Hair That's Hot!!!!
This section examines the best celebrity styles Hair Fans have seen lately - posted here even before they hit the Top Ten or enter a Super-Hair War. We update our Hot List often, as new styles and women come our way!
NAME: Melissa Benoist
WHO IS SHE: Actress starring in the TV drama Supergirl
HER STYLE: Long-to-the-logo sidepart, with hints of natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: Our superhero ties her hair back at the magazine, so almost no one can figure out who she is. But when it's time for action, the pins come off and this long hair is as natural and exposed as her muscles. In some dramatic scenes, we'd think severe wind would drop the hair across her face with ease – yet she's often figured out ways to keep it going back behind her shoulders with her cape.
SUPER-HAIR? That's the bizarre thing about this character. While the long hair can stay relatively in place during fights and wrestling matches with jetliners, slight breezes in more relaxed settings brought it across her eyes with ease in early episodes. A “Super-Girl” with perfect Super-Hair – is that really asking for too much? [Posted 11/26/15]
NAME: Kim Carson
WHO IS SHE: Morning radio co-host in Chattanooga, TN; occasional co-host on local TV talk shows
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, enhanced by added waves and curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: With apologies to Nashville, this hair is “big and rich.” There's volume and thickness, which the curls only make better. Add some spray to her right side and plenty of Hair Fans are ready to reach for it. (Well, OK, they might not wait for the spray.)
SUPER-HAIR? As lovely as it is, we're sad to say no. Her Facebook account includes a few pictures where hair has blown across her face. But this is one of those women which make you wonder why they're hiding a marvelous mane inside a radio station, where admirers seldom can see it. C'mon, let's livestream a little. [Posted 11/14/15]
NAME: Jenna Rosenstein
WHO IS SHE: Beauty Editor of Allure magazine, appearing often in online videos
HER STYLE: Recently trimmed from mid-length to a shoulder-scraping bob; dominating bangs across the forehead
WHY WE LIKE IT: We say “dominating” as a compliment, because they're attention-getting in a good way. They come across as strong, filling the forehead with thickness at their best. And they serve their purpose of keeping longer hair out of her face – although she temptingly leaves the door open for that to happen, as the bangs aren't cut as deeply as others we've seen.
SUPER-HAIR? We were all set to shout YES.... until. Until we found an online article on dry shampoo, which she dared to make a GIF file. We're assuming someone turned on a fan off-screen to her right, which blew her short style into her right eye with little resistance. That's too bad, because this is captivating hair (especially with some length; the cut admittedly saddened us). She has access to the best styling products on Earth, which help. Her magazine once noted she's a Zooey Deschanel lookalike – and we think that's a great thing. [Posted 10/30/15]
NAME: Kathleen Monk
WHO IS SHE: Strategist for Canada's New Democratic Party; Senior Advisor with Broadbent Institute
HER STYLE: Mid-length, parted a bit off-center; we spotted her on CBC's The National with a mix of wave and curl from the ears down
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her hair is thick enough that when the wave is added, it looks strong and holds that way. We're not sure if spray was added for this appearance. If she does, that adds to the lasting quality of the look. But she uses her ears for protection, if as if she doesn't.
SUPER-HAIR? We don't endorse candidates or political parties, simply hairstyles – and she gets a qualified endorsement from us. She needs the waves to be sure of strong hold. We've seen photos of serious drooping when they're lacking - not completely down, but very close. If only more political hairstyles had unwavering positions.... [Posted 10/15/15]
NAME: Olivia Deas
WHO IS SHE: TV news anchor in Montgomery, AL
HER STYLE: Mid-length and high-volume, with curl used from flipped sidepart bangs to round-brushing around the ears and rolls at the ends
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who calls her a “beauty” noted we'd found great hair in other parts of Alabama. But we were unaware of this woman in the state capital, and her willingness to have a “big Southern” style might top all the rest. She doesn't use her ears or shoulders for control and protection very often. While the long hair bounces perfectly, even through workout routines during her morning newscast, the strong flip with the short bangs is critical to overall hold. If it fails, her hair drops in her eye to defeat – but it doesn't.
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, the answer is a very enthusiastic yes. Her hold during “Fitness Fridays” shows she knows how to keep high-risk hair in line, even through high degree-of-difficulty routines. She challenges other women to go big with their styles or go home. Thanks for another great discovery! [Posted 9/18/15]
NAME: Gina Torres
WHO IS SHE: Actress currently seen on the USA Network series Suits (and you may not know she's the wife of actor Laurence Fishburne)
HER STYLE: In her TV role, medium-long and relatively straight; away from the set, seemingly naturally curled
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her fears she might use extensions on TV, “but her hair looks great.” She keeps her styles away from her face through a good bit of teasing around the forehead – but there's enough soft curl from the shoulders down to distract people from analyzing that.
SUPER-HAIR? We thought so, both with the TV drama look and the curly side. The Suits approach reminds us a bit of one of our “Ultimate” women, Kathleen Bradley. That's good. Yet accomplishing consistent hold with two very different styles cannot be an easy task. She appeared to be doing it – but as soon as we posted her here, we found a Twitter picture with her hair in an eye while lying down. That's a shame. [Posted 9/4/15; updated 9/18/15]
NAME: Stephanie Olmo
WHO IS SHE: Meteorologist for AccuWeather TV; occasional appearances on ABC World News Now
HER STYLE: Long sidepart; currently on the straight side after being curly in years past
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her didn't offer any details, but she seems to take an all-natural approach to her hair. Her key to success appears to be teasing, which likely is supported by light spray around the crown.
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, it is. And as long as she does her work in a studio, it's likely to be. But if she's sent out to cover tropical storms – well, that's a wind test we'd want to see. Thanks for another good find! [Posted 8/21/15]
NAME: Kim Sears
WHO IS SHE: Wife of British tennis star Andy Murray
HER STYLE: Medium-long “blowout,” based on what other hair-watching sites say
WHY WE LIKE IT: She easily distracts Hair Fans away from her husband's matches, with flowing bouncy looks. She can quickly put the hair behind her ears if the tension on the court mounts – even if it removes some of the tension for Hair Fans. When she's at Wimbledon and “Princess Kate” Middleton shows up, many people consider it a hair battle on the order of Federer v. Nadal.
SUPER-HAIR? Flowing hair like this absolutely asks for trouble in terms of hold, especially at outdoor matches. And indeed, a few photographers have snapped her with hair drooping into one of her eyes. But any woman who inspires people to talk about hair fights should have our respect – and she does. [Posted 8/9/15]
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