For his return to “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno booked a week’s worth of ratings-friendly guests, including Sarah Palin — who appears Tuesday night. David Letterman responded by booking his own political guest for the same night: Mitt Romney.
And so the late-night battle for ratings hinges on two GOP stars with one thing in common: Palin and Romney have some of the best hair in politics.
But whereas Romney’s standard, well-groomed cut doesn’t seem to change, Palin has been letting her hair down — literally. Her high, twisted up-do is no longer the given it was in the 2008 campaign. For an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” and at a NASCAR speech, she sported a more natural coiffure.
“The new look is both softer and more professional, which is probably an attempt to appeal to a broader swath of America,” says Nuri Yurt of Toka Salon in Washington. Yurt has styled the hair of many Washington VIPs, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Laura Bush.
During the campaign, inquiring minds wondered whether Palin used Bumpits, the as-seen-on-TV styling tool that gives hair more volume at the crown. If she did, she’s changing it up now.
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