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Tuesday, 26 August, 2008

Joe’s Hair

Another key campaign issue is coming to light: Biden's Helmet.

It is a fraying, combed-back helmet that barely covers a longtime fact of Washington life: The senator from Delaware has taken steps to pre-empt baldness.

The most common hypothesis is that he received a hair transplant, where follicles from the bushier back of the head are grafted onto fading spots closer to the front of the dome.

In 1987, a Washington Post reporter asked him to confirm the theory. "Guess," he responded. "I've got to keep some mystery in my life."

A quick Politico survey of stylists and hair transplant surgeons - some of whom have followed Biden's career path for years, while others didn't know about him until yesterday - found that there was little mystery.

"When he had darker hair it was pretty obvious, he had larger plugs," said Dr. Michael Beehner, medical director of the Saratoga Hair Transplant Center in New York. "With the lightening of his hair, it looks much, much better now."

Is a man who has had hair transplants qualified to be vice president?

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