City League Champions
COLUMBUS, GA: KIRSTIN DELGADO.
A city known for strong collegiate and mayoral hair lived up to its billing, with a spirited six-week battle. A morning TV news anchor with well-prepared mid-length hair emerged thanks to a loyal following, outlasting two-time BMOC and softball superstar Casey Googe in a back-and-forth final round 51-15 (77%).
(Third through tenth place: Amarinda Trear; Jessi Mitchell, Dorothy Sherman tied; Andi Larese, Cheryl Renee tied; Kaitlin Tatum, Tammy Terry, Teresa Tomlinson tied.)
MELBOURNE: SARAH HADGKISS.
Our second Australian champion is a veteran model, who's apparently moved into modeling management. Her brunette waves impressed voters as "amazing.... stunning," and she downed fellow model Danni Price in the final round of a very competitive race 9-4 (69%)
(Third through tenth place: Elise May; Nicole Chamoun; Jacqueline Felgate, Rebecca Judd, Sandra Sully tied; Abigail Carter, Jennifer Keyte, Giaan Rooney tied.)
PROVIDENCE, RI: ALEXANDRA COWLEY.
A news reporter who's a native of Florida outshone the field during a snowpacked New England winter. She overwhelmed college student-athlete Beth Hoyt in the final round 10-3 (77%).
(Third through tenth place: Liz Tufts; Alison Bologna, Logan Harris, Shannon Hagy, Karen Meyers, Lucia Petty, Susie Steimle, Ayumi Tsuda tied.)
SPRINGFIELD, MO: JOANNA SMALL.
A TV reporter with a "cute cut" (to quote one voter) and who is "so pretty any hairstyle would work" had to work hard to win this title. She came from behind in the last days of the final round, then edged BMOC winner Megan Nickles 11-10 (52%) after about 12 hours of extra time -- while an Ultimate 50 member failed to last two weeks.
(Third through tenth place: Cheryl Burnett, Lindsey Clain, Lindsey Day, Leigh Moody tied; Chelsea Dirks-Ham, Laura Kennedy, Lauren Matter, Shayla Patrick tied.)
VANCOUVER: KERI ADAMS.
A TV news anchor admitted on Twitter she'd never asked followers to vote for her hair before. But enough of them did to make her Canada's second champion. She outran Alexandria of the CFL "FeLions" in the final round 28-12 (70%).
(Third through tenth place: Maria Guloien, "Heather" tied; Lynn Colliar, Kristi Gordon, "Marissa," Randene Neill, Lynda Steele, Elaine Yong tied.)
SALT LAKE CITY: TONYA PAPANIKOLAS.
She may have stepped away from morning TV news, but we couldn't forget this thick well-sculpted style. It emerged from a close pack, and dominated the final round over reporter Carly Figueroa 18-5 (78%) -- with one supporter speculating she "needs a lot less product to keep her hair from falling."
(Third through tenth place: Haley Lange, Marissa Mendenhall, Hope Woodside tied; Brittany Graham, Velaida Harris, Brianne Johnson, Elizabeth Smart, Ali Spurrier tied.)
CHARLESTON, SC: KATIE JOHNSON.
A College of Charleston cheerleader took momentum from the B.M.O.C. to top the best styles throughout the city. She defeated news reporter Lisa Weismann in the finals 13-8 (62%). Then she finished a strong second in the 2013 All-Star Challenge.
(Third through tenth place: Rachelle Coward, Andy Wontor tied; Wynter Davis, Deona Jones, Octavia Mitchell, Stephanie Sbardella, Tessa Spencer, Lizzie Theesfeld tied.)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM: MARISA MAEZ.
It was an a-Maez-ing performance by this TV news anchor, as she dominated most weeks of voting and crushed fellow journalist Jill Galus in the finals 11-1 (92%). "Very silky," explained one voter.
(Third through tenth place: Mickey Brown, Kaela DeBroeck tied; Antoinette Antonio, Tonya Gramstad tied; Cindy Hernandez-Wall, Kim Holland, Khadijah Shumpert, Nykilah Torres tied.)
ADELAIDE, S.A.: KATE COLLINS.
Our first-ever trip to Australia led to a classic match between this TV news "reader" and the woman she replaced. Collins pulled away from the similar short style of radio host Belinda Heggen to win what Aussies would call the "grand final" 13-6 (68%).
(Third through tenth place: Danika Carty; Rebecca Morse, Kiara Parker tied; "Amy," Jessica Davis, Virginia Langeberg, Rosanna Mangiarelli, Lucy Polkinghome tied.)
LAS VEGAS, NV: DAYNA ROSELLI.
She lost her job as a TV news anchor early in 2012, but her delicate short style was a favorite for months on our search engine. Hair Fans showed why, as she roared ahead from early runner-up showings to dominate the finals over Jessica Moore 59-35 (63%). "Sexy Dayna.... hairtastic!" supporters wrote. But a woman who shows up often on tabloid TV was a shocking first-week loser.
(Third through tenth place: Katie Crowther, Beth Fisher, Jessica Gillespie, Monica Jackson tied; Rikki Cheese, Elizabeth Donatelli, Holly Madison, Lisa Remillard tied.)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI: RACHAEL RUIZ.
A rapid-fire contest quickly reached the final round, where this veteran TV news anchor and morning host prevailed over college volleyball player Libby Webber 13-11 (54%). A one-time Super-Hair Wars champion had to settle for third.
(Third through tenth place: Sarah Brodhead; Jordan Carson, Juliet Dragos, Michele Fife, Tara Hernandez, Crystal Hilliard, Amanda Roelofs, Briana Snyder tied.)
TYLER, TX: KACI KOVIAK.
A part-time panelist on Fox News webcasts has become a morning news anchor, and was able to make quick work of the field. She scored a very rare 100-percent score in Week 2, then breezed through a three-way final round with 79 percent of the vote (15-2-2). "Kaci's color is clearly comely," commented a Koviak convert.
(Second through tenth place: Gillian Sheridan, Katie Wilson tied; Kris Betts; Lauren Callahan, Anissa Centers, Anna Dickey, Courtney Friedman, Jennifer Hines, Dana Hughey tied.)
RENO, NV: JENNIFER BUSHMAN.
In a City League first, a gourmet chef and culinary consultant brought Hair Fans' interest to a rolling boil. Her well-rounded short cut praised by one voter for "good body" downed Dora Scheidell in the final 20-10 (67%).
(Third through tenth place: Shelby Sheehan; Lauren Lastrapes, Julia Lopez, Katie Romanko tied; Samantha Boatman, Brooke Boone, Wendy Damonte, Kristen Remington tied.)
TULSA, OK: KIMBERLY HULSEY.
She won several local beauty titles across the state, and now has settled down in a TV reporting career. But her thick blonde hair fired up voters, and what one commenter called her "flat out gorgeous" style dominated B.M.O.C. champion Anna Proffitt in the finals 45-10 (82%). Hulsey's hair went on to finish first in our 2012 All-Star Challenge.
(Third through tenth place: Brittany Jeffers, Deana Silk tied; Katie Arnold, Jennifer Loren, Shelby Robb tied; Miesha Dinkins, Ekaterina Kondrashova, Delaney Scrivner tied.)
LITTLE ROCK, AR: HEATHER CRAWFORD.
A TV news anchor broke away from near-lookalike Jessica Dean in the final round 12-5 (71%), and was praised for hair that "looks perfect!"
(Third through tenth place: Lacey Fleming Glover, Alexis Stone tied; Melissa Dunbar-Gates, Alyse Eady, Ashley Fejleh, Gina Martin, Michele Pittman, Donna Terrell tied.)
RICHMOND, VA: ALLISON MORRIS.
A college high jumper (who mysteriously was dropped from the roster during our poll) used shapely well-groomed long hair to outlast the competition. She edged Amanda Meadows 11-8 (58%) to win the main division -- then scored a first for the City League by crushing a nominated male, dominating TV reporter Sam Brock 11-0.
(Third through tenth place: Heather Sullivan; Christina Feerick, Tracy Sears tied; Tracy Lynn, Emily Moffett tied; Meredith Gouger, Reba Hollingsworth, Jessica Warner tied.)
SAVANNAH, GA: MEREDITH LEY.
A TV news reporter urged on a loyal legion of Ley lovers to a lopsided lashing of the competition. We averaged around 100 votes per week, as Ley dominated the field and crushed Jessica Gardefjord in the finals 92-18 (84%). Her thick flip won praise as "stunning.... naturally beautiful.... gorgeous.... Love that Southern girl 'do." Ley advanced from there to finish the 2011 All-Star Challenge, gaining 44 percent of the vote against nine other local champions.
(Third through tenth place: Lorin Ricketson; Ariel Brooks, Jessica Kiss tied; Alisha Nelson, Leia Pittman, Katrina Riley, Melanie Ruberti, Karolina Rykowska tied.)
LINCOLN, NE: VANESSA FLOWERS.
She moved from Alabama to become a news anchor, and she proved to be the class of a tough field -- topping Kali Nicole with her "body and thickness.... awesome" 14-9 in the final round (61%). But the big story here may have been a top-ranked style in Top Ten Tresses, who failed to survive the first week.
(Third through tenth place: Morgan Smejkal; Megan Southworth; Brittany Jeffers, Kelsey Larson, Shelby Martinek, Deborah Tuff, Kaitlan Walker, Katie White tied.)
SACRAMENTO: ROBIN ZASIO.
For the first time, a doctor takes the local title -- helped by her appearances on the cable TV series Hoarders. She claimed two votes on the final day to edge meteorologist Monica Woods 15-13 (54%), and won praise for hair that's "always perfect."
(Third through tenth place: Danielle Leigh, Cristina Mendonza, Natalie Sentz tied; Ama Daetz, Dierdre Fitzpatrick, Pallis Hupe, Debbie Thompson Kippel, Kristina Werner tied.)
CHATTANOOGA, TN: JENNIFER KUROSKI.
"Better body" made the difference for one voter in the final, as a college volleyball player edged soccer goalie Taylor Mangrum in a "Moc-2" final round 9-6 (60%).
(Third through tenth place: Latrice Currie, Dakot Davis tied; Amy Katcher; Tess Kosycarz, Shaina Singh tied; Kim Chapman, Rachel Oesch, Jessica Oh tied.)
SYRACUSE, NY: KAYLEA NIXON.
Was it the "better body and thickness" praised by a voter, or was it the smile that made voters declare Nixon's the one? The morning TV host made quick work of the field, handling college athlete Ari Kasprowicz in the final 12-5 (71%).
(Third through tenth place: Paola Benevento, Christie Casciano tied; Taylor Chamberlain, Akane Hosoyamada, Noemie Lefebvre, Jessica Sorenson, Allison Todd, Lauren Welch tied.)
PITTSBURGH: JULIE BOLOGNA.
The TV meteorologist still has the "sleek" hair quality (to quote one voter) which put her on our Hot List in 2005. She overwhelmed a meaty two-division field, shutting out her opponent in the Long Division finals and crushing Kristine Sorensen 17-8 in the overall finals (68%).
(Third through 14th place: Wendy Bell; Laura Aeschbacher; Jennifer Antkowiak, Alexandra Assaf, Meredith Dunn, Diana Voynova tied; Morgan Claycomb, Angela Majkut, Kristin Shumaker tied; Timyka Artist, Jessica Wasik, Sally Wiggin tied.)
OMAHA, NE: MICHELE STROM.
In a City League first, a corporate vice-president (and former Mrs. Nebraska) takes the title. She dominated early, then held off news reporter Erika Summers 11-8 in the final (58%).
(Third through tenth place: Caitlin Roth; Katie Becker, Liz Dorland, Jo Giles, Mary McMullan tied; Alex Bloomquist, Molly Meister, Brittany Telecky tied.)
HONOLULU, HI: YASMIN DAR.
A traffic reporter and native of Pakistan outlasted contenders from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. She topped former CBS news correspondent Teri Okita in a hard-fought final 10-8 (56%).
(Third through tenth place: Mareike Collier, Kathy Muneno tied; Brittany Hewitt, Ashlee Jimenez tied; Malika Dudley, Dagmar Genee, Moanike'ala Nabarro, Allison Schneid tied.)
PALM BEACH, FL: ALYSSA DeMONTE.
A defender on the college soccer team impressed Hair Fans with what one commenter called "the best combo of waves, thickness, color and body." She defeated TV news anchor and "Cougar" (as another voter called her) Kelley Dunn by only 5-3 (63%) in the final round. "DeMonte DeMonstrates Super-Hair!" praised another.
(Third through tenth place: Faith Warren; Alivia McDaniel; Tara Cardoso; Suzanne Boyd, Marci Gonzalez, Meredith McDonough, Terri Parker, Kate Wentzel tied.)
WICHITA, KS: TORRIE BROWN.
A relative misspelled her name "Torrid" in an e-mail to us - but the college softball player turned out to be exactly that, especially after the first two weeks. She defeated 2009-10 BMOC and teammate Jamie Hull in the final round 53-8 (87%), and dominated the comments section for "absolutely gorgeous silky.... beautiful naturally auburn hair."
(Third through ninth place: Cindy Klose; Sammie Shook; Hannah Eakin, Susan Peters tied; Brianna Kaiser, Sierra Scott, Aileen Simborio tied.)
PADUCAH, KY: JENNIFER RUKAVINA.
We're not sure if we were mentioned on the air, but two TV co-workers put a friendly "battle of the Jennifers" on Facebook -- and it was war from there! More than 1,500 votes were cast over eight weeks, with the weather anchor rallying late to top news anchor Jennifer Horbelt in a fight-to-the-finish final round 185-167 (52%). Consider some of the comments - and there were dozens:
"Rukavina's hair is so nature looking."
"Looks like Horbelt cut her own hair without a mirror."
"Rukavina's hair is so awesome. I bet it smells like a double rainbow all the way."
"Bree [Snow] should be walking away with this. This is for best hair, not your favorite news personality!"
"Horbelt has always had wonderful hair."
"Jennifer R's hair is so limp. How is she in first?"
"I'm glad I don't live in Paducah...."
Thanks to everyone who voted, and made Paducah one of our most surprising hair hotbeds yet! Read our exclusive interview with the champion!
(Third through ninth place: Bree Snow, Lauren Adanms, Beth Bradley, Shannon Copeland, Allison Whitledge, Carol Gault-Penny Mariner tied.)
HARTFORD, CT CHALLENGE ROUND: AMANDA RAUS.
A news reporter emerged from a six-way field, then somehow put on a "Raus rush" to rally from behind in the second week of final-round voting. She topped local champ Lauren Kamena with 69 percent of the vote (33-15), and won praise for hair that's "silky and shiny.... super soft." She then moved on to dominate the 2010 All-Star Challenge, gaining almost 80 percent of the votes.
(Second through sixth place among challengers: Erika Arias, Rachel Frank, Jennifer Lahmers, Rachel Lutzker-Joy Lin Nahrin tied.)
JULY 2010: LAUREN KAMENA.
Our jaw dropped and we smelled an upset when we found this college softball player. Sure enough -- her medium-long hair was too athletic for a host of famous local names. She overcame some negative comments in the finals to defeat Irene O'Connor 30-13 (70%).
(Third through ninth place: Sarah French; Lisa Carberg; Keisha Grant, Emily Linn, Yvonne Nava, Amy Parmenter, Miranda Wallace tied.)
KNOXVILLE, TN: ANN KEIL.
A TV news anchor may have received some unexpected help from us, when we notified an eliminated co-worker via Twitter. But her short style was seriously tested in the final, before she defeated Megan Campbell 25-16 (61%).
(Third through tenth place: Samara Gelb, Allison Kropff tied; Hana Kim; Emily Stroud; Kristen Cazana, Sarah Helm, Jill McNeal, Tearsa Smith tied.)
ROANOKE, VA: ANGELA HATCHER.
A TV reporter gained praise for her color, and quickly became the class of the field. She dominated college volleyball player Lynsey Farris in the finals 11-3 (79%).
(Third through tenth place: Alex Herring; Jean Jadhon; Alyssa Corfont, Cara Stein tied; Erica Bruce, Meagan Farley, Morgan Grant, Joy Sutton all tied.)
MOBILE, AL: CHERISH LOMBARD.
She's a local favorite in many ways - first as a radio traffic reporter, then in television news. The woman who once told an interviewer she dreamed of becoming the next Salma Hayek used similar long brunette locks to take dominance over the field, and top Emily Williams in the final round 9-6 (60%).
(Third through tenth place: Kimberly Curth; AnnMarie Coan, Debbie Williams tied; Shea Bowers, Derica Williams tied; Kathryn Land, Alexis McPhail, Caitlin Murphy all tied.)
BIRMINGHAM, AL: SHANISTY MYERS.
One voter claimed her first name is silly, but the hair of this morning TV anchor is seriously solid. She crushed college cheerleader Leah Skinner in the finals 20-3 (87%).
(Third through tenth place: Shenea Harris, Ashley Looney tied; Richole Berger, Ashley Brand, Hillary Fountain, Emily Luxen, Colleen Standridge, MacKenzie Wilson all tied.)
ORLANDO: SABRINA FEIN.
A morning meteorologist wound up matched with co-worker Holly Hatch in the final round, and prevailed 23-15 (61%).
(Third through tenth place: Danielle Bellini, Shannon Butler, Barbara West all tied; Sonni Abatta, Cheryl Getuiza, Katie Riley, Martha Sugalski, Eryka Washington all tied.)
FRESNO, CA: GRACIELA MORENO.
This veteran news anchor had a battle in Super-Hair Wars in 2006, but lost. Against hometown opponents, she dominated the field -- crumbling Jenny Toste in the final round 18-10 (64%), and gaining praise for her hair thickness.
(Third through tenth place: Pamela Prado, Lorena Rabago, Faith Sidrow all tied; Sara Sandrik; Annie Bledsoe; Alex Delgado, Liz Harrison, Allison Ventura all tied.)
GREENSBORO, NC: MORGAN HIGHTOWER.
A vacancy created by a college graduaton led to what one Hair Fan called "lots of fantastic heads of hair." This TV reporter emerged as the best, defeating model Angel Clark in the final round 16-7 (70%).
(Third through tenth place: Bethany Berry, Julie Luck, Lauren Melvin tied; Jackie Fernandez, Alexandra Gonzalez tied; Jewel Black, Asia Williams, Sierra Zentz tied.)
WINSTON-SALEM, NC: KIMBERLY VAN SCOY
A woman praised by some and mocked by others for a "helmet head" had her tough-to-muss style cut from shoulder-length in the middle of the final round (poll on that upcoming). Yet it still was strong enough to hold off co-worker Nicole Ducouer 18-17 (51%). While they're both based in Winston-Salem, our competition actually involved a "Triad" of cities. So we're declaring three different winners here....
July 2009: MELISSA GALLAHER
A college lacrosse player finished third overall, and won applause from one voter for "the sleekest, prettiest hair."
HIGH POINT, NC: EMILY BYRD
A weathercaster who short style appears very carefree, she claimed fourth place overall and was praised for her color.
(Fifth through tenth place: Cindy Farmer; Jo Garton, Julie Luck, Michelle Reger, Nikki Wilborn, Cheyenne Woods all tied.)
JACKSONVILLE: ALYSSA NICHOLSON.
A somewhat-mysterious young local model came on strong late in the contest, filling a local vacancy by defeating news anchor Heather Crawford in the finals 16-6 (73%). Crawford was bidding to become only our second two-city champ.
(Third through tenth place: Addison U.; Alicia Booth, Kathryn Jeffries tied; Erica Bennett, Paige Kelton, Nikki Kimbleton, Dawn Lopez, Adrienne Moore tied.)
June 2009 - AYESHA K. FAINES
We actually caught this TV news reporter recruiting on Twitter for votes. The effort apparently paid off, as she edged college champion Hannah Munneke in a hard-fought final 21-20 (51%) and won praise for "impeccable style." Read our exclusive interview!
(Third through tenth place: Katarina Engler; Ashley Coleman, Paige Kelton tied; Jackelyn Barnard, Staci Spanos tied; Diane Cho, Deborah Gianoulis tied.)
COLUMBUS, OH: MICHELLE THERIAULT.
A member of Ohio State University's national champion synchronized swim team (not to be confused with the race car driver) thrilled one voter with her "bangs and color," and grew to dominate a contest which included collegians and TV personalities. She stunned Top Ten Tresses member and former Miss USA contestant Monica Day in the finals, with an easy 12-4 win (75%). Then Theriault finished first in the 2009 ten-city All-Star Challenge.
(Third through tenth place: Andrea Cambern; Whitney Hackman; Christina Heaton; Amy Basista, Brittany Johnson, Taylor Jones, Nicole Krauter, Alexis Wiley all tied.)
SOUTH BEND, IN: MONICA ROBINSON.
An open local title not only stays at Notre Dame, but with the women's tennis team. The #4 singles player rose to #1 in her city over several weeks, rolling over reporter Rachel Brown in the finals 15-1 (94%) and winning praise from commenters for hair that "looks the softest.... more natural."
(Third through tenth place: Megan Hickey; Emily Pritchard; Amanda Fay, Gabby Gonzalez, Michaela Mabrey, Sarah Russel, Lauren Stauder, Lauren Stuhr tied.)
FEBRUARY 2009: DENISE ELLISON.
This college sophomore tennis player arrived at Notre Dame via Oman and central California. Her somewhat daring sidepart led most of the way, then held on to defeat Sarah Platt 7-5 in the finals (58%) - and won praise from voters for "color, thickness and softness."
(Third through tenth place: Lindsey Sablan; Lauren Parisi; Niele Ivey; Sarah Gray, Becca Hutter, Elishah Oesch, Jessica Sullivan, Mariel Zagunis all tied.)
DAYTON, OH: GABRIELLE ENRIGHT.
She's moved from on-air TV work to management, but she apparently still has a sidepart that Hair Fans like. She won a close final round over one-time Super-Hair Wars winner Megan O'Rourke 8-6 (57%), while some longed for a college athlete who finished third despite leading Week 1.
(Third through tenth place: Mollie Schrank; Candice Hunter, Molly Meter, Kate Tejkl tied; Kathryn Burcham, Sonu Wasu tied; Danielle Elias, Kimberly Thomson tied.)
OKLAHOMA CITY: JESSICA SCHAMBACH.
The tight sleek style of an evening news anchor came from behind and outlasted the thick wide mass of morning anchor Robin Marsh in a spirited final round, 12-9 (57%). Schambach went on from there to finish first in the 2008 All-Star Challenge, defeating a Crown Award winner from Phoenix. But all the comments of praise locally were left for a college athlete, who finished a surprisingly strong third.
(Third through tenth place: Andrea Sellmeyer; Maggie Carlo, Monica Price tied; Jamie Cerreta, Sarah Libby, Jennifer Pierce, Jamie Ratliff, Darrielle Snipes all tied.)
TORONTO: JACINTHA WESSELINGH.
How about this baby gift for a woman on maternity leave! The TV news reporter became our first Canadian champ by defeating co-worker MairiAnna Bachinsky in the final round 11-6 (65%). "Her hair looks thicker and fuller," one supporter explained.
(Third through tenth place: "Courtney;" Alicia Kay-Markson, Dina Pugliese tied; "Alyssa," Pauline Chan, Linda Leatherdale, Lynne Russell, Carolyn Weaver all tied.)
PENSACOLA, FL: DANIELLE SANDERS.
This open title stays inside the University of West Florida, as a senior college softball player impressed Hair Fans with her "color and body." She topped assistant coach Alanah Gamwell in the final round 13-7 (65%).
(Third through tenth place: Jenise Fernandez, Heather May Walton tied; Kelley Bahn, Mollye Barrows, Katie Bobos, Lena DeFlores, Caroline Kaston, Jasmine Wigfall tied.)
JULY 2008: JULIE CARROLL.
She may look like a Florida blonde, but this recent college graduate (with multiple times on the Dean's List) is a native of Calgary, Canada. She held off hard-charging TV reporter Tara Brown in the final 10-8 (56%), after a Super-Hair Wars winner was tossed early.
(Third through tenth place: Renata Mattos, Erin Ovalle, Grace White all tied; Mollye Barrows, Kylie Dorton, Lindsey Ford, Emily Martin, Chelsea Wilhoite all tied.)
CHARLOTTE CHALLENGE ROUND: MAUREEN O'BOYLE.
A Hair Fan thought we left someone out earlier in the year. But this TV news anchor showed co-worker Danielle Trotta otherwise, with an 18-2 rout (90%).
JUNE 2008: She used to host A Current Affair, and now is a local news anchor. Her high-endurance shoulder-length look held off a late rally by competing anchor Tera Blake to win the finals 10-6 (62%).
(Third through tenth place: Amanda Bowman; Debi Faubion; Kim Brattain; Yudeshnee Pillay; Lisa Eisenzopf, Molly Grantham, Amy Lehtonen, Melissa Martin all tied.)
PORTLAND: SHAUNA PARSONS.
The most-praised woman in what some considered a dull field didn't last two weeks -- while this TV journalist made quick work of the competition. Her natural-looking shoulder-length look defeated Kelley Day in the final round 12-7 (63%).
(Third through tenth place: Jessica Morket, Anna Song tied; Christine Ferreira, Christina Feyen, Debra Gil, Kimberly Schuster, Stephanie Stricklen, Angelica Thornton all tied.)
CLEVELAND: JACKIE ZABIELSKI.
We spread the word about two finalists for a vacant title on Twitter -- and a network of fellow traffic reporters rallied around this woman from there. She rolled up an 86-percent score against Kristi Capel (76-12), winning praise from voters for a "fantastic" cut which seemed "too perfectly coiffed.... to be true."
(Third through tenth place: "Bayley," "Jordyn," Tiffany S. tied; Catherine Bosley, "Erica," Jennifer Jordan, "Shannon," Suzanne Stratford tied.)
FEBRUARY 2008: "AMANDA."
This mysterious all-star dancer for the basketball Cavaliers (and a restaurant hostess as well) becomes the most famous head of hair there since Anderson Varejao. She survived a record-long nine-week grinder, defeating college basketball assistant coach Annie Thomas in the finals 23-6 (79%). A former champion in Cincinnati did no better than fourth.
(Third through tenth place: Kathleen Cochrane; Suzanne Horgan; Alicia Booth; Tricia Skidmore; Allie Riczo; Alexandra Bagi-Lacie Brenner tied; Stacey Bell.)
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL: JOY LIM NAKRIN.
Once a contender in Connecticut, this TV news anchor's sleek look impressed voters -- and even inspired one to bring up the theme music to the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. But she endured a final-round challenge from college cheerleader Katie O'Neill, winning 11-8 (58%) to fill a vacant title.
(Third through tenth place: Natalie Nyhus, Morgan Sickels tied; Heather Brown, Jordyn Burns, Heidi Collins, Tori Dixon, Nicolette Marquardt, Chelsea Pettit tied.)
FEBRUARY 2009: MARNI HUGHES.
A veteran newscaster filled a 2007 vacancy, and left TV reporter Heather Brown a bridesmaid for the second time in 15 months - winning the final round 13-6 (68%).
(Third through tenth place: Carmelina Carabajal-Emily Stanzyk tied; Krista Erickson, Mollie Lenzi, Natalie Mast, Stephanie Schmikla all tied; Julie Nelson-Liz Tusler tied.)
DECEMBER 2007: KAREN LEIGH.
The Twin Cities were tough to call for weeks -- but when the field dropped to three, this news reporter's loose shoulder-length style raced away to victory. She crushed co-worker Heather Brown in the finals 26-4 (87%). Honorable Mention goes to a college tennis player, who missed the finals by only one vote.
(Third through tenth place: Liz Tusler; Marni Hughes, Julie Nelson tied; Lauren Gibbemeyer; Amy Hockert, Jamie Reese, Jeanette Trompeter tied; Alexis Russell.)
SHREVEPORT, LA: CASSIE WALTON.
A Hair Fan who knows the area offered nine contenders, and they were praised for showing a wide variety of styles. After a grinding seven-week battle, a real estate agent and mother of three surged at the end and edged TV journalist Jodi Lowery in the finals 16-13 (55%). Walton was praised for hair that's "very soft," and worth the work to have body. Walton also led our 2007 All-Star Challenge, gaining a majority of the votes in a seven-way race.
(Third through tenth place: Sherri Allen, Sonja Bailes tied; Lisa Hargrove; Sherri Smith Cheek; Sydnee Lincoln; Melissa Terry, Katrina Webber, Heidi York tied.)
LAKE CHARLES, LA: DESARAE COUTHREN.
This college hurdling star leaps over a City League barrier - as she becomes the first African-American City League champion in ten years! She defeated Olivia Vidal 12-4 (75%) to fill the vacant local title, and was praised by one voter for a better style in a "close call."
(Third through tenth place: Jillian Biagini, Becca Tudor tied; Cynthia Arceneaux, Courtnei Carter, Angelina Covington, Heather Ogea, Sofia Simancas, Jasmine Webb tied.)
2007: NOELIA FURNO.
This one was a bit bizarre, as a recent college graduate whose home is in Argentina (and may not actually live there anymore) won a Southern U.S. title despite displaying a tied-back style. She won the final round over another collegian, Celeste Vannoy -- but only by 6-3, with some voters seemingly unimpressed by the entire field.
(Third through tenth place: Lenissa Lopez; Cynthia Arceneaux, Rebeka Broussard, Shayla Cormier tied; Keely Daughdrill, Haley Henagan, Courtnee' Hollins, Meagan Kelleher tied.)
MEMPHIS: WENDY NATIONS.
This contest turned into a family affair -- as the blog of this TV weathercaster's husband sent out an alert in her behalf! She defeated co-worker Melissa Moon in the finals, but not by much: 25-20 (56%). One fan (and perhaps a relative) wrote Nations "changes from curly to straight and wavy.... and keeps us watching." And a nephew/niece declared her a "neat dudette."
(Third through tenth place: Kate Murphy; April Norris; Lauren Amundson and Tori Gross tied; Tealy Devereaux, Gresh Gorman, Dee Griffin, Markova Reed all tied.)
NEW ORLEANS: "RACHEL M."
We haven't confirmed the last name of this former two-year dancer with the "SaintSations." We know she's only about 20 years old, has attended Delgado Community College -- and we know she's the first cheerleader to be a City League champ. She won an all-dancer one-week final round over "Kirsten," but by only 5-2 (71%).
(Third through tenth place: Lauren Boatwright, Dawn Brown, "Vanessa" all tied; "Michelle;" "Aneshia," Angela Hill, Nancy Parker, Luna Rebrovic all tied.)
FORT WAYNE, IN: MIRANDA KRAMER.
A vacancy created by a college graduation is filled by another college athlete - in this case, an all-league softball pitcher from Iowa. She quickly mowed down the field and made news anchor Heather Herron a two-time runner-up, dominating the final round 13-3 (81%).
(Third through tenth place: Katie Law; Haley Emenhiser, Taylor Gordy Prescott, Kayti Hanson, Sarah Heckman, Alyssa Ivanson, Courtney King, Kristen Kirchhaine tied.)
2006 - CHELSEA SMITH.
Believe it or not, we had eight nominations in this small city - and this college soccer player emerged after a show start as the champion. Her final-round 53-percent win over journalist Heather Herron (8-7) was subject to debate. "Long blonde hair is pretty," one supporter wrote. But others called the style "blah," and Herron's hair "more professional."
(Third through tenth place: Beth Miller; Jennifer Cross, Angela Rodriguez tied; Jennifer Blomquist, Ashley Hunter, Kelly Koh, Crystal Martinez, Jessica Thomas all tied.)
HOUSTON: ALYSON FOOTER.
A Crown Award winner, Cup of the Americas finalist and longtime Top Ten Tresses member is now officially her city's top style as well. The baseball reporter renowned for "luscious locks" and "natural curls" (to quote commenters) won a hard-fought final round over Miss Texas U.S.A. Brittany Booker 13-10 (57%) after six weeks of action. She went on to dominate the 2013 All-Star Challenge as well, with one voter declaring her "cascade of coppery-red curls is AWESOME!"
(Third through tenth place: Dominique Sachse; Reagan Creely, Lauren Freeman tied; Stephanie Wilka; Emily Akin, Caitlin Espinosa, Mary Hansen, Celine Simmons tied.)
MAY 2009 CHALLENGE ROUND: LUCY NOLAND.
A TV news anchor becomes the first woman to be champion of two different cities! Noland moved from New York, conquered a field which included a former #1 style in Top Ten Tresses, then brought down two-time local champ Dominique Sachse 13-6 (68%).
(Challenge Round second through fifth place: Lauren Freeman, Courtney Zavala, Sibila Vargas, Alison Triarsi.)
JANUARY 2007: DOMINIQUE SACHSE.
We honestly thought the long blonde hair of co-worker Lauren Freeman would give the reigning champion a fierce challenge. But Sachse succeeded in bringing down her opponent with a strong 65-percent majority (17-9). "Redheads rock!" one supporter roared.
APRIL 2006: The TV news anchor whose hair seems oblivious to her city's oppressive humidity fought off two cheerleaders with the N.F.L. Texans in a great three-way scrum. She took the final round over "Erin" (sorry, we don't know her last name) 16-13 (55%). Sachse went on to lead our third annual All-Star Challenge of city champions by a wide margin.
(Third through tenth place: "Gwen;" Marine Hernandez, Alania Torres tied; Cynthia Cisneros, Krystal Frazier, Maudess Fulton, Stephanie Guerrero, "Tiffany" all tied.)
SAN ANTONIO: URSULA PARI.
A TV reporter pulled a surprise, emerging from a field which Hair Fans admired as high-quality. A poll adjustment midway through the finals opened the way for her to break away and defeat Ainsley Earhardt 35-8 (81%). Pari was praised for having an original look. which "goes great with her eyes."
(Third through tenth place: Sarah Lucero, Delaine Mathieu, Brandy Ralston all tied; Jenny Hansson; Wendy Rigby, Natalia Zea tied; Johanne Lochard, Tanji Patton tied.)
MILWAUKEE: ALISON GILMAN.
This one was rather strange -- as our champion either resigned or was fired from a TV news job (depending on which message board post you believe) as the competition began. Yet her thick helmet-like style finally proved too tough to dislodge, beating Leanne Leamanczyk in the final 11-8 (58%). One unimpressed voter described the overall field as "very similar and not outstanding."
(Third through tenth place: Erin McElroy; Carole Meekins, Toya Washington tied; Rebekah Wood; Silvia Acevedo, Tami Hughes, Shayna Illingsworth, Erin Watkins all tied.)
NEW HAVEN, CT: SONIA BAGHDADY.
We frankly considered it an upset when this TV news anchor didn't prevail the first time. She made it to a heads-up clash with champion and co-worker Annie Rourke, then scored a dominating 15-1 decision (94%) with hair one voter called "long, lush, wavy and gorgeous."
(Preliminary Final: Baghdady d. Ann Nyberg, 19-15.)
DECEMBER 2005: ANNIE ROURKE.
Yes, she works for a Hartford TV station -- but from the New Haven bureau. Her inviting short style emerged from one of our most evenly-matched fields, edging veteran news anchor Ann Nyberg in a tight final. "Neat, professional and stylish," praised one voter.
(Third through ninth place: Carolyn Schmolz; Sonia Baghdady, Danielle Rodriguez tied; Sara Abbott, Kristen Cusato tied; Kaitlin Emmerling, Tricia Taskey tied.)
ST. LOUIS: LEISA ZIGMAN.
A vacant title came down to a classic matchup between TV reporters: loose and long against short and solid. The short cut pulled ahead on the final day, bringing down Rebecca Roberts 16-14 (53%).
(Third through tenth place: Margie Ellisor, Michaela Jones, Callen Luetkemeyer, Kay Quinn tied; Julian Austin, Kristen Cornett, Kelly Jackson, Erin Klostermann tied.)
2005: CORRINA COLLINS.
The carefully-crafted hair of this TV journalist dominated her city as few have, steamrolling college softball player Kara Sell in the finals 14-1 (93%). "It has more style," wrote one voter, "and has had more attention paid to it."
(Third through tenth place: Cheryl Levick; Amber Dodman, Maggie Norton tied; Kelly Jackson, Sandy Miller, Erin O'Neill, Krista Rasnic, Ann Rubin all tied.)
INDIANAPOLIS: ANGELA BUCHMAN.
The TV meteorologist with "thick and lush" hair (according to one voter) was strong from the start, but almost faded out at the finish. A Colts cheerleader named Tessa D. led her late in the second week of the finals -- but Buchman battled to force a day of extra time, and won 15-14 to claim a vacated title.
(Third through tenth place: Lynnsey Showers, Julie Loncich, Megan Martz, Joy Dumandan, Jennifer Carmack-Maggie Mathieson tied, Molly Casperson-Martha Weaver tied.)
NOVEMBER 2005 CHALLENGE ROUND: MEGHAN HOWARD.
The college softball pitcher ends 2005 with an unbeaten record here, stopping challenger Shana Kelley 8-4 (67%) in admittedly light holiday season voting. Kelley was condemned by one voter for a look which seemed more out of 1975.
AUGUST 2005: The "Butler" did it! A softball pitcher at Butler University pulled off what might be considered a surprise -- outlasting more veteran styles, and winning over weathercaster Angela Buchman in a low-scoring final round 8-4 (67%). One voter found much to admire: "soft, flowing, not too much product, great color: simply fantastic!" Howard also dominated our third annual All-Star match, winning a 61-percent majority without any noticeable ballot-box stuffing.
(Third through tenth place: "Whitney;" Lynsey Showers; Johnica Roach, Martha Weaver tied; Linsey Davis, Michelle Hawes, Tina Simpkin, Stacey Speshyock all tied.)
DETROIT: KAM CARMAN.
A tournament which had a record 15 candidates came down to two division winners, both veterans skilled at strong-holding styles. After a tight first week of the finals, the TV news anchor staged what we considered an upset -- pulling away from the former sportscaster and current wife of the Detroit Tigers President Karie Ross Dombrowski 16-9 in the finals (64%). "She can do no wrong," praised one backer.
(Third through 15th place: Beth McLeod; Heather Catallo; Karen Drew, Lila Lazerus, Christy McDonald, Joann Purtan all tied; Carolyn Clifford; Pallas Hupe, Rhonda Walker tied; Deena Centofonti, Lisa Halushka, Shay Ryan, Ruth Spencer all tied.)
LOUISVILLE, KY CHALLENGE ROUND: ANGIE GLOTZBACH.
The person who nominated Jennifer Baileys as a challenger seemed rather confident, but the champion meteorologist crushed her by a massive margin of 11-2 (85%).
2005: It certainly was "Figg season" (her maiden name, we're now told), as a weathercaster with experience in national TV shows dominated what some complained was a weak field. Her neat short style topped former Miss America Heather French Henry in the finals 13-6 (68%).
(Third through tenth place: Anne Marshall; Julia Harding; Ann Bowdan, Stephanie Collins, Carrie Harned, Abby Miller, Carol Minn, Kim Stevens all tied.)
Read our interview with Angie Glotzbach in Super-Hair Q&A.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - CHALLENGE ROUND: LORI WAKEFIELD.
Realtors must be turning up the hair quality in a tough housing market, because another one prevails here. She easily eliminated champion Kim Barnes 19-6 (76%), and won praise for her "beautiful" look.
2005 - KIM BARNES.
Ever heard of the "Carole Kneeland Project?" She works there now, after years in television news. A picture which some declared old was good enough to top former co-worker Christine Haas in a spirited final 43-28 (61%). While Haas's hair was praised by voters as "most professional, well kept," Barnes won with a style that "looks natural, not polished. It does not look over-styled, as so many celebrities' do."
(Third through tenth place: Bettie Cross; Cindy Goldrick; Elizabeth Dannheim; Sally Hernandez, Teresa Rodriguez, Allison Smith, Connie Swinney, Pat Tate all tied.)
Read our interview with Kim Barnes in Super-Hair Q&A;.
KANSAS CITY: ABBY SHIMOTA.
A vacant title resulted in a race to the wire between student-athletes from local universities. It ended with a soccer defender displaying sturdy (and shiny, as a voter noted) long blonde hair to edge Vanessa Hemkens 9-7 (56%) in the finals.
(Third through tenth place: Madison Hughes; Macradee Aegerter, Lisa Benson, Donna Cho, Taylor Spencer tied; Bonyen Lee, Carolyn Long, Anne Peterson tied.)
2005 - MEREDITH HOENES.
This TV journalist with a solid style first caught our eye in Corpus Christi, Texas a few years ago. She moved to a large city and survived an extra-large field which included three "reserve candidates" brought in due to voter complaints. One reserve made the final round, but Carolyn Long fell short by 13-8 (62%).
(Third through 13th place: Jade Hernandez; Katie Horner; "Shauntel;" Elizabeth Alex, Ann Brock, Kelly Eckerman, Anne Peterson all tied; Kellee Dunn-Walters, Susan Hall, Barbra Porter Hill, Natalie Moultrie all tied.)
Read our interview with Meredith Hoenes in Super-Hair Q&A.
DES MOINES, IA CHALLENGE ROUND: BROOKE BOUMA.
We had a record 16 nominations in this city (and even then, some people complained a better candidate was missing). But the reigning champ from public television waited them all out, and prevailed in the finals over Amanda Lewis 17-8 (68%).
(Short division first through eighth: Erin Kiernan; Trisha Shepherd; Katie Piper; Lisa Carponelli-Stacey Horst tied; Elizabeth Erwin, Sonya Heitshusen, Kerry Kavanaugh tied. Long division second through eighth: Lynn Melling; Emily Givens-Metinka Slater tied; Cynthia Fodor, Elizabeth Klinge, Heidi Soliday, Jannay Towne tied.)
2005: This morning news anchor endured cynical "dyeing" critics to survive a grueling seven-week tournament, winning the final over early leader Karen Schulte 40-18 (69%). Special mention goes to a Drake University volleyball player, who outlasted several well-known local names and finished third.
(Third through tenth place: Lindsey Johnson; Terri Shell; Kathryn Pritchard; Susan Slycord; Jennifer Curtis, Angie Hunt, Amanda Lewis, Heidi Soliday tied.)
NASHVILLE: AMANDA MITCHELL.
With this title vacated, we decided to leave music stars out of the running. That opened the door for a cheerleader and biology major at Vanderbilt University to leap to victory - beating rival Belmont's assistant coach Embrey Brannon in the finals 12-7 (63%).
(Third through tenth place: Kelly Sutton, Holly Thompson tied; Aundrea Cline-Thomas, Jessica Earnest, Alex Hudgens, Stephanie Langston, Emily Mintman, Lauren Rhein tied.)
2004 - SARA WALSH.
The leader varied from week to week here -- but when the field was cleared to a final two, this TV sports reporter and her "sooo pretty" shoulder-length style were too strong for Tennessee Titan cheerleader "Kimberly" [last name withheld; ask us if you need to know why]. Walsh's final round 82-percent thumping (18-4) was misleading, considering how competitive several other women were.
(Third through tenth place: Lea Little, Lisa Patton, Denise Davis-Erika Lathon tied; Agia-Amy Marsalis-Heather Orne-Holly Thompson tied.)
SEATTLE CHALLENGE ROUND: REBECCA STEVENSON.
The soft, inviting semi-curl displayed by this meteorologist was too tough for the competition. After an opening week with about 300 votes, she emerged from a six-woman pack and blew away 2003 champion Alison Grande by an 84-percent margin (83-16). Many comments again were left, and here's a sample of them:
"Rebecca's hair adapts for the weather."
"Photos should all be the same size. Bigger photo of Amy Clancy gives her an unfair advantage...." [Yeah, right. She finished third.]
"Go Rebecca, you are very talented, and also beautiful!"
"Amy's change beats them all...."
"Both have great hair, but Rebecca's is more original for an anchor."
"Stevenson's hair looks like a 60's style, a little too cutesy.... actually, I hate it."
"It's a farce Alison ever won!"
"She could fly with those wings." [For Stevenson, we think -- and we wouldn't mind watching that.]
"Who chooses some of these other candidates anyway?" [Actually, we were asked to keep that anonymous.]
Thanks to all who voted - along with someone named "SurfSeattle," who kept plugging our poll on a major television news message board!
(Preliminary: Stevenson defeated Shannon Brinias 25-10. Third through sixth place: Amy Clancy; Meg Coyle-Carolyn Douglas tied; Sally Schulze.)
SEPTEMBER 2003: ALISON GRANDE.
After a wild competition in which the Week 1 leader failed to survive Week 3, this investigative reporter made it a "Grande Final" by whipping Susan West 260-27 (91%). Complaints about bloc voting were made, but never overcome by West fans. "Alison is hip and totally in style," one voter wrote. "Tell your hairdresser to keep up the good work." Grande also led a short "All-Star" vote of City League champions, though more bloc-vote complaints came up.
(Third through sixth place: Susannah Frame, Amy Clancy, Sue Bird-Leslie Miller tie.)
RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC: SHARON TAZEWELL.
After the local champion disappeared from sight, an eight-week battle royal erupted in an area known for Hair Fan interest. The early leader was promoted by her husband on his radio show. Then she fell off, and another short style took control. But this native of Antigua and Barbuda finally emerged as the champion, topping fellow news anchor Heather Childers in the final round 24-22 (52%). Among the many comments left, among several hundred votes:
"Sharon's got the best hair, hands down!.... It's always looked great, plus very versatile."
"Just say no.... to helmet hair."
"Kelcey's hair appears natural and touchable. Very attractive."
"Laura Barron's hair is the best. She should definitely win. GO YAYA"
"Combine Laura's color, Heather's style and Erin's thickness and body, and you'll have an undefeated champion."
(Third through tenth place: Laura Barron; Erin Hartness; Kelcey Carlson; Tisha Powell; Stacy Davis, Barbara Gibbs, Angela Hampton all tied; Erin Coleman.)
DECEMBER 2006: INDIA LUCAS.
A Hair Fan directed us to this traffic reporter, after the former reigning champion left the area - and she fought through a month of "grid-locks," breaking out of a close final round to defeat Carolyn Costello 14-9 (61%).
(Third through tenth place: Kate Bolduan; Lynda Loveland; Kelcey Carlson, Shelvia Dancy, Melissa Jamerino, Kim Roberts, Jenny Shull, Vanessa Welch all tied.)
2004: TINA TENRET.
She's a news reporter, a meteorologist and a member of a sailing club. That last detail may have turned the race in her favor, as several sailors pulled for her in a final round which followed a record 273-vote Week 3. (We thank the News & Observer paper for that.)
Tenret's tight short style withstood "Hurricane Frances" Scott in a well-fought final 77-51 (60%) -- and the cuts filled our comments section like never before:
"Tina's hair stays great, even sailing on the lake in 20 knots of wind!" [Note: we want pictures of that!]
"Frances's bangs beat Tina's big red cow-lick any day!"
"I love Tina's hair color."
"....Tina and her Bozo the Clown colored hair a distant third."
"Tina's can stand up to those hurricane breezes that she reports from; I doubt Frances' would last on a calm day."
"If Tina's hair is so stiff it can resist hurricane force winds, that's NOT a good thing!"
"Tina is outside all the time; she should get bonus points!"
"Is Frances Scott and Vicki Liviakis the same person?" [Note: not to our knowledge - but we see what you mean.]
"This is another Seattle. The best hair loses."
"Please get them some stylist with a little more edge to them."
Thanks to everyone who voted, left comments, and showed your enthusiasm for top-quality hair!
(Other entries: Stacey Horst third; Stacey Elgin, Allison Landers, Christie Regula; Kaitlin Bailey, Laurie Clowers, Betty Davis, Lynda Loveland all tied.)
LEXINGTON, KY: MIRANDA COMBS.
With all due respect to colonial New England, this was the Battle of Lexington. We had a record opening-week response, then an action-packed and comment-filled final. Our biggest count with voting filters found Combs brushing away Mary Jo Perino 143-98 (59%).
It was a nomination of Perino which brought us to Lexington -- and we discovered Perino actually recruited friends to vote for her! Here's a sample of how the debate went:
"Combs hair-style is the most stylish."
"Mirandas hair looks like Satan himself dyed it. Mary Jo has much better hair and is a beautiful woman no matter who wins,"
"Miranda's hair and face are prettier! DEAL!"
"As for Miranda, I'm not sure what's going on there. It's like kudzu lately. Mary Jo has, by far, the best hair in Lexington."
"There's no comparison, Miranda looks like a professional."
"MJ Is the Hottest!"
"Miranda's hair looks more professional and cosmopolitan."
Thanks to all who voted, and proved people in Kentucky care about great hair!
(Third through eighth place: Nicole Cervantes; Dia Davidson, Emily Gimmel, Marina Jurica, Jennifer Nime, Kristi Runyon all tied.)
DALLAS-FORT WORTH: SHAMA KABANI.
She's been dubbed "Dallas's digital dynamo," and this operator of a web marketing company is no "ding dong" (to borrow from a voter's comment) when it comes to long hair. She handled Erin Harris in the finals 18-10 (64%), and even received a Twitter compliment from Harris for "GORGEOUS locks!"
(Third through tenth place: Wendy Cruz, Tammy Dombeck, Meagan McVay tied; Arazow Doost, Cheri Garcia, Kendra Lyn, Kristi Nelson, Candace Crawford Romo tied.)
APRIL 2006 CHALLENGE ROUND: MEGAN HENDERSON.
You've got to get up early to outmatch this morning news anchor's strong style. She defended her title with power, stopping Maria Arita 11-4 (73%) -- but the woman Arita edged in the preliminary final gained all the praise from voter comments.
(Preliminary second-third place: Jackie Hyland, Julie Bologna.)
AUGUST 2004: Did you spot the three Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders in our field? This morning newscaster with what she good-naturedly calls "big hair" outlasted them all, including final-round opponent Adrianna Butler 23-10 (70%). One voter praised Henderson for a style where your hands "probably wouldn't get stuck."
(Third through tenth place: Eileen Gonzales; Misty Duncan-Ashley Melott tied; Marty Copeland, Marjorie Ford, Sandra Hernandez, Karin Kelly, Shannon Oliver all tied.)
MIAMI: DIANA DIAZ.
This TV reporter with a delicate sidepart led every round, but had to overcome a fierce final-round fight over Jill Martin and her alleged "ragged ends" 15-11 (58%). A member of our Ultimate 50 was left embarrassed, with no support at all.
(Third through ninth place: Susan Bennett-Lisa Cabrera tied; Pam Giganti-Jilda Unruh tied; Lindsay Czarniak, Robin Kish, Maria Elvira Salazar all tied.)
CINCINNATI: BECKY CLARK.
How curious is this? A Xavier University student who was second on her own campus (admittedly a filter-free vote) gets even here, by defeating TV reporter Sharee Paoletto 24-21 (53%) in a final round which wound up being a thrilling three-week showdown. Clark was praised for her red color, and one voter added: "She doesn't need lots of product, unlike some people!"
(Third through tenth place: Ali Nellis; Sasha Rionda, Angela Brown; Sandra Ali, Lauren Bercarich, Laura Borchers, Jillian Chuck, Tanya O'Rourke all tied.)
MARCH 2004: SUSANNE HORGAN.
The tightest City League showdown we've had yet saw the Week 1 leader get booted in Week 2, and the final round come down to the final night. Only in the last round did this TV reporter lead -- making Shannon Kettler feel like Xavier against Duke, 14-13 (51.9%). "She is definitely the queen of TV hair," one supporter said, although others disputed it.
(Third through tenth place: Lindsay Burton, Lynsay Clutter, Paula Faris all tied; Clarissa de Campos, Maria LaRosa, Tanya O'Rourke, Bekka Prewitt-Denney, Anna Maria Tiernon all tied.)
PHOENIX CHALLENGE ROUND: CATHERINE ANAYA.
A discovery by a Hair Fan dethroned a longtime local leader, as this news anchor scorched Sabra Gertsch 12-7 (63%). Anaya's enticingly cut bangs were praised for their bounce and color -- and they moved one voter to ask if "Anaya is Spanish for fox." (We have a translator tool on the home page for those things, you know.)
2004: SABRA GERTSCH.
"Hot as the desert sun, Sabra is," wrote one voter of this TV reporter -- while another claimed she has an even newer style that's even better than this. She slammed Week 1 leader (perhaps misleading with no filters) Diana Sullivan 23-6 (79%).
(Third through seventh place: Lin Sue Cooney; Kaley O'Kelley; Fay Fredericks, Gayle Jansen, Lisa Graham Keegan tied.)
SAN DIEGO: JULIE FOUDY.
For the second time a pro soccer player kicked out the TV journalists, winning a hard-fought final over news anchor-turned-motivational coach Denise Yamada 28-20 (58%). "Julie's hair is thicker, more lush and stronger," one supporter wrote.
(Third place: Aloha Taylor.)
DENVER CHALLENGE ROUND: AIMEE SPORER CAPLIS.
Kathy Sabine finished third the first time we were here. A Hair Fan thought she could beat the champion one-on-one -- and the two tugged back and forth for more than a week, seeking the advantage. But a longer looser look on the former news anchor wound up stronger, winning 13-9 (59%). (Courtesy Blacktie Colorado)
2005: She "retired" from the news anchor desk some time ago, but Hair Fans want her to make a comeback. Her carefully-placed pageboy dominated a field which included a former host of Extra and a fill-in weather forecaster on Today -- shellacking Shaul Turner in the finals 38-5 (88%).
(Third through eighth place: Kathy Sabine-Libby Weaver tie; Tamara Banks, Sarah Bowling, Kyle Dyer and Marcia McGilley tied.)
TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG: DEBORAH BOWDEN.
This news reporter with a risky helmet-like style started slowly, but dug in tightly to overpower TV preacher Paula White in the finals 46-2 (96%). A former Miss America contestant had to settle for third.
(Third place: Linda Gialanella.)
ATLANTA: NATALIE ALLEN.
It probably wasn't fair putting a Hall of Fame and Ultimate 50 member in this section. But with no national TV gig, she was eligible here - and her "thick, luscious" hair (one voter's opinion) dominated. Allen cruised to victory with 84 percent support (21-4)....
so we'd like to give honorable mention to the rather surprising runner-up: lawyer and political activist Vernadette Ramirez Broyles, who advanced by edging the city newspaper editor.
(Third through tenth place: Cynthia Tucker; Cathy Cox, Tracy Flanagan, Lori Geary, Janice McDonald, Laura Meadows, Danae Roberts, Lynne Russell all tied.)
WASHINGTON: ANDREA McCARREN.
She told us it was a "career highlight" to be mentioned on our Hot List. Now the news anchor adds another one, as the hair praised by voters as "thick, gorgeous.... luscious.... sheer luxuriance" defeated co-worker Gail Pennybacker 27-16 (63%).
(Third place: Jan Crawford Greenburg; photo courtesy PBS.org.)
SAN FRANCISCO-SAN JOSE-OAKLAND: VICKI LIVIAKIS.
Not even a recent chop from shoulder-length (and her hair was awesome when it was longer) could stop this TV newscaster from dominating the competition. She beat co-worker Julie Luck in the finals 113-12 (90%). "Vicki's bangs are so cute!" was a common response.
(Third through fifth place: Suong Tran*, Lyanne Melendez, Elizabeth Bermudez.)
* We errantly put Suong Tran in this region, when she actually is based in the Los Angeles area. Our apologies for the mix-up.
BOSTON CHALLENGE ROUND: BIANCA DE LA GARZA.
This news reporter knocked off two-time champion Catarina Bandini with surprising ease, 12-4 (75%) -- but some voters noted their styles looked awfully alike.
JUNE 2004 -- CATARINA BANDINI.
In our first-ever Challenge Round, two great styles went toe-to-toe for two tough weeks. After several lead changes and an extra day of voting, the news anchor escaped still as champion, edging Bonnie Schneider 20-17 (54%). Schneider won the most praise from voters for "soft and shiny hair.... Bonnie's cute!"
(Preliminary: Schneider defeated Sharyn Alfonsi 8-3.)
AUGUST 2003 -- The TV newscaster with precise short hair topped a former co-worker who recently disappeared from public view - conquering Kim Khazei 45-15 (75%). Khazei apparently hurt her cause with a style some declared "not pretty."
(Third place: Juliette Kayyem.)
PHILADELPHIA, 2012: ALI GORMAN.
For the first time, a registered nurse takes a local title. But that's a little misleading, since she presents TV health reports. She won this vacated title "by a mile," in the words of one voter -- but officially, it was a 12-7 final-round margin over Lauren Cohn (63%).
(Third through tenth place: Sheena Parveen; Kerry Barrett, Cecily Tynan tied; Paola Elorza, Dawn Timmeney tied; Renee Chenault-Fattah, Tamala Edwards, Karen Rogers tied.)
2006: DOROTHY KRYSIUK.
Playful yet sturdy waves combined with overall cuteness (we mean that in a nice way, really) to bring victory for this TV traffic reporter. After three competitive weeks, she poured on the strength in the final to beat co-worker Kerrie-Lee Halkett 14-7 (67%). "Curly girls rule," declared one voter -- and for a change here, they truly did.
(Third through tenth place: Erin O'Hearn; Brandy Bell; Jessica Borg, Renee Chenault-Fattah, Robin Regier, Dawn Stensland, Lesley Van Arsdall, Lori Wilson all tied.)
2003: HEATHER MITTS.
Hair Fans got a "Charge" out of this women's soccer player/fashion model. In a competition one cruel voter called "Goldilocks vs. The Three Stooges," she broke the newscaster domination by stomping Dawn Stensland 64-3 (96%). (Mitts moved away in 2006, leaving the local title vacant.)
(Third through fourth place: Lisa Thomas-Laury, Renee Chenault Fattah.)
LOS ANGELES-ANAHEIM CHALLENGE ROUND: LU PARKER.
That's certainly not "Lu" as in loser - as the morning TV host annihilated Ann Martin 16-2 (89%). Parker gained noticeable support from her old home area of San Antonio.
2003: ANN MARTIN.
The veteran TV newscaster pulled what we consider a surprise, as the first living woman to defeat one-time Super-Hair Wars superstar Carolyn Hughes. "Love the bangs!" one voter declared during the 29-19 final-round vote (60%), which followed three weeks where their strong styles finished in dead-even ties for the lead.
(Third through sixth place: Dorothy Lucey, Jillian Barberie, Christine Devine-Onnie Willis tie.)
CHICAGO: MARION BROOKS.
"What I would love to do with Marion's hair!" one voter exclaimed upon seeing this style. (Hopefully, it would be something within the law.) The newscaster with a reputation for keeping hair in place, yet awe-strikingly close to her eyes, outpointed traffic reporter Susan Carlson 19-7 (73%).
NEW YORK, MAY 2007: DARLENE RODRIGUEZ.
This open title had a field which included a current Top Ten Tresses member, an original Top Ten member and a former Super-Hair Wars Champion Hairstyle of the Year. Yet this TV journalist outfought them all, winning a tight final round with a day of extra time. She defeated Kate Sullivan 17-16 (52%), after dominating a filter-free Week 1.
(Third through tenth place: Carolyn Gusoff; Paula Froelich, Diana Williams tied; Lynda Baquero, Liz Cho, Marijoel Duran, Mary Murphy, Melissa Russo tied.)
2006 CHALLENGE ROUND: LUCY NOLAND.
This newscaster with a rather daring pageboy-type style crushed defending champion Cora-Ann Mihalik with surprising ease 12-1 (92%) -- surprising because she had to rally from behind to win a close Preliminary Final. The fact that a college student received more nice comments than anyone else in New York.... well, draw your own conclusions about that....
(Preliminary Final: Noland d. Elizabeth Montreuil 6-5; preliminary runner-up: Trine Allenberg.)
2003: CORA-ANN MIHALIK.
Well, OK, she works in Secaucus -- but she topped competing news anchor and one-time Top Ten member Diana Williams, 21-6 (78%).
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