Sunday, April 15, 2018

Much Ado About Sarah Palin's Updo

Sarah Palin's Upswept Tresses are Still Making News

Sarah Palin Hair
Sarah Palin's Trademark Updo
When Sarah Palin bounded on the political scene as Senator John McCain's running mate, I couldn't help but notice her upswept hairdo. In fact, it was one of my old standbys—the updo ponytail. Sarah Palin's distinctive hairstyle 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.

Governor Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's Doppelganger on Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Tina Fey Sarah Palin SNL

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 sixties 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.

Saturday Night Live
Amy Poehler as Senator Hillary Clinton and Tina Fey as Governor Sarah Palin

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
I can see Russia from my house.

Sarah Palin Style Wigs
Raquel to the Rescue
In 2008 a client asked to make her a wig that matched Sarah Palin's hair style and color. She expected to wait weeks for it, but got a call the next day from the owner who recommended the Raquel Welch Valentine wig in glazed hazelnut. Here are a couple of more recently designed styles by Raquel Welch that also echo Sarah Palin's style.

Fun Fact
According to several genealogical charts, movie actress Raquel Welch and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are distant cousins.

Sarah Palin Halloween Costume

Sarah Palin Costumes
Guaranteed to Scare Your Progressive Liberal Friends Next Halloween!
This daring costume includes one patriotic bikini with blue star bottoms and a striped top, one "Miss Alaska" sash with "Miss Vice President" printed on back, and Sarah Pain style glasses. The updo wig is available separately.

Sarah Palin Halloween Hairdo

Sarah Palin's Glasses
Designed by Kazuo Kawasaki

Sarah Palin
A reporter once asked me about it during the campaign, and I assured him I was trying to be as frumpy as I could by wearing my hair on top of my head and these schoolmarm glasses.

Books by Sarah Palin

Raquel Welch Family Genealogy by
American flag background by TheDigitalArtist