- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cutting reviews

If Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor thinks the questioning from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee will be rough, just wait till she finds out how brutal Washington’s summer humidity will be on her brunette tresses, which are not getting good reviews from the beauty-shop lobby.

G2 asked some local salons what they would do to get her supremely coiffed for her big days ahead.

“I would like to see a sexy, sophisticated blowout with lots of volume and texture,” says hairstylist to the stars Ted Gibson, who opened a salon in Chevy Chase this year. “I think that a softer curl and volume away from her beautiful face would suit her new lifestyle and her new appointed position. What is great about her look is that she can wear longer hair with extensions like Gabrielle Union or shorter hair in a bob shape like Katie Holmes.”

Mr. Gibson says Judge Sotomayor is invited for a free cut because “after that she will be a Gibson girl for life.”

Not so fast, Ted.

George’s Salon at the Four Seasons Hotel, famous for its powerful clientele, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat, is also offering a free haircut to the judge. “She needs something more powerful and put together,” says George’s hairstylist Timo Nguyen, who just coiffed Nancy Sinatra over the weekend.

“[The judge] has beautiful curly hair, but I would give it some more body,” Mr. Nguyen added.


What does Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. like to talk about during a $400 hair and makeup session? His mother.

We have learned that while the veep was being made up for his “60 Minutes” interview with CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, he gabbed about his mother, how much he loves his mother and how she nags him about healthy living habits, such as drinking more water.

When he wasn’t chatting about his proud mama, he was talking on “two different cell phones,” says Aveda Circe Day Spa and Salon owner Sheila McGurk, one of whose stylists, Carolina Vacarri, did the veep’s hair.

Apparently, vanity and generosity go hand in hand. We learned that the makeup and hairstylists donated their fees - paid for by “60 Minutes” - to the Ayenda Foundation, which helps orphans in Afghanistan.

Ms. McGurk, incidentally, says she thinks Judge Sotomayor should “soften her look with fringe bangs, lowlights and highlights.”

“Sometimes women of a certain age who have become successful forget about appearances,” she says, adding, “She’s got a very pretty face.”

As for a free ride, Ms. McGurk says the judge is covered and that “we would go to her” to give her a new hairdo.

We’re hoping the Judiciary Committee does not think good hair should be trumped by good ethics compliance.

Let them eat cake

Starting this weekend, you can enjoy a cupcake with your usual favorite beverage and Nachos of Ulysses at the 9:30 Club.

The live-music venue will be giving away cupcakes to guests at both of this weekend’s sold-out Cake shows. Thereafter, the cupcakes can be purchased during shows at the club’s food areas.

While the delightful devil’s-food-cake creation filled with vanilla buttercream, topped with chocolate frosting and dipped in ganache sounds delicious, we can’t help but wonder how it will taste when chased by, um, an adult beverage. It could be a dangerous mix!

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