The 2011 Hot List
NAME: Alice Greczyn
WHO IS SHE: Actress seen most recently in the cable TV series The Lying Game
HER STYLE: Long center-part -- appearing sleek and straight in her latest series; sometimes displaying wave and curl
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Check out the amazing body and waves," a Hair Fan wrote. Amazing, indeed -- and she adds to our amazement by seeming to realize her hair is a tremendous asset. We found several pictures where she posed holding it at the very brink of an eye. Yet she cares enough about hair control that straight styles always seem to have something added for "try to beat this" hold - whether it's all placed behind her shoulders, teased or heat-straightened.
SUPER-HAIR? We would love to say yes -- but we'd be playing our own "lying game" if we did. One steamy photo shoot showed her thick long hair covering her left eye. Seductive for some -- the end of hair drama and excitement for us. But her hair absolutely is worth watching. [Posted 12/28/11]
NAME: Joy Mangano
WHO IS SHE: Salesperson/entrepreneur on Home Shopping Network, offering everything from "Miracle Mops" to sneakers; inventor claiming dozens of patents; restaurant owner in metro New York
HER STYLE: Rounded sidepart stopping a bit below the shoulders; currently without bangs, although she's shown them at times
WHY WE LIKE IT: "She has awesome hair in anyone's opinion," wrote the Hair Fan who suggested her. The critical right side (from her view) certainly seems to defy gravity, holding strongly while very close to her right eye. We don't see any hairspray on her list of inventions, but we think she's found a good one.
SUPER-HAIR? It might get weak at times outside, but we haven't found any evidence her style has collapsed. We thank this Hair Fan for reminding us outstanding styles pop up from time to time on shopping channels -- and looking through the window is absolutely free. [Posted 12/14/11]
NAME: Carly Foulkes
WHO IS SHE: Canadian model, best known for appearing in T-Mobile ads in the U.S.
HER STYLE: A bit below shoulder-length, always loose and seemingly with a bit of natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her hair is thick and inviting enough to earn not "4-G" from us, but four stars. And she seems to know it....
....because we found one public appearance where she pulled all that hair in front of her shoulders. It stayed in line beautifully, as it always seems to do. And she makes sure there's space around her face, in case something tries to move her style around.
SUPER-HAIR? If all you've seen is her T-Mobile work, you'd probably say yes. But we found a Spanish-language edition of Elle magazine where a bit of her long thick hair appeared to droop inside her left eye. That's too bad - but Hair Fans still have much to admire here. And they're probably quietly happy T-Mobile's proposed merger with AT&T didn't go through. [Posted 12/2/11]
NAME: Lauren Gibbemeyer
WHO IS SHE: Pro volleyball player for "Toyota Auto Body Club" in Kariya, Japan; middle blocker for the U.S. women's team, named best blocker at the 2011 Pan American Games
HER STYLE: Sleek straight long off-center part, reaching the bustline last time we checked (the length has varied over the years)
WHY WE LIKE IT: We first noticed this woman when she was a collegiate All-American at Minnesota; in fact, she was second in a BMOC vote in 2009 and passed the first round in a 2007 City League contest. In every case, her hair had perfect line and daring position near her right eye. She's kept that attractive style on inviting display for years. But reaching for it wouldn't be easy -- not only because she's athletic, but her height of six-foot-two and her eight-foot reach could block any approach.
SUPER-HAIR? Until we see proof this style has dropped for a "kill," we're believing it is. There are a lot of good things going for this hair - stunning to see, high risk in its approach, yet on a woman with size (and probably brainpower) advantages. This is why U.S. pro volleyball needs to make a quick comeback, and the London Olympics can't come soon enough. [Posted 11/17/11]
NAME: Shannon Pettypiece
WHO IS SHE: Reporter with Bloomberg News
HER STYLE: Chin-length like a bob, but with round-brushing (and we think spray) used to design the look and provide plenty of space around her face.
WHY WE LIKE IT: A Hair Fan offered her as "beautiful hair.... worthy of inclusion." No reason was given beyond that, but the key to our interest (and her success or failure style-wise) is in her right side of the cut. She's used several approaches to securing that side - and round and lifted in our photo to pageboy style and close to the eye. From what we've seen, every approach she tries seems to work solidly.
SUPER-HAIR? Our online search found no flaws in her styles on the set, so for now the answer is yes. She faces stiff hair competition at her own channel from Carol Massar (Top Ten Tresses member) and the oft-gorgeous Gigi Stone. You tell us - is it time for this business reporter's stock to rise in value? [Posted 11/4/11]
NAME: Victoria Justice
WHO IS SHE: Teenage singer starring in the Nickelodeon series Victorious
HER STYLE: Long and moderately thick; usually straight with a center part, but often adjusted (even with bangs at times)
WHY WE LIKE IT: We saw her photo on a product being sold at Wal-Mart with a look similar to our photo - rolls of curl from the chin down. We swooned, as many teenage guys probably have. Many Hair Fans of all ages would want to reach for a soft look like this, then try to play with those curls all day - perhaps distracted to the point that they wouldn't think about aiming higher, to flick her hair into her eyes.
SUPER-HAIR? Without added curl, you'd think Victorious hair like this would be doomed to defeat. But we had to go through a lot of pictures -- and happily we went through a lot -- before we found one with a strip of sideparted hair drooping across her left eye. (And that strip apparently was set there on purpose for a photo shoot.) We're delighted to see teenagers like her working hard to display great styles, to delight the next generation of Hair Fans. [Photo courtesy Karing Blog; posted 10/21/11]
NAME: Anna Netrebko
WHO IS SHE: Opera soprano, originally from Russia (now living in Austria)
HER STYLE: The Hair Fan who nominated her recommended the long wavy look in our CD cover; she's also gone shorter and straighter at times.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The nominating e-mail praised her "great body and thickness and deep, rich color." She also tries to add a little lift to her locks, to clear room for her face. This can be accomplished with as simple a move as round-brushing and spray, although we're not sure if that's exactly what she does.
SUPER-HAIR? Sorry, but she's not. An online photo search quickly revealed a picture or two where her long hair has dropped in her eyes like a forlorn Madama Butterfly. But in the world of opera, she's a good counterpoint to the ruling long hair of Cecilia Bartoli -- unless, of course, you've seen someone better. [Posted 10/7/11]
NAME: Natalia Jiménez
WHO IS SHE: Pop singer, born and reared in Spain
HER STYLE: Normally medium-long and straight, with loose bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: We were introduced to her through an online concert, and found there's some thickness in her sleek look. Her on-stage movements show controlled flexibility - making you wonder if her hair can drop, especially with bangs cut in as a defensive measure.
SUPER-HAIR? We hoped it would be, but disappointment came at the top of her second song. One strip of bangs was a bit too long, and dropped in her right eye (beyond our vidcap, where they're at the brink). Other photos online show even longer hair dropping when she plays with it a bit. En español: "Linda, pero lo siento." [Posted 9/25/11]
NAME: Kate Turner
WHO IS SHE: All we know for sure is that she's the girlfriend of Dyson Heppell, winner of the 2011 Australian Football League Rising Star Award
HER STYLE: Long natural waves, with no signs of pinning
WHY WE LIKE IT: She arranged this look very well, with no real tuckback or teasing at all. And the waves absolutely caught our attention, for being rich and full (as opposed to being "out of bounds on the full," which violates AFL rules).
SUPER-HAIR? All we have to work with is this picture, so we're not sure. But if Heppell truly is a "rising star" with the Essendon Bombers, we hope to see more of this style to make a better judgment. The strange thing is that reporters asked about his hairdo on award night (he compared it to a surfer). We'd be asking a lot about hers - and rooting to see it loose in a "three-goal breeze." [Posted 9/8/11]
NAME: Jessica Stone
WHO IS SHE: Freelance TV correspondent based in Washington; appearances range from CBS and Fox News to CCTV in China
HER STYLE: A shoulder-length, wavy sidepart with curl evident at the ends.
WHY WE LIKE IT: She caught our eye during the Casey Anthony trial with a very soft and natural look. A check of clips on her website shows she uses varying amounts of spray for on-camera appearances, to reinforce any extra weight from curls.
SUPER-HAIR? That extra spray matters, because her "clip reels" confirm wind can push her hair around a bit. But from what we've seen so far, wind gusts haven't pushed the hair down in her face. A freelance journalist has to know a good amount about a lot of things -- and we think she knows a lot about attractive hair control as well. [Posted 8/26/11]
NAME: Reena Ninan
WHO IS SHE: Middle East correspondent for Fox News
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length with some teasing on top and a hint of added waves at the bottom
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her says it "looks very silky, VERY." She may use some kind of oil to achieve that. But we're more struck at how long this hair for covering news in this part of the world. Top styles of prior years kept things short and efficient (think Amanpour and Arraf). This is a riskier approach, and the added elements we mentioned are vital to keep things under control.
SUPER-HAIR? We don't think so. A quick Bing search (recommended by the Hair Fan who suggested her) found one photo where a strip of hair came loose despite being tied back. If it didn't fall in her eyes in that photo, we fear it did moments later. In dangerous places, even silk can rip and tear apart at times. [Posted 8/12/11]
NAME: Elly Jackson
WHO IS SHE: Half of the British techno-pop duo La Roux
HER STYLE: Close-cut short on the sides, but with enough length on top to be "more reminiscent of a wave," quoting the Hair Fan who suggested her.
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Fantastic and stable," our Hair Fan continued. "It never falls in her eyes." But the drama of it potentially falling is obvious and attention-grabbing. Some kind of mousse-spray combination strengthens the hair to hold at practically any angle - from straight up (not our favorite, looking like Big Boy restaurant statues) to provocatively an inch or two above or even alongside her left eye.
SUPER-HAIR? The Hair Fan dared us to do a "simple Google search" of this style -- and we were thrilled. Several pictures show cases where we might think someone moved In For the Kill (borrowing from one of the duo's songs) without bringing the hair down. But deep in a Bing search, we found one photo where something or someone made the style collapse in her left eye. This is a great look, and we thank the person who sent it to us -- but to borrow another song, it's only 99.8 percent Bulletproof. [Posted 7/29/11]
NAME: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer
WHO IS SHE: Actress in the Nickelodeon series The Fresh Beat Band and self-proclaimed "musical mutt" (skilled in violin and opera)
HER STYLE: Medium-long and usually straight, with the focus on strong thick bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who nominated her didn't give a reason. But the bangs draw us in - often full across the forehead, or just loose enough to make us wonder if the overall style is weak and vulnerable. (Except that's wishful thinking, because her hair never seems to be in danger.)
SUPER-HAIR? She apparently had a "bang-free" era in her career, when the forehead was fully exposed - but despite that, we only found one picture where this style appeared at the brink of falling in her eyes. The bangs are impressive, and ensure great hair control. Pit her against Demi Lovato in a musical "Hair Hero" contest, and we think Demi would be doomed. [Posted 7/14/11]
NAME: Dr. Robin Zasio
WHO IS SHE: Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Sacramento, who appears on the cable TV program Hoarders and has written a book on the subject
HER STYLE: Medium-long or longer, always straight and often kept behind the shoulders
WHY WE LIKE IT: A Hair Fan on our message board described her hair as "thick, soft-looking." The risk factor is also high, as she seems to rely almost exclusively on her shoulders to keep the hair in position. (But we did find a couple of photos with hints of hidden bangs.)
SUPER-HAIR? We've found no pictures with her hair completely down, but we honestly have our doubts. If she can keep it back at all times, she has a legitimate chance -- and we've seen women pull it off on a long-term basis. But with no "support mechanism" such as the ears or teasing, one surprise wind gust would put this style in a lot of trouble. At least she hasn't shown signs of hoarding headbands or bobbie pins. [Posted 7/1/11]
NAME: Renae Bluitt
WHO IS SHE: Founder of the New York marketing firm Crush Media; author of the women's blog for women In Her Shoes
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length, well-rounded hair with abundant natural curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: This is a full head of hair that lives on the edge - massive to the point that her face almost hides underneath it, and not showing any hint of spray or holding device. Yet it's cut well enough that bangs stop fractions from her eyes.
SUPER-HAIR? We couldn't find any photos with hair in her eyes - but we have to admit to some measure of doubt. One windy New York afternoon would have this style in a lot of peril. But we couldn't resist complimenting this woman's hair, when we found her on Twitter. After being named a "Get 'em Girl" by one website, we'd love to get our hands on those curls. [Posted 6/17/11]
NAME: Jenny Anchondo
WHO IS SHE: TV news anchor in Indianapolis and part-time fitness instructor
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, straight all around except for a varying measure of curl at the tips
WHY WE LIKE IT: She was recommended to us by a TV viewer in Arizona, where she used to work. She supports good health, and it starts for her with very healthy hair. There's good thickness, along with a nice display of shape when she desires it. And a small amount of teasing at the crown helps the style hold near the left eye.
SUPER-HAIR? She wears it close to the eyes at times, but we haven't seen this hair drop yet. A headband on "Zumba" days and a toss behind the shoulders gives the style protection. And if you reached for this hair, she probably would be too quick and strong to let you touch it. No wonder her station let her post an extensive photo gallery. [Posted 6/3/11]
NAME: Lauren Alaina
WHO IS SHE: Georgia teenager who's reached the 2011 finals of American Idol
HER STYLE: A thick armpit-length sidepart with natural waves
WHY WE LIKE IT: The thickness grabs us right away - and probably would make some Hair Fans desire to grab right back. We also haven't noticed a lot of spray in this style, as if she relies on natural heaviness and a careful "set-up" to keep things in line.
SUPER-HAIR? While we admittedly don't follow this series, enough online vid-caps exist to convince us it's not. In fact, a permed look may have dropped in her left eye during her audition for the judges. That's why a famous face from the Chattanooga area missed the cut for the City League there. [Posted 5/20/11]
NAME: Liv Boeree
WHO IS SHE: Professional poker player, TV presenter and model from Britain, known in poker as "The Iron Maiden"
HER STYLE: Long sidepart with sweeping waves, especially on the vulnerable left side
WHY WE LIKE IT: Think of it as an industrial-strength version of the Kate Middleton/Princess Catherine look. There's plenty of heat to create the curl, then undoubtedly spray added to keep the hair in line -- yet from what we saw during the U.S. National Heads-Up Poker Championship, it's loose enough at the roots to allow for a good measure of bounce.
SUPER-HAIR? Sorry, she's not. One video clip during the second round showed her lowering her head to play guitar (she's performed in rock bands) - and that well-set hair bounced into her face a couple of times. And a "deep stack" search of online images found one pose even worse. She has a college degree in astrophysics, but her style isn't quite gravity-defying. Close, but not quite. [Posted 5/6/11]
NAME: Joey Bartolomeo
WHO IS SHE: Senior staff writer for People magazine (formerly with Us)
HER STYLE: Medium-long (or longer) curls, carefully positioned to keep the forehead clear
WHY WE LIKE IT: Whenever she makes brief appearances on entertainment news programs as a celebrity "expert" (our vid-cap comes from Inside Edition), her curl expertise is on display. They always appear well-rounded, with plenty of room around the eyes to allow for sudden changes or movements -- and she uses her ears for support when she feels she must.
SUPER-HAIR? Very much so, from what we've seen. These curls hardly ever look limp. And she clearly takes care to ensure they look their best, without putting them at risk of dropping into her eyes. In short, she strives for perfect hair -- and almost always gets it! She needs to come out from her magazine office cubicle a lot more often. [Posted 4/22/11]
NAME: Alexandria Basso
WHO IS SHE: Model, singer and actress, seen in programs such as Alice Upside Down and iCarly
HER STYLE: Chest-length ringlets, often worn so loosely that a sidepart is indistinguishable
WHY WE LIKE IT: Here's what one Hair Fan wrote about it: "Check out the color, curls, body, and did I mention curls?" Those curls seem to be all-natural, and our picture from her family promotional website actually seems to show them at their weakest. They're usually quite well-rounded, looking more touchable than oily.
SUPER-HAIR? The best answer we can give at this point is: barely. We found a picture on the family blog where she poses with iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, and two strips of curl are at the very edge of her left eye - as in 1/16 of an inch away from defeat. And a couple of YouTube clips show long straightened hair with no margin for error, but still holding. It all makes for great hair worth watching -- and she's only 18. [Posted 4/8/11]
NAME: Jennifer Jo Cobb
WHO IS SHE: Driver in the NASCAR Nationwide stock car and truck racing series
HER STYLE: Armpit-length sidepart, currently showing carefully-cut bangs above left eye
WHY WE LIKE IT: She displays good thickness in styling, and seems able to adjust the hair well as conditions require. She did this even before switching to more of a bang-focused look.
SUPER-HAIR? As far as we can tell, it is. We checked plenty of pictures and found no real flaws in this style. But wouldn't you want to see this head of hair during pole qualifying without a helmet on? [Posted 3/25/11]
NAME: Lara Setrakian
WHO IS SHE: ABC News and Bloomberg correspondent based in Dubai
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length sidepart, seemingly showing natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: She's not afraid to wear it unpinned and exposed, in parts of the world where that's frowned upon. She also shows an abundant amount of body and shape, to make her looks appealing yet strong.
SUPER-HAIR? She's worn it close to the right eye on camera at times. Perhaps you've seen reports where it dropped completely, but so far we have not. She has the look to us of Lynne Russell in her prime. The hair is a couple of inches longer, but it's impressively healthy in an area that's a "hot zone" in more ways than one. [Posted 3/11/11]
NAME: Esperanza Spalding
WHO IS SHE: Jazz bass player; winner of Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards (defeating Justin Bieber, among others)
HER STYLE: An extra-large head of short curls - usually too soft to qualify for the label "Afro," but she seems able to adjust that to the situation.
WHY WE LIKE IT: She frequently wears this style loose. And she does more than simply "stand and deliver" her music -- moving around as if she's dancing with her instrument. That adds a bit of drama for Hair Fans to her performances. Even if she usually combs her hair well back to keep the forehead clear, all those curls flexing and bouncing are enough for some of us.
SUPER-HAIR? We thought we'd found another Kienji -- but sadly, not quite. An image search led to a picture apparently taken in London, where strips of hair were long enough to get in her left eye. That's too bad - but this hair is so good. Do you think her win led Bieber to get that controversial haircut? [Photo courtesy IsraBox; posted 2/27/11]
NAME: Teresa Scanlan
WHO IS SHE: Miss America 2011, from Nebraska (if you couldn't tell by the crown, she's on the left)
HER STYLE: A bust-line sidepart, daringly placed to seem suspended in animation over the left eye
WHY WE LIKE IT: It's a high-risk look, which clearly depends on spray for its hold. If it weakens, this style is likely a goner -- but she's usually showing strong hold in early appearances. The left side shows gaps and possible weakness on the night she won the title, but held firmly at the ends. (But weeks after the pageant, reports surfaced she won the title wearing a wig.)
SUPER-HAIR? Well, we said usually - and we meant that. A move on stage during preliminaries made her hair bounce in her left eye (an image search for her name should bring that up). While we want to see this hair tested on tour, this is a defeated style. Perhaps Bonnie Bernstein shared a hair-holding hint or two, when they met during Super Bowl week. [Posted 2/11/11; updated 6/3/11]
NAME: Chrishell Stause
WHO IS SHE: Actress on the daytime drama All My Children (she plays Amanda, if that will help)
HER STYLE: Sidepart reaching a bit below the shoulders; we think it's naturally-straight, but can be pumped up with waves for special events as in our photo
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Check out the body (the body her hair has)!" urged a Hair Fan. It's certainly at its best when waves or curls are added. And an online review indicated she's used bangs from time to time to protect the eyes.
SUPER-HAIR? She's looked impressive at many red-carpet events - but our fears were confirmed when we found a gorgeous close-up, with two strands across her left eye. Yes, you can count them. This reminded us that when we first followed life in Pine Valley, Alicia Minshew's hair caught our eye first and lasted longest. [Posted 1/28/11]
NAME: Arianna Afsar
WHO IS SHE: Miss California 2010; top eight finalist at Miss America 2011 (not to mention American Idol semi-finalist in 2009)
HER STYLE: Arching bustline-length sidepart, heavy on her right side
WHY WE LIKE IT: She won our race for best hair on finals night for a lot of "poise." She kept this hair out from her face all night, without even a touch. We noticed a good bit of head-tilting, but we have to assume she used a strong spray as well.
SUPER-HAIR? A quick image check online on pageant night indicated it is. Thick hair that can hold its line impresses us -- but this year, it didn't quite impress the judges. [Posted 1/15/11]
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