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As of March 2020, only one Hispanic woman was a member of our Hair Fan's Hall of Fame. Eva Mendes also is a three-time Crown Award winner, thanks to thick brown hair that's probably best known for being long and tempting. But Mendes has displayed short styles at time. And early this year, she's doing it again - switching at the end of January to what she called on Instagram a "first-ever" bob. Stylist "Giannandrea" made it shoulder-length, with Mendes using a headband for control (allowed under our Super-Hair definition).

One of Mendes's co-workers at N.Y. and Company called the short cut "cute." Our Hair Fans didn't write any descriptions in our week-long poll, but perhaps they were disappointed. Longer hair was preferred by 69 percent of them (9-4). Mendes's mane tends to fall in her eyes either way. But consider that headband for a moment. How many Hair Fans would want to get their hands on it for a souvenir, and even take a bite out of it - especially with it on her head?

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When the subject of a home-page poll makes news, we want it to be about her hair. But it's not always that way, and it's not always good. That sadly was the case when we asked you about a short haircut by actress Hayden Panettiere. As the poll began, her boyfriend Brian Hickerson was charged with domestic battery in Wyoming. It's his second arrest along those lines in a year; the first case was dismissed. We truly hope it wasn't about Panettiere's 5 February cut from mid-length soft hair to a chin-length, almost punky bob.

Panettiere wrote on Twitter that Naomi Szloboda gave her a "bomb" hair cut. Our Hair Fans might use that word differently, as in a failed movie. While one voter said, "I love short haircut," 80 percent of the voters prefer Panettiere longer (16-4). We agree with that view, but the new cut looks tough. May her attempts to keep it in place be peaceful and playful.


If you went to the kitchen for a snack at the wrong moment, you missed her. If you changed the channel when people started singing something other than English, you missed her. Hey, we almost missed Gam Wichayanee - as her part of a song from the movie Frozen 2 in Thai didn't last long at the 2020 Academy Awards. But her long hair impressed, compared to other performers that evening. The well-polished look became a runaway winner of our poll for the best style of Oscar night.

Because our camera wasn't ready for Wichayanee's bit, we went to a red carpet photo of her on Twitter. That apparently settled it, as the woman known as "Gam the Star" in Asia collected 60 percent of the votes in a week. On what turned out to be an international night, Penelope Cruz of Spain was second at 20 percent. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Margot Robbie (representing the U.S.) tied for third at 10 percent. And the only woman of our five to win an Oscar, Laura Dern, received no votes at all - which is stunning, because she used to have a loyal following in contests like this. Have they, well, let it go?


Right photo courtesy Parade/Spry Living

From One Day at a Time to Hot in Cleveland, Valerie Bertinelli has been known for eye-catching brunette hair. It was long and tucked behind the ears as a teenager. Then the bangs came out, and made her styles even better. Bertinelli has become a member of our Hair Fan's Hall of Fame - but she's not through with the hair changes, even beyond age 55. Bertinelli has turned it blonde in recent months, as she hosts a cooking show on cable TV.

Does this late change make Bertinelli even better? Our voters said no. A one-week poll ended with 78 percent of Hair Fans prefering her hair darker (7-2). No one left a comment, but we can understand the support of traditionalism. Could Bertinelli be going lighter on the way to gray? You know - one shade at a time?


If any current musical artist displays the scope of the Grammy Awards, it's Bebe Rexha. She's helped write songs for Eminem and Selena Gomez. But she was nominated for a 2020 country Grammy, for a song with the duo Florida-Georgia Line. Rexha didn't sing during the CBS telecast; she merely presented an award. But her shoulder-length combed-over blonde hair was strong and stylish enough to win our poll for the best look of the show.

One website called Rexha's overall look "boss babe." And she ruled the week of voting, piling up 64 percent of them. Gwen Stefani played it safe with long hair behind her shoulders, and that gained her second place at 18 percent. Brandi Carlisle tied for third with nine percent - joined by "Other," who we think came from this comment: "So happy to see Ariana Grande in the mix." She wasn't on our ballot, though, because her usual ponytail doesn't meet our "no-pin" rule for these shows.

Lizzo and Issa Rae struck out, with one Hair Fan writing: "Does anyone think that's Lizzo's real hair?" We thought so, based on other performances; perhaps the voters said no by their silence.


When she was a Gossip Girl, Blake Lively had plenty of competition for the best hairstyle. Since the show ended, her medium-long hair has impressed often. In fact, she called it a personal "safety net" in 2014. But Lively is starting 2020 far outside that net. In her latest movie The Rhythm Section, she displays a 1940s-era Hollywood 'do - but also shows a short cut with bangs taht apparently gets mussed more than once.

We wondered if Lively would look better with short hair - and Hair Fans quickly said no. Our seven-day poll found 91 percent of you want Lively's hair kept longer (10-1). One called the short look "deadly." Considering Lively's character loses her family in a plane crash, that statement is either ironic or sadly prophetic.


Before Michael Bloomberg became a U.S. presidential candidate,or even New York Mayor, he dared to found business news channels on radio and TV. His channels have introduced Hair Fans to some women with marvelous styles. Anchor/reporter Carol Massar was the first one to crack our Top Ten Tresses list in 2010, for short hair which seemingly can't crack under fire. But in the last year or two, Massar has grown out that look - reaching below the shoulders at the end of 2019.

As they might say on Wall Street, are you "sold long" on Massar's new idea? Most of our voters are. A one-week poll found 71 percent of them support the longer hair (10-4). "What a nice improvement!" one wrote. But another said, "I had to think about this one. I could go either way." Massar's showing she can as well - but we fear she's asking for collapsing trouble with the longer style on windy days.


Ricky Gervais set quite a tone for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards - so much that hair-watchers seemed to adapt it on social media. As often happens on Twitter, some people grumbled about every style in the ballroom. In fact, one voter in our week-long poll said "no one" had the best hair. But we found several women who impressed us - such as Ultimate 50 member Salma Hayek. The Mexican actress came out with thick waves which rivaled her first roles in action movies in the 1990s. And to borrow from her new movie, Hayek wore them "Like a Boss", winning our award night contest.

Hayek held off the competition to gain 40 percent of the votes. Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Kerry Washington tied for second with 20 percent. (If you want to take on Washington's short cut, check the video of her on our Twitter feed.) Comic Kate McKinnon followed with 10 percent. Sofia Vergara surprisingly was left with no votes - perhaps overwhelmed by what fellow Latina Hayek did.


Courtesy Bravo

First there was Jessica Simpson, a member of the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame. Then came her sister Ashlee, whose hair and styles were quite different. Now there's Emily Simpson... and OK, she's not related to them. But she seems to be the Simpson in the spotlight, thanks to Real Housewives of Orange County. And her long hair impressed some viewers, especially for someone who works as an attorney. It turns out she's worn extensions from time to time. But in December 2019, she showed a layered blown-out shoulder-length look on social media.

Is this Simpson's best look for the start of 2020? Our voters say yes, with the shorter style gaining 73 percent support in a week-long poll (8-3). One praised Simpson for "waves and more volume." And let's face it - shouldn't a hairstyle in Orange County, California have some waves close by?


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