Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton allegedly shut down part of a luxury New York City department store last week to get a $600 haircut. Clinton's campaign closed the John Barrett salon at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue on Friday to ensure privacy for her large entourage, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Clinton entered the store by a side entrance. An elevator bank was shut down so Clinton could see her regular hairdresser privately. A haircut at John Barrett costs $600, the New York Post claimed, although the salon's website offers more affordable options. It was not known whether Clinton was charged for the haircut.
"She was styled in a private area of the salon," a source told the New York Post. "Other customers didn't get a glimpse. Hillary was later seen with a new feathered hairdo."
Clinton, 69, has made jokes about the media's obsession with her hair in the past. She recently made a crack about her age, noting she would not have white hair if she became president because she had been "coloring it for years."
She has also noted that women must pay a "hair and makeup tax" to make it in the professional world while many men can breeze through life with fewer concerns about their appearance. “It’s a daily challenge," Clinton said. "I do the best I can — and as you may have noticed, some days are better than others!”
During Clinton's service as secretary of state under the Obama administration, staffers complained that dealing with her hair was a chore. “As a chick, it’s a big pain in the butt. The weather is different, and you’re in and out of the plane. [The staff] gets off that plane looking like garbage most days, but she has to look camera ready," one staffer told Elle Magazine in 2012.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was famously snared in a 1993 controversy known as “Hairgate” when he got a $200 trim on Air Force One as it sat at a runway at Los Angeles International Airport, diverting numerous flights.