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: 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]
NAME: Betty Liu
WHO IS SHE: Anchor of Bloomberg Business TV's In the Loop
HER STYLE: Sideparted long layers, at its best with added curl on both sides (shame on Bloomberg for all those added graphics, covering part of it)
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who recommended her marvels that it's “so full and rich and well styled.” That visitor admittedly isn't sure if she's “puffing it up more” lately or adding extensions. It's certainly a few inches longer, which allows the waves to stand out more – and we think that makes them more effective.
SUPER-HAIR? Sadly, we must say no. A Facebook picture she posted of a shorter style confirms wind can, and has, blown it into her eyes. But we agree her current look is fabulous – and if you don't mind hair that can drop once in a while, she certainly has some to admire. [Courtesy TVHeads.com; posted 7/24/15]
NAME: Nahomi Kawasumi
WHO IS SHE: Winger for the Women's World Cup finalist Japanese U.S. national team, as well as the WNSL Seattle Reign
HER STYLE: Mid-length with a hint of natural wave and moderately full bangs
WHY WE LIKE IT: She strikes us as a woman who could take this style onto the pitch unpinned and keep it out of her eyes – even though the bangs are not cut that deeply. The long hair has a long way to go to get in her eyes. But she ties it back during matches, anyway – and the bangs clearly are not an issue for her, as they seldom appear when she's on the grounds.
SUPER-HAIR? Close, but not quite. An image search found one photo where a strip of hair somehow slipped under her headband during a game and dropped across an eye. But we give her credit for having one of the best heads of hair in women's soccer today. At the 2011 FIFA World Cup it was a short quasi-shag – and she's now grown it out to a style that's still attractive, yet a bit less dangerous. She tops the U.S. team in that regard, including teammate “Super Solo.” [Posted 7/10/15]
NAME: Alexis Krause
WHO IS SHE: Actress who's appeared in TV series such as Secret Girlfriend; currently getting our attention as the “Freeze It” girl in a Discover Card commercial
HER STYLE: Bust-line long and center-parted, with plenty of waves from the eyes down
WHY WE LIKE IT: This style is an amazing combination - jaw-dropping beauty, magnificent bounce and all-around hold. The left side almost flexes into her eye at the start of the ad (compare the first and second times you see her face). But from there, this head of hair simply cannot be stopped – whether she bends down almost to her waist, or hurries to find what she's after (we won't give away the ending). It's flexible strength at its finest.
SUPER-HAIR? She's had close calls in several TV appearances. But we couldn't find any where her hair has dropped – and other commercials she's done show her hair clearly is a strength. May more women develop styles that “freeze it” to perfection like hers. [Posted 6/26/15]
NAME: Tara Joshi
WHO IS SHE: Actress who has appeared in movies such as The Metronome and English Butler; currently emceeing View Dance Challenge events across Canada
HER STYLE: Mid-length near-center part; likely strength but with subtle wave added
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who discovered her declared her look “very soft looking, luxurious....” We think she uses spray to keep this style looking strong. But it's the sort of style which makes you want to reach for it to find out.
SUPER-HAIR? At the length we're showing, it might be. But with length and probably less spray, it's not. A March picture she posted on Facebook proves it. Thank you for this contender, but she proves some women commit to perfect hair more than others. [Posted 6/13/15]
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]
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