Sorry, Gawker, But Donald Trump’s Hair Is Not A Toupee Or A Hair Weave

It is not a weave. It is not a toupee.

It is simply a bad combover. And it may be a hair transplant.

Sorry, but Gawker’s otherwise excellent scoop this morning about Donald Trump’s “hair weave” is wrong: Trump’s hair is, alas, Trump’s hair.

>Who am I to say such a thing? Only the author of the book, “Hair! Mankind’s Historic Quest to End Baldness.” What? You didn’t read it? That’s because it’s out of print (thanks, Random House! I gave you a bonafide bestseller and you pushed it straight into the remainder bin). It’s at the Strand and still, oddly, on Amazon. But I digress.

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The most important book you'll never read.

The most important book you'll never read.

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Gawker’s report relies on an anonymous tip that Trump is a customer of a shady hair restoration clinic called Ivari International. And there is some circumstantial evidence linking Trump to Ivari, which was once (and may still be) headquartered inside Trump Tower.

Gawker writer Ashley Feinberg’s reporting is exhaustive. She breaks down exactly what the Ivari salon claims to do — a process called “microcylinder intervention.” Relying on lawsuits against Ivari and the company’s own fib-filled website, Feinberg makes a compelling case that microcylinder intervention is a form of hair weave, meaning that Trump receives donor hair that is then woven into his existing side hair. That may be what Ivari calls microcylinder intervention, but versions of those words are often used by hair transplant clinics to describe their process of inserting individual hairs into a man’s scalp — a very different process.

And the many lawsuits against Ivari prove nothing except this: When it comes to hair, caveat emptor. Men want miracles and mostly they get sold bad toupees under names like “microcylinder intervention.” They come home, the wife says, “That looks horrible,” and the next call they make is to a lawyer.

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Close up, you can see that Trump’s hair is an elaborate combover, possibly enhanced with a hair transplant.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feinberg, unfortunately, ignores the obvious: The many videos of Trump’s hair do reveal some sign of a hair transplant: a forest of individual strands spaced in a clear pattern along the hairline. It’s even in a video embedded in the Gawker story, but my guess is Feinberg’s eye is untrained (or, simply, she has not read my book, which is inexcusable). And Ivari does do surgical transplants, so do the math.

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>Trump often makes a great show of letting people touch his hair to prove it’s not a toupee. But that proves nothing: hair transplants feel like real hair because they consist of real hair: A man’s hair is removed from the sides and back (which even bald men never lose) in a thick belt and the follicles are individually sorted under a microscope. Then a technician pokes holes into the bald part of a man’s scalp and inserts a single hair into each hole. The hair then grows normally.

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The thinning hair on the side provides additional evidence of a transplant.

(Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

I watched such procedures on multiple occasions. It is gruesome to watch. But it puts hair from the place where a bald man doesn’t need it to where he does. It often looks thin, but it’s real hair.

It’s sad that men resort to such treatments, but since dawn of civilization, Man (not his real name) has been trying to “cure” baldness. The ancient Egyptians used a balm of rhino fat. Hippocrates himself offered a poultice of cumin, pigeon excrement, horseradish and roots. Our own snake oil salesmen of the early 20th century often used spicy peppers, whose tingling suggested to buyers that it was “working.” Such scams helped lead to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.

Not all toupees are bad, by the way, but you can tell a bad one because the natural side hair — which tends to turn gray with age — often does not match the color of the toupee, which never changes. Also, a man’s eyebrows are key.

Not all toupees are bad, by the way, but you can tell a bad one because the natural side hair — which tends to turn gray with age — often does not match the color of the toupee, which never changes. Also, a man’s eyebrows are key.

(Isaac Lane Koval)

The scourge of baldness is also part of our history: the Bible speaks of kids taunting the famously bald prophet Elisha, who then kills them. Caesar tried to cure it with laurel wreaths and was much mocked for it.

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>And academics have long studied the connection between baldness and male attractiveness. There was even one study called “The Hairiness and Large Penis Stereotype” that proved that women believe that more hair on top means more virility down below.

Anyway, very little has changed in baldness treatments or coverups since my seminal 2001 book came out. There remain just three ways to “cure” baldness: a wig, a hair transplant, medications like Propecia.

>So Trump appears to be going with a combination transplant-combover. His approach appears to swirls the thin transplant hair among the thicker hair. As combovers go, this is no Giuliani. It’s more Christian Bale in “American Hustle.”

Isn’t that ironic?

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Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gawker-donald-trump-hair-not-weave-article-1.2650804

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