For many presidents and candidates, their hair isn’t often a topic of discussion, but Donald Trump isn’t an average president. Even before he became a serious candidate, his hair was the frequent target of ridicule and jokes. Trump is often asked if it is real and he’s embraced the extra attention his hair gets on the campaign trail.
Now that he is president, Trump’s hair will be immortalized in portraits and will be even more visible.
Mysteries about his hair go back decades. Here’s some facts about the most famous hairdo in today’s politics.
1. There Are Rumors That Donald Trump had Scalp Surgery
One rumor about Trump’s hair is that he had scalp reduction surgery in order to get rid of a bald spot. This came up in the controversial and unauthorized biography Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, written by Harry Hunt III and published in 1993. The book gained extra attention last year as Trump’s campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination gained steam because it included text from Ivana Trump‘s deposition during the divorce case.
According to the Daily Beast, the book claimed that Trump believed Ivana Trump’s plastic surgeon did a terrible job. After that, he allegedly assaulted Ivana Trump, trying to rip hair from her scalp. According to Hunt, Ivana Trump told those close to her that he raped her.
Trump denied that the surgery and assault happened. “It’s obviously false,” Trump is quoted as saying in the book. “It’s incorrect and done by a guy without much talent… He is a guy that is an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person.”
Quartz notes that Ivanka Trump also now denies that this incident took place.
Another rumor that recently popped up is that Trump possibly had a procedure called “microcylinder intervention,” according to Gawker. The only clinic that offers it, as far as the site could tell, is Ivari International, which happened to have its New York office right in Trump Tower on Trump’s private floor. Ivari no longer operates in the U.S. and Trump has not commented on the report.
2. He Enjoys Letting People Touch It & Let Jimmy Fallon Mess It Up
One of Trump’s go-to ways to prove that his hair is definitely real is by allowing people to touch it. He has done this on the campaign trail, famously allowing a woman at a South Carolina rally in August to touch his hair. This incident happened after the New York Times did a report on how the Hispanic media covered Trump. Ricardo Sanchez, a Los Angeles radio host referred to Trump as “El hombre del peluquín,” or “The man in the toupee.”
“I don’t wear a toupee!” Trump insisted. “It’s my hair. I swear.” He then motioned a woman from the crowd to do an “inspection” of his scalp.
After the woman touched his head, Trump told her to assure the crowd that his hair is real. “Yes, I believe it is,” she said.
More recently, when Trump was on The Tonight Show, he let Jimmy Fallon mess up his hair, as seen below.
3. He Uses Head & Shoulders & Hair Spray
In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Trump revealed his morning routine (at the time). When it comes to his hair, he uses Head & Shoulders, but does not use a hairdryer. While he waits for it to try naturally, he picks up a newspaper.
“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,” Trump told Rolling Stone. This is very similar to what he told Playboy in 2004.
Trump does use hair spray though and he’s not happy about the current state of that industry.
“You know you’re not allowed to use hair spray any more because it affects the ozone layer, right?” Trump said at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia earlier this month, notes Jezebel. “I said, ‘You mean to tell me’ — because you know, hairspray’s not like it used to be. It used to be real good. When I put on that helmet — and by the way, look… it really is mine. Lookit. My hair. Give me a mirror. Today ya put the hairspray on and it’s good for twelve minutes, right? They say you can’t — I said, ‘Wait a minute, so if I take hairspray and I spray it in my apartment which is all sealed, you’re telling me that affects the ozone layer?’ Yes? I say no way folks. No way.”
During this speech, he also patted his hair to once again prove it is real.
4. Trump Has Admitted That His Hair Isn’t Perfect
Trump usually thinks he’s the best, but when it comes to his hair, even he admits that it’s not great. In a 2013 tweet, he once again insisted that he doesn’t wear a wig, but added that his hair is not perfect.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2010, Trump also admitted that his hair is not beautiful. “It’s actually my hair. It might not be beautiful, but it’s my hair,” Trump said.
5. Trump Has Promised to Change His Hairdo if He’s Elected
In an interview with the Des Moines Register in June 2015, Trump said that if he was elected President, he would have to change his hair because he would have no time to care for it. He would think about combing it back.
“I would probably comb my hair back. Why? Because this thing is too hard to comb,” Trump told the Register. “I wouldn’t have time, because if I were in the White House, I’d be working my ass off.”