SHE WAS HOPELESSLY HOOKED ON THE STUFF FOR ages. Yes, "I was addicted to hair spray," confesses Jenny McCarthy, 23. Back at Mother McCauley High School in Chicago, she says, "I would use an entire can of Aqua Net a week. My hair was so stiff that bugs flying by got stuck in it. Teachers would say, 'I've got to touch your hair,' and the whole thing would move." She eventually cut way back on the spritzing and went on to really let her hair down. In 1993 she posed as Playboy
's Miss October. This year, with her bleached-blonde locks (her real color: "puke brown") flying, her wholesome smile flashing and her mouth in perpetual comedic motion, she's the schwinggging major babe of MTV's Singled Out
, a mosh-pit version of The Dating Game
. "Jenny is like a pine cleaner in a world of bacteria and infection," says cohost Chris Hardwick," speaking for legions of couch dudes who have made the show a hit. "I loved her much better than Cats
. I'm going to see her again and again." The McCarthy health and beauty regimen, or whatever, starts mornings in her L.A. house with "my boyfriend [and personal manager Ray Manzella] bringing me Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries." Her favorite eateries have, like, drive-through lanes. A little kick boxing keeps the abs buffed. And those once-tamed locks? Says McCarthy: "I have a great hair day about twice a year."