May 2006: Green Bay's Erin Davisson

Our most recent Crown Awards included a first for us -- as someone e-mailed us a completed ballot, with choices in every category at once. It wound up coming from a woman in Wisconsin, who admits she know one particular nominee who used to live there.

ERIN DAVISSON has been a television news anchor in Green Bay for more than a decade. When a local celebrity contacts us about hair, we naturally want to know more about how well her hair works. Our inquiry led to an e-mail exchange -- and what Erin described as her first new station photo in several years. (Our thanks to her station for providing the photo to us!)

SUPER-HAIR: How would you describe your current style?

ERIN DAVISSON: My current hair style is a longer layered look, with sideswept bangs.

S-H: How long have you had your hair in this style?

ED: Could it be 8 years? The hair evolved from a haircut that I got on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She flew in anchors from all over the country for a show on TV anchor makeovers. My hair at the time was a one length bob, and her stylist gave me some layers. Even though I didn't like how he styled it at the time, I did like his advice about the cut. My stylist here at home has cut it in a similar way..with some minor experimentation, for the last 8 years.

S-H: Who is your stylist? We like to give them a mention.

ED: He is Russell Reuter, and he is a stylist at CeBon in Allouez (Green Bay suburb).

S-H: What sort of changes did you make (from left) for the current look?

ED: The change was mostly from trying to do one length with extremely fine, thin hair, to finally realizing that layers work much better for hair like mine.

S-H: What do you like most about it? (Is there anything you dislike about it?)

ED: I've tried short, I've tried a bob, I've tried darker hair, I've tried lighter hair. I"m happy with this cut simply because it's the easiest for me. The highlights and lowlights add texture and color on the set. Fine, thin, wavy hair like mine must be coaxed and coerced into place, and this cut has made that possible with the minimum of frustrated fits on my part.

S-H: What's the biggest challenge you face keeping your current style in place?

ED: The biggest frustration is that sometimes what looks great in the dressing room looks quirky on air, and vice versa. Anchors in this size market must learn to do their hair on their own-no station stylist-so we share tips with each other. That's sometimes fun.

S-H: Do you use any specific treatments to keep your hair in place? (Spray, gel, curl, etc.) What would be your routine in getting ready for television?

ED: Frizz Ease Serum before drying and lots of amplifying gel. Then blow drying with a big brush, and curling with either a curling iron or hot rollers if I'm in a rush and don't mind extra curl. Aveda makes this powder that you can shake in your hair for added texture. Shaper is my favorite spray, because it's never sticky and takes constant styling before each newscast. Plus, I'm always trying new products, to add thickness and shine and control.

S-H: Do you think some people watch television news simply for the hairstyles?

ED: I absolutely know they do! The whole reason that I was on Oprah was that area viewers had made so much of my hair. It was the subject of letters in the local newspaper, a morning radio show, and finally, even the paper's city editor weighed in on the subject in a column. Okay, it wasn't the whole column, but it was mentioned. Basically, the discussion was about whether I had a bad hairstyle or not. One woman came to my defense saying that my bad hair wasn't my fault because I was recently hospitalized and on medication. That was funny and sweet and embarrassing all at the same time.

Because of that experience, I really look at other anchors to see if I can pick up tips managing my own hair. That's why I'm such a fan of Super-Hair.

S-H: When was the last time your hair fell into your eyes in public? How did it happen?

ED: When was the last time my hair fell in my eyes? Probably the last time I had to do a live shot outside. Fine hair whips in the wind like a feather!... Honestly, I do fairly well on the set, but off the set is another story. The worst was four days in San Francisco covering the fans going to the Packer playoffs. It rained all four days and I looked like a mess. Next time, I'm wearing a hat!

S-H: What advice would you give someone who wanted to develop Super-Hair?

ED: When I first started my career, I thought that viewers should care about my anchoring, not my hair. I have come to realize that they can't concentrate on what I do, if they're distracted by something bad hair. Try to find a hairstyle that makes you look professional and feminine, and a hairstyle that you can manage on your own. Ask your friends and co-workers, look at national anchors, and read the fashion mags. Then, once you find it, stick with it until fashion forces you to make a change.

S-H: Who would you consider to have the best head of hair you've ever seen?

ED: I absolutely love Natalie Morales' head of hair. Its thick and gorgeous. I could only dream of having such hair!

SUMMARY: It can't be easy to have your hair analyzed on a web site like ours -- much less on radio and inside newspapers in your home town. But Erin seems to handle it well. And from what we've seen, her style handles the tasks of television news anchoring equally well. Who knows? Maybe other journalists will follow her lead, check Super-Hair for ideas -- and it will be her fashion which inspires changes!


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