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Because They're Worth It: The Best New Heads Of Hair On Television

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | June 27, 2013 | Comments ()

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Some of my very FAVORITE heads of hair are either languishing in TV soap hell...

...or (::bitter sob::) cancelled altogether.

So, given my extreme fondness for all things follicular, here's the new crop of TV manes that won me over this year. They're no Britton, but they'll do.

Lucy Liu -- "Elementary": There are a lot of things I do not like about "Elementary." Lucy Liu ain't one of them. She is an absolute pleasure to watch and basically poetry in motion. Sorry Martin Freeman, she's got the one advantage on you.

Keri Russell -- "The Americans": Felicity's curls (cropped or otherwise) were certainly more famous, but Elizabeth Jenning's Breck Girl look is glossy perfection. It's really a shame how often she has to hide the light of that particular bushel under a wig.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell -- "True Blood": I've missed having this girl on my TV. The "Friday Night Lights" powerhouse is back and no longer tucking her hair under a an East Dillon cap.

Abigail Spencer -- "Rectify": The most fetishized body part on this gorgeous Sundance channel series was, quite rightly, Aden Young's baby blues. But underestimate Spencer's tresses at your peril.

Tatiana Maslany -- "Orphan Black": I know, I know, these are mostly wigs. But you have to give her some credit for wearing the hell out of them. Don't worry, I can do better by "Orphan Black"...

Jordan Gavaris -- "Orphan Black": Heir apparent to the Ben Whishaw oil-slick crown.
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Mindy Kaling -- "The Mindy Project": Mindy's shiny curtain of hair was her crowning glory. That's why all of this was so shockingly awesome.

Rachel Lefevre -- "Under The Dome": I know I should know this ginger peach from the Twilight franchise but given that I've tried desperately to block them from my memory, this is the first time I've really taken notice.

Robin Wright -- "House Of Cards": For someone who first made her indelible mark on our pop culture landscape with a toss of a long leonine mane, Robin Wright looked amazing in this crop. Few women could pull it off with such graceful, powerful magnetism.

Travis Fimmel -- "Vikings": Many folks have trouble distinguishing this fellow from Charlie Hunnam of "Sons Of Anarchy" fame. Well let the pseudo mohawk-mullet-tri-braid be your first tip.

Lara Jean Chorostecki -- "Hannibal": We have a winner. In a show packed to the gills with arresting images, Freddie Lounds' corkscrew halo never failed to steal the show.
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  • Sara Habein

    Robin Wright's hair, yes!

  • deen

    stana katic(kate beckett) from castle. basically 42 minutes of hair porn

  • e jerry powell

    1) Robin Wright looks like Austin Scarlett in that picture.

    2) When did Jurnee Smollett get old enough to be married? I just saw her in Eve's Bayou not two weeks ago!. That child is too young to have a husband.

  • tjedison

    No Stana Katic? Woman has quite the head of hair. Even the rest of Castle's cast, they're a nice coiffed bunch: Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan, even Nathan Fillon. (Edit: I see, NEW heads of hair. I was thrown by the old heads like Felicity)

  • Julia

    1. Oh HEY, Vikings dude. Yes to all of that. Is that show any good (besides the obvious?)
    2. REDHEAD BLOGGER go away. I don't like you, Lounds.
    3. Buttercup is still awesome and I will never not love her. I even forgive her for Sean Penn.

  • Bodhi

    Travis Fimmel, helloooo nurse! Those eyes, those shoulders, the attitude, the sex drive, oh my.

    I am reasonably attractive (kids don't scream when they see me or anything.) I'm a little over weight & self-conscious about it, but I have fantastic hair. Its thick, its wavy, it grows really fast, & it takes color well. Its a hair dresser's dream.

    Too bad growing hair & reading ad nauseam doesn't a pay check provide

  • Jerce

    Yeah, so...I watched the first ep of Under the Dome a few minutes ago.

    Why didn't anyone here warn me??

    I could have spent the time clipping my toenails. Or scrubbing out the dishwasher.

    I mean, good God, y'all.

  • JoannaRobinson

    But her hair though. And that cow.

  • Slash

    Man, I'd love to have TV or movie hair. My actual hair is not terrible, but if I had a hair person to fix it every day, it would look fucking fantastic. It's one of the few things I envy about movie/TV stars. The hair and makeup people.

  • toblerone

    No J.L.C?

  • JoannaRobinson

    Ooooooh. Fair cop.

  • toblerone


  • F'mal DeHyde

    Ugh for the very artificial looking spiral perm on Freddy Lounds. I prefer the much more natural curls of River Song.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hello Claire Fraser 2.0

  • Michelle

    I never even made the connection, but zomg YES.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Agreed. I found Freddy's hair super distracting.

  • I love Hugh Dancy's hair so much. I have such a weakness for curly hair.

  • Cree83

    You have no idea how happy it makes me that curly hair won out. Hollywood really seems to have an anti-curl bias. Maybe not just Hollywood; every time I go to the salon for a trim the stylist asks me if I've ever thought about straightening my hair. Do straight-haired people routinely get asked whether they want theirs curled? I doubt it.

  • Sara Habein

    I have had to tell stylists to STEP OFF when they suggest straightening my 9 year old daughter's hair. She has red curly hair a la Merida in BRAVE and you are asking me that?! Now I'm just up front and tell them, "Do whatever she wants you to do, but she loves that it's curly."

  • BWeaves

    "Do straight-haired people routinely get asked whether they want theirs curled? "

    They did in the 1980's.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Take comfort in the legions of women with awful perms who sought curls.

  • MissGinger

    Where's Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock??

  • PaddyDog

    That picture does not do justice to Abigail Spencer. Her hair is the female equivalent of Ben Whishaw's. Every time she has a scene on Rectify I have to rewind the next few scenes because I am consumed with such jealousy over her locks and I miss what's going on.

  • Wednesday

    PD, you better get your eyes checked. That girl's hair may be pretty in real life, but in Rectify, it was a hot mess.

    I once knew a very, very pretty woman who always showed up for work with a serious case of bed head. Turns out she was a major druggie and would just roll out of the house in whatever she was wearing. I can't tell you how much Abigail Spencer's hair reminded me of that girl.

    I just wanted to pin her down with a hair brush and a handful of barrettes every time she came on screen. ESPECIALLY in those stupid ass cowboy boots paired with the sundresses. God.

  • Allen

    Jon Snow and Rob Stark have those delightful curls that every girl loves.

  • BWeaves

    I have just recently discovered (at the age of 50+++) that I have curly hair. I've always been fighting to get it as straight as possible, that I never knew it would do wonderful curly things if I just quit combing it. I have now quit drooling over Lucy Lui and Robin Wright, and have now started paying more attention to Bernadette Peters and Esmeralda Spalding. If I could get my hair to do what the computer program could make curly hair do in "Brave" then I'd grow it long, but for now, short is how it looks best.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It might be turning curly with age, getting a little thicker/wiry-er. That's what happens in my family.

    (also, hair that curls short doesn't always curl when long. The weight in my hair pulls it into soft waves, scrunching be damned)

  • BWeaves

    That may be true, but I remember my grandmother always reciting, "There was a little girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead" poem, every time she saw me, so I think the curls were always there. Plus, my hair isn't wiry at all. They're nice big fat smooth curls, just like I always wanted. I just always fought the "fluffy" and never let it do its thing.

  • socallmeshirley


    I always fought the curl too, just thinking I had unevenly frizzy or untame-able waves. Look into the Curly Girl method. Many of its followers are nearly cultlike in fervor and devotion, but I went from having poofy hair all the time to having big, amazing curls. If you ever feel like growing your hair out, I definitely recommend it!

  • BWeaves

    Thanks. I hadn't heard about the Curly Girl method and had to Google it. I'm apparently already doing it, but didn't know it. I kind of figured it out by myself. In the words of Elizabeth Zimmerman, "I unvented it." (i.e. reinvented the wheel)

  • Slash

    Yeah, don't comb or brush it when it's dry. I comb mine out in the shower, and that's it. Brushing or combing destroys curls. I figured that out about 20 years ago. After brushing and combing it for 20 years and thinking there was something wrong with my hair.

  • BWeaves

    Yes, Slash. I can't believe it took me 50 years to figure it out. I feel like such a fool. Also, my hair looks better on day 3 after a shampoo. I remember a curly haired girl in high school telling us her hair looked better when she didn't wash it and we all thought it was gross. I get it now. It's not dirty, just not squeaky clean. My own scalp oil is the best product for my own hair.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I thought the same thing! I remember my girl scout troop leader saying that she needed the grease by the end of the week to style her hair - and as a twelve-year-old with very long, oily fine hair I thought that was nasty.

    I've been told to condition but not wash every day as a short-haired person, but my hair is just too fine for that.

  • sean

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Are you sure that isn't Ray Dawn Chong from about 1985?

  • Melissa

    That is flipping Denise from Full House...I didn't realize she was even still alive :)

  • Mrs. Julien

    Travis Fimmel is reminding me that Mr. J. is out of the house for two days and Vikings might be available for prurient viewing.

  • It'd be worth it. Katheryn Winnick is icing on the cake...

  • annie

    Holy crap, Jordan Gavaris's eyelashes. How have I not noticed them before? (perhaps the perfectly coifed hair on top of his head distracted me). Lucy Liu's perfect hair always makes me want to grow mine out. Then I remember that perfect Asian hair is a lie.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Amen on the eyelashes. And can we get some sort of worldwide PSA going on how freakin' HOT men with eye liner are?

  • emmelemm

    It takes a dedicated team to make hair that perfect.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Don't despair! Some of our favourite heads live to grace us with their follicular presence for (hopefully) many more episodes:

  • dizzylucy

    Yes - no discussion of hair is complete without Dickie Bennett.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh. For this. I send internet kisses.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    yes, let's see a worst hair post!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm surprised no Christina Hendricks.

    Robin Wright's hair is indeed awesome, and a photo I might be taking to my stylist this weekend.

    The only episode of the Mindy Project I have seen is the one with her haircut, and she looks fantastic with it.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I believe Joanna's focused on new shows, or new characters in the one case.

  • socallmeshirley

    Otherwise I'm sorry to say, but the ladies of PLL would have been in a four-way tie.

  • JoannaRobinson

    It's really fun for me when people actually read the words I write. I mean, no hard feelings when they don't. But it's gratifying that some do.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Ms. Hendricks is indeed lovely, but most often it is not her own hair that we are seeing. God gave with both hands, but she did not get good hair. I think she'll muddle through.

  • Erin S

    Also, as a non-Hannibal viewer but reader/viewer of Red Dragon, you can imagine my confusion at expecting Phillip Seymour Hoffman and instead seeing a young, female redhead.

  • sean

    I expect to see Steven Lang myself.

  • Wait, what was the cancelled show up there?

  • ceebee_eebee

    The Hour. Now excuse me while I go and cry some more over that...

  • Erin S

    The only thing that bummed me out about Mindy's character chopping off her beauteous hair was how shitty the wig was. I can totally picture Mindy Kaling finding a cool way to style a super short cut, but the wig was just bleh to me. I look forward to her Haiti trip lasting just long enough for her to return to kick off season two with a stylish bob.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Whoa whoa whoa. Two posts for Orphan Black and no Delphine? There is literally a movement dedicated to how Evelyne Brochu's hair does "the thing"

    (which in this case is: be completely awesome)

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    That was the scene where Delphine stole my heart and I don't care if she's good or evil. I don't. I just...ah...and then she says "enchantée" in an incredibly sexy voice and my brain shut down.

  • sean

    Right there is why I really wish Orphan Black was an HBO/Cinemax/Starz show.

  • Allijo99

    "I'm not on the list?! C'mon son." -- Shawn Spencer

  • jzhz

    Viola Davis with her natural hair.

  • NateMan

    You left out Joel McHale?! That man knows how to rock a head of hair. Not that I'm jealous. Nope. Admittedly, I do like being bald. But still.

  • Michelle

    Are we sure that's HIS hair, though?

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