Here’s How Often Marilyn Monroe Dyed Her Hair

If you know more about Marilyn Monroe than the Tumblr quotes your little sister reblogs, you might know that she’s not a natural blonde (honestly, who is past the age of five?).

Despite her reliance on bleach, in most of her famous movies and photos, she is a perfectly flawless platinum blonde. There are no roots to speak of, and she’s an ice queen instead of a brassy mess.

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So how did Marilyn get such killer hair coloring done in her day? Before innovations like balayage? Well, unlike you, she didn’t stretch her dye jobs out until pay day.

Marilyn actually dyed her hair every three weeks, according to author Pamela Keogh. In between dye jobs, she used baby powder on her roots – a.k.a OG dry shampoo – so she didn’t have to wash it as often.

And no, that baby powder trick would NOT work for covering roots today in the age of HD cameras.

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When she did dye her hair, it was a shade she called “pillow case white.”

There’s no word on how damaged her hair got from dying it such a light shade every few weeks, but I guess when you’re rich and famous, you figure that shit out.

H/T: Vogue

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