Rod could keep his locks in prison

  • Assuming he goes to prison, Rod Blagojevich won't face the trimmers as long as he keeps his hair neat and clearn.

    Assuming he goes to prison, Rod Blagojevich won't face the trimmers as long as he keeps his hair neat and clearn. Associated Press

  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks with supporters as he leaves court earlier this month.

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks with supporters as he leaves court earlier this month. AP Photo/Paul Beaty

 
 
Updated 6/28/2011 12:46 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- With Rod Blagojevich perhaps facing time in federal prison following his conviction Monday, he can take some solace in knowing that guards don't have a strict hair care policy.

Blagojevich won't be sentenced for a while and there's no telling what the appeals process will bring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

But a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said that as long as inmates keep their hair clean, styling is up to them.

"They can wear their hair in whatever style they want," said spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.

Blagojevich's hair is iconic, and the former governor used to refer to his hairbrush as "the football" -- a play on the nuclear football containing warhead launch codes that U.S. presidents always have access to.

If Blagojevich becomes a federal inmate, he'll have access to barbers who are brought to prison regularly. He can ask them for whatever style he wants, Billingsley said.

How often the barbers come varies by prison.

That kind of open-ended policy could give Blagojevich a chance to branch out. Billingsley said inmates just have to have good hygiene.

"They don't have to cut their hair," she said.