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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe hair is still a classic after all these years

The Marilyn Monroe hairstyle will never go out of style. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who Marilyn Monroe was and why she is considered an icon.  Her style became the basis of what we regard as glamour and stardom to this day. We are seeing a re-emergence of the 1950’s mid-length, roller set, Marilyn Monroe hair style.  The Marilyn Monroe hair style is much more elegant and more glamorous than straighter hair styles and not so surprisingly. . . it’s modern looking once again! (The circle of life shows forth once again.)

Marilyn Monroe

The  hair style that she was seen wearing most often was a medium length layered cut. But she also wore a bob hair style (then called a ”page boy” and a graduated bob hair style (with the back stacked out.) The length was somewhere between jaw level and just off the shoulders. The modern version of her look has longer layers with fringe in the front and shorter layers in the back. Although Marilyn’s hair was roller set, it can be worn smooth, wavy or tousled. One of the reasons we are seeing a re-emergence of the Marilyn Monroe hair style, is that medium length hair styles are normally quicker and easier to care for than long hair styles and more versatile than shorter hair styles.

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Marilyn Monroe Hairstyles

Recently, I showed a client this picture of Katherine Heigl, wearing a Marilyn Monroe hair style and convinced her to go for it. It was a major move for her, but I knew she was ready for something new. (I just love this job when I can give a client a new, exhilarating hair style change!!)  She was tired of her long hair style and truth be told, it was starting to age her. She had just worn it long for too many years. She loved the new cut . . . and so did her hubby!  She was a medium ash blonde with highlights and we lightened that up more which really made for a total makeover.

The Marilyn Monroe hair style is also a great style for someone who wants to create more movement and body in their hair. This medium length hairstyle looks great on every face shape; and it really brings out the eyes as it frames the face.

As for hair color, it’s been said that Marilyn Monroe’s hairdressers tried 9 different shades of blonde before settling on her famous platinum blonde. As a hairdresser, I definitely do not recommend trying 9 different shades of any hair color.  If you are curious about making a drastic change, there are some online hair style programs that allow you to try different hair colors and hair styles on your image. It’s much safer that way and it’s fun too!

To style your hair like Marilyn Monroe’s, start with a side part and curl your hair with a ¾ to 1 inch size curling iron or hot rollers. I like Matrix Sleek Look Iron Smoother, when using a curling iron or when using any heat on the hair. It protects the hair from the heat, while providing frizz control. It also offers extra holding power for the curls and added shine.

Marilyn Monroe hair style

Lightly spray Matrix Sleek Look on dry hair before curling.  Taking small sections, roll the bangs or fringe area up and back. Roll the sides in small sections away from the face and downward, and roll the back section under. Let your hair cool down, before lightly finger combing through your curls. To achieve the height in front, lightly backcomb, pull hair straight up and use a medium or strong hold spray at the roots. Finish with a misting of medium hold hair spray.

This hair style is perfect for formal events and casual looks. I think the look is fabulous and would love to see the return of the classic Marilyn Monroe hair style!  She is a classic; Norma Jean, our Marilyn Monroe!

Marilyn Monroe quote

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