John Edwards goes from $500 haircuts to $12.95 Supercuts

Can you tell the difference? Neither can we. John Edwards haircut in 2004 (left) and now in 2012 (right) doesn't look all that different, despite the change in price.AP

By Julia Rubin,Styleite

John Edwards used to get expensive haircuts. Now he goes to Supercuts. His hair looks exactly the same.

Beverly Hills-based stylist Joseph Torrenueva was Edwards's hair wizard of choice back in the day. The Washington Post reported he charged the politician "$300 to $500 for each cut, plus the cost of airfare and hotels when he had to travel outside California." One cut during Edwards's 2004 presidential campaign "cost $1,250 because he traveled to Atlanta and lost two days of work."

Now Edwards awaits the start of his trial on corruption charges which could land him 30 years in prison. Naturally, his hair habits have been toned down as a result. According to the New York Post, a Supercuts hairdresser in Raleigh, NC is currently responsible for maintaining the Edwards mane. Her name is Leah, she charges $12.95, and her work looks remarkably like Torrenueva's.

Lesson learned: you should never, ever spend $1,250 on a haircut.

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