Is Donald Trump bald underneath his blond hairdo? This has been a vexing question for several years now, and here we’ll attempt to shed some light on the situation.
At first glance, Trump’s dome-like hairstyle appears to be the often-used combover method to cover up male-pattern baldness. His hair is styled in a way that would suggest he is trying to conceal a bare spot. In fact, he’s admitted as much.
Yet speculation suggests there’s more going on than a simple combover. While the true answer remains shrouded in mystery, here we’ll list what Trump’s hair possibilities are — along with their prices — and we’ll take a look at the haircare products the president swears by.
1 Microcylinder intervention
- Price: $60,000
Some speculated in 2016 that Trump had plunked down tens of thousands of dollars for a non-surgical hair restoration treatment called microcylinder intervention from a company called Ivari, which incidentally was located inside Trump Tower in New York. The procedure consists of attaching more hair to one’s own hair, in order to restore the look to its original and full-body shape.
After speculation emerged in the press about Trump using Ivari’s services, an attorney from Ivari addressed the claims by saying the company has not treated his hair in any way, at any time. In addition, a New York Daily News article addressed the theory, arguing Trump’s hair is just plain-old Trump’s hair: “It is not a weave. It is not a toupee. It is simply a bad combover. And it may be a hair transplant.” More on that next.
Next: Is it a hair transplant?
2. Hair transplant
- Price: $4,000–$15,000
Time and time again, Trump has openly encouraged people to touch his hair to illustrate he’s not wearing a toupee. However, this doesn’t prove he hasn’t had a hair transplant. For this procedure, a man’s real hair is removed from the sides and back of his head and inserted into the balding area. Each individual hair is inserted into a tiny hole in the man’s scalp where it then grows normally. A hairdresser who colored Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump’s hair for 20 years reportedly believes a transplant is the route Trump took.
Next: Or is it a scalp reduction?
3. Scalp reduction
- Price: $2,000-$5,000
According to Michael Wolff’s 2018 book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, what Trump has undergone is a scalp reduction. Wolff alleges that Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump has explained to others that the president had scalp reduction surgery – resulting in a hairstyle where the hair is drawn up toward the center and then swept back before being sprayed.
In scalp reduction surgery, the parts of the scalp affected by hair loss are removed. In turn, the parts of the scalp where hair is growing are stretched and re-positioned, making the balding area smaller and more manageable.
Next: Is it simply a toupee?
- Price: $100-$2,000
In 2015, The New York Times ran a front-page article which referred to a Latino radio show host calling Trump “el hombre de peluquin” – the man of the toupee. This might be a practical option for Trump and others going bald since it doesn’t involve any type of medical procedure. It’s typically made of synthetic hair, it just covers the bald spot, and it is held in place with two-sided tape or liquid toupee glue.
Right after the article was published, Trump read parts of it aloud at a South Carolina campaign rally. “I don’t wear a toupee – it’s my hair,” he said. He then invited a woman from the crowd to come onstage and yank on his hair, which to his credit did not come loose. Based on this, it’s unlikely what he’s doing is wearing a toupee.
Next: A prescription drug Trump takes for baldness
- Price: $70-$75 per month
In 2017, Trump’s longtime doctor said in an interview that the president takes a small daily dose of the drug finasteride, commercially known as Propecia, which is used to treat male-pattern baldness. The revelation by Dr. Harold N. Bornstein that Trump takes the drug wasn’t previously a known public fact.
Bornstein, 69, has shoulder-length hair and said he takes the drug as well. “[Trump] has all his hair. I have all my hair,” Bornstein said. Propecia was approved by the FDA for treatment of hair loss in 1997. While we can be certain the president takes this drug, as we’ve seen, nothing is certain regarding what other hair loss treatments he may have undergone.
Next: What we do know is Trump’s daily hair care routine. More on that next.
6. Head & Shoulders shampoo
- Price of a 9-oz bottle at Walmart: $3.97
In 2011, at the height of his Celebrity Apprentice days, Trump talked about his morning hair routine in a Rolling Stone interview. “OK, what I do is, wash it with Head & Shoulders,” he said. “I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things.”
The popular blue-green shampoo of the president’s choice has been in stores since 1951 and remains one of the most popular over-the-counter treatments for dandruff flakes. Once his hair has air-dried, Trump takes steps to style it. More on that next.
Next: How Trump addressed comb-over comments
- Price: Free
It’s apparent that no matter what else is going on with Trump’s hair, there’s some sort of combover going on. However, he disputed this in his 2011 Rolling Stone interview.
After his hair has air-dried each morning, “I then comb my hair,” he said. “Yes, I do use a comb. Do I comb it forward? No, I don’t comb it forward. I actually don’t have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it’s not bad. I mean, I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. It’s not really a comb-over. It’s sort of a little bit forward and back. I’ve combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time.”
There you have it. Next, we’ll touch on another hair product Trump absolutely swears by.
Next: Trump’s hairspray of choice
8. CHI Helmet Head hairspray
- Price for a 10-ounce bottle: $21.50
Trump may be using CHI’s Helmet Head extra firm hairspray, according to a 2016 Glamour article. The spray is called a “humidity-resistant fast-drying hair spray.” The article quoted a Miss Universe pageant worker who believed that was his brand of choice. “Donald loved the smell,” she said.
As for his preferred type of hairspray, Trump complained at a South Carolina rally in 2015 about claims that “hairspray is going to affect the ozone. They want me to use the pump [spray]. And then it comes in big globs … I want to use hairspray!”
Next: What about the color?
9. Just For Men hair dye
- Price at Walmart: $6.97
According to Michael Wolff’s 2018 book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Trump colors his hair with the over-the-counter drugstore product Just For Men. The book says Ivanka revealed this bit of information along with her comments about scalp reduction surgery. And the reason behind the orange-ish color? Well, the longer the dye is left on, the darker the hair gets. Trump’s signature color results from him being too impatient to leave the dye on longer, Ivanka has confided to others, according to the book.
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