The 2013 Hot List
NAME: Nancy Moritz
WHO IS SHE: Justice on the Kansas Supreme Court; nominated at this writing for the U.S. Appeals Court
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length or slightly above; shag-ish with sideswept bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: There's plenty of thickness in this style, with seemingly not much advance treatment. Yet from the clips we've seen, she wears it well when the court is in session. She can run her hands through it while considering oral arguments, and the result is a bit of movement without the hair falling in her right eye. Well-cut bangs seem to make the difference there.
SUPER-HAIR? Based on the available evidence, we rule it is. She's overcome a close call or two. But there's admittedly not a lot of evidence offered in this case -- and if she's confirmed to federal court, we sadly may never see this nice head of hair on camera again. [Posted 12/28/13]
NAME: Rebecca Judd
WHO IS SHE: Perhaps best to call her a "personality" in Australia, who does everything from modeling and blogging to fill-in TV weathercasting; also known as wife of Aussie Rules football star Chris Judd
HER STYLE: Medium-long or longer, parted slightly off-center and displaying a variety of waves
WHY WE LIKE IT: At its best, her hair is "blown out" for maximum thickness and bounce. And not only does she display a lot of it, she handles it as well as a top model should -- skilled in using head shakes and turns to keep it out of her face, while avoiding touching the hair to add potentially weakening oils.
SUPER-HAIR? We think she tries for it -- and from what we've seen, she often accomplishes it. But her famous 2004 "Brownlow Medal moment" with a controversial dress also brought moments when a full sidepart (and much shorter hair) drooped into her right eye. We fear she's defeated, in an awfully close call -- but we can truly say from the land of "Elle" comes another heavenly head of hair. [Posted 12/12/13]
NAME: Rachelle Lefevre
WHO IS SHE: Actress who has appeared in Twilight movies and the Canadian TV drama Big Wolf On Campus
HER STYLE: Famous for long curls, often placed provocatively close to her eyes
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who brought her to our attention didn't give a reason -- and didn't have to give one. Her acting history shows the curls are all-natural, and adjustable into a variety of looks (some admittedly more impressive to us than others). That means defeating the curl itself is virtually impossible -- and her delight in placing them around her face only heightens the risk and interest.
SUPER-HAIR? At first glance, you'd probably guess no -- but we had to go deep into an image search to find proof of that, with a seemingly wild body turn. These curls have matured very well, and she knows how to use them to her defensive advantage to keep the closest strips from collapsing in her eyes. So why hasn't any Canadian Hair Fan offered her before now? [Updated 12/1/13]
NAME: Daphne Oz
WHO IS SHE: Chef and co-host of the daily food and cooking show The Chew; daughter of TV's "Dr. Oz"
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, often showing seemingly natural waves
WHY WE LIKE IT: She wears the hair loose on TV more often than not - and it has such good thickness and control during daily shows that it's understandable. She can tuck the style back behind the ears to protect her face, but she only takes that step occasionally.
SUPER-HAIR? If you think so, don't visit her website as we post this. She lets down her hair guard there, with a couple of photos showing it in an eye. But admiring her styles (as well as Carla Hall's) on TV is worth, well, chewing on for a while. [Posted 11/17/13]
NAME: Katherine McNamara
WHO IS SHE: Actress who's performed on Broadway and in TV movies such as The Thundermans; movie critic for KidsPickFlicks.com
HER STYLE: Long and red, parted a bit off-center; we say best when it's wavy
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Great body and thickness," declared the Hair Fan who suggested her. We second that - and she's not afraid to display that hair in a dangerous way, by placing it very close to her face. A few pictures on her website practically dare a breeze to push it down.
SUPER-HAIR? That's the disappointing part -- a couple of times, this great mane has been pushed down. Not to complete collapse, but covering an eye enough for us to say she's defeated. Yet when she turns up the waves, she looks to us like a young Debra Messing. And since she's only 16 as we post this, she has plenty of time to develop that kind of Hall of Fame hair quality. [Posted 11/3/13]
NAME: Sara Eisen
WHO IS SHE: Anchor at Bloomberg TV
HER STYLE: Medium-length sideparted layers
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Gorgeous blonde hair. It really suits her," a Hair Fan commented. For us, she went from good to gorgeous when she added layers to her look. They're not normally as curly as our photo displays, but they still look natural and soft.
SUPER-HAIR? Subscribers to our monthly newsletter know she was on our "watch list" even before she was nominated. We don't get to watch Bloomberg often, but our searching indicates she's kept her styles out of her face up to now. With her current look, the answer's a definite yes. It's an attractive shorter version of the "Farrah" cut -- and that's meant as an absolute compliment. [Photo courtesy TV Heads; posted 10/20/13]
NAME: Julie Chin (as opposed to Julie Chen on CBS)
WHO IS SHE: Former TV weathercaster in Tulsa, Oklahoma; now doing car commercials and other endorsements, along with blogging and magazine writing
HER STYLE: Medium-long and normally straight; sideparted and usually tucked behind her right ear
WHY WE LIKE IT: It's a solid and safe style, yet still interesting to watch. The hair can bounce around, and even risks being blown around by Oklahoma's famous wind. Yet the right side seems to hold through it all -- and it really must, or this look could be doomed to collapse. That's the kind of dramatic hair tension we admire, especially when the breeze is blowing.
SUPER-HAIR? We were surprised to find she had a wide range of cuts during her years on Tulsa TV. Some of them had very narrow escapes (more of that drama we like) - but in a few cases, even her current style has dropped in her right eye. So the answer is no. Yet in a city where great-looking hair abounds and the control dangers are high, she's kept hers looking attractive for years. [Posted 10/8/13]
NAME: Chandler Champion
WHO IS SHE: University of Alabama student, better known as Miss Alabama 2013
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, apparently with a layer of bangs positioned to her right
WHY WE LIKE IT: We had another contestant from Miss America 2014 in mind for this list, but a Hair Fan beat us to it by writing: "Look at the luscious body and slight waves." Our official pageant photo shows she can turn up the waves when the moment calls for it -- perhaps when she needs extra hold around the critical right eye during public appearances.
SUPER-HAIR? Perhaps so, because we found no pictures with her down in her eyes. But we found a weak moment or two, when the style lacked those waves and it appeared one wrong breeze could undo it. Could that be why she didn't survive the first cut in Atlantic City -- keeping a "Champion" from a title? [Posted 9/25/13]
NAME: Diana Perez
WHO IS SHE: Anchor on ABC World News Now AND America This Morning
HER STYLE: Usually around shoulder-length, sideparted with natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: OK, we'll admit it - it's her blindingly-bright smile which caught our attention first. But there's good hold in the hair around it, which can stay in line through the late-night marathon her newscast sometimes can have. The left side of her style (from her perspective) looks like a pushover, but it holds well on the set.
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, it is - but we've only seen it in safe studio situations. Hair Fans in her old area of Boston (you know who you are) know better how well her styles handle the elements. Yet for now, the newscast which gave Hair Fans Lisa McRee and Allison Stewart seems to have hit the jackpot again. [Posted 9/7/13]
NAME: Marie Harf
WHO IS SHE: U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson
HER STYLE: Mid-length with some layering and a hint of natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: She's taken the diplomatic hair watch which used to be on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to a completely new level. The style is all around her eyes during briefings, yet maintains its position like an unwavering international policy. The glasses may add a more "professional" look, but they also guard her eyes so the hair doesn't drop easily. And you have to look carefully to spot some well-hidden micro-tucking of a strip behind an ear.
SUPER-HAIR? Based on the pictures we've seen, she does. Her hair has become much thicker since she moved from the CIA to the State Department. The keys to her success, along with photos with her hair down, probably are diplomatic secrets -- right? [Posted 8/23/13]
NAME: Dr. Denise Attaway
WHO IS SHE: Dentist in Louisville, KY
HER STYLE: Medium-long waves with a flipped sidepart and a touch of layering at the crown
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who submitted her (along with a couple other dentists) simply called it "nice." We would go farther than that, to say she displays good skill in preparation -- adjusting waves and curls to different situations, yet showing good hold through it all.
SUPER-HAIR? It seems to be, based on the pictures we saw -- and all of them show attractive hair. A little online research found an explanation for that. This dentist is a former Mrs. Kentucky pageant winner, who's competed in beauty contests for decades. That experience shows when it comes to eye-catching hair -- not to mention that healthy smile. [Posted 8/9/13]
NAME: Sarah Rafferty
WHO IS SHE: Actress on the cable TV series Suits
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart which can be adjusted into many looks, but seems to have a natural bit of wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Great, natural color," the Hair Fan who recommends her wrote. That person added something important: "Good body." As in the thickness which can take added curls and make them look right - yet also keep the style holding when it must. Dangling strips of hair with pinned-up styles don't seem to budge.
SUPER-HAIR? As a law firm executive assistant in TV drama, this hair can be well-prepared and win. But away from the studio, there are pictures of a strip drooping and dropping at a Hollywood party. So she's very good, but not quite super - and if her attorney bosses want to sue us over that, so be it. [Photo courtesy IMDB; posted 7/26/13]
NAME: Alexis Vogel
WHO IS SHE: Makeup artist in Hollywood
HER STYLE: Long sidepart with a mix of natural waves and added curl
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her cover photo in the current issue of Your Beauty Industry is nothing short of stunning. The hair is so red, it's practically on fire - and Hair Fans can burn over how loose and seemingly uncontrolled this thick head of hair is. Yet control mechanisms are in place. Our photo shows critical teasing at the crown; the magazine cover uses a flip near her left eye which is tight at the top for hold, yet loose and inviting below the eyes.
SUPER-HAIR? How we wish it was -- but plenty of other pictures show her long hair across her face, even in posed shoots. Perhaps those were taken in carefree younger days. She's an example of how a couple of added features can turn an ordinary head of hair into something extraordinary. [Posted 7/12/13]
NAME: Shauna Case
WHO IS SHE: Actress/singer appearing in the comedy series Incredible Crew on Cartoon Network
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, usually straight
WHY WE LIKE IT: She may be young, but she knows how to keep the right side of her style in line. It's curled at just the right point for Hair Fans - combining secure hold with highly tempting risk. A few sketches show her hair even thicker than her personal website's photo, which makes things even more enticing.
SUPER-HAIR? Sorry, but this is a "closed Case" for us. A photo or two on her site hints at hair in her right eye -- and a couple of sketches we saw (at a government office, of all places) confirmed a full drop or two. At least we give the Cartoon Network credit for showing a good hairstyle on a real person. [Posted 6/30/13]
NAME: Samantha Power
WHO IS SHE: As of this posting, nominee to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (eventually confirmed)
HER STYLE: Bustline-length sidepart, often tucked behind an ear for safety - but with a hint of bangs close to the crown
WHY WE LIKE IT: This is a cautious (dare we say conservative) approach to long hair. We've seen "warning bangs" with shorter pageboy styles, but not at this length. And we're admittedly not sure of their purpose here, since the weight of the tucked-back section should be enough of a hint. But that section is hidden well by the overall thickness of the hair.
SUPER-HAIR? Our online vetting indicates it is. She lets the hair down completely at times, but tilts her head enough to keep things in line. With such a combination of control and mystery, we wonder why she wasn't selected for National Security Adviser. [Posted 6/14/13]
NAME: Ashley Beck
WHO IS SHE: TV news anchor in Fort Smith, Arkansas
HER STYLE: A loose-looking sidepart that was slightly below the shoulders when we saw her on a road trip (it's apparently been longer and shorter in the past).
WHY WE LIKE IT: She seems to go against the "anchor hair" mold, by having a style which isn't molded into position. If she uses spray on her right side, it isn't noticeable - yet she knows how to keep the hair in place there.
SUPER-HAIR? We were skeptical - but then we did an online photo check. She keeps her hair practically flawless on camera. If anyone has evidence otherwise, we'd have to see it - but this is another case where "the Natural State" displays a great natural-looking style. [Posted 5/31/13]
WHO IS SHE: Singer and actress, starring in the Univision afternoon telenovela Soy Tu Dueño
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length sidepart with adjustable amounts of curl
WHY WE LIKE IT: There's a loose, bouncy flavor to the style we vid-capped. It can flex a good bit, yet the strip closest to her left eye is folded back (and probably sprayed) for secure hold at the critical point. A bit of subtle teasing on the right side of the crown provides room for maneuverability as well.
SUPER-HAIR? It looks lovely and strong on camera. But we mentioned she's a singer as well, and the top music video on her website at this posting shows wind flipping her hair into her face during the first verse. The hair of Lucero is linda, but it's not quite perfecto. [Posted 5/17/13]
NAME: Elena Delle Donne
WHO IS SHE: All-American college basketball player at Delaware, beginning her first season with the WNBA Chicago Sky
HER STYLE: Always long, and usually straight with a hint of wave and a bit of teasing on top.
WHY WE LIKE IT: A Hair Fan took to our message board to declare she has "better hair than Sue Bird." It's certainly thick, and her use of teasing (which we don't see that many college students doing nowadays) helps keep styles away from her face.
SUPER-HAIR? She wears it pinned precisely on the court, so full displays of her styles don't happen often -- but based on our checking, we'll give her the benefit of the doubt. The closest call we've found is on her website, where she's on one knee and the hair comes close to dropping in her face. You can join the Bird debate on our board; in the meantime, we want to see if her hair is tough enough for the "Windy City." [Posted 5/3/13]
NAME: Tori Kelly
WHO IS SHE: A "soul singer," according to Teen Vogue magazine, which we noticed at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards; Wikipedia notes she was a 12-year-old winner on America's Most Talented Kids
HER STYLE: Medium-long thick waves, apparently all natural
WHY WE LIKE IT: When she made a brief appearance at the ACM's, we knew she would bump someone off our ballot (no, we won't say who). Her style looked large, loose and very mussable. Yet we think it was sprayed into position -- and that's the mystery of it. You think it is, but Hair Fans want to get their hands on it to find out.
SUPER-HAIR? Sadly, we don't think so. She wears her hair very close to her eyes at times, and a photo search brought up a couple of cases where it seemed to be in one eye. But you can make all the style comparisons you wish to a young Sarah Jessica Parker, and it won't be an insult. [Posted 4/21/13]
NAME: Holly Sonders
WHO IS SHE: Co-host of Morning Drive on The Golf Channel; gaining attention as we post this for a "fitness" photo spread in Golf Digest
HER STYLE: Long sidepart, apparently with natural waves
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Great body, waves, rich color" was the summary a Hair Fan sent us. And the way she sets up the style, it's undoubtedly a challenge to keep it out of her left eye. Yet she finds ways to do it without using her ear for support - normally with a long curl turning back, and seemingly reinforced with spray. A video accompanying the photo spread also reveals she has a few well-hidden "warning bangs."
SUPER-HAIR? Obviously her hair is as fit as her body, because we've found no photos where the style has collapsed into her face -- and it's held tough when pushed around during windy outdoor interviews. Our Hair Fan may not have realized Holly received two Crown Award nominations in 2011. She didn't win then, but she's still clearly improving her game. [Posted 4/5/13]
NAME: Linda Church
WHO IS SHE: Morning weathercaster for a New York television station
HER STYLE: Bustline-length sidepart, appearing to us naturally straight
WHY WE LIKE IT: This was the most-mentioned person at our 2012 Crown Awards announcement chat who was not on the ballot. Visitors seem to like her way with round-brushed styles - and there are mornings when she wears them at the edge of her left eye, but with enough control that the hair doesn't drop.
SUPER-HAIR? She's been on TV in New York for more than 20 years, so she certainly has a track record. Yet we couldn't find any photos showing her long hair in her eyes. That's an impressive feat, especially in a city where paparazzi abound and skyscrapers can create swirling winds. We're left to conclude she's undefeated - and left puzzled about why no one's ever offered her for New York City League consideration. [Posted 3/22/13]
NAME: Ellie Kemper
WHO IS SHE: Comic and actress; who's ending several years on the U.S. version of The Office (but with a possible future show on NBC)
HER STYLE: Currently about armpit-length and center-parted with a bit of wave, although she's had a variety of other looks over the years
WHY WE LIKE IT: Our photo comes from an appearance on Ellen, where she displayed a style that's truly high-risk/high-reward. Instead of using her ears for protection, the hair around her face was strengthened with wave.
This side view helps reveal how she did it. The hair is round-brushed back, then has a semicircle of curl at the cheekbone before going straight at the ends. Undoubtedly spray was added to set everything in place. While her hair had plenty of movement, it flexed back into place with perfection. She felt a need (perhaps from habit) to lightly set it back with her fingers a few times, but it didn't appear necessary at all.
SUPER-HAIR? She displayed this great hold in an exercise routine with DeGeneres. The style kept bouncing and holding magnificently during a game at the end of the hour with Rico Rodriguez, where she was attached to a bungee cord.
But sadly, a slow-motion replay at the end of the hour revealed the style quickly bounced into (and out of) her eyes while reaching for a prop, before the cord pulled her back. That's too bad - but all in all, this style impressed us. She showed how center-parted hair can have both flexibility and solid manageability at the same time. If she worked in our office, our productivity might seriously decline. [Photos courtesy Examiner.com; posted 3/8/13]
NAME: Mercedes Stephenson
WHO IS SHE: Ottawa-based political correspondent for Canada's CTV News Channel
HER STYLE: Currently medium-long (she's had it longer) and parted a bit off-center; at its best with curl near the ends
WHY WE LIKE IT: She tends to wear her hair loose, and this style looks very bouncy and natural. But we suspect there's enough spray on the left side to keep the turned-back section in place. Since her background is in military analysis, she may have other secret strategies for guarding her "strong hold."
SUPER-HAIR? It's a close call, considering CTV posted a biography photo with hair at the very brink of her left eye. But we think the style in our photo is her all-around strongest. Until we find evidence her styles have dropped in her eye, she gets the benefit of the doubt -- but she'd better be careful stepping outside at Parliament Hill. [Posted 2/22/13]
NAME: Katherine Webb
WHO IS SHE: Miss Alabama USA 2012; girlfriend of University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron; most recently a "Super Bowl correspondent" for Inside Edition
HER STYLE: Long sidepart, most often with plush waves
WHY WE LIKE IT: We noticed this head of hair during the Miss USA pageant, well before Brent Musberger and ESPN focused on her. She can tease the style back a bit at the crown to add a bit of bounce, if the moment calls for it. But in most cases, the natural thickness and waves work together to make her hair look very strong. And based on some of her modeling shoots, she looks tough enough to take on anyone trying to get her hands on it.
SUPER-HAIR? Sadly and somewhat surprisingly, we must say no. A couple of those photo shoots include pictures where her hair covers one of her eyes -- apparently on purpose. Considering she's done a commercial for an eye doctor in her home area, that probably wasn't easy to take. But taking her hair down at other times probably isn't easy, either. [Posted 2/8/13]
NAME: Lexie Madden
WHO IS SHE: Student at the University of Wyoming; Miss Wyoming 2012; top-five finisher at Miss America 2013
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her hair is thick and full, which means it has plenty of natural strength. And that strength won her our unofficial prize for the best style at the Miss America competition (not a "pageant" anymore). Our photo shows a good bit of teasing was used in the swimsuit portion. But even without that, her styles held firmly when others drooped (perhaps from too many bounces?!).
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, she certainly has it. Wild Wyoming weather swings can test anyone's style. Yet her hair is long enough to be thrown behind the shoulders when the wind picks up -- although she seems so skilled with teasing and occasional spray that such a move probably would be a last resort. What is it about the Rockies that gives some women extra-rugged hair? [Posted 1/25/13]
NAME: Renee Bargh
WHO IS SHE: Correspondent for the TV entertainment news program Extra; co-host of the weekend edition
HER STYLE: Long sidepart, with adjustable natural-looking wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: It's long, without being too long (apologies, Nancy O'Dell) -- and the vulnerable right side often relies on round-brushing toward the back, probably with light spray for protection. She also can turn up the curl when the situation demands it, to provide extra style strength. It all looks so loose and natural, but thinking Hair Fans should realize that's exactly what she wants you to think.
SUPER-HAIR? It's a close call, and at first we learned toward saying yes. She doesn't mind letting her hair flex to the very brink of her eyes. Based on pictures we found online, we think the weight of the curls have saved her hair more than once. But after we posted her here, we saw her Twitter profile picture - where she shoves the hair into her right eye. So defeat is possible. Yet this is tress tension which many Hair Fans can appreciate - and it's on a show which already has Hall of Fame member Maria Menounos. [Posted 1/11/13; updated 1/15/13]
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