The Hot List, Page 2
NAME: Lily Kiletto
WHO IS SHE: Professional poker player based in Florida, with two final tables in major tournaments during 2014; also calls herself on Instagram a “fashion designer”
HER STYLE: Long luxury with a sidepart
WHY WE LIKE IT: She lets this hair flow at the table, probably distracting a weak player or two in the process. When we saw her on a Heartland Poker Tour telecast, she knew how to make the head and shoulder adjustments long hair requires to stay in line. That meant some flexing and movement, but nothing disastrous.
SUPER-HAIR? Her unusual resume includes swimsuit modeling, and the photos clearly show her hair has been blown around on beaches. It's weakened and come close to dropping a couple of times – but we haven't found a picture where the hair landed in her eye. So we'll give her a qualified “yes,” and hope she's not bluffing us. [Posted 12/11/14]
NAME: Kaci Hickox
WHO IS SHE: Nurse in Maine, who gained fame for resisting a mandatory quarantine after treating Ebola virus patients in Africa
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length curls, teased on top to keep the face clear
WHY WE LIKE IT: They may not be perfect rings, but she places these curls carefully to stay in place. A bit of moisture (recommended for curly looks) adds weight to keep the control – and perhaps she twists a few strips just enough to keep wind from blowing them around.
SUPER-HAIR? A photo search found one very close call on her left side, but nothing where the hair collapsed into her eyes. She may not have the “style points” of our website's curl champions -- but firm hold is a top priority with us, and she seems to have it. She may fade from the headlines, but she'll do so with hair as unscathed as her medical record. [Posted 11/29/14]
NAME: Sarah Pisciuneri
WHO IS SHE: News anchor at a TV station in Beckley, WV
HER STYLE: Mid-length parted slightly off-center, with apparently natural light wave; curls occasionally added
WHY WE LIKE IT: She's gained Internet fame as the "straight lady" for a co-anchor who sometimes goes crazy at the desk. So she doesn't dance around much, and her hair stays as solid as her demeanor. It stays in line, and dares someone to take it on. (Look carefully on one of the web clips, and you'll actually see touching up her hair to the beat.)
SUPER-HAIR? The disappointing answer is no. For some reason, she posted a "demo" resume on YouTube which included a windblown report - and the wind blew long hair into her face, even though she threw it back out in a hurry. But that's the only fault we've found. So how about it, co-anchor? Maybe you should take that hair on someday. [Posted 11/15/14]
NAME: Lori Greiner
WHO IS SHE: Inventor, QVC Salesperson, panelist on ABC's Shark Tank
HER STYLE: Armpit-length sidepart, with varying wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: "She's not a weak one," a Hair Fan assured us while also praising her brains and beauty. The ABC series has made her more famous - and while she pins down sideswept styles a lot, she shows good hair control when it's loose. She sometimes teases viewers into wondering whether or not she really has protective bangs.
SUPER-HAIR? She has a track record here, as she won a Super-Hair Wars round in 2009. And from what we can tell, her hair has never fallen on-camera. So we'll give this "shark" a friendly wave-through. Her hair may look weak at times, but maybe she's outsmarting us. [Posted 10/31/14]
NAME: Olivia Sterns
WHO IS SHE: Reporter for Bloomberg Television, specializing in health care
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, with some layering close to the face
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Olivia changes it up all the time," a supporter told us; "sometimes subtle, sometimes straight or wavy." The vidcaps we've seen indicate she also isn't afraid to be daringly loose with her styles, with the vulnerable right side barely combed back and sprayed down at times. We chose one of her stronger looks, with the right side almost looking folded into place.
SUPER-HAIR? We don't know her that well, but an image search found nothing disastrous. So she gets a "yes" for now - but a couple of the photos clearly showed a breeze can push her hair around. We think she'd have a hard time outlasting Bloomberg's best, such as Carol Massar - but we thank this Hair Fan for adding another good woman to the discussion. [Posted 10/18/14]
NAME: Jourdan Dunn
WHO IS SHE: British fashion model, online cooking show host
HER STYLE: Currently displaying a chin-length bob which she can adjust into different looks; came to fame with long straight cuts
WHY WE LIKE IT: The picture we've posted from her Twitter feed shows a tremendous style - as close to the left eye as you can get without it dropping, yet round-brushed back and likely sprayed into perfect position. We'd expect to see a lot of bounce, and perhaps some twitching of the head to keep this look in place - but she kept long hair looking great for years, so we think that perfection is possible with her.
SUPER-HAIR? She seems to take good care with it, so we were rooting hard for her. But ohhhh - why did someone put a picture on Pinterest with long hair across her right eye? That sadly does her in, under our definition. But we can understand why some are comparing her to Beyonce, when it comes to hair -- and perhaps even the "Ultimate" British supermodel, Naomi Campbell. [Posted 10/3/14]
NAME: Karen Gillan
WHO IS SHE: Actress starring in the new ABC comedy Selfie
HER STYLE: Long with a mix of waves; bangs seem to come out of hiding from time to time
WHY WE LIKE IT: Previews for this series show her with variations on the above look - and they all look great. Quick turns don't seem to muss her styles at all. Not even a moment in a rainstorm seemed to make it collapse in her eyes, thanks to those bangs.
SUPER-HAIR? Sadly, we must say no. Her celebrity appearances from a prior role on Britain's Doctor Who show a few red-carpet events where she let her red hair drop in an eye. But if you'll willing to conveniently "forget" those moments and watch to see if it drops in this format, we think she has the star style among new fall TV shows. She's trending in web searches for a reason, and we think her great hair is a big part of it. [Posted 9/21/14]
NAME: Gemma Godfrey
WHO IS SHE: Head of Investment Strategy with the London firm Brooks MacDonald and a self-proclaimed "quantum physicist"; perhaps best-known for occasional appearances on CNBC
HER STYLE: The Hair Fan who suggested her put it this way: "tight curls in a short bob that frames her face...."
WHY WE LIKE IT: That same Hair Fan said it "accentuates her features perfectly." And it's clear to us that hair perfection matters with her. She makes sure her forehead is as open and clear as possible. She accomplishes that with serious teasing at the crown, and a good deal of added moisture. While stylists recommend moisture to keep curls at their best, she turns it into a holding mechanism to keep hair under control.
SUPER-HAIR? Our photo comes from an August YouTube video where she talked outside with a modest breeze blowing. Right-side hair dramatically pushed to the brink of her eye, yet refused to fall. That's the closest call we've seen for her, so our answer is yes. If she has the scientific mind of a physicist, she'll have the know-how to prevent a full collapse. And considering she has two different Twitter feeds dedicated to her hair, many obviously appreciate what she's doing. [Posted 9/5/14]
NAME: Faran Fronczak
WHO IS SHE: TV reporter in South Bend-Elkhart, IN
HER STYLE: "Long and straight," the Hair Fan who nominated her wrote to us. Well, not always straight; we were sent a vid-cap with a good bit of waviness from the chin down.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The nominator called her hair simply "fantastic." She certainly knows how to put softness in her styles, thanks to natural thickness and occasional added wave - and a little teasing and tucking at times keeps the forehead clear for hold.
SUPER-HAIR? A quick online image search showed nothing unruly and messy, so we'll give her a qualified yes. But we have to wonder about two items on her resume - years with the Purdue University and Chicago Bulls dance teams. If her hair held through on-court routines, she absolutely would be Faran-tastic. [Posted 8/22/14]
NAME: Libby Blanton
WHO IS SHE: Actress in movies such as Need for Speed and 22 Jump Street
HER STYLE: Long sidepart, often enhanced with wave or curl (our preference for her)
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Check out the color and body," a Hair Fan suggested. The color seems to qualify as redhead, though it can have intriguing brunette mixed in. And a gallery at IMDB (where we found our photo) proves the body is seriously thick. Yet we think the wave and curl is crucial for keeping all that hair "Super" and under control. When she plays it straight, we think she's vulnerable.
SUPER-HAIR? Indeed, it was a straight moment which settled the question. A photo shoot modeling a T-shirt showed enough hair covering the right eye to rule the style defeated. But her hair truly is eye-catching -- and if Hair Fans spotted it at its "Super" best, she'd need some super-speed to escape them getting their hands on it. [Posted 8/8/14]
NAME: Alexa Chung
WHO IS SHE: Model who has hosted numerous U.K. and U.S. TV programs (and oh yes, she wrote a book)
HER STYLE: Mid-length with natural wave; bangs can come out of hiding when she needs them
WHY WE LIKE IT: OK, we're admittedly late in discovering her. But she's impressed us lately with styles placed carefully near the eyes, such as the one in our photo which she posted on Twitter. They look daring, yet they're heavy enough to hold well while the paparazzi is watching (and with her, they clearly do).
SUPER-HAIR? We rooted for a yes, while admittedly realizing it was easy for the answer to be no. And indeed, her Twitter feed shows "no" is the correct answer - as a couple of pictures there show sections of hair down across her eyes. She may not have IT (to borrow from her book title), but the fact that she has a hair endorsement deal shows she's quite close. [Posted 7/25/14]
NAME: Ana Cabrera
WHO IS SHE: Denver-based correspondent for CNN
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, with varying degrees of wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: We saw one report where her hair seemed ultra-thick with light wave, and was perfectly set with no tuck-backs or pins whatsoever. She didn't move much, giving us a lot to admire. Her hair isn't always that plush, but it's marvelous when it is.
SUPER-HAIR? After reviewing her Facebook page, we're thinking so. She found a way to keep her hair out of her eyes, even when snow was blowing across her face and she was caught without a winter coat. She's proof "anchor hair" can be both well-prepared and resourceful. [Posted 7/13/14]
NAME: Rainie Yang
WHO IS SHE: Actress, TV host and singer from Taiwan
HER STYLE: Mid-length with a bit of wave and thick bangs covering the forehead
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her and our photo summed it up this way: "Very soft looking full bangs, nice slight wave." We love a combination like this. Thick hair should be harder to move from wind or other factors. Waves add a bit of weight to the overall style. Bangs keep the eyes clear, and raise an interesting question about how strongly they can hold under pressure. They're also cut deeply enough toward the ears to provide plenty of room for the long hair to manuever. The result is a somewhat defensive cut, yet beautiful and prepared to stay that way.
SUPER-HAIR? An answer came quickly, in a review of her acting career - and it's no. The picture we received and we posted is from 2007. Her hair was styled for the 2010 film The Child's Eye with longer bangs and a sidepart - and those bangs dropped in her left eye several times. (And more recent photos show her current cut is much shorter.) Times change - and much as we wish some Super-styles would not, some women do it to our disappointment. But our photo displays a style we wish a lot of women would emulate. [Posted 6/28/14]
NAME: Dr. Mireille Toledano
WHO IS SHE: Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Imperial College London, making news for a study on the impact of cell phones on children
HER STYLE: Medium-long and not quite center (oops) centre-parted, with a bit of natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: When we glanced at her on the TV news, her thickness made us stop and pay attention. She seems to have it naturally, without doing a lot of noticeable work on styling. She's prepared to use her ears to secure the hair when trouble comes.
SUPER-HAIR? We found no sign of her hair dropping in her eyes. But our answer must be a qualified yes. Our own online check found a scarcity of evidence - surely not enough for a research journal to accept. But we'd be delighted to put this hair under a microscope for extensive study. [Posted 6/14/14]
NAME: Giselle Achecar
WHO IS SHE: Host/chef of the cooking program Eco-Rico, which we spotted on Mi Casa TV; also a voiceover actress under the name Giselle Loren
HER STYLE: Chin to shoulder-length natural curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: Cooking in a kitchen usually means some heat and steam, which can make hairstyles droop and melt. Not so with this woman. She prepares her style to have a clean forehead, with hair well off her face thanks to subtle teasing and some "curl twisting" - and it stays there firmly. We only noticed slight wilting of the curls in several episodes (and we thank the network for presenting a Sunday evening "marathon" of her, so we could tell). And if that's not enough, sometimes she breaks out in spontaneous Latin dance steps while she cooks - yet the hair holds strongly even then.
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, she has it. If any curl starts to weaken, it probably will hit her forehead and warn her in time to make an adjustment. Others can have Giada and Sandra - we think we found a chef with Super-Hair ahead of the trend. [Posted 5/31/14]
NAME: Milana Vayntrub
WHO IS SHE: Actress in short films and commercials, currently playing "Lily" the AT&T store employee
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart with graduated bangs getting longer beyond the forehead
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her didn't give a reason. But there's an interesting mix here of beauty, caution and mystery. The beauty is in the ball of thick curl in front of the left shoulder. The caution in the way the right side is tossed behind her shoulder. And there's mystery to us in those bangs. Would they be long enough to fall in her eye under tough conditions?
SUPER-HAIR? The style in the AT&T ads actually has small sections on either side tied back. Under our definition, that doesn't count as Super-Hair. Other pictures we found online show even more enticing (as in thicker) hair, with some awfully close and dangerous moments - but none with her styles in her eyes. So to borrow from one of her ads, we'll give her a qualified "yup." [Posted 5/17/14]
NAME: Maya Foa
WHO IS SHE: Investigator with the British activist group Reprieve, specializing in opposing criminal executions
HER STYLE: Long, loose and well-defined curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: The key phrase here is "well-defined." Her curls are tight, yet they tend to be round instead of frizzy. Plenty of "curly girls" will tell you that's not easy to accomplish. Look up a CBS News interview with her in the week of our post, and you'll find the hair has both movement and good control.
SUPER-HAIR? There's not much evidence online to consider -- and we're sure she'd argue compelling evidence is required to convict someone of a hairstyle collapse. So she's "Super" at this writing. This site is about great hair, more than moral and political positions. And we consider this woman a great example of confident curls in action. [Posted 5/3/14]
NAME: Lyndsey Doolen
WHO IS SHE: Actress in sketches and TV commercials; our photo shows her appearing as "Liz" in an ad for Dairy Queen
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, normally straight but occasionally with added wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: Thick hair sitting this close to the eyes tends to get our attention. When the left side seems to defy gravity, that attention goes up. She seems to keep the hold strong by using well-blended waves, and probably some spray. Her website shows she's not afraid to wear her hair in even more daring, yet holding ways.
SUPER-HAIR? We thank her for testing this style at the start of the commercial, with a second or two of dancing. It looked from an angle like the left side dropped. A check of her "reels" left no doubt, as the hair falls in her eyes a few times. Yet when we saw this woman with big eyes and thick red hair, we were reminded of a young Debra Messing -- and if she keeps the hair looking sharp, the future could be bright. [Posted 4/18/14]
NAME: Sheila Dharmarajan
WHO IS SHE: Business reporter for CNBC and Yahoo
HER STYLE: Shoulder-length sidepart worn on the long side, often with flipped ends
WHY WE LIKE IT: "Her hair always looks very silky," wrote the Hair Fan who suggested her - adding praise for "great body and thickness" and a style that "doesn't look too stiff." Our photo from her Twitter account may be one of the stiffer moments, with spray probably added on her right side. We're left to wonder if spray also is used to keep the flipped sections in line. If it is, it's kept on the light side.
SUPER-HAIR? Based on what we could check online, it is. She's worn her hair longer and riskier, with seemingly no spray at all. Yet we think her current length is great for her, as she can vary the amount of flexing bounce and hold for the situation she faces. A "down market" with her hair would be a shock. [Posted 4/4/14]
NAME: Alissa Pollack
WHO IS SHE: Executive Vice President with Premiere Networks, working in "music and partner integrations" (which we think means radio)
HER STYLE: Mid-length sidepart with layered bangs; we think at its best when "glammed up" (her words) with curl
WHY WE LIKE IT: She's a great example of how added wave can turn an otherwise-ordinary head of hair into something potentially super. The waviness takes heat to prepare, and perhaps spray to lock down and hold. That combination makes the style more enticing for Hair Fans.
SUPER-HAIR? Officially, unsure. Most of the pictures she's posted on Instagram show the non-waved "ordinary" look. When the hair is that way, to borrow from an old episode of Wonder Woman, she's vulnerable -- and the style probably is easy to beat. But we found no photos proving a drop. May she keep going "glam" to build on her resume, and prove she doesn't have simply hair for radio. [Posted 3/21/14]
NAME: Ana Jurka
WHO IS SHE: Co-anchor of the Saturday night sports wrap-up Titulares on the U.S. Telemundo network; also a NASCAR pit reporter for Mun2
HER STYLE: Mid-length and loose; apparently naturally straight, but at its best when wave or round-brush curl is added
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her styles tend to be soft-looking and touchable, without any sign of processing. So her hair can move around, but she knows how to keep it from moving in too far and covering her face. For a while, she did it with bangs -- but she's moved away from that look, and we think adding just the right amount of curves looks much better and intriguing.
SUPER-HAIR? She's had a couple of narrow escapes (including one shown on Twitter where she combines long fringe with braids). But we've found no evidence her hair has collapsed. To quote from one entry with a close call: "Angel all the time, bad... if I need to!" If this defines her approach to Super-Hair, we honestly can't find much fault with it. [Posted 3/7/14]
NAME: Kathleen Cohen
WHO IS SHE: Model based in the Atlanta area, who's appeared in several national commercials
HER STYLE: Sideparted bob described as "platinum" by the Hair Fan who nominated her
WHY WE LIKE IT: "An incredible head" of hair, the Hair Fan told us. "She's also very photogenic" - with hair good enough, we're told, to be used by animators on the FX cartoon series Archer. But we might note this Hair Fan has a bias -- because he's Kathleen's husband. We don't recall a husband ever nominating her spouse before.
SUPER-HAIR? The key question for a bob like this is whether that right side (from her perspective) can hold when the pressure's on. Her husband sent a packet of photos showing her hair in a variety of situations. A strip of hair was weak in a couple of pictures, and her right eye was almost covered in another. But we'll lean toward declaring her style unbeaten (and thus Super-Hair) for now - if only because we know better than to downgrade a woman in front of her husband. So how about it, other hubbies? Is your wife a Super-Hair bride? [Posted 2/22/14]
NAME: Megan Boone
WHO IS SHE: Actress on the TV drama The Blacklist
HER STYLE: Her iconic look in promotional ads is a shoulder-length sidepart, with an intriguing flip above her right eye (it's admittedly lower in our photo)
WHY WE LIKE IT: In an action drama, that flip is make-or-break. It seemingly must hold, because the style is likely to collapse in her face if it fails. Yet even when the flip is flatter, she finds ways to keep her hair out of her right eye. We assume she must use spray to keep it together under pressure, although there are times when the right side seems bang-short.
SUPER-HAIR? While this hair looks great in many scenes, there's been a bit too much action at times for it to stay in place. NBC's gallery of one episode proves our point, but with wonderful drama. If Hair Fans are making this "TV's number one new drama," it's completely understandable. [Posted 2/9/14]
NAME: Mikaela Shiffrin
WHO IS SHE: Alpine skier on the U.S. national team
HER STYLE: Medium-long with natural wave; has experimented with shifting sideparts and bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: She tends to wear ponytails on the slopes, but lets the hair down afterward -- and that hair is healthy and attractive. She seems to take good care of it away from the slopes, even if most of the views are in posed "glamour shots" like our photo.
SUPER-HAIR? We found a close call of two, but nothing where her styles flopped across her eyes. Wearing ski caps on mountains certainly provides protection -- but of course, a few Hair Fans might dream to pull the caps off and see what would happen. In any case, with Lindsey Vonn out of the Sochi Winter Olympics, this young woman has a chance to seize both the athletic and hair spotlight. [Photo courtesy Today; posted 1/26/13]
NAME: Jodie Whittaker
WHO IS SHE: Actress starring in the U.S. miniseries The Assets
HER STYLE: In the miniseries set in 1985, she displays a short bob
WHY WE LIKE IT: The blondeness admittedly grabbed our attention. The risky hold of this cut kept it. The hair simply has to stick to her left ear -- and it simply does it. Very well. Our vidcap from an ABC promotional interview actually shows one of her less precise moments.
SUPER-HAIR? She's used to handling short styles (albeit as a brunette) -- and a photo search shows they've dropped once or twice in public. But we'd still recommend tuning in to watch this hair in action. She plays a CIA agent in Washington, so we're not sure how much danger her character might face. But oh, the potential drama. [Posted 1/11/14]
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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