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


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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 make their way to Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram in Chandiroor. Once there, teams would receive a blessing from the head priest before receiving their next clue.

At Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, Bopper & Mark would receive their clue for their Speed Bump. Bopper & Mark must paint a tiger's face on the belly of a Puli Kali dancer, following the example on another dancer's belly, before they are allowed to continue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to teams after receiving their clue at Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram. Teams must participate in a traditional Hindu good luck 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 make their way to Pattanacaud Coir Mats and Matting, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's at the end of their rope?"

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

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Fort Kochi. Once there, teams must find a barber under an ancient tree, who would give teams their next clue.

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

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

Choice B: Pack a Box
Teams must 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, before delivering the boxes to a shipping depot. Once the boxes have been delivered, the manager would give teams their next clue.

Only Art & JJ chose this task.

Teams must take a ferry to the Cheena vala Fishing Nets in Vypin to check in.
For coming in first place, Rachel & Dave each won $10,000.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • ϵ 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
Rachel & Dave
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
Brendon & Rachel
 2nd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD Student & Event Hostess
Vanessa & Ralph
 3rd place 
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating Divorcees
Art & JJ
 4th place 
Art & JJ
Border Patrol Agents
Bopper & Mark
 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"

The Amazing Race 20 Episodes

"Tears of a Clown" · "You Know I'm Not as Smart as You" · "Bust Me Right in the Head with It" · "Taste Your Salami" · "Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence" · "This Is Wicked Strange" · "I Didn't Make Her Cry" · "Let Them Drink Their Haterade" · "Bollywood Travolta" · "I Need Hair to Be Pretty" · "It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires"