Still, the show doesn't sound like an obvious must watch for the beauty-obsessed or reality-loving crowd. Whereas other salon reality shows have involved an element of creative competition or celebrity glamour, Big Hair Alaska seems to rely mostly on telling hairstyling stories with a grizzly-bear twist. And as election season puts Michele Bachmann in Palin's former media spotlight, a vague Palin connection isn't as much of a selling point as it might have been even six months ago. If this show aims to make for water cooler conversation, it'll need strong story lines to lure viewers into palling around with colorists. Big Hair Alaska airs on TLC tonight at 10 p.m.