Donald Trump showed off a slick new hairstyle as he prepared to meet the Queen on his first official state visit to the UK.
The US President’s new look saw a dramatic change from his trademark ‘do as he stopped at a Virginia church before travelling to London. Mr Trump made the unannounced visit at the McLean Bible Church in Virginia after leaving his private golf club in Sterling nearby. Comments about his fresh cut quickly spread across social media with many pointing out that the altered style could be a case of bad hat hair. The president had come straight from the game of golf and had only just taken off his baseball cap before going in front of the cameras. Wearing khakis and a jacket over a polo shirt, and holding a hat, he was applauded by churchgoers as he arrived. Mr Trump did not address the congregation but stood with his head bowed as Pastor David Platt offered a prayer for the 12 people killed in the mass shooting in the state on Friday.
People immediately flooded Twitter praising his slicked back hair as “way better” and “improving”.
Mike Sington wrote: “Trump takes off his cap and reveals his non comb over hair for the first time. And of course it actually looks better. “
One commenter said: “I hope he keeps his hair slicked back. Much Better!”
Randi Mayen Singer said: On his way back from golf, Trump stops at McLean Bible Church to “pay respects” to victims of the Virginia Beach shooting. In respectful golf clothes, with respectful hat hair and again with the way too long respectful pants. Respect.”
Michael Portland Ross tweeted: “Trump’s hair looked way better at that church in Virginia than I have ever seen it look.”
But when he boarded Air Force One bound for London on Sunday night, many noticed that his mane looked back to normal. Some have claimed Mr Trump’s famed look is the result of a bad comb-over, while others have said his blonde locks are in fact a high-end hairpiece worth £45,000. Mr Trump himself has joked about his hair during an interview with Piers Morgan, when he said: “People find it hard to believe it’s my hair but it is. It’s hanging in, barely, it’s hanging in.”
Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, the president will arrive aboard Air Force One on Monday morning having already created a considerable degree of political turbulence with comments on the Tory leadership race, Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex. Ahead of the visit, he called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands and urged the Government to send Mr Farage into the negotiations. The Trumps are due to arrive aboard at Stansted Airport on Monday morning before heading to Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of Sussex will also attend a private lunch at the palace – although his wife, who is on maternity leave, will be at home with their four-week-old son, Archie.
HAIR WE GO
Trump’s barnet has been the subject of mystery and speculation for some time and various rumours have circulated over the years. Some have claimed his lid is the result of a bad comb-over, while others have alleged his blonde locks are in fact a high-end hairpiece worth £45,000. But Trump’s own daughter Ivanka put an end to the speculation when she told friends about why her dad’s hair really looks the way it does, according to author Michael Wolff. Ivanka apparently often makes fun of her dad’s mop when chatting to pals and delights in explaining how the crazy coiffure comes together, the journalist claims.
Speaking in his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Wolff claims it’s the result of scalp reduction surgery and careful styling held in place by strong hairspray. The book reads: “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 centre and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray.” Scalp reduction – also known as alopecia reduction – is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a man’s bald spot, then sews the more hirsute skin back together.
‘CHEAP HAIR DYE’
The book also claims Trump’s distinctive blonde hair colour was the result of his own “impatience” as he attempts to get rid of grey hairs using cheap dye. Wolf continues: “The colour, 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 colour.”
Even Trump and has joked about his own ‘do during an interview with Piers Morgan. The president said: “People find it hard to believe it’s my hair but it is. It’s hanging in, barely, it’s hanging in.”
TRUMP’S UK VISIT
Trump and his wife Melania are due to be officially welcomed by the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on Monday. Trump has said he is ready to talk environmental issues with Prince Charles over tea. The Prince is expected to tackle the President on his controversial decision to pull America out of the Paris climate change agreement last year.