July 5th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards' $400 haircut actually a bargain

Edwards at last week's PBS forum.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Many found John Edwards' $400 haircut earlier in the year a bit on the excessive side, but it turns out he may have actually gotten quite a deal, at least compared to another high-end trim he received three years ago.

Joseph Torrenueva, the stylist responsible for the infamous cut, told the Washington Post he once charged the former North Carolina senator $1,250 for a haircut in 2004 when Edwards was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

That cut was so expensive because Torrenueva traveled to Atlanta and lost two days of work, according to the Post. Torrenueva said he normally charges $175 for haircuts in his Los Angeles salon.

Torrenueva said he has cut the Democratic presidential hopeful's hair numerous times in the last few years, but didn't charge for the first five haircuts in 2003 and 2004 because he liked Edwards' politics. He only began charging when Edwards joined Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry on the 2004 Democratic presidential ticket.

A campaign spokesman told the Post an assistant handled paying Torrenueva and Edwards was not aware of how much the cuts cost.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    I am a Republian, and I cannot believe I am actually defending Edwards on this. Edwards is on a campaign trial. He cannot fly to California to get the haircut, so he has to fly the stylish to him. In fact, it is cheaper to fly the stylish over to him, then flying himself and his entire campaign staffs to California. To answer someone question here. Edwards is using campaign money (donor's money) for most of the haircut except the most recent one. His haircut, foods, hotel expense, are all from campaign money, why won't he? $400 a haircut is ridiculous for most of us, but it is not for him. He has a previous one with $1250. The stylist earns $150 per haircut at his own studio. He has to miss half a day to a whole day of work. He is losing money to give Edwards a haircut. It is a bargin for Edwards. Get over it. If you want to know, the real costs is alot more. He had to pay for the stylist the plane ticket, the limo dive, the hotel stay, the foods.... Trust me if you fly someone over, you are going to pay for his foods. The actual cost for that "$400" haircut is probably over $1000.

    July 5, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. dk Memphis TN

    Good Gravy – is that all you got against John Edwards – poppy cock, get over it.

    Edwards is the best choice for the working people of America – last time I checked that was the MAJORITY OR US.

    Try and get him on the real issues not junk media hype!

    He is still the best choice for 2008!

    All the way to the White house.

    July 5, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Laura P., Baltimore, MD

    What appalls me about this story is not anything about Edwards spending his own money as he chooses, but the fact that the media chooses to focus on haircuts when we have people dying in Iraq, a global warming crisis, 37 million of our own people living in poverty, 43 million of our own people without health care, and so on.

    What SHOULD be making the news is that John Edwards is the candidate with the most substantive plans to solve each and every one of the problems I just mentioned.

    July 5, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Steve K, LA, CA

    Sorry guys, but a $12 haircut leaves you looking like Gomer Pyle – at best. I don't have much hair left, and every few years when I get really Stupid (like this "news" point) I get a walk-in type cheap hair cut. And I walk out looking like the average voter as witnessed in a lot of this blog...looking stupid enough to have obviously let an unskilled craftsman hack at my hair. To the rest of you bloggers that think being a candidate and acting like one precludes you from running for president...well, look in a mirror, you're not running on enough cylinders to make any decisions.

    July 5, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Pete, Tarpon Springs, FL

    Get over it! He spent his money! "W" and co are spending yours! How about 2.5 billion of yet un-earned tax dollars per week in Iraq! Focus on that and all the small stuff disappears.


    July 5, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Scott, NJ

    who cares!!

    What makes me so angry about the media coverage of the democrates is how quick they are to make Edwards looks as stupid as possible. There are a million stories about Clintons and Obamas policys and campaigns, but Edwards, who has the most substance, gets haircuts and Coulter.

    The media is doings its best to make this a two man race and its completely ridiculous. Obama is more a celebrity then a legit. politician.

    July 5, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Karla Seattle WA

    That just shows that politicians are overpayed...Does this show how he would spend "our" money?

    July 5, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Linda, Chandler AZ

    Anyone who pay's $400 or even $175 for a haircut is not only vain, but is definately not in touch with the "other" America.

    July 5, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Ryan, New York, NY

    Allison from Austin,
    I hope a doctor never makes a mistake and leaves you or a member of your family disabled or dead, otherwise, you might have to use one of these hypocrites that you don't think are noble.

    July 5, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. W.Orr

    Leave John Edwards alone, you have
    detroyed him, and the republicans
    will win the election in 2008. Hillary
    and Obama are losers, no matter how
    much money they raise. CNN is a sellout to the republican party for
    writing these silly items on haircuts. If any democrat believes this garbage and votes accordingly, they deserve another four years of the status quo administration which is what they'll get with Clinton, Obama or any republican.

    July 5, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. West Columbia, SC

    This just means that he'll never have a bad-hair day !!

    GO EDWARDS !!!

    July 5, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "There are TWO Americas... the haves and the have not!"

    John Edwards Sissor-hands

    July 5, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. KACTUS-KATHY, Phoenix, AZ



    July 5, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Betty, Greensboro, North Carolina

    I count on CNN for real news. If I want something like this, I will by a tabloid. Where is your coverage of the ACORN forum and Edward's important presentation there? Where is your coverage of Edward's plan to increase mimimum wage (announced at the ACORN forum). Does CNN have no respect for the dedication of ACORN? John Edwards does.

    July 5, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Elizabeth, Dallas, Texas

    So, if he had only spent $25 on a haircut would that mean he's cheap since he's very capable of paying more?

    The media is nitpicking and fueling the embers of a campfire hoping it will burn down the forest.

    How completely destructive that is.

    CNN and any other media outlet that continues this charade loses my respect and my viewership, too.

    July 5, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. David, Nassau Bay, TX

    Someone who thinks $400-$1200 for a man's haircut is better use of money than engaging the brutal tyranny of Saddam and the fanatic fundamentalist who is sworn to kill all us 'infidels' doesn't understand the terrorists will cut your hair off, just below your larnyx (voicebox). You can believe killing Americans is more important to al-Qaida than getting a new do. It's the outcome that is important - not whether it is inconvenient or not. Having been there, I can tell you the American lack of will will defeat all our military power. If you think the Iraqi Congress is inept, take a look at ours! If you think Iraqis can't get their act together, take a look at the anti-war activists in the US.

    July 6, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. Bill, Reston, VA

    I am amazed at the idiocy of some of the posters. This is most definitely news-worthy. This cuts to the core of his platform of poverty, two Americas. Between $1200 haircuts, 30K sq. foot mansions and 150K stump speeches on poverty, not to mention how his poverty center at UNC was and is just a fundraising tax shelter, this man cannot be trusted to lead the country. He is an ambulance chaser, without any real record to speak of.

    July 6, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    This story almost as interesting as
    As Paris Hilton's Rebirth in Cell 26!

    Glam and Scam the American Way...

    We're interested because?

    July 6, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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