When a middle-aged man’s hair starts to thin, he gets desperate. He doesn’t go out nearly as much in public. He tries to avoid the eyes of people that he meets. He might even remember the biblical story of Samson, and how his hair was the source of his strength, and so, in a sad attempt to deny reality, he may choose to comb the pathetic remnants of his previously lustrous locks over the side of his head. This is, in theory, to conceal the growing baldness, but all it really does is call dramatic attention to the fact. Sometimes it truly is better to just buzz off the top or let it go.
Comb-overs can be seen on several prominent media personalities. The most famous is probably Donald Trump, who has a technique all his own, though Sam Donaldson has consistently given him a run for his money. There is even a variation of the comb over that has a U.S. patent (# 4,027,227) connected to it. The style involves dividing a person’s hair into three sections and folding them over each other, much like an arts and crafts project at the local senior center. Oddly enough, the riches from that particular copyright have yet to come rolling in.