Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii), a 2020 presidential candidate, on Monday explained why she hasn’t gotten rid of the gray area in her hair. 

“I started going gray in that one spot during and after my first deployment to Iraq,” she said during an Instagram Live video while in Iowa. “And so I keep it as just a remembrance of those who we lost there and the cost of war and why we fight so hard for peace.”

“No, I’m not going to fix [it],” she added. “If you mean dye, no, I’m not going to dye it.” 

Gabbard’s hair has garnered attention in recent months since launching her 2020 presidential campaign. Her sister, Vrindavan Gabbard, took to Twitter in March to answer social media users’ questions about the 2020 Democrat’s hairstyle.


“Natural,” she tweeted on the Hawaii congresswoman’s account. “It happened after her deployment to Iraq. She keeps it as a daily reminder of her experience and her purpose.”

According to Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign, the congresswoman is the first female combat veteran to run for president. She served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and served in Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. 

She did not qualify for the third Democratic debate in September, falling two approved polls short as of the Aug. 28 deadline, but did have the required 130,000 donors.

The 2020 hopeful took two weeks off the campaign trail for the joint training exercise mission in Indonesia.