Here's an interesting "lost profile" view of Condi's coif from earlier today, when it (and Condi herself) met with Samuel Lewis Navarro, First Vice President and Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Panama:
I'm now thinking that this "softer, gentler" flip is intentional. They've taken the sharp "put-your-eye-out" points off of it, maybe to soften her image. Still, it looks like it would crack from any significant impact. And if they want to make her less threatening, they should probably spend more time on her facial expressions.