SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Grill Room is on-site at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and our correspondent was granted an exclusive, one-on-one interview with local celebrity @BrandelsHair, who has called Scottsdale home for the past 30 years. Catch him on top of Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee’s head in the broadcast booth all week from TPC Scottsdale, or if you’re in the area, come out and say hello.
Grill Room: What were you like growing up?
Brandel's Hair: All I can say is in the third grade, girls used to chase me and fight over who could run their fingers through me. As Brandel’s gotten older, he's learned to run slower.
GR: A lot of people think Brandel colors you. What do you say to that?
BH: I'm a big believer in playing the hand you're dealt. I just happened to have been dealt a royal flush.
GR: What color are you?
BH: I like to say I'm 50 shades of gray.
GR: What products do you use?
BH: Who are you writing for, In Style? Is this going to be one of those "Who Wore It Better?" deals? Listen, I've got to maintain some mystery here. Let's just say I use shampoo and conditioner. When they start paying me to use them, I'll give them some props.
GR: What about mousse?
BH: Chocolate's OK, but I'm more of a creme brulee guy.
GR: You know what I mean. Are you going to be serious?
BH: You're interviewing hair. You shouldn't be surprised if I occasionally bristle.
GR: OK, I'll let that go. Blow dry or air dry?
BH: I'll answer that this way: Do you see Brandel playing persimmon woods and using hickory shafts?
GR: You know, you're being very difficult to deal with.
BH: That's what Brandel says.
GR: Do you have a regular stylist?
BH: I don't know if he's regular or not - I've never asked him. That's a little personal, isn't it?
GR: No, is there someone you go to, uh, regularly?
BH: Nah, this crazy guy will go to anybody.
GR: What's a bad hair day for you?
BH: When Brandel doesn't go out. If you got it, you gotta flaunt it, right?
GR: Who's your favorite golfer?
BH: That's easy. Robert Rock. Great hair, great name, no hat.
GR: Brandel analyzes swings. I'm assuming you'd like to analyze hair. Let's start with Stewart Cink.
BH: Brandel likes natural swings, and I'm a fan of no dyes, plugs or wigs, but the alabaster dome needs some sun time.
GR: Ian Poulter
BH: He's going for Rod Stewart, which at least is better than going for Patrick Stewart (and let's face it, Stewart Cink is all over that look). He's got the clothes, but the hair doesn't quite cut it. Talk to me when it gets its own Twitter handle.
GR: Rory McIlroy
BH: I like it. Natural, long and curly. Kind of like his drives.
GR: Miguel Angel Jimenez
BH: Ponytails on men are just wrong. See Steven Seagal. But he's the exception to the rule. It's like Jim Furyk's golf swing. It's all wrong, but it works.
GR: Among the people Brandel works with, who has the best hair besides you?
BH: People always ask me if Holly Sonders' hair is real. Real or fake, I say who cares?! And Frank Nobilo never wore a hat when he played golf and why would he? That's one terrific head of hair. Sometimes, when I look at it, I feel like Ben Hogan watching Sam Snead swing a golf club.
GR: If you could be anybody else's hair, who's would you be?
BH: Please. That's like asking the Mona Lisa if you'd like to be another painting.
GR: Who's the better half, you or Brandel?
BH: Me. I have no idea what's coming out of that guy's mouth. I'm so close to his brain but I can't control it.
GR: What's your biggest fear?
BH: That he'll start playing, play well and get a hat deal. But I've seen him hit it recently and I think I'm safe.
GR: Who’s the most famous person to touch you?
BH: Christophe. He said I was fabulous.
(Editor’s note: Christophe is a Belgian American hair stylist based in Beverly Hills. His clients have included Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Goldie Hawn and, most notably, @BrandelsHair. He currently charges $500 for a haircut.)
GR: How have you handled fame?
BH: I look at it this way: When you're on top, just enjoy the view.
GR: Have you ever been blamed for a bad shot?
BH: When he used to play golf I got in his eyes a few times on critical shots, and I felt bad about it. But we did look good.
GR: Do you ever feel taken for granted?
BH: No, I can tell by the look in Brandel's eyes every morning that he truly loves me.
GR: Which have you enjoyed more - golf or the broadcast booth?
BH: Golf brought out the best in him. TV brings out the best in me. You tell me which one of us has had the better career.
GR: People say you’re the best hair on TV. Do you agree with that?
BH: Well, modesty prevents me ... oh what the heck, yes, absolutely.
A big thanks to @BrandelsHair for taking time out of his busy schedule. Remember to catch him all week live from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.