Sarah Palin's Hometown Salon Gets a Reality Show

08/03/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Sarah Palin Hair Salon Reality Show
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Her hair was the topic of much debate during the 2008 presidential campaign, and now, the salon responsible for Sarah Palin’s signature styles is the subject of a new TLC reality show, Big Hair Alaska. Premiering this fall, the two-part special on the Beehive Beauty Shop “goes inside a busy hair salon in Wasilla, AK, where the personalities of the owner and her staff are as big as the hairstyles they create,” according to TLC.

The 1,400-sq.-ft., bright pink salon was featured in a 2008 profile in the New York Times, which delved into Palin’s hairstyle evolution. “She’s very involved in her look and how she’s perceived,” Beehive owner Jessica J. Steele told the paper. “We would talk a lot about how if she looked too pretty or too sexy, people wouldn’t listen to her. How important it was for people to see her as an intelligent, smart woman. It was comical when her hair was down, how big a difference that would make, especially when she was running for governor.”

In fact, when Palin did announce her bid for governor, Steele called her into the salon, where the pals tried side-swept bangs, curls and even blonde streaks. “We just kept polishing her look,” Steele said. “We would try more warm, red and coppery highlights or more of a contrast with pale highlights, not to be severe but just more striking.”

But as Palin’s star began to rise, so did her hair. Updos helped give the petite politico some extra height, and according to Steele, “Sarah wanted to look more professional and ready to work and not come across as high maintenance and fussy.” Tell us: Will you tune into Big Hair Alaska?

–Kate Hogan


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Samantha on

Does this country look like it needs another reality show??

Jester on

If I should happen to come across this show while flicking through the channels, I am sure that I will stay tuned just to see what’s it’s all about. I am not going to go out of my to see it and if Ms. Palin is on, then I will have to keep flicking on.

susiemac on

Sick sick sick. That goes for Sarah Palin and her hair salon. Ick

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Leota on

I’ll be watching it. I adore Sarah Palin and her family. She’s so down to earth. She would make an excellent president. She has experience and was the most popular governor of all the fifty states. Not only was she popular but she hit the ground running and accomplished so much. I’ll watch anything connected to her.

Siera on

I have a hard time believing that a woman who can’t even name one U.S. newspaper would make an excellent president. Starring in your own reality show on TLC that doesn’t last more than 1 season does not equal down to earth.

big daddy on

sarah palin as president would be the worst mistake america has ever made. i would laugh. really, she doesn’t even know where america is!

Christena Powell on

Dont we have better things to think about than where Sarah Palin got her hair done. Like homeless people in America for one?!?

Chris Ruffolo on

She is da Bomb!!

Cinder's mom on

These people (the folks in Wasilla) are certainly trying their best to drag their 15 minutes of fame into oblivion. I wish they’d get there already. I won’t be watching Hairstyles from Wasilla. Can’t imagine anything more boring than watching paint dry, but this may be it.

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