Let’s Talk about It
For so long as women have sought civic office, the press has commented as a lot on how they look as on what they should say. The disproportional treatment is obvious. It’s unfair. This is the twenty-first century. Sexism is so out of fashion. Men deserve some consideration, too!
Rand Paul knows it. The Republican presidential candidate has made issues of style a focal point of his marketing campaign, stockpiling signature mock turtlenecks, stepping out in snazzy sunglasses, and even shilling “Rand Vogue” on his website.
The hassle has not been lost on us.
Paul was spotted at Kentucky Derby Day in an outfit that attracted even the regard of the Related Press, which famous his “pink blow dryer hair shirt and striped tie” in a dispatch from the event. The United States Senator from Kentucky instructed reporters that he had wager on Carpe Diem—not only the identify of a prized horse in the contest, but also what we presume to be a personal sartorial motto. His endorsement notwithstanding, Carpe Diem completed in 10th place.
Given the scrutiny that female politicians are so usually forced to endure, we applaud the Associated Press for such even-handed reporting. Perhaps the outlet heeded the contentions of Senator Claire McCaskill, who told Bloomberg Politics last month that whether they “like it or not,” women in politics are subjected to a deeper diploma of inspection than males: “I haven’t seen anyone yet write on Rand Paul’s hair, although it’s very interesting.”
On perhaps solely this issue, she and Paul are in excellent agreement. Just this week, the candidate told Us Weekly that he’s his “personal barber” and even trimmed his famed locks on his wedding day. Neat!
Representatives on both sides of the aisle can attest: This is spectacular! His curls have great definition! To help everyday Individuals get the “Rand Paul” (Strand Paul ) look, we turned to expert hairstylist Dayna Goldstein at the Ted Gibson Salon.
“The truth that he cuts his personal hair is loopy to me,” Goldstein declares. “As a hairstylist and a professional, I wouldn’t recommend that to any of my purchasers. You realize, a lot of people might say that it’s type of cool how he cuts his personal hair and takes initiative and that maybe he’ll do that in his campaign, but I think it’s pretty risky.”
For skewering political comedian Sara Benincasa, the “predilection” is worrisome: “He is clearly someone who will take on responsibilities that he actually ought to seek advice from [professionals].”
And yet despite such reservations, Goldstein at the very least is confident that each one voters can attain the Paul hairdo. This is America.
Goldstein encourages males to commit to a three-step sequence—shampoo, conditioner, and a gel or mousse: “I inform them to apply some product to wet hair before it dries. It simply adds a little volume. Once the hair is dry, then I would go and tame it with a pomade on high.”
Goldstein favors Kerastase products, mentioning the Capital Power range as an aptly titled option. Formulated for males, the series “has a much more masculine odor [and] black packaging—nothing weird or bright in the shower.” After clients have lathered up with its daily energizing shampoo, Goldstein advises them to make use of a product with “just a little extra hold.”
“It’s simply good for shine, resilience, and substance,” she explains. No less than we would anticipate from the leader of the free world—no matter his or her hair type.
Benincasa, who addresses such consequential issues on her podcast, In the Casa, stresses the impact that even issues of hair care can have at the polls: “I simply think that if Rand Paul needs to be taken seriously as a candidate, he wants to contemplate what he wears and the way he does his hair. Because I do know that once i vote, the factor that is most vital to me is whether someone uses mousse or gel.”
Leveling, Benincasa continues, “Honestly, I do assume that look matters. When it’s apparent that you’ve put some effort into your look, you convey the message that you’re severe about attaining high workplace. But it is essential that whereas candidates make an effort to look good, in addition they try to look like themselves and not disguise who they are. If who they’re authentically shouldn’t be presidential, then they shouldn’t be running for president.”
Paul has grasped as much, emphasizing his authoritative bearing on his online store. “If you wear the Rand Brand, you look good and stand for something bigger than all of us,” the site proclaims. “Liberty. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.”
These are early days, yet. And Paul will spend the next several months on the trail, hoping to influence essential constituents that both he and his tousled tresses can represent the United States on a global stage. Since he is bound to be busy, Goldstein means that he spend money on a blow dryer to chop down on prep time: “Right here at the salon, I like to use a Twin Turbo 2600. It retails for about $90, depending on where you deep get it. It is really highly effective. It’s very sturdy. My only recommendation is to watch out. Move it around usually, because it does get sizzling. But that is what makes an excellent blow dryer, right You need that heat.