When I was younger and had my long hair, I always wanted to crazy and wild things with it. Then the prequels came out and I saw what I never managed to do, all those intricate hairstyles and headpieces. I think hair is part of the fantasy of Star Wars.
I've read that the hair was traditional in nature. So in effect it was part of Leia's senatorial work, like part of ones character or out showing of one's values as a senator.
Meat is murder...... tasty tasty murder.
"Suggestion: Electrocution works well. Evisceration and Decapitation are also effective, or um, so I've heard."