No 'Do in This Fight, but Cristophe Has an Offer

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, November 3, 2008

This 2008 presidential race has been lots of fun, but definitely lacking a certain something: a good Cristophe controversy.

"The hair has not been an issue in the election," said the Belgian-born celebrity stylist -- the man behind Bill Clinton 's infamous $200 Air Force One haircut on the LAX tarmac in 1993 and the fuss over John Kerry 's$75 'do in the '04 race. "It's been pretty boring as far as hair is concerned."

Of course, this cycle did bring us John Edwards 's$400 trim. Cristophe was not implicated in that one, but he's sympathetic. "If he's in Malibu, say, the [stylist] has to drive an hour to get there, an hour back, maybe wait an hour. The cost is maybe not that outrageous."

Politics has been good for the Beverly Hills-based hair mogul -- his D.C. salon blossomed after the Clinton controversy -- and now he's giving back in the manner of so many patriotic entrepreneurs this season: Tomorrow he's offering 50 percent off all salon services to anyone who brings in a little "I Voted" sticker to one of his four locations across the country. Which would bring one of his personal $500 haircuts down to . . . a mere $250! (Haircuts by his staffers start at $130; if you can't get an appointment Election Day, you can take a rain check.)

"It's a day that's usually slower in business anyway," he said. "It will generate business, and gets people out there to go and vote."

A citizen for 10 years, Cristophe wouldn't tell us how he plans to vote, or who would be better for the hair industry in Washington. "I would call myself neutral," he said. "All the Democrats need a trim on the left, the Republicans need a trim on the right."


One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.

Event:1960s-esque Andy Warhol"Factory Party," Wednesday night.

Site: Renaissance M Street Hotel.

Cause: The nice folks from Martini & Rossi and Capitol File lobbying us to drink their vermouth, read their magazine.

Draw: Display of vintage 1950s M&R ads drawn by Warhol, before he was Warhol.

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