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If you think the Kardashians are the only ones who change hairstyles faster than some people change radio stations, think again. Other celebrities have been "regulars" in this section over the years, for their hair adjustments. We didn't realize until writing this that actress Mila Kunis has become one of them. In 2017, she cut her long hair to a lob. Most of our voters said no to that. In 2018, Kunis seemed to add bangs to that cut. Most of our voters said no again. In early 2019, Kunis may be trying to show she got the message - growing out her hair below shoulder-length, and displaying no bangs at all during an appearance on Ellen in February.

Is Kunis on the right track this time? Maybe so - because our one-week poll found two-thirds of the voters like the latest look (8-4). "The old look lacked style," one explained. "I would say the bangs bring out her eyes, but all of that make-up negates it." Kunis still is not back to the original length of early in the decade - but if she adds some wave to it, we think the style strength of years ago can make a comeback.

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While some people went to the Academy Awards hoping to win an Oscar, other past winners went to be part of the program. And a few of them may have shown up simply to make a scene. Actress Charlize Theron carried out the last two. She helped present an award, and showed with her hair drastically different from the short blonde looks of recent years. Theron went brunette for the first time in about a decade. InStyle noted she also trimmed her bob a few inches - but let's face it, that's not what most people were noticing.

We don't know if Theron changed colors for an upcoming movie. But our Hair Fans say this change never should have happened. Eight out of ten preferred blonde, in our one-week poll. One voter who acually noticed the trim wrote, "She rocks as a blonde." We think so, too - and she had to rock her head a time or two to keep the cut from falling in her eye, both on-stage and off.


When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler walked on stage with Maya Rudolph at the 2019 Academy Awards, some viewers may have had a Golden Globes flashback. In fact, some people asked on Twitter why those three didn't serve as emcees. The Oscars chose to go without an official host, but Fey and Poehler are renowned for their past emcee work at the Globes. And Fey is renowned for how great her hair looks at shows like this. A rather daring flip never dropped on camera, and that won her the vote for the ourstanding hairstyle of Oscar night.

The conspiracy theorists might say Poehler and Rudolph wore lesser styles to frame Fey well. Whatever the explanation, it worked - as Fey ran away with 58 percent of the vote. An Oscar winner placed second with 25 percent, but Jaime Ray Newman was one of our most unusual contenders. She won for producing and directing a "live action short" with her husband, yet she has an acting background.

Perennial hair star Amy Adams was third with 17 percent - and if you saw her two sisters during the red carpet warm-up, you could conclude great hair genetics runs in that family. TCM host Alicia Malone's stunningly perfect red hair disappointed us, by receiving no votes at all. Nor did Oscar-winning actress Regina King - although we agree with her that "God is good, all the time."


Is it Keeping Up With the Kardashians... or "Keeping Up With the Copycats?" Some skeptics say the first family of reality TV tends to imitate each other, instead of having diverse originality. That includes their hairstyles, of course. Kim and Khloe received matching bob cuts in 2018. And in early 2019, Kim Kardashian West's display of bangs on Instagram was followed by half-sister Kendall Jenner posting her own bang cut on Instagram in February. Some followers quickly called Kendall a Kim lookalike.

We assumed Jenner was talking hair when she asked: "Yes? No? Maybe so?" We posted that exact question in a week-long poll, and it wound up in a dead heat - 45 percent yes, 45 percent no and nine percent maybe (5-5-1). One of those skeptics showed up to comment: "For all we know, the Kardashians and Jenners are totally bald and wear wigs and extensions every day.... Kendall was on a late-night talk show this past week without bangs." The comment concluded: "Does anyone care about them anymore?" Considering Jenner has about 104 million Instagram followers.... maybe so.


She's never been known for singing, or playing a musical instrument. In fact, the 2019 Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Album" went to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Barack Obama wasn't even nominated. But Michelle Obama joined other women in the first segment of the Grammys - and her loose wavy sidepart impressed our voters in a way that her various White House styles never did. It impressed enough that the former first lady won first place, in our contest for the best hair of the show.

There was no real consensus among the five candidates on our ballot. Obama won with 33 percent of the week-long vote. Then came a three-way tie at 17 percent among Karen Fairchild of "Little Big Town", Meghan Trainor (whose fierce long blonde mane had to be seen from the back to be truly appreciated) and "Other." One Hair Fan's write-in choice was newcomer H.E.R. her long natural curls were stunning - but we were not sure what to make of the diamond pin along her part line. Did that mean she had a wig? We decided: when in doubt, leave her out.

The bottom of our ballot was a tie at eight percent between Kelsea Ballerini and Kirstin Maldonado of "Pentatonix." Were they the ones which provoked a comment about "extensions.... strong in some"? Ballerini admittedly has that reputation. We don't know about Maldonado - but this admittedly was the first time we'd seen her outside a Christmas show.


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