Alison Hammond schools Dermot O'Leary on Black hair after innocent comment

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Alison Hammond had to explain to her This Morning co-host Dermot O’Leary that she was wearing a weave on today’s show.

The presenters had just finished teasing an upcoming segment on the best curl products when the former X Factor host asked Alison how she manages her locks. Spoiler alert, it’s a weave.

‘How do you make them so curly?’ a puzzled Dermot asked.

‘It’s fake hair,’ Alison responded sharply.

‘Well, it’s sensational,’ Dermot observed. ‘I just thought you did a different hair style each week.’

Taking Dermot’s confusion as a teachable moment, Alison explained: ‘This is a protective style. When I want to protect my hair for a while, I braid my hair underneath and then I attach these to it.

‘This is not my real hair, babes.’

‘Good God, it looks incredible,’ Dermot observed.

‘It’s not even real hair, it’s synthetic,’ his co-star continued, before giggling: ‘You learn something new every day.’

In January, the duo took over the Friday programme of This Morning, replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in their regular slot. They also front the ITV show during the school holidays.

Last month, Dermot emphasised how his and Alison’s friendship has blossomed since they first started hosting This Morning together, saying she’s become ‘like a sister’.

While they have a really fun chemistry on set, they did have teething problems when first started presenting as they weren’t given the chance to get to know each other properly before jumping into the deep end.

‘The idea that there wouldn’t be a period of getting to know each other is insane,’ he told The Sun.

The TV presenter added that if he and Alison had pretended to know each other really well, viewers ‘wouldn’t have bought’ the act.

Around two months after stepping into their new roles, Dermot and Alison shared a tense off-air moment, which led to a very candid discussion where they ironed out their issues.

‘We both did something that the other didn’t like – nothing major – but after it happened we looked at each other, and I said: “You didn’t like it when I did that, did you?” And she said no, she didn’t,’ he recalled.

‘And I said: “OK, well I didn’t like it when you did that thing.” And we both laughed, because now we knew. The most important thing is to find out what annoys the other and make sure you don’t do it again.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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