‘Molly-Mae Hague helped me ditch lip filler in lockdown ​for a more natural look’

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With her long blonde hair and dazzling smile, Molly-Mae Hague looked preened to perfection when she entered the Love Island villa in 2019.

But the 22-year-old has since admitted that she regrets some of the cosmetic procedures she has been through, telling social media followers she’d “[got] things done that I didn’t necessarily need to get done and didn’t think through at the time”.

She also warned: “Wait a good few years until your face has matured and then make decisions about cosmetic work and stuff. Please don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Some 1.6 million people have watched a YouTube video of Molly-Mae having her lip fillers dissolved while a further million have watched her reverse her composite bonding – a treatment that involves adding material to the teeth to create a desired look.

And she’s not the only one joining the “explant movement”, with stars such as Chloe Sims, Megan McKenna and Kylie Jenner undoing some of their procedures to return to a more natural look.

Here, OK! writer Josie Copson explains how she learnt to embrace her natural looks in lockdown, thanks to a little help from Molly-Mae…

Waxing, eyebrow threading and acrylic nails every four weeks, a pedicure and hair extensions every eight, teeth whitening and lip fillers every six months, and eyelash extensions as a pick-me-up.

My list of pre-pandemic beauty treatments went on. I felt like a product constantly on the verge of expiring.

My bank balance suffered, too. I was the real-life version of that EastEnders meme of Ian Beale crying, "I’ve got nothing left!"

Then lockdown hit and we were all forced to wave goodbye to salons. Which, of course, in the grand scheme of things was not a big deal.

Within months, my lips began to return to their original state, I was forced to remove my extensions at home, my eyebrows became overgrown and even make-up application was a rarity.

When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t feel like me.

Those moments before a video call, staring at your own face on the preview screen, became my personal version of hell and I was glad to have a reason to not venture outdoors too often.

Then I stumbled on Molly-Mae Hague’s YouTube videos. I began to remember my beauty treatments weren’t what made me who I am.

My obsession with Daisy May Cooper’s This Country, my inability to say the word “human” and my loud laugh are far more interesting things about me.

People care far more about whether I’m happy than what I look like. In fact, they aren’t really bothered about my appearance at all – and why would they be?

Now, I’ll happily go out having set my natural curls free and with a big old spot on my chin.

The clip-in hair extensions I got to ease myself off the fake hair have not been touched for months.

I do have a new addiction to buying teeth-whitening strips, though – I couldn’t give everything up.

But if going natural is good enough for Molly-Mae, it’s good enough for me!

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