“It is not a wig, it’s my hair,” President Donald Trump told Forbes in 2014.
But it looks like that hair may get some help from a prostate-related drug that also aids hair growth, his longtime doctor, Harold N. Bornstein, told The New York Times.
Bornstein is the doctor who said in 2015 that, “if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” At 70, Trump is 23 years older than his predecessor, Barack Obama, when he took office in 2009.
Speaking to The Times over the course of four interviews within the past month, Bornstein also said that Trump takes antibiotics to combat the skin condition rosacea and a statin for high blood cholesterol and lipids.
But let’s get back to Trump’s hair, which has been a news item long before the businessman occupied the Oval Office.
Bornstein told The Times that Trump takes a small dose of finasteride, which is commonly prescribed as Propecia. Side effects, according to drugs.com, may include a loss of interest in sex, trouble having or keeping an erection, weakness and stuffy or runny nose (could that be why Trump sniffled through his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton?)
Bornstein, who has flowy, shoulder-length locks of his own, said he also takes finasteride. “(Trump) has all his hair. I have all my hair,” the doctor said.
The White House declined to discuss Bornstein's claims with The Times, nor did it say if he was still Trump's doctor. Trump has also stayed silent on the matter on Twitter.
Regardless of how many times the public pokes fun at Trump’s mane, he told Forbes back in 2014 that he “will never change this hairstyle, I like it. It fits my head. Those who criticize me are only losers and envy people.”
In a 2004 interview with Playboy, Trump actually walked readers through his daily routine.
“I get up, take a shower and wash my hair. Then I read the newspapers and watch the news on television, and slowly the hair dries. It takes about an hour. I don’t use a blow-dryer. Once it’s dry, I comb it. Once I have it the way I like it — even though nobody else likes it — I spray it and it’s good for the day,” Trump said.
He also revealed during the interview that his wife, Melania, who was his girlfriend at the time, cuts his hair.
“She’s much more artistic than my hair would indicate,” he said. “But she believes that if you like something the way it is, you should leave it. She doesn’t fool with the hair. She’s not trying to reinvent the wheel.”
But maybe she should?