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: Alexa Chung
WHO IS SHE: Model who has hosted numerous U.K. and U.S. TV programs (and oh yes, she wrote a book)
HER STYLE: Mid-length with natural wave; bangs can come out of hiding when she needs them
WHY WE LIKE IT: OK, we're admittedly late in discovering her. But she's impressed us lately with styles placed carefully near the eyes, such as the one in our photo which she posted on Twitter. They look daring, yet they're heavy enough to hold well while the paparazzi is watching (and with her, they clearly do).
SUPER-HAIR? We rooted for a yes, while admittedly realizing it was easy for the answer to be no. And indeed, her Twitter feed shows "no" is the correct answer - as a couple of pictures there show sections of hair down across her eyes. She may not have IT (to borrow from her book title), but the fact that she has a hair endorsement deal shows she's quite close. [Posted 7/25/14]
NAME: Ana Cabrera
WHO IS SHE: Denver-based correspondent for CNN
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart, with varying degrees of wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: We saw one report where her hair seemed ultra-thick with light wave, and was perfectly set with no tuck-backs or pins whatsoever. She didn't move much, giving us a lot to admire. Her hair isn't always that plush, but it's marvelous when it is.
SUPER-HAIR? After reviewing her Facebook page, we're thinking so. She found a way to keep her hair out of her eyes, even when snow was blowing across her face and she was caught without a winter coat. She's proof "anchor hair" can be both well-prepared and resourceful. [Posted 7/13/14]
NAME: Rainie Yang
WHO IS SHE: Actress, TV host and singer from Taiwan
HER STYLE: Mid-length with a bit of wave and thick bangs covering the forehead
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her and our photo summed it up this way: "Very soft looking full bangs, nice slight wave." We love a combination like this. Thick hair should be harder to move from wind or other factors. Waves add a bit of weight to the overall style. Bangs keep the eyes clear, and raise an interesting question about how strongly they can hold under pressure. They're also cut deeply enough toward the ears to provide plenty of room for the long hair to manuever. The result is a somewhat defensive cut, yet beautiful and prepared to stay that way.
SUPER-HAIR? An answer came quickly, in a review of her acting career - and it's no. The picture we received and we posted is from 2007. Her hair was styled for the 2010 film The Child's Eye with longer bangs and a sidepart - and those bangs dropped in her left eye several times. (And more recent photos show her current cut is much shorter.) Times change - and much as we wish some Super-styles would not, some women do it to our disappointment. But our photo displays a style we wish a lot of women would emulate. [Posted 6/28/14]
NAME: Dr. Mireille Toledano
WHO IS SHE: Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Imperial College London, making news for a study on the impact of cell phones on children
HER STYLE: Medium-long and not quite center (oops) centre-parted, with a bit of natural wave
WHY WE LIKE IT: When we glanced at her on the TV news, her thickness made us stop and pay attention. She seems to have it naturally, without doing a lot of noticeable work on styling. She's prepared to use her ears to secure the hair when trouble comes.
SUPER-HAIR? We found no sign of her hair dropping in her eyes. But our answer must be a qualified yes. Our own online check found a scarcity of evidence - surely not enough for a research journal to accept. But we'd be delighted to put this hair under a microscope for extensive study. [Posted 6/14/14]
NAME: Giselle Achecar
WHO IS SHE: Host/chef of the cooking program Eco-Rico, which we spotted on Mi Casa TV; also a voiceover actress under the name Giselle Loren
HER STYLE: Chin to shoulder-length natural curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: Cooking in a kitchen usually means some heat and steam, which can make hairstyles droop and melt. Not so with this woman. She prepares her style to have a clean forehead, with hair well off her face thanks to subtle teasing and some "curl twisting" - and it stays there firmly. We only noticed slight wilting of the curls in several episodes (and we thank the network for presenting a Sunday evening "marathon" of her, so we could tell). And if that's not enough, sometimes she breaks out in spontaneous Latin dance steps while she cooks - yet the hair holds strongly even then.
SUPER-HAIR? From what we've seen, she has it. If any curl starts to weaken, it probably will hit her forehead and warn her in time to make an adjustment. Others can have Giada and Sandra - we think we found a chef with Super-Hair ahead of the trend. [Posted 5/31/14]
NAME: Milana Vayntrub
WHO IS SHE: Actress in short films and commercials, currently playing "Lily" the AT&T store employee
HER STYLE: Medium-long sidepart with graduated bangs getting longer beyond the forehead
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hair Fan who suggested her didn't give a reason. But there's an interesting mix here of beauty, caution and mystery. The beauty is in the ball of thick curl in front of the left shoulder. The caution in the way the right side is tossed behind her shoulder. And there's mystery to us in those bangs. Would they be long enough to fall in her eye under tough conditions?
SUPER-HAIR? The style in the AT&T ads actually has small sections on either side tied back. Under our definition, that doesn't count as Super-Hair. Other pictures we found online show even more enticing (as in thicker) hair, with some awfully close and dangerous moments - but none with her styles in her eyes. So to borrow from one of her ads, we'll give her a qualified "yup." [Posted 5/17/14]
NAME: Maya Foa
WHO IS SHE: Investigator with the British activist group Reprieve, specializing in opposing criminal executions
HER STYLE: Long, loose and well-defined curls
WHY WE LIKE IT: The key phrase here is "well-defined." Her curls are tight, yet they tend to be round instead of frizzy. Plenty of "curly girls" will tell you that's not easy to accomplish. Look up a CBS News interview with her in the week of our post, and you'll find the hair has both movement and good control.
SUPER-HAIR? There's not much evidence online to consider -- and we're sure she'd argue compelling evidence is required to convict someone of a hairstyle collapse. So she's "Super" at this writing. This site is about great hair, more than moral and political positions. And we consider this woman a great example of confident curls in action. [Posted 5/3/14]
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