Marilyn Monroe bleached her hair ‘down there,’ says hairdresser

By | November 14, 2020
Marilyn Monroe bleached her hair ‘down there,’ says hairdresser

Marilyn Monroe bleached her hair ‘down there,’ says hairdresser

Marilyn Monroe’s curtains certainly matched the drapes.

That’s in response to celeb hairstylist Kenneth Battelle, who revealed the buxom blonde’s bleach routine on her nether areas in a lately launched e-book, as reported by the Each day Mail.

Battelle — whose A-list clientele included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and plenty of extra — was engaged on a biography with author Giuseppe Longo earlier than Battelle died in 2013 at age 86, and his notes have been become a e-book, “Kenneth: Shear Magnificence.”

Within the e-book, which particulars his rise to fame from magnificence college to the famed Helena Rubinstein salon and finally to the White Home with Kennedy, the legendary hairdresser recalled assembly Monroe for the primary time in 1958 — in her condo whereas she was sporting nothing however a bathrobe. He was referred to as in to assist repair her hair, which was falling out as a result of all of the bleaching and perming whereas she was filming “Some Like It Scorching.”

Marilyn Monroe circa 1953.
Marilyn Monroe circa 1953.Michael Ochs Archives

“She turned my favourite regular consumer,” he mentioned, in response to the Each day Mail. “She had fantastic hair; she had fantastic all the things. She was one of many biggest folks I’ve ever recognized.”

Kenneth Battelle (right) with Joan Rivers.
Kenneth Battelle (proper) with Joan Rivers.The LIFE Image Assortment by way of

The 2 actually appeared to get to know one another rapidly as a result of, in 1959, earlier than the premiere of the movie co-starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, they shared an intimate styling second collectively after a movie exec spilled Champagne on her beige silk costume, rendering it clear.

“You possibly can see all the things, like she was in a moist T-shirt,” he mentioned. “She was going to throw the mink coat over the stains for the press convention, however I advised her that if she wasn’t altering her costume, she ought to at the very least placed on some underwear.”

However Monroe didn’t need to put on panties, since they might present by way of her costume, so Battelle thought up one other resolution.

“I mentioned, ‘I hear Jean Harlow didn’t put on underwear, both — however she used to bleach her [pubic] hair so it wouldn’t present by way of,’ ” he mentioned. “So I went downstairs to the lodge drugstore and acquired her powdered milk of magnesia, 20% peroxide and spirits of ammonia. It’s a really previous method for decolorizing hair. I advised her, ‘Now go within the toilet and bleach.’ Nothing confirmed by way of once they switched on these brilliant lights.”

Battelle, who additionally styled Monroe’s ‘do for her notorious 1962 efficiency of “Joyful Birthday, Mr. President” for President John F. Kennedy, additionally saved locks of her hair in a field which went up for public sale final 12 months.

Marilyn Monroe poses for a publicity still for "Some Like it Hot" in 1958.
Marilyn Monroe poses for a publicity nonetheless for “Some Like It Scorching” in 1958.Getty Pictures

Seems Monroe may need made dying her pubic hair a part of her common magnificence routine, too. The “Seven Yr Itch” actress’ longtime maid, Lena Pepitone, recalled strolling in on her bleaching her bits, as detailed within the e-book “Marilyn Monroe Confidential.”

“For somebody who didn’t like the bathtub, Marilyn spent an uncommon period of time within the toilet,” Pepitone wrote, in response to the Village Voice. “I usually puzzled what she could possibly be doing in there for therefore lengthy, particularly because the mirrors within the bed room had been so significantly better for admiring herself, which she preferred to do.”

She continued: “Someday, I discovered her perched on the bathroom, legs up, performing an elaborate ceremony with a bottle of some chemical and two toothbrushes. She was bleaching her pubic hairs blonde.”

Maybe gents do favor blondes?

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