In A New Hope, we see Princess Leia in her signature "cinnamon" buns: >https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1b/Princess_Leia%27s_characteristic_hairstyle.jpg

On present-day Earth, that hairstyle is very difficult to maintain:

The iconic if ludicrous hairdo—Carrie Fisher, who starred as Leia, herself mocked it as “cinnamon buns”—took two hours to style and secure, and even then, it was dodgy. “I was a little afraid of it,” Fisher told The Making of Star Wars author J.W. Rinzler. “I was afraid my hair was going to fall off.” (source)

Yet, Fisher, as Leia, kept the hairstyle all through the events of the first movie, despite her being trapped in prison, locked in a trash compacter, and involved in battle, among other things. Her other hairstyles in the other movies, and other grooming traits - i.e. lipstick and makeup - remained unaffected as well.

I understand that it's a movie and George Lucas wanted Carrie Fisher to look her best. But is there an in-universe reason how the hairstyle stayed perfect throughout the events of the first movie? Does the Star Wars universe have some sort of self-grooming tech?

(Inspired by this quote on Mental Floss:

“When would revolutionaries find the time to put your hair up in two ridiculous buns, which are impossible, even with modern state-of-the-art hair product technology to carry for any length of time, if indeed you manage to tame your hair enough to play along to begin with.” )

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  • seems like a good job for protocol droid....
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 18:13
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    It's a common misconception that's her hair, those are actually ear muffs.
    – Morgan
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 18:14
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    The Force is a pathway to fashions that some would consider...unnatural. Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 18:15
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    I had thought that Princess Leia hairstyle was inspired in a work of Leonardo da Vici called "Study for the Head of Leda".
    – Bingo
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 2:03

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In her younger days she used to just have a serving droid do it.

“Another dinner party,” she groused as 2V slid a soft blue wrap around the shoulders of her white gown. “How many has my mom thrown this year? A dozen? Twenty?”
“Fourteen. Now, hold still. These are the old-fashioned pins that can still stick you.” 2V adroitly fastened the wrap in place with two jeweled brooches, one at each shoulder. They sparkled prettily, but Leia couldn’t have cared less. “I think two side buns tonight. Do you agree, Your Highness?”
2V tilted her torso forward to study her charge, perhaps thinking such insensitivity to fashion was evidence of an imminent collapse. Leia simply sat down at the vanity to let the droid do her work.

Leia: Princess of Alderaan

Once she went on the run, I see no reason why one of the Rebellion's various protocol droids couldn't learn how to tie them for her.

Note that although this hairstyle looks a little fussy to us, the style is described as "elaborate but efficient" by a stormtrooper, indicating that by Empire standards, her hairstyle may be quite easy to put together, albeit time-consuming.

Her clothing was so white as to almost glow, her skin smooth and pale as cream. As pale as his own, though her long, glossy hair, gathered up in elaborate but efficient twin buns on either side of her face, was a rich warm brown, not the bright, sunny yellow of his.

From a Certain Point of View: The Bucket

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