10/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Helmet Head: The First Ladies' Crowning Coif (PHOTOS, POLL)

When Michelle Obama stepped out with her new 'do on July 21st, she formally donned the First Lady Helmet: one-part hot iron, three-parts AquaNet, and one hundred percent American tradition. Since Jacqueline Kennedy, the president's wives have worn the unbreakable bob, each adding a bit of personality from Claudia Johnson's flip to Betty Ford's wave to Hillary Clinton's side part. It's one hairstyle that's somehow stood the test's had to, with all of that hairspray, right?

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