The Tress Test: Callista Gingrich vs. Queen Elizabeth II

San Francisco: Mission District 5/19/10

           In Saturday’s Boston Globe Beth Teitell has a fine short piece, ‘Throwing Hair into the Ring’.

           The hook is the story circulating that Newt Gingrich’s staff quit because his wife, Callista, wouldn’t do early morning flights because ‘she needed time to get her platinum hair done.’  Of her ‘helmet’ look, a stylist estimated, ‘It takes at least 45 minutes to an hour to do that kind of blow-dry.’  The AP photo of her with the article is fascinating.

           So much for your husband’s presidential ambitions, though I wonder how much less time Newt takes on his hair.

           Insane, that may seem until you consider Teitell’s quotation from that most sensible of politicians, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  She told Yale’s class of 2001:

 The most important thing I have to say to you today is that hair matters.  This is a life lesson my family did not teach me, Wellesley and Yale Law School failed to instill: Your hair will send significant messages to those around you. . . . Pay attention to your hair, because everyone else will. The Queen at Prince Philip's 90th Birthday Service

          Teitell’s final paragraph which contrasts the not-to-be First Lady with the most successful politician of the past 60 years:

 Celebrity hair guru Sandy Poirier, at Shag, in South Boston, said Gingrich’s hair might take as long as 90 minutes, although he couldn’t be sure. He contrasted her high-maintenance hairstyle with that of a far better-known public figure: “Look at the Queen of England,’’ Poirier said. “She puts on that hat and she’s out the door.’’

 A gem of an article!