A comb over or combover is a hairstyle worn by bald or balding men in which the hair is grown long and combed over the bald area to minimize the evidence of baldness. Sometimes the part is lowered so that more hair can be used to cover the balding area.
In Japan, men with comb overs are called "bar code men" （バーコード人）, referring to the similarity between the striations caused by the comb and the UPC on products. The "barcode style" is called "bākōdo na kamigata" （バーコードな髪型）.
In 2004, Donald J. Smith and his father, Frank J. Smith, of Orlando, Florida were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for their U.S. Patent 4,022,227, a variation of the comb over that conceals baldness by combing long hair in three separate directions.
Famous comb overs
- In Spain, the Basque nationalist politician Iñaki Anasagasti is noted for his comb over, and has lent his name to comb overs ("hairstyle a la Anasagasti").
- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is known for his comb over in Algeria and neighbouring countries.
- American general and war-hero Douglas MacArthur was known for wearing an extreme comb over that he usually hid under his military hat.
- Purdue University basketball coach Gene Keady wore his hair in a comb over for decades until 2013, when he shaved it off at the behest of his fiancee (now wife). He told a reporter in 2014 that he spent $600 a week on the hairstyle that included hair extensions and dye.
- The former chairman of the UK game show Call My Bluff, Robert Robinson, is known as the "king of the comb over" in the UK.
- American business magnate Donald Trump has been lampooned for his comb over. Vanity Fair described it as a two-directional "double combover", made visible in harsh lighting, and the Daily Mail called it an "astonishing coiffure".
In popular culture
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- Stand-up comedian Heywood Banks sometimes sports a comb over despite having a full head of hair, stating "I'm not going bald, but I like the look!"
- The Scottish comedian Gregor Fisher lampooned the comb over style with his character The Baldy Man, which featured in a television advertisement before graduating to its own TV show.
- One of the villains from Cars 2 (2011), Professor Zündapp, has a broken roof rack that resembles a comb over.
- American film and TV actor Bill Murray wore a comb over as "Ernie McCracken" in the film Kingpin (1996).
- In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, there is a teacher by the name Mr. Comb Over. Instead of regular hair, he uses his beard to cover his scalp.
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