Trump's hair has stylists shaking their heads

2016-01-28 22:57

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Is it a comb-over? Contemporary art, maybe? Or, wait, a cross between an otter's tail and a blooming ear of corn?

Donald Trump's signature helmet of hair has top stylists shaking their heads and spewing scathing criticism.

The Republican frontrunner's do - which descends down his forehead and ranges in shade from canary yellow to tawny orange depending on the season and lighting - has become so synonymous with the man himself that it even made it onto a cover of The Economist.

"Washington, we have a problem ..." the respected magazine entitled a tongue-in-cheek photo montage showing Trump's tresses suspended from a helicopter hovering above the White House.

Indeed, hairdressers to the rich and famous told AFP.

Trump's mop is a "cross between an otter's tail and an ear of corn," quipped Frederic Mennetrier, a French coiffeur whose high-end clientèle includes reality star Kim Kardashian and Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

As for the colour?

"In a word: abstract. Contemporary art," he added. "It makes us think of many things - except what he'd like us to."

Stephane Bodin, whom Hollywood stars Uma Thurman and Naomi Watts have trusted with their locks, piled on.

Trump's "egg yolk yellow" hair is the "height of bad taste."

"Normally, people hide their foreheads because they're timid or introverted, but that's not the case here," Bodin said of the outspoken real estate mogul known for not mincing words and sparking scandal in the process.

Trump's hair - or possible lack of it - has supposedly preoccupied "The Donald" for decades.

According to an unauthorized biography, it sparked a fight as far back as 1989 between him and his then-wife Ivana - the couple divorced in 1991 - who recommended a doctor he blamed for a botched scalp reduction procedure.

If Ivana's loyal hairdresser Louis Licari is to be believed, Trump ended up getting hair transplants.

Working it

Waving wagging tongues aside, Trump knows how to work the hair hullabaloo to his advantage.

"It may not be pretty but it's mine," he has insisted unabashedly.

This summer, he went so far as to summon a supporter on stage during a campaign event in South Carolina to prove his point, letting her get up close to check for herself in an episode that once again proved Trump's media savviness and ability to connect with the public.

Still, the do debate rages on.

"I think it is real hair and that is the reason he has a comb-over," said Cristophe, a Beverly Hills stylist whose roster of high-profile customers has contained the names Dustin Hoffman and Bruce Springsteen.

"Eighty percent of Donald Trump's hair is combed over to one side to cover as much as possible and make it look as thick as possible," he added.

Joseph Kendall, co-founder of Joseph Martin Hair and Beauty in Beverly Hills who has counted Paris Hilton among his clients, was blunter.

It is "a comb-over to hide either a receding hairline or bald spot," he said.

"Looked a lot better on singer Little Richard than on Mr Trump."

Hair in the headlines 

The style gurus suggested that toning down the look a little could go a long way.

"I have no issue with a bit of color as long as it looks natural," Kendall said.

"I would then suggest cutting it into a more normal style that would not raise so many negative comments."

Cristophe said he would go slow, snipping off a little more each month.

"His sides should be shorter and I think you can make the top look better without having a combover," he said. "The back of his hair is also substantially too long."

But Cristophe - who famously cropped former president Bill Clinton's hair while Air Force One stood on the tarmac in Los Angeles in what became known as "Hairgate" - acknowledged that a revamp would cause a ruckus.

"I think he is doing the best with what he has and has gotten attached to a certain image," he said.

"If he ever changed his hair that would create headlines around the world."

Read more on:    donald trump  |  us  |  us 2016 elections

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.