiger's face on the belly of a Puli Kali dancer, before they are allowed to continue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after receiving their clue at Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram.

Teams would have to participate in a traditional Hindu ritual at Mutharamman Devasthanam Hindu temple that involves shaving their hair. Once both team members have shaven their heads, they would win the Fast Forward. Bopper & Mark won the Fast Forward.

Teams must travel by rickshaw or taxi to Pattanacaud Coir Mats and Matting to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform the Roadblock would have to spin 40 feet of rope made from coconut husks, then spool 4 other rope bundles onto a spindle in order to receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by rickshaw or taxi to Fort Kochi. Once there, teams must find a barber under an ancient tree to receive their next clue.

Choice A: Pachyderm
Teams would have to properly decorate an elephant with a headdress and golden ornaments, and then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck. Once completed, they will receive their next clue.

Brendon & Rachel, Rachel & Dave, and Vanessa & Ralph chose this task.

Choice B: Pack a Box
Teams would have to head to a ginger processing center, collect 10 empty boxes, fill them with ginger that they sifted in order to measure it the right weight, then stencil a label on each box. Once the distribution manager is pleased with their work, he will give them their next clue.

Only Art & JJ chose this task.

Teams must travel by ferry to the Cheena vala Fishing Nets to check in.

For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave each won $10,000.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
S20 RachelDave
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
S20 BrendonRachel
 2nd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
S20 VanessaRalph
 3rd place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees
S20 ArtJJ
 4th place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
S20 BopperMark
 5th place 
Bopper & Mark
Best Friends



  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (04/30/2012): "Rachel refuses to shave her head, exposing sexism; also, The Amazing Race still sucks"

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