The scene plays out nearly everywhere: A man in his 50s or 60s tries to ward off the cold, unrelenting grasp of age by doing everything he can to hang onto to those last few remaining hairs on his head. Sometimes, that means the hilarious comb-over. Other times, it’s the toupee that gets the call. Still others resort to that creepy spray-on hair. Pete Rose, meanwhile, has gone an entirely different route: Paying a high-priced stylist to manage the few hairs he has left.
From the LA TIMES comes an amusing first-hand anecdote of one of the more unique celebrity sightings in recent memory: Pete Rose at AMP Salon at the Palms. The salon, owned and operated by celebrity stylist Michael Boychuck, is a hub for celebrities in Vegas. Of course, most of the celebrities that get their hair done there actually have hair on their heads!
As teased up from the TIMES:
“He bantered with his stylist as she adjusted and gelled the about six hairs left on top of his head into something that looked like careful camouflage of the scalp.”
However, the best part of the story comes when the writer gets Boychuck to okay her writing up the Rose sighting for the paper. Watch closely as Boychuck tries as hard as he can to not make fun of Rose:
Afterward, I asked Michael Boychuck if I could write about Rose and he agreed. Boychuck said: “He is a great client and a nice man and has been coming to me for years. He doesn’t mind press at all.” When I asked Boychuck what sort of vanity required Rose to be at AMP Salon getting the few remaining hairs on his head reworked for hundreds of dollars, the politic Boychuck again repeated how nice and loyal Rose was as a client.
There’s something depressing in all of this, kind of like the old man who visits the whorehouse just to talk. That said, we do hope that Rose continues to find happiness in this little “treatment” of his. After all, as long as he keeps going, there’s a chance of him being photographed getting it done.