Beyonce greets Michelle Obama in Washington during the inauguration celebrations.
Bangs and blow dries are back but it seems the hairstyle sweeping the brow of Michelle Obama never left Canberra.
“Her look is nothing ground breaking it is a very neat layered bob that has been straightened then blow dried smooth, my clients have been doing that for years,” senior stylist at Kingston’s Form Haircutters Chad Wijayatilake told Fairfax.
While President Obama was being sworn in for his second term and Beyonce was belting out a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, the eyes of the mainstream and social media were fixated on Michelle’s new fringe.
Sasha, Malia and Michelle Obama cheer on Beyonce at the inauguration concert.
“The Canberra market is very safe and professional especially with a lot of my clients in the public service you can’t have anything to ‘out there’.”
Mrs Obama, who sported a sleek do during the celebrations and ceremonies, was in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton and Jill Biden who both showcased voluminous locks while in Washington.
The layered bob has traditionally been the hairstyle of choice for high-powered executives like Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann and Harpers Bazaar chief Kellie Hush.
Adam Noble from Next Hair said that Obama’s new style chapter is a welcome change, both for the administration and the 49-year-old.
“She looks a lot cooler than before with her bouncy and more blow-dried look. She’s representing more than just herself, it’s an image that’s modern but conservative and makes her looks younger,” he said.
While the haircut has generated a lot of publicity Mr Noble said he wasn't expecting his Braddon salon to be bombarded with requests from clients asking for "Michelle's bangs".
"Not everyone suits a short fringe. We are guided by fashion connections and then we style it to suit the individual."