New York Magazine published a bombshell article today from
The article is chock-filled with salacious tidbits and damning character portraits of the then President-elect’s inner circle but buried within the article is a detailed account that you won’t want to miss, a description from Ivanka Trump of the process that goes into creating the sculptural wonder that is the hairdo of Donald Trump.
The passage begins as an analysis of the relationship between the Presidential daughter and her dotard father that is less than flattering to both parties.
“Ivanka maintained a relationship with her father that was in no way conventional. She was a helper not just in his business dealings, but in his marital realignments. If it wasn’t pure opportunism, it was certainly transactional. For Ivanka, it was all business — building the Trump brand, the presidential campaign, and now the White House. She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others.”
The stylish daughter’s mocking of her daddy’s fuddy-duddy appearance almost humanizes Ivanka, but the most fascinating details are still to come:
“She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: 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 spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was 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.”
Once the revulsion from the mental imagery slips away, there is so much to parse here: The intricate “mechanics” of tending to the arid landscape of Trump’s scalp, the impatience-determined tangerine effect, and, of course, the “stiffening spray” so necessary in a man of Trump’s age and condition.
While Wolff’s journalistic kudos may be triggered by the more mundane details of political infighting, treachery, incompetence, and chaos that the unprepared campaign fell into in the aftermath of an election that they did not expect to win, the revelation of the recipe for Trump’s extravagant coiffure surely deserves a special investigative journalism award all on its own.