Trump’s Hair: Is It Real? Expert Answers May Surprise You!

There's a Seinfeld episode, The Lip Reader, where George gets caught on national television eating a hot fudge sundae; there's fudge and ice cream all over his face and he looks like a fool. Later, his girlfriend breaks up with him and he becomes convinced it's because she saw him on TV with food on his face. Jerry says, "You really think she would be that superficial?"

George doesn't miss a beat.

"Why not?" he says. "I would be."

And with that, we must ask a simple question. Donald Trump's hair—or hair-like substance—is it real? Regardless of the question's import, its answer has, not unlike Trump's comb-over itself, left its parties divided. Even hair restoration and transplant experts can't agree.

Trump Hair Debate

For instance, Dr. Richard Fleming, a reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, says Trump's hair checks out. "I observed Donald Trump pulling his hair back with his hand, showing his hairline," said Dr. Fleming. "And it appeared that he does have a full head of hair."

Not so fast, says Dr. Parsa Mohebi, a hair restoration specialist out of Encino, California. "I believe he's experiencing male pattern baldness, because of his comb-over—it shows that he is hiding something about the density of his hair in the front of his hairline."

Louis Licari agrees with Dr. Mohebi. Who's Louis Licari? Oh just the personal hairdresser to Ivana Trump, Donald's first ex-wife. Licari claims that, way back in the 80s, he saw The Donald, in the office of Dr. Norman Orentreich, multiple times. Who's Dr. Orentreich? Oh, he's only the first doctor ever to successfully pull off a hair transplant.

Does someone smell burning hair? Because where there's smoke, there's fire! Dr. Mohebi and others, such as Dr. Alan Bauman of Boca Raton, Florida, say it's actually very likely that Trump had a transplant procedure—a Fleming / Mayer Flap procedure, to be specific. Flap surgery involves removing a piece of tissue from a donor site on the body and reattaching it to an area with an intact blood supply, similar to a skin graft. Gross, sure, but, evidently, effective. Dr. Fleming says it is the best procedure going in hair restoration today.

Or maybe these doctors are all just flapping their gums. I mean, let's poll the room. What do regular everyday folk like you and me think? Well, Mary Margaret Bannister actually touched Trump's hair once, at a campaign rally in South Carolina. And she claimed she could see his roots! While that seems terrifying, and Trump's roots seem like the key ingredient in nightmare fuel, it's hard to argue with a firsthand account.

Speaking of things that are terrifying, it seems that, improbably, the question of Trump's follicle authenticity does contain legitimate, empirical importance. Whether Trump has actual hair on his actual head could conceivably influence how actual people actually vote. Recently, 400 registered voters were surveyed and a significant number said they'd reconsider voting for a candidate if they knew that candidate had undergone a cosmetic procedure.

What's more, no bald president has been elected since pre-1960! And that was, incidentally, the year the presidential debates were first televised. So, sure, the question is on the top of its balding head, all the way down its gossiping spine, superficial, and nosy, and vacuous. But why not ask it? We are nothing if not a country of Costanzas.

We’d like to thank the following doctors for their participation in this study:

  • Dr. Mark DiStefano – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center
  • Dr. Alan Bauman – Bauman Medical Group
  • Dr. Bruce Marko – Advanced Medical Hair Transplant
  • Dr. Parsa Mohebi – Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration
  • Dr. Richard Fleming – The Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • For more information on hair transplant surgery and other types of surgical hair procedures, click here.

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