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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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Men who are so obsessed with their hair that they pay such money for their chosen stylists are, how shall I say this, a tad on the metrosexual side. Billy Crystal's SNL character 'Nando was only kidding when he intoned "it's better to look good than to feel good." Make us feel good enough to vote for you instead of Shrillary or Obama, and stop being such a priss.

    July 5, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Jeremy Kintigh, Dover, NH

    How is this news?

    July 5, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Matthew

    It seems as if you guys have an ax to grind. This story should have died a while ago, and yet it didn't. Instead, you keep getting new angles, and angles on those angles. It is rather amazing. I for one, am impressed. If you don't want him to be president, just say so.

    July 5, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    This is newsworthy because it really shows the difference in the "2 America's".

    July 5, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. mt, BR, LA

    This is news. I like some of Edwards' positions, but this and other things he's done smack of hypocrisy. He advocates for the poor and claims we need to end the divides in America. I agree. But then he spends absurd amounts on haircuts, and has an outrageous mansion!

    No one is perfect, and we blast our politicians for every imperfection. But in this case, Edwards deserves some criticism.

    July 5, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Warren Arends, Jonesboro, Arkansas

    What a crock!!! I pay $10 for my haircut and I look 100% better than John Edwards!!

    July 5, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Give me a break. How much do you think Billary pays for a hair cut? Why isn't that news?

    July 5, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    I am a republican, but $400 per haricut for Edwards is not THAT expansive. He has to fly the stylist out for a haircut. The plane ticket can easily cost as much. I am not sure if the travel fee is included or not. The total real cost to his campaign may be more than $1500 with the plane ticket, hotel stay... Anyway, both Hillary and Bill Clinton have spent alot of money on hair too, so this is not abnormal. Bill has once flew to LA by air force one to get a haircut. Do you have any idea how expansive to flew air force one with jet fighters security and a secret service company? $400 is cheap, even a $1000 or $10 000 is cheap in comparison. I can it can be dishearting for average grassroot donor to learn that their $100 donations are not even 1/10th of a haircut. Guess what? Donate more! If you don't like it, than back someone with less hair, like Guilianni or Biden. Otherwise, grow up.

    July 5, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Tom, san diego ca

    not as bad as 440 billion for a war in iraq

    July 5, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. S. Navarro Shively, Los Angeles, CA

    Who cares about the cost of Edwards' haircut? What about his presidential platform? Let's stick to the issues, please.

    (CNN, I am terribly disappointed in you.)

    July 5, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Ashen Shard, Chambersburg, PA

    If he wants to waste his money on a haircut, fine by me. This would only be 'news' and there should only be 'outrage' if he were actually using taxpayer dollars for those haircuts.

    July 5, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Ryan, New York, NY

    From now on, all Presidential candidates must be bald so that we the people make sure that they aren't spending too much of their money on haircuts. That goes for Hillary, too.

    I'm still curious how much political insiders paid for Deborah Palfrey's girls' time.

    July 5, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Josh, Akron, OH

    Okay, let's stop. Let's just stop. It is in no way hypocritical to advocate for the alleviation of poverty if you are rich. In fact, it's admirable. I don't begrudge John Edwards his wealth – unlike George W. Bush, he worked hard for it.

    Newsflash people – rich folks live in big houses and buy expensive things. Some of them also use their position to help others (like Edwards). Many don't.

    This story needs to die, because it has nothing to do with the issues. There's a war. There's a healthcare crisis. There are big, fat problems from sea to shining sea. And you wanna waste time talking about the costs of haircuts from three years ago?!

    July 5, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. daniel, cincinnati, OH

    Although I don't see this as news, I certainly do not see anything wrong with paying $400 to get a haircut. Keep in mind how mych the stupid war in Iraq is costing. If you have the money, then what is wrong with paying this amount for a haircut?

    July 5, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Patrick, Indianapolis, Indiana

    On the sheer idiocy of this excessive act alone, John Edwards should not be elected President of these United States.

    July 5, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    What a freakin joke our government is..... I'm glad they get to decide to give themselves raises so they can dish out 1500 bucks for a haircut Judy down at Supercuts could have done in 20 minutes for 10 bucks... what a friggin joke.

    July 5, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. T.R.L. Los Angeles, California

    Mr. Edwards has money like a rockstar! He tipped all nine valets at his most recent speech in Los Angeles a Benjamin each. P Diddy doesn't tip that well.

    July 5, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. John Fisk, San Francisco, CA

    CNN is sure doing a service with these stories. Please respect the intelligence of your readership.

    July 5, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Melanie Glinsmann, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Edwards is in the public eye and wants to present an image of a well-groomed, professional man. However,while it's his choice to spend money on high-end hair stylists, as a politician he needs to be more aware of the people from which he is trying to win a vote. With many families working three or four jobs just to make ends meet, and so many kids growing up without basic health and dental care, Edwards really needs to rethink his priorities, and more importantly, what kind of image this sends to the "common man."

    July 5, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. J. Turchek, Stuart, VA 24171

    If the man cannot even keep track of how his campaign staff spends money, then how can We the People trust him to keep track of governmental spending?

    July 5, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Bob Nattenberg, Mercer Island, WA

    Why is this news? Is it a slow news day for CNN? Why isn't the criminal activity of the Bush administration as regards obstruction of justice covered on your home page? Doesn't that merit continuing coverage?

    July 5, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Julie Chicago, IL

    Ashen, don't you think he is??

    July 5, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. D Clark, Portage, IN

    Is this guy so narcissistic that he believes this is the only guy that has the ability to cut his hair? How completely out of touch with reality can one be? Imagine the vast amounts of money he must waste on other things. This is NOT presidential material folks.

    July 5, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    Some guy who would like to be President overpays for a haircut. This is enough to foment comment and, perhaps, destroy his campaign? Why does he think his hair requires such expert treatment? Wouldn't Frank down at the old-fashioned barber shop on Elm Street be able to give him a serviceable trim? Anyway, if somebody as rich as he is wants to throw away money, who are we to object?

    July 5, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Richard, Ewing, NJ


    No, he is not. He is using campaign money for his haircut, not tax money. In other words, these are money from donation.

    July 5, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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