A MODEL was reduced to tears on live TV as a man tried to suck up her hair into a ponytail – and it went horribly wrong, The Sun reports. TV tradie Rob Palmer, a DIY expert on Australian show Better Homes and Gardens, performed the ‘trick’ as part of a segment about ‘DIY dads’ on The Today Show.
He spoke about a viral YouTube video in which a dad styled his little girl’s hair into a neat ponytail using a vacuum cleaner.It involves putting a bobble on the end of the hoover pipe before sucking up the hair and applying the hair tie.
Reassuring pretty production assistant Jen he’d done it “four times before” on his daughter, Rob attempted the technique on the show. But as he applied the nozzle to her blonde tresses, his attempt at a ‘ballet bun’ didn’t quite to go to plan.
Today hosts Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Sylvia Jeffreys and Tim Gilbert struggled to stifle their laughter as Rob desperately tried to suck up all Jen’s hair, admitting: “You have a lot more hair than my daughter.”
Sylvia shot back: “This is going well.” Meanwhile Jen desperately tried to keep smiling, though her grin looked more and more strained as the clearly agonising process went on. When asked how it was going, she unconvincingly replied: “Ah great, it feels fantastic.”
Tim clearly picked up on Jen’s discomfort, pointing out: “She’s flinching a bit.” The ‘trick’ went on for a good minute, before Rob revealed the “finished product”. Sadly for Rob, the result was far from impressive, with Sylvia : “I’m actually not sure that a brush couldn’t have achieved that.”
As he applied the hair ring that “made the bun”, he noticed Jen was crying. He admitted: “My eight-year-old’s never cried before.”