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Ocasio-Cortez Answers Criticism for $300 Cut With a Flip of the Hair

Article wonders why lawmaker can't be more like Jeff Sessions
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2019 4:05 PM CDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out for her trip to a hair salon in the capital.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – In an exclusive, the Washington Times has blown the lid off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's trip to a hair salon for what it called a "high-dollar hairdo." The House member dropped $300, sources familiar with the appointment said, on a cut, lowlights and tip. "She preaches socialism while living the life of the privileged," said the head of Americans for Limited Government. The "self-described socialist" could have saved about $100 if she'd gone to a Capitol barbershop subsidized by the government, per the Times, which pointed out that that's what Jeff Sessions does. Ocasio-Cortez answered Thursday with a tweet explaining Democratic socialism, per USA Today. "Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people," wrote Ocasio-Cortez. She ended the tweet with, "They're just mad we look good doing it," and a hair-flip emoji.

Others pointed out that those prices are not exorbitant for a woman in a big city, though they would be for men. MarketWatch pointed to 2016 Square data that shows $80 for a woman's cut, which is what Ocasio-Cortez paid, is about average. Allure, which unlike the Times has a "Hair" section, ran a headline pointing out that she paid $300 for a haircut and highlights because that's what a haircut and highlights cost. The Times' sources also said the congressional customer was extremely nice and posed for selfies with other patrons. (Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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