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Winning a City League title as the best hairstyle in a city is an honor. Winning two of them is downright rare. But Ann Keil has done it - first in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2010 (left), then again after moving to Orlando to advance her television news career. Now Keil has changed location again, along with her line of work. She's a married mom in Miami, calling herself on LinkedIn an "on-camera readiness coach and consultant, media trainer, speaker and brand strategist." And through it all, Keil has lengthened her hairstyle - these days showing mid-length waves, as opposed to the shorter cut of Tennessee days.
She's now known as Ann Keil Dux (we're tempted to spell it "deux" for two titles) - and Hair Fans think the longer look should be her claim to fame. It won a strong 88-percent majority in our week-long poll (14-2). "Ride the waves!" one voter rooted. Another suggested she "should have kept the sidepart/bangs." Maybe so, but we think Keil Dux has a 'do that seems ready to take on any south Florida breeze without budging.
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How does someone become a "reality TV star", anyway? We're not sure which came first for Britain's Molly-Mae Hague - a fashion degree, a line of tanning products, an account on Instagram with five million followers or the series Love Island.. Whichever it was, Hague has become a familiar name among the london tabloids. Now she's using her fame to sell a new hair-straightening tool, but she's somehow showing off two hairstyles at the same time. Her styling product promotion has her hair very long, while her stylist showed off a trim to a shoulder-length bob during March.
We could go to The Hague for a ruling on which style is better. But we left it to Hair Fans, as we so often do - and two-thirds of them want Hague's hair to stay short (10-5). "Shorter has more style," one voter said; "long just hangs." Of course, that may be what straightened hair is intended to do. But a supporter of the long look said Hague is "worth following on Instagram." We hope this isn't heartbreaking news, but Hague revealed there in March that she wears extensions. Worn very well, apparently.
The role of "medical expert" on TV newscasts used to be authoritative. But COVID-19 changed many things, leaving even well-known doctors open to questions of scientific bias. Dr. Jennifer Ashton has endured through all of that - first at CBS News, and currently at ABC. Her hairstyles have endured as well, but she recently made a notable change in her look. Cuts that have been shoulder-length or longer for more than a decade became shorter - now barely reaching Ashton's shoulders.
Is this a more healthful look for the doctor? Our voters think Ashton should get a second opinion. The longer style was preferred by 89 percent of them in our one-week question (8-1). The "one" declared, "Short hair is best." But from the other side: "Looks like she thinned it out when she went shorter." We'd note there's a 12-year gap between our two photos, and Ashton now is over 50. But clearly there's a difference in hair quality between Jennifer Ashton and one-year-older Jennifer Aniston.
The Grammy Awards are open to all kinds of music and recordings. The awards show can be open to all sorts of celebrities and their hairstyles. Country singer Mickey Guyton (left) performed with a simple shoulder-length style. Soul performer H.E.R. (right) accepted an award with locks stretching nearly to her waist. Both are Black musicians from a wide range, yet both joined to tie in our poll for the best hair of Grammy night - but not without a little controversy.
"No extensions allowed!" one Hair Fan wrote right away. "Should be REAL hair only!" That apparently was aimed at H.E.R., who has been extra-long at the Grammys before. The Instagram account of her stylist actually had questions about buying her hair. While Nina Monique stayed silent about that, she indeed sells extentions.
Yet on a night filled with pinned and tied-back styles, we gave H.E.R. the benefit of the doubt - and she deadlocked with Guyton at 27 percent of the vote. Maren Morris was third at 18%. Then came rock drummer Danielle Haim, extra-large styled Beyonce and "Other" at nine percent. By the way, one supporter of H.E.R. suggested the letters should stand for, "Her Extensions Rock."
Right photo courtesy Soap Opera News
What looks like a great head of hair to one person can be an outright fraud to another. No one made that clearer during the 21st annual Crown Awards season than Kiara Barnes. A Hair Fan offered her for Best Hairstyle in a Soap Opera/Telenovela for The Bold and the Beautiful. We put her on the ballot. And another Hair Fan quickly objected, writing Barnes "wears the worst wigs in soap operas." But during the voting, Barnes unveiled a new style which was quite different from the long hair she displayed on Twitter and the program in late 2020. She called the short tight cut "a new side of me" on her Instagram feed.
With long hair, Barnes finished a strong second in her Crown category. With this change, Barnes finished second again. The longer look won the week-long poll of our votes by a narrow 54-percent margin (6-5). "Shorter is more real," one voter wrote. "The vast majority of her wigs have been subpar," said another; "fake-looking, if you know what I mean." So maybe not beautiful - but still somewhat bold?!
You know times are confusing for Hair Fans when the movie "Wonder Woman" displays a style touching her shoulders - and she gets praised online for wearing her hair down. That's what happened at the Golden Globe Awards when Gal Gadot took the stage. The show was moved back several weeks on the 2021 calendar due to COVID-19, but Gadot was in person with half-glamorous half-touchable waves in a sidepart. They impressed enough of you that "G.G." was voted the Golden Globes' best head of hair.
Gadot gathered 40 percent of the votes in our one-week poll, which began right after the telecast ended. Amanda Seyfried almost matched her, with long flowing waves winning 30% support. A three-way tie at 10% followed between Salma Hayek, an unknown "Other" (be sure to write a comment with which woman you mean) and co-host Amy Poehler.
Poehler may go down in history as the first woman to have her hair stroked by a fellow co-host. It was actually a stand-in for Tina Fey, who was in New York while Poehler was in Los Angeles. We think Fey's marvelous style drooped into an eye at one point in the show, disqualifying her from our ballot. But how many Hair Fans would want to be her "stunt double" at that moment?
Photos courtesy The Sun
Even hair-watchers can need vision checks at times. We clearly do, after calling a British glamour model "Kelly Price" for a week. No, that's the U.S. soul and gospel singer - or perhaps a TV sports reporter in Atlanta. The woman we posted was KATIE Price, after a tabloid showed her with a big hairstyle change. She gained fame in the U.K. for long hair and a (ahem) well-built body. But in the first weeks of 2021, Price said she was ready to be taken "more seriously" - and for her, that meant displaying a sideparted bob that didn't extend lower than the nape of the neck.
So we got the "Price" wrong - but did she get her hair right? Our voters leaned against it, with 57 percent of them preferring her hair longer (8-6). One voter asked of the short cut: "Is that a wax figure?" Nope, because The Sun has a video of Price talking about the change. But perhaps she got the hint from British Hair Fans, because her hair was long days later. Are extensions made with wax?
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