EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Peters Chopped Her Hair! Watch Her Most Drastic Hair Transformation Ever
Miss Universe - Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters before her hair makeover
When girls cut off their hair, the makeover is sometimes associated with breakups. As if to relieve one of the burden of post-breakup stress, the act of chopping one's hair is seen as a symbolic way to get rid of all those excess baggage.
In the case of Miss Universe - Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters, however, her decision to go for a shorter hairstyle wasn't brought about by a breakup from a romantic relationship. She and her boyfriend, Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte, are still happy as a couple and are very much in love with each other.
Although, Rachel admits that after handing over her crown to successor Catriona Gray at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night last March 18, there is indeed a feeling of sadness that came with concluding that chapter in her life. "It was a sad time for me, handing over the crown. I guess you can say there was a little bit of heartbreak," she says.
As Rachel moves on from her beauty pageant journey, she looks forward to the next chapter in her life with so much positivity and excitement for all that's yet to come. To mark this new beginning and do so in style, the British-Filipino stunner finally decided to cut her hair.
For some, going from long to short hair may not be an issue, but for Rachel, it's a big deal. She hated the idea of cutting her hair ever since she was a kid; she remembers crying every time her mom would bring her to the salon for a haircut, and so, the most that she agreed to do was have her hair trimmed for no more than an inch. "I've never done anything exciting with my hair," she quips.
She may be a beauty queen, but this beach babe and surfer chick has been so used to a laid-back lifestyle that she has kept her beauty routines pretty basic. "I don't do much [with my hair]. Just shampoo and conditioner," she shares. "I grew up in Phuket, so we were by the beach. We wore bikinis, shorts everyday, so I never really had the chance to get into heels, designer brands, makeup, hair products. In fact, I only bought my first blow-dryer and hair straightener last year."
It was only when Rachel joined Binibining Pilipinas that she started to learn how to glam up herself. Rachel shares, "I had to learn how to style my own hair. Makeup was hard, but you know, you get the hang of it really quickly, but with hair, it’s so hard. When I was at Miss Universe, say, our call time was at 7am, I was waking up at 4 to have enough time do my hair and makeup."
Sure, her long, cascading hair may have helped boost her confidence on several occasions, especially during Miss Universe, but now that she's done with pageantry, there's really no reason to hold off her hair makeover plans any longer. "I've been wanting to do it for, like, a year," she reveals. "I want to try something different."
Rachel adds, "I’m cutting my hair off because, in a way, it signifies a new chapter in my life. For the last two years, beauty pageant has been the core of my life. I eat, live, and breathe beauty queen, and so, I think that, maybe, it's a way of showing a different side to me. Now that I’ve handed over my crown, I wanna be known as Rachel, not just Rachel as Miss Universe – Philippines. Because I am at a point in my life right now, where I am trying to do other things. I wanna get into hosting, and I'm running a business."
To make her short-hair-don't-care dreams come true, Rachel turned to hairstylist Fendi George from Basement Salon - Shangri-La Plaza after seeing his impressive portfolio on Instagram. Although Rachel was hoping to achieve the long bob hairstyle of the likes of Olivia Culpo, Pia Muehlenbeck, and Sam Richelle, she was open to the suggestions of Fendi and trusted his expertise on hair artistry.
Hair expert Fendi George from Basement Salon in Shangri-La Plaza
"This is a big deal for me. To cut more than an inch," Rachel says.
To complement Rachel's haircut, Fendi gave her some highlights through the technique called Balayage, which basically gave her hair a beautiful, natural-looking dark-to-light effect, and dyed her hair to an ash blonde shade.
Apart from getting a haircut, Rachel also got some highlights and had her hair dyed.
When her hair makeover was done, Rachel was all-smiles as she looked at herself in the mirror. As what is often said about a person who has embraced changes wholeheartedly, this is Rachel Peters version 2.0—a bolder and chicer woman who's clearly ready to face new challenges and experiences.
She shares, "With this new hairstyle, it’s just gonna make my life a whole lot easier. It’s perfect for summer. I go to the beach a lot, so when I surf, sometimes I come out of the water after five hours of surfing and I have dreadlocks already. So this is just gonna be really fresh. It’s gonna be suited to my lifestyle."
Rachel after her hair makeover
Rachel before (left) and after hair hair makeover
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photography and videography by Spotlight Creatives
Special thanks to Pia Campos of W