Donald Trump likes to talk about his hair just as much as other people like to talk about Donald Trump’s hair.
Barbara Walters famously caressed it, he cited his mysterious mane as the reason people wanted to dump water on his head for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (“I guess they want to see whether or not it’s my real hair, which it is”), and confirming its authenticity has become something of a reoccurring campaign stunt.
At stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina this summer, the reality television personality turned Republican presidential candidate invited people on stage to vet its authenticity. “I don’t wear a toupee! It’s my hair, I swear!” he said in Greenville after urging a woman to give it a gentle tug.
But the mystery of how Trump achieves that signature look—a combing pattern as intricate and majestic as the trade winds over the equator—remains. So Fusion asked Dee, a stylist at New York City’s Astor Place Hairstylists, to recreate Trump’s iconic hairdo on three (totally willing and not at all pressured by us, their friends and coworkers) volunteers to see if “The Donald” could survive outside of its native habitat.