How does President-elect Donald Trump get his hair to look like that? It’s a question many have asked. And the artists at wax museum Madame Tussauds had to comb through that mystery in order to prepare four wax replicas of the 45th commander-in-chief, which were unveiled just before the inauguration.
In fact, the team at Madame Tussauds turned to the stylist from The Apprentice to help them recreate Trump’s curious coif, according to CNN. “We did a lot of research about how he styles his hair. It’s hairspray and almost like a lacquer,” chief sculptor David Gardner told CNN.
The hard part, says CNN, was not the style of the president-elect’s hair; it was actually the color. Because there is some white mixed into Trump’s blond, the team had to use a mixture of human hair and yak hair. “We use yak hair with people with white hair because human hair is not readily available,” hairstylist Kelly Cox told the publication. For his eyebrows, by the way, squirrel hair was used.
According to CNN, Trump’s mane required four color samples in total. Once the team had the accurate strands of hair, they inserted each one individually over the course of four weeks. Of course, the hair was just the tip of the iceberg. It takes meticulous work to recreate an entire human being in painstaking detail, a feat for which Madame Tussauds has become famous many times over: there’s a wax figure for practically every celebrity you can think of.
Coloring artist Verity Talbot told CNN that getting Trump’s skin tone just right was also a challenge. She wound up using a lot of pink and magenta. “We’ll look at everything so we’ll try and get every little capillary, every wrinkle, slight marks on the skin, any moles,” Talbot told CNN. “He’s got such a character about him. It was about trying to capture that.”
To create Trump’s six-foot-plus stature, Gardner had a unique advantage. “I was lucky enough to get some measurements from a sitting we had in 1997 at the Trump towers,” he said to CNN. “At the sitting we would take the measurement of the head and we would also use anchor points.” Gardner told CNN that seeing Trump in recent television appearances made his job “slightly easier” and “more exciting.”
The four wax figures were created in London, and three have been shipped to Washington, D.C., New York, and Orlando. On Wednesday, the fourth statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in central London, according to USA Today. There, people were invited to pose for selfies with the life-sized figure.
Think it’s odd that Trump didn’t already have his own Madame Tussauds replica? Actually, he did. The first Trump wax figure was created back in 1997, says Fox News Insider. The new figures were made to reflect the president-elect’s current look. The statues will go on display at Madame Tussauds locations on Friday, when Trump will be inaugurated as our nation’s new president.