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Sarah Palin's Upswept Tresses are Still Making News
When Sarah Palin bounded on the political scene as Senator John McCain's running mate, I couldn't help but notice her upswept hairdo—one of my old standbys—the updo ponytail. The distinctive Sarah Palin haircut has since inspired a number of glamorous wigs, as well as a few Halloween costumes.
The former beauty queen and Alaska governor has been accused of downplaying her natural gifts by piling her hair on top of her head and wearing glasses. Critics are appalled by the former VP contender's use of a plastic chip clip to secure her auburn locks. Others are pleased to see something besides the helmet head hairdo so prevalent among her female colleagues in the Beltway.
Either way, tongues are wagging. Hairstylists and wig sellers all over the U.S. have reported a steady demand for Sarah Palin's trademark updos since the 2008 election.
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While Tina Fey seemed to effortlessly mimic Sarah Palin's mannerisms and speech patterns on Saturday Night Live, it took more than 50 hours to create her not-ready-for-prime-time tresses.
Preparing the wig was no easy task, according to SNL hairstyling-department head Bettie Rogers. The process involved a hairdresser, a team of wig makers, several colorists, and a pound of specifically styled human hair.
"We read the sketches on Wednesday night to determine the wigs to be built at Bob Kelly's, a wig maker on 46th Street," explained Rogers. "The ladies who make the wigs work around the clock until Friday night, sometimes even late Saturday."
The finished product was a cross between a French twist and a '60s bouffant with bangs. SNL hairstylists went to work painting darker colors at the roots to give to give the hair additional contrast. On the day of the taping, when the wig was finally placed on Fey's head, only minor adjustments to the bangs were needed.
According to Rogers, the wig has been properly stored at SNL, along with a cork-and-canvas replica of Tina Fey's skull, which was used for fitting numerous wigs during her regular role on the show from 1997 to 2005.
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