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. Kate, Seattle WA

    Ah yes, more of the Celebrity News Network timely and relevant stories. First we were treated to endless days of Paris Hilton watch, then the Pro-Wrestler "mystery" but since the kids in Hollywood have been behaving this week we must now report on relative costs of hair cuts.

    If you are going to have a political ticker, you might think about using it to cover political issues – you know ones like stands on the environment, health care, education, foriegn policy.

    And I wonder why I get better US political coverage from the BBC...

    July 5, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Frank Fisher Jr., San Diego, Ca

    We need to stop looking at the sideshows of politics and stick with the issues. Whether or not Edwards, McCain, Clinton, Romney, or Bush gets haircuts for $ 400 or more dollars is neither here nor there. What matters is how effective a leader that person can be. We have to focus on more worthy issues.

    July 5, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Nikki, Dayton, Ohio

    Image is imperitive when in the public eye. This is not rocket sience. The man has some nice hair and that has helped his career- it is an assett. I do not understand why that is so hard for people to fathom. It's interesting to me that paying lots of cash for a high end haircut is more significant than the billions of dollars wasted on a baseless and useless war. Where is the outcry about that!

    July 5, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Richard, Wethersfield, CT

    If it's Edwards money, who cares? if it is from campaign money, that's a problem.

    July 5, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Peg Angola NY

    Good Lord, cut me a break. It is actually funny. And all this he didn't know anything about it. I never saw so many people who don't know anything about their personal lives. Are you kidding? How could they expect people to vote for them. It's beyond me.

    July 5, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Erik, Austin TX

    Edwards could have gotten that same haircut from the local Supercuts for $12.95, and no one would have to be flown in to do it. Seriously, if you're going to pay $400 for a haircut, I would expect them to include a free gold bar with every purchase.

    Maybe I'm just too far separated from the "haves" in this country, but I can't see flying a particular hair stylist across the country, no matter how busy you are.

    All that being said, everyone here who is saying this is not news are 100% correct. This is just late night TV joke fodder.

    July 5, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. James, Memphis Tn

    Let's see what everyone else is paying. I'll bet a Bush haircut goes for alot more than $10 bucks as well.

    July 5, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Pedro A. Romanach, Miami, Florida

    I would rather we looked at where candidates stood on the serious issues of our day, like Iraq, the economy, fighting discrimination and prejudice, etc. instead of dwelling on this nonsense. John Edwards is a fine man. I would vote for him any day over the backward, intolerant, anti-gay Republicans who are running for President.

    July 5, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Eli

    I am convinced that when John is elected president and fixes poverty, then I too will be able to pay $400 for a haircut. Bush has a lot of money to throw around too, but so far I have only gotten poorer!

    July 5, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Cheryl, CK, FL

    Money is no object, folks, including ours!

    July 5, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. andy, new york, ny

    what bothers me most is that he doesnt pay for his haircut, he has someone else pay and doesnt have a clue himself what it costs. How can someone represent the people if they cant relate to the prope

    July 5, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Erica Riggs, Americus, GA

    I agree with Ashen. Whether this was paid for with Edwards' own money or the campaign money, Edwards can use his own discretion to decide how to spend it. The life of a campaigning Presidential hopeful probably doesn't allow much time to go to a barber shop, so the barber comes to him. Shipping the barber from out of town seems excessive, but I don't see how this is news?

    July 5, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Maryann, Illinois

    If we're talking excessive here, why not mention the frequent Bush vacations to the Texas "White House" paid for by taxpayers, and his extravagant display of crony-sim by his comutation (and possible pardon) of Scooter Libby's sentence after the public footed the bill for the trail. The knife cuts both ways.

    July 5, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Allison Austin, Texas

    This guy is a hypocritical hick. He made all of his money suing doctors. How noble.

    July 5, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Michael Whatney, Mission Viejo Ca.

    I recntly traveled to New Orleans and took a tour of the Katrina devastation. There is a rebuilding orgagnization in one of the heighborhoods, building new homes. Most people volunteer for a few days, to help build the homes.
    Our tour guide told us, that when Edwards announced his candidicy, he showed uo in a limo, took his jacekt off, rolled up his sleeves, and had a photo OP with a shovel in his hand. He gave the impression that he was working on the site to assist the homeless. Probelm is, he put the shovel down, put his jacket on, and drove away in his limo.
    Actions like this and his $400 haircuts make me sick. I will never vote for this guy.

    July 5, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Lane Ann Arbor Mi

    Everytime columnists brings up this hair cut I realize again how toroughly nervous Republicans are about an Edwards candidacy. He's got you all sweating bullets and the haircut is the only complaint you've got! Give me a break. This story is nothing. What did Bush pay to keep Libby quiet. Oh yeah. His integrity. What did Gulianni pay to get out of 3 marriages? What did Romney pay to hush up the animal abuse for so long? And what payoffs are keeping this haircut story in the news? Those are the prices I want to know.

    July 5, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Jacqui Odell, Daleville, AL

    Let's see- $400 could have paid some of my rent. $400 could have spayed three cats, or neutered four dogs. $400 could have fed a small family for a month who otherwise couldn't afford to eat. No matter how far his $400 could have gone, it was still his to spend- stupidly or not. What worries me is if he spends his own money so foolishly, who is to say he won't do the same or worse with taxpayer money... IF he were elected President.

    July 5, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Scott Wilson Phoenix AZ

    All this does is point out whats wrong with America and why the rest of the world hates us. We are greedy and excessive and let out poor starve in the streets while the "haves" pay $400 for a $12 haircut, and the "have nots" rack up credit card debt to do the same thing. It's news because it points out our excessive waste and greed. Next time let him go to supercuts and get a real haircut that most of us do just fine with.

    July 5, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. jack, Phoenix, AZ

    Who cares? But does anyone really believe anyone BUT a multi-millionaire can be president.

    July 5, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Gene Furlong Dallas, Texas 75219

    I believe $400 is cheap for a haircut.
    I also believe in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy!

    July 5, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Providence, RI

    Edwards is an example of hypocrisy...fighting poverty and getting hair cut for $1200.00. It is an issue, because it is his character. If he cares about poor, then he should give those money to poor.

    July 5, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Michael, Columbia IL

    It is regrettable that the MSM treats this as news, but as much as hate to admit it, there is a paradox here. Which came first? Tabloid news (the chicken) or a public that is only intrigued by tabloid news (the egg)?

    Beyond that I absolutely hate that a candidate with real substance in his stances (whether you agree with them or not) keeps getting overshadowed by this ridiculous vanity angle.

    Quite frankly, his campaign should be much sharper than this considering that technically he's the only one that's been down this road before. Why would they take a response angle to the $400 story that is dismissive of the stylist WITHOUT getting things straight WITH the stylist, so stories like this don't happen. Very disappointing.

    The looseness under which this campaign is being managed and how they are handling what gets thrown at them troubles me much more than the fact that he's paid for high-dollar haircuts.

    Still an Edwards supporter, but getting concerned.

    July 5, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Gary Knight, Tallahassee, FL

    Give it a rest! This is NOT news. This is no more news worthy than the cost of Mitt Romney's suits or Hillary Clinton's shoes. Does CNN have no shame–demonstrate a little editorial judgement and responsibility for goodness'sake. I, for one, am tired of such trivial, petty drivel.

    July 5, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Bill McKern, Barre, VT

    How about covering NEWS instead of trivia? If you devoted as much attention to Edwards' health care plan as you do his personal grooming, you'd be doing a public service.

    If you're not going to do real news, how about at least covering the Republican candidates in the same way you do the Democrats? For example, why do you treat Edwards as though he's pretty while you at the same time you suggest Romney's hair and chest and shoulders make him appear manly?

    Bill McKern
    Barre, VT

    July 5, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Louise Milone, Washington, DC

    Has it occured to CNN editors that you have spent more air time on John Edward's hair cuts than you have on his positions on the issues? Do you feel any responsibility for the fact that more Americans know what John Edwards spends on his hair than they do about what he wants to do about health care? Is this laziness because informing people about the issues takes actual work or is this really what you all think qualifies as excellence in political reporting Do you all need to be reminded that this is a campaign for the Presidency that has at stake such mundane issues as war, trade balances, disparity between our wealthy and the middle class, immigration, and many others that some of us may think deserve more attention than an expensive hair cut?

    July 5, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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