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Ever heard of Hashimoto's disease? Once British singer Leona Lewis did, it changed her entire thinking about her long hair. Lewis came to fame with natural curls that she adjusted into great springy shapes. But she would also straighten her style at times, as she did for the 2016 Tony Awards. Yet once Lewis learned she had Hashimoto's - a disease of the thyroid, which can lead to thinning hair - she resolved never to straighten her locks again. In fact, these days her hair seems curlier than ever.

We can understand why Lewis did what she did. But which style is really better on her? Our one-week poll found 73 percent of voters preferring what one called, "Curly all the way!" (8-3). That voter explained curls are "more natural and not as common." Yet while Lewis is going what one magazine described as "low-maintenance and free of toxic substances as possible," we hope she doesn't get so low-maintenance that the hair gets messy and downright ordinary.

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Some women make a "mommy cut" after having a baby. They change their hair to a short style that's easy to maintain while they're occupied with caring for a young child. But Savannah Guthrie seems to be doing exactly the opposite. She came to fame at NBC News with hair that stopped around the shoulders. Yet since having a boy in December 2016, Guthrie has gone longer with her style. When we saw her filling in for Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News in late May, it was approaching the bust line.

Should Guthrie keep this up - as in letting the hair flow down? Our six-day poll found the longer style winning 69-percent support (11-5). "In my humble opinion, she has never looked better," one backer wrote. "Stunning longer style!" praised another. We'll accept that vote and her decision. But we'd point out that historically, she's no "Super-Savannah." Her hair blows around and drops often in the elements - and probably would even in Savannah, Georgia.


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The past and the present came together and embraced each other. Lynda Carter was not offended at all about Gal Gadot taking the role of "Wonder Woman" in a new movie - the role Carter had made her own for several seasons on TV in the 1970s. While Carter's series was never a ratings dominatrix, Gadot hit it big right off the bat - with her film earning more than $100 million in its opening weekend. But for Hair Fans, Wonder Woman is about more than that. Does the superhero have Super-Hair - able to fight off any threat or potential conquering villain?

We set up the showdown that simply HAD to happen. Whose hairstyle in their prime would win a hair war? An extended eight-day poll (adding to the drama, you know) was a fierce contest, with Gadot fighting back sternly after Carter seized an advantage. But Carter finally prevailed by 57 percent (8-6). We can understand why, because Gadot's hair is longer and seems much looser (even with that protective headband). It's more likely to bounce up into her eyes, while Carter's cut was more compact. It still fell a time or two, as we've shown in our Hair Pressure section - but it was simply tougher to take down. As any Wonder Woman should be.


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.


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.


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