Donald Trump’s Hair Explained

So, what's up with Donald Trump's bizarre hairdo? He insists it's not a comb-over.

So, what’s up with Donald Trump’s bizarre hairdo? He insists it’s not a comb-over.

Rolling Stone (“Donald Trump Lets His Hair Down”):

“OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things. This morning I read in the New York Post about Jerry Seinfeld backing out of his commitment to do a benefit for my son Eric’s charity. I’ve never been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld — never dug him, in the true sense — but when I did The Marriage Ref, which was his show and a total disaster, I did him a big favor. Then he did this. It’s a disgrace.” He goes on, “I also watch TV. I love Fox, I like Morning Joe, I like that the Today show did a beautiful piece on me yesterday — I mean, relatively speaking. OK, so I’ve done all that. I then comb my hair. Yes, I do use a comb.” He pauses, frowning, casting his mind back to capture the details of the event. “Do I comb it forward? No, I don’t comb it forward.” He pushes the leading edge of the flying wing of his hair back, to show where the hairline is. “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. But 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.”

Sounds like a comb-over to me.

via The Ticket

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  1. Chad S says:
  2. Someone this much in denial needs not run for public office, IMHO.

  3. Kylopod says:

    An article a few weeks ago pre-emptively destroys his claim. The accompanying photo, showing his hair with light shining off of it, pretty much exposes it as a comb-over:

    The fact that Trump lied is hardly news, though this isn’t the type of lie I’d get too worked up over. A lot of good people get weird when it comes to the signs of aging. I wouldn’t call Trump a good person at this point, but that has nothing to do with his hairdo.

  4. Tony says:

    The fact that he was prepared to fiddle with his hair mid-interview and show the reporter his hairline tells me that he’s telling the truth.

    However, visual evidence, reason and sanity tell me it’s a comb-over.

    It’s one of these odd situations, like Tom Jones dying his hair. Jones dyed his hair for years. Horrible, jet black. Obvious dye job. Stopped dying it suddenly and actually looked years younger. It’d be the same with Trump. I bet if he buzzed it all pretty short tomorrow, he’d look much better. Everyone would think he looked much better. But presumably he can’t see that.

  5. Kylopod says:

    There was also Reagan, whose hair mysteriously remained dark brown well into his 80s. He always denied ever having dyed it, and I doubt there was a soul who believed him.

    My mother used to drive around a sweet old lady with bright orange hair. One time she drove her to a hairdresser, and the old lady was embarrassed when it was revealed that she was dying her hair. Apparently, she believed she could fool my mother into thinking her hair was still naturally red at age 86. What was especially striking to me was that this lady was a commonsense, down-to-earth type of person who was quite mentally sharp in her old age. But as I said, it isn’t just megalomaniacal public figures who get weird about these things.

  6. A voice from another precinct says:

    The style is a just an old-fashioned pompadour. By design, yes-that makes it a comb-over. By intent, no. If he has worn his hair this way for a long time, it just means that he is trapped in the era of “the fonz.”

  7. john personna says:

    I think there is a mouse in there, directing his actions.

  8. michael reynolds says:

    If he was a real man he’d just go bald.

    Then maybe forget to shave for a few days. And buy some glasses that are about 10 years too young for his face. Then he would stare into the camera with a suspicious look.

    Yeah. That would be cool.

  9. anjin-san says:

    Trump would probably not look bad bald. He would have a Lex Luthor thing going, and people would respect him more. Is it possible that he does not know people are laughing about his hair, and not in a good way?

    I have people bugging me to dye my hair because it is so gray now. Screw it, I am going with what I’ve got.

  10. Kylopod says:

    >Is it possible that he does not know people are laughing about his hair, and not in a good way?

    I think this portrait says more about Trump’s self-image than anything else. (Full explanation of the portrait here.)

  11. Laura-Ann says:

    How are we to take him seriously with that HIDEOUS dye-job and corresponding WHITE ROOTS? Looks like a Carnival sideshow starring CHUCKY. The horror of it!
    Perhaps he had Troll hair grafted into a BAD TOUPEE?