This season of "Mad Men" is perhaps the most metaphor-laden yet, but as we wade through the slow burn of symbolism, there is one thing that, above all else, requires a closer look: Megan Draper's hair. Or is it a wig? Or extensions? Attention must be paid, folks. Perhaps young Megan is a bizarro Sharon Tate about to get murdered in her threesome lair, but what is important here is her unbelievable hair game. We investigate:
Here we have Megan from this past episode, "The Strategy." When she visits Don at SC&P, it appears her hair is rather long and wavy.
But then here is Megan again! Now with straight, shoulder-length hair. On the balcony of Don's apartment, she is as confused as we are by this sudden change. This is closest to what we might assume to be Megan's "real" hair, sans assorted lace fronts or whatever such follicle-based dark arts is at play in her other looks.
Near the beginning of last week's "The Runaways" we saw this straight, shoulder-length look. Overall, this is what we see in most of the non-party shots. Again, it is to be assumed this is the stuff that is growing out of Megan's scalp. (Side note: That's a green phone just like Sharon Tate had, Megan is 100% getting murdered.)
On the plane ride home in "The Strategy," Megan debuts yet another hair situation -- this one more subtly distinct than the last. To the untrained eye, this photo features a blowout version of the previous look ... but surely there is not enough volume or length in what we might assume to be her real hair. Look at the depth of that curl! Indeed, this is a lace front or, at the very least, use of some primordial Bump It, plus extensions.
It should be noted that in "The Runaways," we briefly saw what might have been the most basic of Megan's looks: a lowly ponytail.
And from the back: Nothing to see here, that's real hair, let's move along.
Later, there was a similar look to her "The Strategy" office visit, but there was noticeable volume -- almost a miniature beehive situation had formed atop her head. We have identified this as a "fall," or a sort of clip-in wiglet that ladies would put in to get the aforementioned Bump It effect.
However, Megan then slept in this look, waking up with it frizzy, and momentarily leaving us to think this might be her real hair. Why would one sleep in this contraption? Of course, post-threesome, who knows if there's really any rational hair-centric thought. That said, typically, there is no reason to sleep in anything that is not semi-permanent extensions or a weave.
So, what is going on with Megan's hair? Just as questions of Ginsberg's mental health or whether Bob Benson still might kill a hooker, there is no concrete answer here. The point is this: whatever kind of weave-wig contraption Megan is tying to her skull consistently looks amazing -- even the morning after a forced and vaguely unsexy version of a ménage à trois.