Gentlemen, start your hair dryers. In announcing his new running mate last week, John Kerry claimed that the Democrats have "better hair" than their opponents. But a recent poll by the Wahl Clipper Corp. showed that Americans actually prefer George Bush's hair to Kerry's (51% to 30%). Will John Edwards' coif make a difference? Does hair really matter in presidential elections? It seems to, surprisingly often. TIME investigates.
--By Carolina A. Miranda
FOUNDING MANE Pay no attention to those old paintings. George Washington did not wear a wig as President; he powdered his own hair. It worked: he ran unopposed.