Donald, Ivana And Ivanka Trump's Explanations Of Why The President's Hair Looks The Way It Does

Trump hair

From scalp surgery to hair products, here's what his family has to say.

For decades the hair follicles on Donald Trump's head have plagued us with confusion and questions. We've all wondered about its coloring and stiffness and thanks to his daughter we might finally have some answers. 

In an excerpt from Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House, none other than Ivanka Trump reportedly revealed the president's styling secrets. And more than that, she even joked about it.     

"For Ivanka, it was all business — building the Trump brand, the presidential campaign, and now the White House," Wolff wrote. "She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others."

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"She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp-reduction ­surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray."

"The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color."

For a long time, many people believed Trump's hair was a toupee. Some even estimated that it was worth about $2 million dollars. 

An inside source told Gawker that the president's hair is not own and that it costs tens of thousands of dollars to maintain. That source was never confirmed. 

In 2011, Trump told the Rolling Stone that he keeps up his hair with a very common hair product. 

"OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though," he said. "I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things."

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"I then comb my hair. 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.

"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."

It seems the real reason Trump's hair is so weird is due to the fact that he had surgery on his head to make it smaller. However, the bald spots didn't totally go away so he has to spray his hair every morning to make sure every follicle is carefully in place. 

Scalp reduction, also know as alopecia reduction, is "a high-density appearance by removing the areas of the scalp that are experiencing hair loss." Meaning that a surgeon cuts away areas of the scalp that are balding and then stretches the skin that still grows hair and sews it back together. 

In a book published years ago, writer Harry Hurt III brought up the scalp surgery with even more shocking allegations. Hurt claims he obtained a copy of Ivana Trump's sworn divorce deposition in which she claimed the president sexually attacked her because he was in such pain from the procedure. He allegedly had the surgery in 1989. 

Trump denies the rape allegations and has not commented on Ivanka's comments about his hair. 

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