The trial of the century features fantastic hair

The O.J. Simpson trial will be remembered for many things. And one of them is hair. It's possible that this trial features the most beautiful hair in the history of criminal law.

At least that is already the opinion of many hair experts who have been closely watching the testimony.


Just about everyone involved has great hair -- witnesses, cops, lawyers. We haven't seen the famous howling dog yet, but it's likely that the mutt will have a splendid coat.

This seems to defy the law of averages. You can go in any courtroom and look at all the heads and most have thatches that range from ordinary to unsightly.


But in the Simpson trial, hardly anyone has a bad hair day.

There is a reason for this, the hair experts say.

"That's California," said Michael Kuhel, senior stylist at an Elizabeth Arden salon in downtown Chicago. "They take hair very seriously out there. They're in the salon all the time. It's what they do, you know.

"They care for their hair. Much more than we Midwesterners do. No roots. You will never see any roots in that courtroom. Yes, you can be assured that there is a lot of coloring going on. They all have their hair colored."

"Extensions are a big part of it," says Alberto, a designer of hair in Marshall Field's Water Tower salon. "Extensions are pieces of hair that come in kits, and you clamp them right onto the hair for length and thickening. It's the newest thing out there in California. All those witnesses are doing it.

"Blond after blond, all those neighbors, they all have hairpieces clamped to their heads. They color the pieces and it looks natural. Believe me, all the teasing in the world won't give you that spectacular lift and fullness that you see on that witness stand."

"Believe me, it isn't the water," says Lili Schenk, who cuts hair on Michigan Avenue. "It's all manmade. They're all getting up in the morning -- men and women -- taking a bubble bath, getting dressed, going to a hair salon, getting their hair poofed up and then going to court. Have you seen any flat heads?"

Flat heads?


"Yes. Many men wake up with flat spots because they slept that way. But you don't see any flat heads in this trial. Most of the men have the full treatment. They are shampooed, blow-dried, styled, so it looks fuller, thicker and like there's more of it. Even Robert Shapiro."

"That Shapiro," says Alberto. "It's a bad color job. He'd look much better with gray."

"Yes, Shapiro could use a little hairpiece on top," says Michael Kuhel.

"You cannot help but notice all that fine hair," says Michael Schultz, of Blair Gordon. "You just know they are all going in for a blow-dry just before they hit the witness stand. Or, who knows, maybe they have someone behind the scenes doing hair before they take the stand, like on talk shows."

Mary O'Connell, of Images on Armitage, said: "That baseball player's wife was the best. Perfect. Sure it's from a bottle, but they all are. You don't see roots, do you?

"Denise, the sister, could go a shade lighter. Too severe.


"And, oh, that neighbor, the guy who found the dog, I think; he had that incredible head of beautiful silver hair.

"See, it's L.A. They gotta look great when you walk outside in L.A. But maybe the prosecution has a hair and makeup team taking care of its witnesses in a side room."

But there are a few exceptions to the rave hair reviews:

"Marcia, Marcia, what were you thinking?" says Alberto. "It is mush. They tried to give Marcia a perm and change the color at the same time. But you can't. So they were in a hurry and rushed, and now she has mush. It is sad."

Mary O'Connell agreed. "I almost sent her my business card with a note saying: 'Marcia, I'm on your side, but you got baaaad hair.' "

And Michael Kuhel said: "Marcia Clark's is dreadful. It's so thin, so what do they do? They perm it to make it a little bigger and puffier. I'd just kill the perm and start over."


Something about O.J.'s head caught the eye of Mark McWilliams, of the Blair Gordon salon.

"I just noticed that O.J. is getting a little thin spot on top. Yes, it is noticeable if you look closely."

Michael Kuhel sees something else he considers suspicious.

"Let me tell you something. Someone is going into that prison and coloring O.J.'s hair. He's so well groomed and not one piece of gray. Mark my word, something is being done."

But the experts agreed that there is one person in the trial who has uncolored, totally natural hair.

"The judge," says Michael Kuhel. "That's all his. Unfortunately."