Politics in the Beauty Shop; It Doesn’t Mix with Hair Color

Just about every eight weeks, one can find me sitting in the chair at the local hair salon with my stylist getting the full treatment — cut, color, shampoo, condition and styling.  It is one little piece of tranquility that I can find among the hectic routine of daily life.  Even though the appointment is only for 3-4 hours, the whole day is reserved for the hair. Normally, it is a relaxing day.  Today, politics entered the beauty shop as my color was “cooking.”  It’s not a good idea to spin the chair rapidly while your color is setting on your head.

My stylist and I share a common viewpoint; although, she tends to call me “hard core,” which is accurate considering I take an originalist meaning of the Constitution stance.  She’s a bit more moderate and a very articulate, intelligent, creative visonary.  It never fails that we can discuss any issue, any candidate and any part of the Constitution without incident.  She researches my point and I her points.  Because of this exchange, we have vastly expanded our knowledge.  On occasion, she provides me a few leads for the article I pen on the national scene.

These conversations are not what I consider “politics in the beauty shop.”

Today, however, politics came alive in the beauty shop as a conversation between the shop owner and his client echoed throughout the salon.  At one point, I thought I would have to find a hair clip and apply it to my lips or install a zipper.  Not only would it help keep me quiet, it would also keep my chin from hitting the floor.  Nothing was available to prevent the swift spin around.

The subject of the GOP and Democratic debates surfaced between the shop owner and his client.  As they discussed the “entertainment” value of both parties in debates, the client began to discuss each of the individual candidates.  First to surface was Hillary Clinton, or as I affectionately refer to her Hil-Tse-Tung or Hitlery.  It was the client who described Clinton as “unlikeable” but also not responsible for the deaths of Americans at Benghazi and the scandal regarding the private email server at her home.  This is where the spin around occurred and the hair clip figuratively applied to my lips.  Thank goodness the shop owner disagreed and set her straight.

Next up was Bernie Sanders.  According to this woman, he was a man of the people, willing to get things done and more personable than Hitlery. She claimed he had some experience behind him to be president as well as intellect and the ability to articulate well.  From the old to the young, this client turned to Marco Rubio.  She claimed he was young and fairly inexperienced but looked nice, could speak well, was truly conservative, and had a personality much better than the other candidates.

Donald Trump received a summation of “flamboyant” but “nobody’s man” by this woman followed by a long narrative about his “Twitter” habits.  She touched on Cruz briefly while the shop owner used the blow dryer on her hair so very little came through the noise.  No, it was not eavesdropping as the shop was open and I was in the next chair.  Cruz was identified as being knowledgeable about various issues and an “emotional” speaker.   The conversation then turned to who possessed the most qualifications to be president.

All in all, one would have thought you were back in high school sitting in the library during study hall sizing up the candidates for class president.  Who was the cutest, the smartest, the best voice, the best dresser, the best backside.  If heat helps the color take faster, mine was cooking with gas on high.

Seriously. This was the conversation on candidates that are presidential hopefuls in the beauty shop.  It was eye opening as this is probably 99% of conversations on these candidates by the voting public.  What about the issues this nation faces?  Isn’t that more important than who is the most intelligent?

As a matter of fact, I wanted to ask both of them to list the qualifications to be president of the united States.  It’s not hard.  There are only three and are listed in the Constitution — at least 35 years of age, 14 years a resident within the united States and a natural born citizen.  That’s it.  No previous experience in government required at any level.

Some might balk at that but it is there in Article II, Section 1.  Some might wonder with the “job” of president being so complicated why more qualifications were not included by the founders.  Well, one has to know what the job description is for the president to understand.

The job is simple.  He functions as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and the militia of the several States, when called into actual service of the united States (meaning Congress has to declare war).  He has the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties.  He shall nominate,and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officer of the united States.  He has the power to fill vacancies that occur during the recess of the Senate, provide to Congress information on the State of the Union, convene both Houses under extraordinary circumstances, adjourn both houses in cases of disagreement and assign a time to reconvene, receive ambassadors and other public ministers.  He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed and commission all officers of the united States.

The president cannot act alone in matters of the united States.  The Senate, as part of the checks and balances, advises the president and consents to any provisions contained in agreements/treaties/deals and any appointees made by the president.  The bulk of the work of government happens in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  The president signs and/or vetoes bills passed by both chambers.  In taking care the law is faithfully executed, the president makes sure unconstitutional laws are not enforced.

The reason many think it’s complicated is because of “politics” and politicians spewing garbage about “being qualified” and not knowing the actual job of the office, which is not so strenuous.  However, with the “talk” being about personality, intelligence and entertainment value, the qualities being measured are not the one that is important.  The important quality remains the president upholding his oath of office and knowing what the job description of president is as identified in the Constitution.

If the beauty shop conversation is indicative of many Americans, one might as well have a “pageant” type television show to narrow down the candidates that will appear on the ballot.  For all the debates and issues espounded by the potential candidates, many are not paying attention as it comes down to qualities one looks for in a high school student body president.

Nevertheless, no permanent damage was done to the hair by the swift spin around or the extra heat processing the color.  I can’t say the same about my opinion of some of the general public.



About Suzanne Hamner

Former professional Registered Nurse turned writer; equal opportunity criticizer; politically incorrect conservative;
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