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Oprah Winfrey's fame through the decades has been consistent and impressive. The story for her "best friend" Gayle King hasn't quite matched that. King had a daily talk show, but not for as long. But she resurfaced with success at CBS News, co-hosting the morning news and gaining several big interviews. Through it all, King has kept the same basic short hairstyle - and done it so well that we placed her highly in our Ultimate 50 in 2000. So any change in her look can be noteworthy. And we noticed it in February when her bangs disappeared; King appears to be growing them out with a sidesweep near one eye.

Is this change a King-sized success? Most of our voters think so; 71 percent of them prefer the no-bang style (5-2). But the voters who left comments were skeptical. "I gotta be honest, I don't like either one," wrote one person longing for a "none of the above" option. Another voter claimed King "wears a wig every day" - which we find hard to believe, considering there's photographic evidence of her best-known style wet after swimming.

Thanks to all of you who take part in our polls! And we welcome any news tips you have on changing celebrity styles. Contact us at: SuperHair@Gmail.com - or via Twitter: @SuperHairNet.

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There was a time when a woman with prematurely gray hair was a cause for concern. But in 2021, it's simply one of many shades for women to use in style experiments. One of the last people we expected to do that was Cari Champion - the former ESPN anchor who now co-hosts the provocative "Stick to Sports" talk show on Vice TV. Her long brunette hair is so invitingly strong-holding that we added her to the Top Ten Tresses list. Yet Champion's opinionated reputation is such that when she appeared on TV with silver strands in January, hardly anyone said a word about it. Only a few dared to comment on Twitter, with a couple comparing her to "Storm" in Marvel Comics.

We chose to be bold, and ask Hair Fans what they thought of Champion's color change. They were not impressed - as our one-week poll ended with 75 percent recommending a return to brunette. Only 13 percent like a "silver Champion", while 13 percent suggest she try another color (6-1-1). So if Champion made the change to qualify for one of our Crown Awards - yes, she can compete for "Best Silver Hair" of 2021, but she has no guarantee of success.

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Left photo courtesy E! Online

Her name might make you think that she's focusing on her two lips. But Dua Lipa is giving honor to her parents from the former Yugoslavia - and she's become hotter than an old Yugo car, with several hit pop songs. What intrigues us most about her is what she calls her "chameleon" sense of style. Lipa's locks seem to change frequently, as if she's trying to outsmart all the Hair Fans plotting to figure them out and do them in. At the 2020 American Music Awards, she was perfectly conservative with long hair - behind the shoulders and ears, and even adding a mysterious hairpin. But in the February issue of Vogue Lips suddenly was different. The hair was blonde, not brunette - and tightly short, with a few bangs at the brink of her eyes.

Media reports say Lipa experimented with wigs in the magazine photo shoot. OK, but what should her hair really be? Our voters couldn't decide; a one-week poll ended in a 5-5 tie. "Shorter looks softer and thicker," one wrote. "Long style looks limp slicked down." While we lean "longer" in this debate, "Sup-a-Lipa" is enticing Hair Fans either way. Chase down that long hair on a Hollywood street? Shake up the short style in an active music video? To borrow from a new song that she announced during the poll, "We're Good" with either approach.

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Right photo courtesy Yahoo Entertainment

Ben Affleck's name is familiar - a leading movie star. The names of his off-screen loves might be less so. His 13-year marriage to Jennifer Garner now seems a distant memory. But do you remember Affleck's engagement to Jennifer Lopez? Perhaps that was a prelude to a one-year relationship with acress Ana de Armas. That ended in January 2021 - and de Armas may have responded with a "breakup cut". She went to a stylist with a hot Latin look (shoulder-length sidepart), and came out with a currently-cool almost "China doll" bob.

We thank the Hair Fan who brought this change to our attention. But it certainly left our voters divided. A one-week poll ended with de Armas's shorter style preferred by 53 percent of them (7-6). "More youthful look," one said of the bangs. It's certainly easier to care for and keep in place. But we know many Hair Fans find de Armas more disarming with a style that's easy to flip down.

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Right photo courtesy iSpot

She calls herself "Mint Milana" on Twitter. We don't know if Milana Vayntrub has "made a mint" by appearing in AT&T commercials. But she's certainly become a familiar face, and even a Hair Fan favorite. One of them alerted us on Twitter to s change in Vayntrub's style in early 2021:

@MintMilana has a new bob cut with bangs in the latest AT&T commercial. Still making my mind up about it. Looks great, but as great as previous cuts?

Our online search didn't find exactly that. We saw one with Vayntrub's hair stopping slightly above the shoulders. She's probably had bangs all along, but swept to one side in both cases. That change divided our voters over a week - with 53% opting for a longer look (9-8). "She has a mullet," one grumbled. "How can that be better?"

But this is the look that our Hair Fan really meant - a style that we noticed was pinned up a bit in the back. Vayntrub posted a portrait of that style on Twitter, only windblown and flying up. We knew we couldn't post that for a poll - but we'd like to see the rest of the photoshoot, to see if that cut is strong enough to keep from dropping in her eyes. We might even pay the phone company's "Mint", uh, 5-G's for it.

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Right photo courtesy Hollywood Life

Jane Seymour was one of the first women from outside the U.S. to enter the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame. That was during her mid-50s. In February 2021, Seymour is turning 70 - and while some women try to hide the passing of time with hair color, Seymour may have decided to let it show. In 2019, she displayed gray mid-length hair in a Netflix production. Then in the summer of 2020, Seymour filmed a movie in Australia with silver shoulder-length hair. The change was so stunning that some people might not have recognized her.

What do you think of this color change? We indicated in our one-week poll that Seymour's natural color is "red," but auburn-brunette may be closer to it. That shade was the preference of 69 percent of you, while silver was supported by 19% and 13% called for a different color (11-3-2). "Brunette," one voter suggested; "go with her eyes." Another asked the obvious question: "Is the gray hair her own hair or a wig?" Online reports indicate it's a wig on Netflex, so it could be in the Australian film. Yet after one Hollywood website ranked it among the best hair changes of 2020, Seymour might surrender.

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If you can name all the members of the old "Pussycat Dolls," you are far ahead of us. Our attention was drawn to lead singer Nicole Scherzinger in the early 2000s - which, if you believe Wikipedia, led to the group breaking up. It was the hair for us, of course; Scherzinger tossed her long locks around a lot, but they somehow didn't seem to collapse in her eyes very often. Scherzinger has gone on to serve as a judge in various TV contests, most recently The Masked Singer in the U.S. But she stunned her fans at a British Fashion Awards show when instead of a long hairstyle, Scherzinger showed up with a chin-length bob - seemingly following a celebrity trend.

We want to apologize for saying this bob came out in December 2020. That's how we understood what we saw - but numerous online reports indicate this was a 2019 Yet our one-week poll about it brought the biggest response in months. And 70 percent of Hair Fans want Scherzinger's long style to come back (14-6). No one left a comment about the change. But perhaps we now know that one way or another, Scherzinger has been faking out Hair Fans all along.

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Left photo courtesy Hollywood Life



She may have been the "enemy" in the High School Musical movies. But Ashley Tisdale has become the most beloved of the women in that series, when it comes to hair. She's the only one to win a Crown Award for her style, along with nominations in other years. So when Tisdale makes a change, it gets attention. She did it again in late 2020, by lightening her formerly brunette hair. It became closer to her winning movie role - except Tisdale called it on social media "bronde": a mix of blonde and brunette. (She didn't create that word; a Twitter search found it in many places.)

Politicians might accuse Tisdale of straddling the fence with this color. Our voters didn't mind, as three-fourths of them in our one-week poll supported her as a "bronde" (6-2). It was quite a change from Tisdale's last change in early 2018. Yet she still had one critic who asked: "What happened.... She used to have such great hair. She's gotten lazy with it." That seems harsh to us. But here's the stunning plot twist - online reports indicate Tisdale is a natural brunette. Is she moving back toward a truly winning color?

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