By  on January 16, 2009

With high-definition cameras rolling and historical TV footage in the making, legions of lawmakers, political pundits and gala goers are bent on appearing picture perfect for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday. The town is buzzing about who incoming First Lady Michelle Obama has enlisted to do her hair and makeup, but all involved parties are sworn to secrecy. With the town’s population swelling in advance of the big day, Mrs. Obama isn’t the only one in town who’ll need pampering. A host of Washington’s top apothecaries, salons and spas have readied for the beauty rush with a spate of inauguration-themed services, and what they hope are iron-clad contingency plans to deal with road closures and fortified security measures. Style-makers also are descending upon the city, as D.C.’s beauty establishment finalizes its plans. Here’s what’s in store:

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