Donald Trump reportedly paid out £55,000 on a hairdresser for his television appearances in a year, despite allegedly paying just £587 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017.
The US President is claimed to have paid no income taxes at all in 11 of 18 years, according to a bombshell report in the US – but still earmarks thousands for his hair maintenance.
The New York Times claims papers show he “concealed records” showing “Trump’s chronic losses and years of tax avoidance”.
It is claimed he reduced his bill with “questionable measures”, including a £57.11 million tax refund that is the subject of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Times writes: “Many of his signature businesses, including his golf courses, report losing large amounts of money – losses that have helped him to lower his taxes.”
The newspaper claims the money he owed was placing such a financial pressure because he personally guaranteed payments were due soon.
Despite his losses, Trump managed to enjoy a lavish lifestyle by taking tax deductions on what most people would consider personal expenses, including residences, aircraft and his TV hair maintenance bills.
Trump’s hair has long been a source of fascination.
In July he caused shock waves after a Rose Garden briefing in which he appeared sporting a markedly different hair colour as his blond bouffant had apparently turned grey.
The US president is known for his keen interest in keeping up his appearance with a year-long tan and perfectly coiffured hair.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, salons and beauticians had been closed across the US at the time which could have explained why Trump’s style had changed – though it now appears back to normal.
In 2004, the President told Playboy magazine only his then-fiancée Melania Trump could cut his hair, though claimed she refrained from re-styling it, as she’s “not trying to reinvent the wheel”.
He also told the magazine how he allows his hair to dry naturally over an hour or so after showering in the morning before combing it.
“Once it’s dry I comb it,” he continued. “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.”
Then in 2016, the Hollywood Reporter claimed Trump and Melania were understood to be clients at L’Appartement, a salon opposite Trump Tower.
The publication also shared an account from an unnamed New York stylist claiming the President had told him not to touch his hair during a magazine shoot several years ago.
He had reportedly said: “You can spray but don’t touch! The only one I allow to touch my hair is Melania.”