HAIR TODAY...: There was much to be shocked about in the 78-page indictment of Rod R. Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois who was arrested on Monday and charged with corruption. For one, there were the reported conversations in which he is alleged to have discussed selling off Barack Obama’s Senate seat and swore enough times to make even Eddie Murphy blush. But hairdressers all over America needed little else than to look at his hair — “there’s no name for that,” said Calvin Klein’s hairstylist Roberto Novo. “Ugh” — to gasp in horror.
“Jack Lord from ‘Hawaii 5-0’ called. He wants his look back,” said Chris McMillan, the man behind Jennifer Aniston’s famed shag. “It’s very dated,” concurred Sally Hershberger, whose clients have included Meg Ryan, Courtney Love and Hillary Clinton. “And it looks like a wig.” To be fair, chicness has never been a hallmark of politics. Washington is frequently referred to as “Hollywood for ugly people.” There’s even evidence that caring too much about your looks is detrimental if you’re running for office. (See Edwards, John, and Palin, Sarah). But even by the lower standards held to politicians, Blogojevich raised eyebrows. And the mere possibility that his mane might be fake didn’t help. Marc Zowine of Chelsea, N.Y., pointed out that a rug is not exactly an act of honesty: “It’s a cover up. It says a lot about a person.”