The Ultimate 50

23. Florence Griffith-Joyner

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA

BORN: 12/21/59

DIED: 9/21/98

PROFESSION: Track and field athlete, fitness instructor

HER BEST STYLE: Medium-long, pulled down her back a bit below the shoulders, with plenty of extra-thick natural curl. She shortened the style in her last years to neck length, with a bigger-looking full curl.

HISTORY: Forget Lynda Carter; for many a hair fan, "Flo-Jo" was their Wonder Woman -- or better put, their Road Runner. Faster than any woman and almost any man on earth, she was not afraid to wear her hair long on the track with no ponytails or other tight wraps. The beautiful locks flexed back from her muscular body, hardly even bouncing as she flew around turns in 200-meter sprints. After the race was won, the hair floated back to her shoulders - seldom even coming in front of the shoulders, to bring even a hint of trouble.

WHY SHE'S RANKED HERE: We can already hear some critics challenging her inclusion in this list. Didn't she pin her hair down for races, you ask? Perhaps she did at times, but not always; when she wore a form of headband, she was within the Super-Hair rules yet had the same result. We like to think her style would have kept its strong lines without any extras.

She co-wrote a book called "Running for Dummies," but she was no dummy when it came to her hair. That book contains this quote from her: "I believe in the impossible because no one else does, and that gives me an excellent chance at accomplishing it." Her style fit that quote quite well -- the sort of athletic, high-risk, tempting, well-controlled hair worthy of the title "Ultimate." May her example inspire many others -- in her life and her style.

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