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Hil's hairy moment is bad news for Obama.

Byline: Jackie Bird

WHAT the heck was Hillary Clinton wearing in her hair last week? Sorry. What I meant to say was I found Hillary Clinton's assessment of the global threat from Iran at the United Nations riveting.

Of course I didn't. I'm still reeling from the sight of the big, plastic, silvery butterfly clip on the top of the exquisitely highlighted hair of one of the most powerful women on earth.

I'm also ashamed of myself. No one knows better than me how women get slaughtered for what they look like and wear rather than what they say.

On Reporting Scotland I could tell the nation that Kilmarnock had just disappeared in a ball of fire, yet if I've had my hair cut, we'd get calls about the hair.

Giving the US Secretary of State the benefit of the doubt, maybe it's not a hair accessory but a weapon she can whip off and clamp on part of Bill's anatomy if he misbehaves.

Then again, maybe some eejit told her she suited it.

For women, hair matters to a ridiculous level. Either it's our crowning glory or it's a bad hair day, which is usually a euphemism for simply a bad day.

When you're young, it can hang long and dishevelled like the free spirit you are. You spend the next 30 years abusing it with cuts and colours.

Then, when you're still experimenting, you are informed that women of a certain age shouldn't wear it past their shoulders.

It's a cruel edict but also based on fact. As your jowls head south, the droop is seemingly emphasised if your hair follows suit.

The exceptions are Hollywood stars like Julianne and Demi Moore who have matching names and matching luxuriant tresses.

How dare they. The rules clearly state that at their advancing years they should have short back and sides and a pack of Tena Lady in their handbags.

Then there's the impact on your career prospects. Whatever your age, shorter hair is bizarrely regarded as a guide to gravitas.

tomorrow, - of all to sell Viagra pharmacies.

There aren't many says, " current affairs journalists or female captains of industry with locks like Rapunzel.

Why? Does the weight of the hair pull your brains out? But this hair-brained obsession has its advantages. On the bright side, it's the quickest route to reinvention. Think Victoria Beckham, Katie Price and Kerry Katona.

If you want to keep photographers occupied, keep changing your hair. That way you always have an element of surprise which isn't readily available to men.

Can you imagine David Cameron arriving at a Cabinet meeting and being told: "Wow, David, the blond really suits you?" The exception is, of course, David Beckham. Gorgeous he may be but he puts the man into mannequin.

Perhaps Hillary, fed up of being the frumpy former first lady, is about to morph into sexy stateswoman.

The butterfly clip could be the forerunner to hair extensions and a Kill Bill tattoo across her lower back.

From Tesco places - will start at their in-store As the slogan Helps Every Little". When we ladies want to get ahead, we mess with our hair.

Barack Obama, be very afraid.

impact From tomorrow, Tesco - of all places - will start to sell Viagra at their in-store pharmacies. As the slogan says, "Helps Every Little".

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