The physiological state of Trump's thinned hair is completely ordinary. But,
like his father
Trump's approach to his hair testifies both to his vanity and
to a pitiable inability to perceive his own ridiculousness.
Expanding on the four earlier-noted characteristics of his hair:
Sparsity -- Male pattern baldness is, of course, extremely common in men with
normal levels of testosterone. To block the action of testosterone on hair (and,
coincidentally, the prostate) and thereby prevent further hair loss, Trump has been taking
a widely-prescribed medication called finasteride since at least 2016
2. (This disclosure ruptured the 36-year
relationship between Trump and his pre-presidential private
Styling -- Trump detailed his morning hair-care routine in 2011
His daughter has described different mechanics to friends
5: "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
Trump's first wife, Ivana, testified in a sworn deposition during their divorce
proceedings in the early 1990s that Trump had scalp reduction surgery, which he
has denied 1.
Color -- Trump's daughter also related that the color
arose "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."
Because hair transplants can produce such stellar results, it is
reasonable to ask why Trump has not elected to have one, given the
substantial focus he places on his hair. Salient factors include:
- He can certainly afford it.
- He might fear surgery and/or pain. (Unlikely, given that he had scalp reduction.)
- He might fear the transient disfigurement afterwards.
- Perhaps he had a failed hair transplant in the past.
- Perhaps the scalp reduction operation precludes a transplant.
(Dr. Zebra knows little about the procedure.)
- Perhaps he could not take off the time to have the procedure and recover.
(Unlikely, given that so much of his pre-Presidency work was done by
- The most likely reason is irrational. In 2011 an acquaintance reported:
"He said that he thought that if he cut his hair or changed it, that he would lose
his power and his wealth" 6.