Former Top Ten Tresses
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These pages are a record of all women who were on the Super-Hair Top 10 list at least once, since the first list was posted on the Internet in December 1999. Included is when the style was listed, and an explanation of why it dropped off the list.
KRISTINA ABERNATHY -- March-December 2001 and August-October 2003. The Weather Channel meteorologist mixes bangs and moderate length so well that she was voted into the Hair Fans' Hall of Fame with the highest majority ever. Maybe we're hyper-critical, but we've seen this style slip too much on camera -- and a late-October telecast with hair wildly unpositioned led us to drop her a second time, unbeaten though she is.
YOLANDA ADAMS -- October 2001-March 2002. This soul/gospel singer has great sleek long hair, which can hold through on-stage moves. But she seems to wear her style pinned more often than not (though she's shown bangs which seem risky nonetheless). We finally removed her after discovering a 1999 album cover with some strands seemingly across her left eye.
YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA - September 2014-January 2015. She was a "novel" addition to our list, as this Ukraine native's novel Panic In a Suitcase brought thick long curls out of seclusion. She was a Super-Hair Wars undefeated champion - but an informal book forum in New York seemed to show a lack of hold, as the hair seemed to dip into an eye after a bend-down.
THEA ANDREWS -- May 2007. She turned from Cold Pizza to a hot job as weekend co-host of Entertainment Tonight, and won our attention with rather risky medium-long styles. But one of them was shown hanging by a thread above her left eye 22 May, on the set of Dancing With the Stars -- and she wasn't even dancing. She's still unbeaten, but it's too severe to keep her in for now.
JULES ASNER - July 2002-March 2003. When her hair was long, the E! host earned an "A" from us for attractiveness and good control. But then she chopped the style to about shoulder-length, and showed obvious control problems in a "Revealed" interview with Ultimate style Naomi Campbell. She's still unbeaten, but the new 'do needs some improvement.
JILL BARAD -- February-April 2000. Former CEO of Mattel, with a thick style that dangles in place like a golden parachute. She's proof that hair can be great at age 48, but she's been out of the news for awhile.
CECILIA BARTOLI -- December 1999-June 2001. This Italian classical singer wows 'em in Europe, and impressed us enough to join the Ultimate 50 on 30 Apr 2K. She even gained a Gold Award for a full year in the Top Ten. But then Carolyn Hughes whacked this soprano in a Super-Hair War. She's still undefeated, but apparently not well supported.
JULIE BANDERAS - November 2007 - January 2008. This Fox News anchor has long locks with silky sleekness, which seem to add waves for challenging situations. But she started screaming for some odd reason during a January appearance on Red Eye, and shook loose her style to the point that she exposed a cheek-long strip next to the right eye. It almost fell -- and we suspect a few Hair Fans might have wanted to assist with one more shake.
DESHAUNA BARBER - July-August 2016. She not only was named Miss USA 2016, she's served in the Army Reserve with beautifully styled long hair that somehow escaped the drill sergeants. But one of those post-pageant photo shoots showed her dropping, in the clutches of a photographer. Why she didn't engage in hand-to-hand combat to save her style, we may never know.
KATE BEIRNESS - July-August 2013. Strong yet stunning waves drew us to a co-host of TSN Sportscentre in Canada. We can only imagine the bounciness they have in a studio. But a fishing trip on a "celebration tour" of Prince Edward Island proved her great style isn't windproof. Hair dropped in her face -- and co-host Rod Smith dared to post the evidence on Twitter.
PATRICIJA BELOUSOVA - June 2016. A pageant queen-turned-pro dancer impressed Hair Fans so much with long curls that she won EuroCup 2016 for Lithuania. But in the week she won, we found a Facebook picture from 2015 where straight hair covered her right eye. That made her a rare "one-time wonder" on this list.
SUE BIRD - September 2010-June 2016.
A WNBA champion in Seattle, an MVP
in the Cup of Russia and an Olympic gold medalist, this basketball legend gained a rare Quadruple Platinum
Award for five years in the Top Ten. But an often-controversial 69-month run ended when a Seattle TV sportscaster dared to place her on a breezy balcony for a lengthy interview. After about three minutes of successful wrestling, a breeze finally put a little hair in her eyes. The "Super-Bird" finally went down, but not without a fight. ERICA BLASBERG -- August-November 2005. A young golfer who made more of a rookie-year splash here, than on the LPGA Tour. She raced to #1 in our rankings in a Hair Fan vote, and became a Super-Hair Wars undefeated champion. But falling short at "Q school" took her out of public view until the sad news of her suicide.
SUE BIRD - September 2010-June 2016. A WNBA champion in Seattle, an MVP in the Cup of Russia and an Olympic gold medalist, this basketball legend gained a rare Quadruple Platinum Award for five years in the Top Ten. But an often-controversial 69-month run ended when a Seattle TV sportscaster dared to place her on a breezy balcony for a lengthy interview. After about three minutes of successful wrestling, a breeze finally put a little hair in her eyes. The "Super-Bird" finally went down, but not without a fight.
ERICA BLASBERG -- August-November 2005. A young golfer who made more of a rookie-year splash here, than on the LPGA Tour. She raced to #1 in our rankings in a Hair Fan vote, and became a Super-Hair Wars undefeated champion. But falling short at "Q school" took her out of public view until the sad news of her suicide.
JEANETTE BORHYOVA - June 2014-January 2015. An economics student who became Miss Slovak Republic 2013 reached the finals of Super-Hair World Cup IV with strong blonde styles. But a playful moment on Facebook showed her seemingly tackled with hair across most of her face. She smiled about it; we were simply stunned.
KATHLEEN BRADLEY -- December 1999-December 2000. The strongest style we've ever seen on The Price is Right, she was added to the Ultimate 50 on 8 Oct 2K at #11. But we had to remove her under protest, after her unjust firing from the show put her out of sight.
ERIN BUCHANAN - September 2016. This TV reporter joined a growing list of hair stars from Shreveport, Louisiana by sharing a 2015 Crown Award for Best Short Hair. Her long-form Facebook reports are a true test of her style's strength - but sadly, a couple have shown a few strands dropping in her eyes from wind. Not a full collapse, but still a fraction too far.
CAMPBELL BROWN -- September 2001-January 2002. Her White House reports for NBC News on "Terror Tuesday" were the stuff of legend -- as her well-controlled shape flexed and twisted, but refused to fall. But a windblown report 1/5/2 with her hair wrapped around her neck to the right side showed desperation. Then a crosswind outside the White House 5/16/2 blew hair from the left side into her eyes, and down to defeat.
CARESSA CAMERON - February-March 2010. Miss America 2010 showed long natural waves, which flowed flawlessly while showing swimsuits. But straight styles proved to do her in; we found a photo where simply bowing her head to pray dropped hair in her right eye. Super-Hair finds a way to avoid that.
ANA MARIA CANSECO -- October 2002-March 2003. The morning co-host on Univision impressed us with a short flare style, which held relentlessly when she made quick head turns. But on 1 April it was less flared and more flat, and a few long center bangs fell perhaps a millimeter above her right eye. She's still technically unbeaten, but this pelo is not quite perfecto.
LIZZY CAPLAN -- September-November 2006. This rising actress is showing short hair actually can have some variety to it. Her slight adjustments on TV's The Class held through couch chases and airborne vise grips -- but gossip web sites linking her romantically with Matthew Perry showed bangs a bit too long and practically in an eye. The potential is still there, if she takes good care.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI -- February-March 2001. Her Grand Slam tennis titles gave us a new look at a long style that's matured well. Dropped after losing a "knockout round" in Super-Hair Wars to Kristina Abernathy, her long hair finally slipped into her left eye outside the 2002 ESPY Awards.`
KELLY CASS - April-June 2016. Another entry from the Weather Channel's stable of top-quality heads of hair. This veteran won two Crown Awards, and moved quickly up our list - but then she risked it all to sit in a 92-degree F. hot car on a June day in an experiment. Only a couple of strands reached the brink of her eye in an hour, but the still-shapely right side drooped down climbing out. Lots of strength, but too much bounce under fire.
SUSIE CASTILLO -- April-June and July-October 2003. Miss U.S.A. 2003 has top-quality curls, which earned her hair care endorsements even before she was crowned. But one close call with a blown-straight look put her out for awhile -- then an October appearance at a department store showed hair a half-inch too far in. She reached #1 in our rankings, but even "Wonder Woman" can be defeated here. (Courtesy Hindustan Times)
KIRAN CHETRY-- January-April 2005. Her short style at Fox News Channel won two Crown Awards, including a historic defeat of Bonnie Bernstein. But then she cut in some bangs, which many Cutting-Edge Hair News voters didn't like. And as she grew them out in early April, they came within a credit card width of falling in her left eye. She's still officially unbeaten, but is she heading for a downfall? (Courtesy TV Heads.com)
ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS -- June-September 2001. When this financial reporter is inside NASDAQ, she has as perfectly shaped a style as we've seen. But on "CBS Marketwatch Weekend" 9/15/1, she was outside -- and we were shocked when a breeze from behind blew right-side hair off her ear and across her eye with ease. Hairspray truly does matter.
AMANDA COETZER -- July-December 2005. The retired tennis player brought the 2005 AAA Cup home for South Africa. But her retirement is the problem -- as she's so far out of sight, we can't follow her nowadays. If she comes back, "game on." (Courtesy Match Point Tennis)
CARLY COLE - June 2010. She's known in Britain as the second wife of soccer star Joe Cole, a model and fitness trainer. We thought her medium-long hair was in good shape as well, but wind-blown travels for the FIFA World Cup were too much for her to handle.
NANCY CORDES - January-June 2006 and July-November 2007. This reporter has made "double" history -- as the first two-time entry with different last names (maiden name Weiner) and two different networks (first ABC, then CBS). She's also had a few amazingly narrow escapes, as her long hair somehow survives tricky winds over and over again. The last one which put her here was a live report from Michigan, where a strip of hair blew across her forehead. Why it didn't fall in her eyes, we don't know -- but that was too close a call.
HEATHER COX - May 2011-July 2013. Natural and flowing, light and bouncy, yet often styled near her eyes, this ESPN reporter gives Hair Fans a lot to like. Her skill with hold earned her a Platinum Award and number-one rankings. Yet of all things, a speaking appearance in a conference room brought down this marvelous head of hair -- as her hair dropped into her left eye while handing out pieces of paper. Her run simply shouldn't have ended that way.
PAULA CREAMER - March-September 2010. Golf's "pink panther" first won a Crown Award for Best Bangs, then was voted #1 in the world in August. But then a big Creamer fan posted a YouTube video with seemingly hundreds of her picture set to music -- and one photo showed bangs too long, dropping in her right eye despite sunglasses. In our world, a rare "under-par" showing isn't good.
ROLA DASHTI -- December 2009-September 2010. The groundbreaking parliament member in Kuwait fearlessly appears in public without a head scarf. That put her emirate in Super-Hair World Cup III. But a quick turn in a TV interview appeared to bend a strand or two in her right eye. Debatable, but too close to keep her for now.
AMY DAVIDSON -- April 2004 - January 2005. To be honest, these long thick waves have lasted longer on 8 Simple Rules.... than we expected. Wherever she sets her hair, it holds very well -- but a couple of noticeable drops off the ears (not all the way down) in Season 3 persuaded us to look for something stronger. (Courtesy Wireimage)
KRISTIN DAVIS -- February-July 2002. "Instyle Makeover" magazine declared her "The Great American Brunette," and her brilliantly well-controlled sidepart on Sex and the City showed everyone why. But HBO's photos for Season 5 showed what we feared would happen sooner or later: the left-side hair leaning in a fraction too much. Barely beaten -- but beaten.
ROSANNA DAVISON - February-May 2004. The 2004 Miss World surprised us with how well she kept wispy-thin hair out of her face. Her style is still unbeaten, but she did well simply to tie a lesser-known singer in Ireland's EuroCup qualifying. That lack of support has her below top-level.
MONICA DAY - April 2008-March 2009. Which came first -- the Miss USA contestant from Ohio, or the Columbus TV traffic reporter? The two combined to lift her to #2 in the world at one point -- but when Columbus had a City League, she struggled noticeably to even reach the finals. She's still unbeaten, but apparently too inconsistent for our voters.
JUDY DEAN -- January-February 2004. We contend if she'd spent more time campaigning and less time on medical duty in Vermont, her husband would have fared better as a U.S. Presidential candidate. When "Howard's End" came in Wisconsin, we had to drop her strong mid-length hair for lack of public view. (Courtesy Drudge Report)
OLIVIA DEAS - December 2015-April 2016. A Montgomery, Alabama TV anchor with long hair that's quite good, and a Super-flip above her left eye that rivals Farrah at her finest. But at one public appearance, it wasn't quite strong enough - and a small bit of bangs dropped in an eye.
ELENA DELLE DONNE - July-September 2013. Finally letting down her well-pinned hair after an All-American career at Delaware, the Chicago Sky basketball player showed thick hold with long hair for a while. But a clip with her on the golf course indicated she was out of her league; a breeze seemed to flip a couple of long strands into her right eye.
MELISSA DESOUSA -- November 2000-January 2001. We jumped on these gorgeous, locked-down natural curls after seeing them in Allure. But her TV drama "The Street" dropped like an Internet stock. Her style lasted longer than the show did. May she find work quickly.
MICHELLE DeSWARTE -- June-August 2002. This British model breaks the mold with natural, full curls -- and when she fell on a Milan runway with her hair ironed goth-straight, the locks refused to move out of position. But when "Inside Edition" replayed her fall, we noticed the hair bouncing awfully high toward the eyes. Then came the British edition of the September "Elle," where one or two strands of curl hit inside her left eye. A bit of frizz can mean defeat.
STEPHANIE DHUE - June 2003-September 2008. This correspondent for public television's Nightly Business Report impressed us for years with pageboy variations, which seemed to outlast any challenge. She went through a Hair Watch unscathed, and has a belated Quadruple Platinum Award for more than five years on our list. But after some weak showings, a late-September studio appearance appeared to show a bang or two resting on the left side of the right eye. That's not a complete defeat, but close enough to drop her. Yet her longevity remains marvelous.
SKYLAR DIGGINS - January-February 2014. After an All-American career at Notre Dame, she let her hair down with the WNBA Tulsa Shock and showed attractive long styles. Perhaps too attractive -- because when Sports Illustrated included her in a swimsuit issue, someone could not resist posing her for a picture with hair covering her right eye. SI-gh....
OKSANA DOMNINA -- February-May 2006. She was our style of the 2006 Winter Olympics -- a Russian ice dancer whose short hair showed amazing bounce and perfect control while making fast turns on the ice. But we found a gallery from the European Championships weeks before where hair slipped a mere eyelash from her left eye. We're calling her unbeaten, though -- and we could watch her skate all day.
AMANDA DRURY -- November 2007-May 2008. The CNBC World host impresses us for angling short to mid-length hair extremely close to her right eye, then keeping it stuck there. It can last through some head-shaking in interviews. But it seemed a touch too close in one May interview, seemingly saved only by her eyelash. We fear that last quarter-inch movement will happen eventually. (Courtesy Reporter Caps)
PRISCILLA DUNSTAN - January-April 2008. This Australian violinist and "mum" says she's figured out the secrets of baby languages. She gained a Crown Award nomination for knowing the secrets of attractive red hair -- but there are simply too many pictures around showing her hair too close to collapse.
ALYSE EADY - February-November 2011. After reaching the final two at Miss America, Miss Arkansas became a morning news anchor in Little Rock. Her holding skill with thick long hair had us impressed. But then she went on a river fishing trip, and for some reason she didn't pin her hair down well enough. Only a small breeze dropped a strip of hair in her eye. Maybe that's why it was tied back on the air so often.
CYNDI EDWARDS - April-September 2008. The co-host of Daytime does a lot of things on her show, from jumping to hula hoop twisting. Yet her well-positioned hair supported by bangs hardly ever mussed -- until an "Office Olympics" stunt outside gave her a supreme exercise test. We think the hair avoided the eyes, but that close call combined with no Hair Fan support leaves her off our podium.
GWENAN EDWARDS - May-June 2004. The 2004 Super-Hair EuroCup was full of surprises, and she was one of them -- stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones to qualify for Wales, then sweeping a group which included two supermodels. Her short styles are great and undefeated to our knowledge, but playoff stumbles landed her here -- perhaps not for long.
CRYSTAL EGGER - November 2011-June 2014. She had a tough challenge, succeeding Alexandra Steele at The Weather Channel. Yet she succeeded, showing medium-long and often steamy strong looks. She gained a Platinum Award, as she moved to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles -- but then we found a short promotional clip from her old job, where hair blew across her face outside. How was that allowed to get through?
DENISE ELLISON - July 2009-April 2010. A California teenager became a tennis player at Notre Dame, then a two-year B.M.O.C. entry, then the City League champion of South Bend, then the 2009 AAA Cup runner-up representing her native Oman. But her marvelous collection of Facebook photos includes one where her beautifully daring bangs may (it's awfully close) have dipped the fatal half-inch into her right eye. But she's proof sleek strong long hair can get you somewhere - especially here.
AIKATERINI EVANGELINOU -- June 2008-May 2009. This model with inviting long curls went from Greek pageant queen to EuroCup 2008 champion, then #1 in the world in a Hair Fan vote. But this is a sad case of a star who shone for awhile, then disappeared. She was dropped simply because we could find no new pictures of her.
MORGAN FAIRCHILD -- December 1999-July 2000 and September 2002-February 2003. This beautiful blonde has a 25-year history of strong hair -- enough to place her in the Ultimate 50 30 Jul 2K, and win the "Best Long Hair" Crown Award for 2002. But she's been squeezed out twice: in 2000 by the Meg Ryan look-alike of Danae Roberts, and in 2003 by the rise from near-fall of Maria Menounos. We've also seen a photo where her hair is practically in her right eye -- an awfully close call.
ANNA FARIS -- March-April 2004. We were unfamiliar with this actress until Entertainment Weekly profiled her with pictures such as this one -- with well-cut bangs which let her do funny things in movies such as Lost in Translation. But after that wowed us, an online photo search found her with strands in her right eye at the Scary Movie 2 premiere. Lesson: research the styles before you add them.
TRACIE "FERGIE" FERGUSON - February-March 2004. We're glad The Black-Eyed Peas discovered this singer, as her long locks on stage stay well in line almost all the time. But a late-March photo from Las Vegas seemed to show right-side hair just a fraction too far inside her right eye. So close - but too close.
GILLIAN FINDLAY -- March 2000-February 2001. The ABC Middle East correspondent has soft bangs, and shoulder-length hair made extra-strong by "handle" curls around the ears. But on 2/14/1 she did live reports with her hair unusually flat, and only curled at the ends. That wasn't enough support, and a breeze finally defeated this fabulous mix of beauty and strength.
JENNIFER FINNIGAN - November 2005 - February 2006. A former daytime drama star started well on the prime-time court drama Close to Home. Long blonde hair on a District Attorney - well, why not? But then we found pictures from the Hollywood party circuit with a strip across her right eye. Well, why?
RACHAEL FLATT - November 2010 - January 2011. A U.S. figure skating champion admits she's "not horribly attached to my hair." So she cut back for 2010-11 to a "nice and sassy" short look which expanded into a perfectly-trimmed bowl cut during jumps. Well, perfect at first -- but the "short side" of the style flipped into her left eye during the 2011 national championships. YouTube stop-action catches another one.
ALYSON FOOTER - September 2010-May 2012 and June-July 2013. This Houston-based baseball reporter for MLB.com has a resume worthy of championship curls: two Crown Awards, a second-place finish in Cup of the Americas, the Houston City League title and a Gold Award recipient in the Top Ten. But an interview on the field in San Francisco seemed to finally blow her amazing mane into her eyes -- although not without a fight. Read our interview!
JUDY FORTIN -- January 2001-February 2005. We withheld the Ultimate 50 #1 style from this list to keep her a surprise -- but once she came in, her short styles proved practically immovable at CNN Headline News. A Triple Platinum Award for four years on our list speaks for itself. But now she's leaving daily newscasts, for "vacation fill-in" duty. That's a shame -- and that lack of regular appearances is the only reason we've dropped her. If she finds steady work again, she'll likely be back. (Courtesy TV Heads.com)
PAULA FROELICH -- July 2006 - July 2007. "Page Six Paula" of the New York Post gained our attention on entertainment TV shows. She had her own segment on The Insider for a while. But she fared poorly in a New York City League tournament, and had a very close call or two at Manhattan parties. She did well to make it to one year and a Gold Award. And if she comes back strongly to the spotlight, she could come back to our list. (Courtesy Gawker)
DANIELA GANOZA - August-September 2012. The entertainment reporter for Univision's Primer Impacto became a Crown Award-winning champion of all-natural curls, sometimes placed daringly near her eyes. But a fashion session she posted on Twitter somehow had a strip out of line. An extreme zoom-in proved part of it crossed her left eye. One weak curl can be all it takes.
LAUREN GIBBEMEYER - May 2012-June 2013. A towering figure in U.S. and Italian pro volleyball, her blonde hair off the court is often very reliable and earned a Gold Award for one year on this list. But then she posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram with a trip of hair across her right eye. Some pictures should be left in the past.
RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY -- July 2005 - January 2006. Her flexible shoulder-length hair survived being "chloroformed, bound, gagged and set on fire" on One Life to Live. (We have pictures of this, but they're so dramatic that we're not sure we should post them.) That amazing control shot her to #1 in the world faster than anyone we've ever had. But her attorney character's moment of angst on 12 Jan in the arms of a lover appeared to send hair down to cover her left eye. It was very close, though, and we still respect her a lot.
YVETTE GONZALEZ-NACER - May-August 2012. Kiki with The Fresh Beat Band rocked our world with a perfectly-cut thick long style, helped by strong bangs and somewhat-mysterious headbands. But after racing to the top of our charts and placing third in our annual Hair Fan rankings, we sadly found a Nick Jr. promo where she swings her head a bit too quickly and hair flies too high into her face. YouTube stop-action can be a cruel thing.
MORGAN SMITH GOODWIN - March-June 2013. She may have added some extra red color for her commercials promoting Wendy's hamburgers. But her thick layers made plenty of Hair Fans salivate -- until she did a summer ad with an extreme close-up of a loose strand in her left eye. Considering her style was pinned, this was even more jaw-dropping.
WENDY GRIFFITH -- April 2004 - March 2005. This CBN News reporter has great shoulder-length hair, which stands strong like a "Solid Rock" in the studio. It impressed us enough to be mentioned in our Style Profile section. But a report from Florida March 18 on the Terri Schiavo case showed wind quickly bouncing hair in and out of her right eye, even though the style stayed behind her shoulders. Whether that means she's beaten is debatable, but it certainly means a drop from the list.
ANA GUEVARA -- August-September 2004. One newspaper dubbed this Mexican sprinter "The Silver Bullet" after she won a medal at the Athens Olympics. We were swayed before the games by her midlength style and title potential -- but sadly, you won't find many pictures of her beyond this one with hair unpinned.
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