Style Watch

updated 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE SHORN BIRDS

Okay, so their subject matter—dysfunction and more dysfunction—may not be any different this season, but many of TV's talk show hosts have cut loose in one area: hair. Ricki Lake has modified last season's long bob with a style that's short and sleek. Novice Gabrielle Carteris straightened and bleached the curly brown coif she sported on Beverly Hills, 90210. And recovered yo-yo dieter Oprah Winfrey is on to a new on-again, off-again drama: After revealing on her Sept. 13 show that her chin-length locks—a dramatic change from her cropped do of just the week before—were hair extensions, she had them taken out in front of the audience 15 days later. "Nobody has to tell me when I'm looking bad," she said. "I saw the new hair sitting on my head like a little cat."

Indeed, as the gab circuit gets increasingly glutted, new hairstyles have become a way to stand out. A freshly tressed Phyllis George, host of nighttime Spotlight with Phyllis George, says her above-the-ears cut even caught the eye of her son Lincoln, 15. "He said, 'Mom, you look 10 years younger,' " she says. As for the guys, Talk Soup host John Hensen believes they'll soon be emulating his distinctive style, featuring a natural white patch on the side. "It's just a matter of time," he says. "Even Montel Williams has called me about setting up a hair graft."

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