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: Greta Brawner
WHO IS SHE: Host of Washington Journal on the C-SPAN cable network
HER STYLE: Currently displaying a “lob” - a long bob, reaching a couple of inches below the shoulders with a bit of layering close to the eyes.
WHY WE LIKE IT: “You can't improve perfection,” declared the Hair Fan who suggested her – adding the style is shiny with “no highlights that I can tell.” The pictures we've seen of this look lead us to believe she uses hairspray to maintain that perfection. Yet this looks like hair that could flex without falling, if she goes lighter with the spray.
SUPER-HAIR? We found nothing to show a drop to defeat, even when the hair was longer. So our answer is yes. And in fact, we think her current approach is the best and strongest she's had since starting at C-SPAN – and the only way it's likely to weaken outside the studio is if a Washington party on a Saturday night gets far out of line. [Posted 5/29/15]
NAME: Tina Desai
WHO IS SHE: Actress in commercials in India, as well as “Bollywood” films; best known for a role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
HER STYLE: The Hair Fan who suggested her attached our photo, with medium-long hair that's daringly sideparted with teasing. But we think that's misleading, because she also shows curly looks which seem to be more natural.
WHY WE LIKE IT: “Gorgeous, very thick, lustrous,” that Hair Fan told us. We agree, especially with our photo – and we actually that processing looks better on her than the natural curls, which can be messy-looking.
SUPER-HAIR? Sorry, she's not. She's posed for several steamy photos with long hair covering one of her eyes. But we'd enjoy watching her hair battle a breeze, the way it's set in our picture. Teasing tests can be dramatic at times – perhaps even more dramatic than Bollywood movies. [Posted 5/16/15]
NAME: Hannah Allam
WHO IS SHE: Reporter for McClatchy newspapers, based in Washington
HER STYLE: We noticed her current mid-length sideparted curls; she's taken it straight at times as well
WHY WE LIKE IT: She doesn't seem to tie her hair down or pin it back, and only rarely tucks it behind an ear. So these curls are out for all to see – and she often carries them well. When they're at their best, they're perfectly “defined” in well-rounded shape. When they're a bit weaker (perhaps like our vidcap from a PBS talk show), they leave Hair Fans wondering. What would it take to bring them down completely – both in flatness, and into her right eye?
SUPER-HAIR? She would probably say no. But we found no pictures to prove that, so she gets a “benefit of the doubt” yes from us. It's too bad she's focused her career on newspapers, because these are curls we'd want to see on TV – a lot. [Posted 5/1/15]
NAME: CariDee English
WHO IS SHE: Fashion model who won America's Next Top Model in 2007; currently getting attention for a prescription drug commercial
HER STYLE: Layered shoulder-length sidepart; the commercial reveals she clearly wears extensions at times
WHY WE LIKE IT: When the hair is well-prepared as in this commercial vidcap (what is she selling again?!), she has solid curls that can hold up to studio lights and perhaps even breezy beach scenes. But based on other pictures, preparation is the key; when it's not there, she's vulnerable.
SUPER-HAIR? Her Twitter page will give you an immediate answer. It has a full-flying picture of her drumming, and long hair covers her eyes. But we think that length beats the short cuts she once had. And we're sure some Hair Fans would want to get her style in such a precarious situation – although in most cases, that probably would be difficult. [Posted 4/17/15]
NAME: Tina Roy
WHO IS SHE: Senior at the University of South Carolina; backup guard for the Southeast Regional champion women's basketball team; budding rapper/songwriter
HER STYLE: Short layered sidepart, with the back stopping at the nape of the neck
WHY WE LIKE IT: Even national sports reporters are marveling about how well this style stays in line under playoff pressure. We think it's because there are similarities to the wedge made famous by Dorothy Hamill. If the shorter layers are deeply cut, a bounce forward is unlikely to put the hair at risk of getting into her eyes. And if she sprays or mousses the style before games (we don't know if she does), the hair is even more likely to hold securely.
SUPER-HAIR? This vid-cap is the closest call we've seen for her. Turning her head in full running stride during a game only brings a few bangs across the forehead. If that's the limit of her hair mussing, we give this woman an absolute yes. In an era when ponytails and stacked topknots seem to dominate college sports, this is a wonderfully refreshing change for Hair Fans. A Final Four appearance and flat-out perfection leads us to jump the “B.M.O.C.” order, and put her here. [Posted 4/3/15]
NAME: Felicity Jones
WHO IS SHE: Actress who received award nominations for the movie The Theory of Everything
HER STYLE: Currently shoulder-length, with very flexible bangs (we prefer them down across the forehead)
WHY WE LIKE IT: Her styles tend to be very well polished, even when they're styled to look a bit messy. The only strands which seem to go out of place are those bangs, and they're not long enough to put any style in danger of collapse.
SUPER-HAIR? A couple of windblown photo shoots have pushed long strands to the utter brink – but still not into her eyes. So she gets a “yes” from us for now. If Zooey Deschanel's bangs really are on the way out, we may have found a fabulous replacement. [Photo courtesy Business Insider; posted 3/20/15]
NAME: Dakota Johnson
WHO IS SHE: Actress gaining fame as a star of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey
HER STYLE: Mid-length or longer, parted around the center; usually showing fringe-y light bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: While the bangs are not the most perfect going, they do what they're intended to do: make room for her thick styles to shine. She can go straight or display waves with equal attractiveness – often close enough to the eyes to invite Hair Fans to reach forward.
SUPER-HAIR? We're sorry to say the answer is no. She's posed for a few pictures where the hair drooped (or was self-pushed) into her eyes. There's nothing wrong with styles like hers – but for us, strong control simply moves them up to another Super-level. [Posted 3/7/15]
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