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Some people complain about "beauty pageant" contestants all having the same hairstyle. But the 2017 Miss USA contest was quite different. Kara McCullough walked out with big-time and big-sized curls, which brought praise from a lot of viewers. And they didn't hurt her at all - then again, not even a controversial comment about health care did - as she made it back-to-back pageant wins for the District of Columbia.

McCullough told People she was afraid of how people would respond to the curls - adding she's "transitioning" from a sleek straight look that she wore in the district pageant. So which style should she display as she represents the U.S. in the Miss Universe pageant? Our voters went against the social media trend, with 70 percent preferring the straight look in a one-week poll (7-3). "Go natural!" rooted on the only comment. Either approach is dangerous in terms of hold, but we'd think the curls would be easier to secure. A little "planned tangling" can be great for hold.

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Can one simple haircut make a big difference for a woman? This section of our site has proven it can - and not always in the best way. Take actress Mikaela Hoover. She was offered to us by a Hair Fan with thick long hair, and we happily placed her on our Hot List. But when we entered Hoover Super-Hair Wars, we looked for a current picture - and found her style was several inches shorter, stopping at her shoulders. She won one match, but lost a second.

So which Hoover hairstyle really is better for her? Our one-week poll ended as we expected - with the longer cut winning a two-thirds majority (6-3). "Longer by a long shot!" one voter declared. "Longer looks much silkier!" OK, as you wish - but we think with the right preparation (maybe a Super-spray), this actress in Guardians of the Galaxy can guard her hair to thick perfection.


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For many people in North America. "K-pop" might be considered a soft drink. But people in Asia know better. K-pop means hit music, especially in South Korea - and one of the biggest groups of the moment is AOA, or "Ace of Angels." We don't know how we missed the group's first hit song, Short Hair, but we noticed when rumors developed that the group might be breaking up. The buzz especially surrounded Park Cho-a, who's better known by her last name. Her hair actually is shorter now than it was when the group debuted - a bob with bangs, compared to shoulder-length with curl.

We wondered if Choa's chop was a good idea. Our voters in a one-week poll said no by an 82-percent margin (9-2). No one left a comment, so we'll say we love the long look as well - high-risk, even with bangs that seem to come very close to the right eye. Choa leaves a hint of bang with the short cut, but it comes across as messy and misplaced. She's acually gone more punky in recent months, which we knew wouldn't go over well - and may explain why no one offered her for our AAA Cup.


Kansas can be a windy place, which can cause headaches for women who want to have Super-Hair. Yet that's where Kara Sewell first came to our attention. She kept short styles precise at a TV station in Wichita - then moved to Cincinnati and kept the strength going. That led us to put Sewell on our Top Ten Tresses list, and she eventually was voted #1 hairstyle in the world. But Sewell has decided to get daring in recent months, by growing out her hair. She's even posted a series of YouTube videos, explaining what she's doing and how.

Sewell's style wasn't very long as we posted this, but long enough to ask Hair Fans about it. "I vote LONG!" Kara wrote on Twitter when she found about the week-long poll. We don't know if she actually clicked on our ballot, but 65 percent of our voters agree with her (11-6). "I like the subtle flip," one person wrote. From what we've seen, that flip is a key to Sewell's hold. But going longer can be riskier for keeping control. We'll see if she knows how to handle it.


Is it fair to say Girls was the 2010s version of Sex and the City? Four women on HBO lived in New York and experienced all sorts of things. Allison Williams' character reminded us of Kristin Davis - not only because of an art gallery background, but the most attractive hair. The series made Williams a breakout star, and led to other roles. She toyed with making a big haircut for a 2014 Peter Pan special, but settled for a wig. Yet when Girls ended its run, Williams decided it was time for a change. Her natural brunette hair became blonde, well before summer.

Should Williams keep the lighter look? Our one-week poll on that question ended with Hair Fans on the darker side; 82 percent want the brunette look back (9-2). "Blonde hair doesn't go with brunette eyebrows," one voter pointed out. And besides, hair changing is something Kristin Davis never has really done.


Quick - which one of these women has Super-Hair? If you chose Kate Hudson on the left, we could understand that. The movie star's thick blonde locks are admired by many. But based on our definition, she's not; Hudson's hair has dropped in her eyes many times. The correct answer is on the right - ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. We think she's had underrated styles for years, which find ways to hold in all sorts of situations.

Yet a few years ago, Jarvis's hair admittedly was more attention-getting. It was longer and arguably more tempting at CBS News. We wondered if Jarvis's recent change to a chin-length look is better for her. Our one-week poll ended with Hair Fans saying no by a 73-percent margin (16-6). "I love short hair," said the only comment. Interestingly, Jarvis had one of her closest calls on-camera during the voting week - as a swirling wind almost pushed hair from the back into her eyes. Without some body, the host of the "No Limits" podcast could have very limited hold.


If someone you know is dealing with cancer, you know the ordeal it can be - especially when it comes to treatment. We recall a line TV news anchor Peter Jennings quipped to his doctor: "When does the hair start to go?" For some women, that loss during chemotherapy can be agonizing - but with care, it can be disguised. For instance, we didn't realize Fox Business reporter and former Top Ten Tresses member Gerri Willis was in cancer treatment until she chose to take off her wig and appear with a pixie cut on Kennedy in early April.

We wondered if a shorter look in the long term would be best for Willis. Our voters said no in a one-week poll by a two-thirds margin (10-5). We certainly wish her well, whatever her hair future is - and we'd note our list of former Top Ten members includes an "Honorable Mention" for a TV anchor who once wore her hair even shorter on camera.


Some awards shows can be a challenge for Hair Fans. Pulled back, pinned-down or messed-up styles can make it difficult to fill a ballot with quality candidates. But the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards was the very opposite. Many women brought their top-level hair game to Las Vegas, and the result was a nicer challenge: trimming the ballot to five names. So perhaps it was only fitting that for the first time, we had a three-way tie for best style of an awards show.

Our six-day poll ended with two Hair Fan Hall of Fame members in the deadlock: Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood. They were joined at 33 percent by Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, who won praise from a voter: "I've loved her (and lately her extensions) for years." She actually made the ballot because we thought O'Dell had left the extensions at home for a night, to show a more natural-looking mid-length style. The top three were followed by Kellie Pickler at 17 percent and rising star Kelsea Ballerini at eight percent.


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