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RNC vs. DNC: Who Had the Best Hair?

From Hillary Clinton’s soft blonde color and Michelle Obama’s long waves to Ivanka Trump’s pristine blow out, we’re breaking down the best looks on both sides of the aisle.


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The 2016 GOP National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, included a parade of long, glossy hair, courtesy of the Donald Trump’s daughters and wife. Ivanka Trump, who is a regular at the swanky Julien Farel salon in New York, wore an enviable, Zamboni-perfected blowout (that gave off a “You Can’t Sit With Us” vibe) that echoed the polished, untouchable style of her stepmother, Melania Trump. Tiffany Trump, the 22-year-old daughter of Trump and his second wife, Marla Maples, followed suit with a light wave, pulled back ponytail and a slightly brassy color. (She’s young.)

Ivanka Trump, left, and Melania Trump. Photos by Getty Images.

When Hillary Clinton walked on stage to formally accept her party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, she possessed poise, confidence and a lighter, softer hairstyle, thanks to the expertise of her longtime friend, the legendary hair guru John Barrett. I’m not the only one obsessed with Clinton’s cool blonde shade–New York-based colorist Aura Friedman is, as well. “I’ve been studying it,” she said. “There’s a little pinkish color in it, and the pinky tones right behind the cool pieces around her face that gave her a softer look.”

“You want to play with colors when you’re in that position” Friedman continued. “You want to show the strong woman that you are, but you also want to show the softness behind that world leader–the mother, the caretaker. You can see how hair color plays with psychology of perception. It’s a powerful thing.”

First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

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Despite the comparative unity at the DNC, A-list hairstyles ranged from Katy Perry’s quasi-dreadlocks to Sarah Silverman’s retro up do and Lena Dunham’s chic bob. But it was the soft wavy locks of Eva Longoria, America Ferrara, Chelsea Clinton and Michele Obama that drove the highest approval rating from our editors.

Actress Eva Longoria. Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage.

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Comedian Sarah Silverman. Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage.

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Actresses Lena Dunham, left, and America Ferrera. Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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Chelsea Clinton. Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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See more photos from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions below.

Democratic National Convention 2016 Street Style: Red, White, and Blue All Over

Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionBrian McPartlin, Vice President Biden’s staff.PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionPHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionSenator Bill Nelson, FL.PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Photo by Alan Chin.

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 25, 2016Democratic National ConventionFamily of Senator Bill Nelson, Florida, left is wife Grace, right is daughter Nan Ellen.PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

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2016 GOP Convention Street Style: Americana on Steroids

Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
Photo by Christian Hansen.
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