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Why Should We Care About Hillary Clinton’s Hair?

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Who cares about Hillary Clinton's hair?

Do Hillary Clinton’s Hairstyles Matter? Maybe On A Bad Hair Day…

There are so many ways that women 50 and over gauge our age, from the way we dress, to our makeup, our waistlines and yes, our over-50 hairdos.

So why should be care about Hillary Clinton’s hair?  Because it reflects her personality and, more importantly, her state of mind. Unlike some helmet-hair mavens or the glossy-polished look of women like Cindy McCain (not that I don’t like her, it’s just that platinum Barbie-do thing…), Hillary’s hair style on any given day says volumes about how she’s feeling, how tired or busy she is, how stressful her job is at the moment.  What it really comes down to is that Hillary’s attitude about how her hair looks at any given time is a lot like some of the women I know.

She can afford to – and has had – a hairdresser with her at all times during certain points in her career…someone to make sure she only hits the public platform when all her follicles are in order. During the 2008 campaign her hairstyle went from working women/CEO to fantastic; it was full and stylish, not too shorn and with just a hint of classic softness.

But at certain times during the campaign it was dreadful.  Even now as Secretary of State, she occasionally sports the I-just-don’t-have-time look where her hair looks just brushed and hastily sprayed, and ends up flat and close to her head. Every time I see her like that, I think of what would happen with my daughter…how we would laugh about it.  I bet Chelsea calls her up on the phone and they giggle together because her hair was a mess on national TV, and talk about whether it’s time for bangs, not botox, or whether or not gray is the new black!

When Hillary Clinton has a bad hair day, watch out.

I love the bad-hair day look on Hillary.   The women is in her 60’s, has lived a life second to none, and still is so passionate and committed about what she does that everything takes a back seat to her job and public service.  Her real-woman hair issues are one of those unabashedly human things that save her from succumbing to that haughty Nancy Pelosi-like profile.

I don’t care about the style…long or short, trendy or frumpy, headbands or hairclips doesn’t matter.  What does matter to me is that when she has work to do, her personal needs get put aside along with her ego (a ‘la John Edwards. Like we didn’t know right then and there. Just sayin’.)   Just like so many working women of all ages who prioritize their needs based on the needs of others every single day.

So, I guess if there’s anything to be learned from this, it’s that if you’re a naughty dictator, terrorist or international asshole and you see Hillary comin’ with that mom-next-door hair thing goin’ on, this is where the rubber meets the road. She’s committed to the job at hand, and you’re done.

17 responses to “Why Should We Care About Hillary Clinton’s Hair?”

  1. JFW says:

    A lady knows and cares how she presents herself every day, and never allows herself to be seen in an unflattering light.

  2. Linda mcwha says:

    She is in a position where appearing professional and in control is vital. She presents an image of immaturity and trying to recapture a point of time that is lost. How sad. I would not want her representing any of my issues regardless of how clever she is. She is an embarrassment

  3. Jenna says:

    I can’t believe how AWFUL her hair looks! It makes her look dowdy, old, and almost sickly–flat to her head and way too long for a woman her age. She would have to be slimmer and way more attractive to pull it off at this point, and even then it might not work. I’m surprised her “handlers” don’t do something to help her out with this!

  4. Roxanne says:

    I AGREE with Jenna! The last several times I have seen her on tv just recently, I was shocked and dismayed by how terrible her hair looks. It DOES make a difference when you are in a professional and very public position. She looked great during the campaign and she has a stylist, so why should she ever go in front of the public looking like this? Other women politicians do not. Also, I imagine that some of the male heads of state are not receptive to her already because she is a woman, but if she comes in looking like a train wreck, I wonder what they must be thinking!

    • psissons says:

      You know, I do have to agree with you. When you look at the image that’s on this page, it’s so elegant and professional – I’m not down with the long stringy either. Wouldn’t suit her at any age, really, her face is too round. She has her work cut out for her just doing the job she’s doing as a woman. I totally respect her, but jeez….

  5. Kathy Daniels says:

    I have never been a fan of Hillary’s but felt she was attractive and always presented herself well when she was in the White House. I know she has tremendous pressure with her job as well as long hours and probably some sleep deprivation. Can someone please give her a mirror and ask her if this is the best she can do as a representative for our country? She looks depressed, dowdy and too old world. She always looked her best with short hair. For goodness sakes, cut the mop, get a cute style, keep it clean and use a curling brush(it takes 7 mins max) and you are good to go. The present style for her ages her about 25 years!!!

  6. Layla says:

    I LOVE Hillary Clinton, but her hairstyles and make-up lately have really made her look older. She seems to have aged twenty-five years in the past few months. I hope she’s not sick. Her picture on her book cover was beautiful. She needs to go back to that look, not the way I saw her on today’s television news report.

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  8. Jeffrey says:

    I love Hillary but doesn’t she have any good friends that will tell how awful she looks with this new long hair. It is embarrassing!!! Maybe she does not have a mirror at her house. Candy Crolley(?) also!!

  9. Priscilla says:

    I am not surprised that so many people agree with me on Hillary’ hair style. She used to be very attractive but not now. It is an embarrassment!

  10. Barb hunt says:

    Glad I am not alone in my thinking >>> What’ s with her HAIR ?? What must bill think ? ? ? ?

  11. AggieK says:

    I think Hillary looks so much younger and professional with the short, highlighted hairstyle. However, with her job, she surely needs something easy, and perhaps that is why she is growing it longer. Looks nice pulled back, or later perhaps in a bun or chignon. I really think she looks old and tired with it hanging down straight – way too long to let it go. PULL IT BACK, PUT IT UP, something chick – or cut it off and style it again.

  12. Thomas Conlan says:

    Hilary hair is great and youthfull looking

  13. Deborah says:

    You know what, I don’t think she gives a damn what anyone thinks about her hair.

  14. Dianne says:

    My hairstylist used to do Hillary’s hair in the late 2000’s when she first cut it short. She looked great. We commented on it a few weeks ago when she told Barbara Walters that she can’t style it herself (really? She’s a smart woman!) and she doesn’t have time to find a new stylist in every city. C’mon. She can afford one! I’m sure she is not staying at the Best Western so there must be a hair stylist in her hotel. Her current style is not at all flattering and, honestly, as a representative of the United States of America, an embarrassment. I wish she’d come back to LA and to Michael Haase who made her look awesome.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Seriously? She’s “an embarrassment”? How sexist and ignorant! Why is it that Joe Biden can prance around with his oversized veneers and hairplugs and that’s just fine, but a much smarter woman shows up and doesn’t want to waste an hour of her time each day with a goddam stylist and suddenly she’s “an embarrassment”?! I find women who judge other women based on looks to be an embarrassment to my sex.

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