Not one hair on former senator John Edwards’ head has escaped his precipitous fall from political grace.
The lush brown locks that four years ago were getting the star treatment from a $400-per-cut Beverly Hills hairdresser are now being snipped and styled for a mere $12.95 by his local Supercuts, the New York Post reports.
Leah, a hairdresser at the Raleigh, N.C., Supercuts that is mere miles from Edward’s Chapel Hill house, told the Post when Edwards’ came in there was no fanfare for the 2008 presidential candidate.
“We just talked about his hair,” she told the Post.
When ABC News called to confirm the story, Leah’s Supercuts colleague Nikki said she has “never” seen Edwards in the salon. Leah was not available for comment.
But Edwards, it seems, is making the Supercuts rounds. About two months ago he stopped in one of the salon’s Chapel Hill locations so his son could get his ‘do done, Greg, a hairdresser at that location confirmed. While the former senator did not opt for a cut, his son splurged on a $10.95 ‘do. That was the first and last time Edwards’ came in the Chapel Hill Supercuts, Greg said.
The story of Edwards’ outrageously expensive haircuts, which exploded during his 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a cautionary tale that seems to have lived on into the current campaign.
Former GOP candidate Rick Perry, who earned the nickname “Governor Goodhair,” was quick to inform reporters that he only pays $25 for to snip his thick, dark locks.
“Twenty-five dollars, good hair cutter,” the Texas governor told reporters while stopping at a barbershop along the campaign trail in January.
While walking into a Supercuts is a far cry from flying a high-end hairdresser across the country for a custom cut, the discount salon may seem like a luxury for Edwards, who could spend the next 30 years sheering his shag from behind bars.
The former senator will appear in court starting Monday for his closely-watched criminal trial, which will determine if he is guilty of six felony charges for allegedly soliciting illegal campaign contributions and using them to cover up his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, who was pregnant with his son during Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign.