I never knew the man behind the coiffe. Was he responsible for the color, too?
Good question, Scooter! When he opened his own salon, Kenneth had a colorist working for him. When he was tending to the Monroe tresses, I believe he was still the head hairdresser at Lily Dache's atelier, so I'm not sure. He is credited, though, with saving Marilyn's over treated, over dyed hair, which was breaking and falling out when she came to Kenneth in 1958, on the advice of couturier Norman Norell.
For all his success, Kenneth Battelle was a person of genuine modesty, playing down his fame and concentratingon the work, which was spectacular. A far cry from the Mr Egotists of today's hair world.
Suffice to say, I don't think Mr. Battelle would have a reality show on Bravo, which is an admirable thing.
"It was a very pretty widow's peak, which divided her forehead neatly in half. But she detested it, despised it; it was her personal enemy. She hated it because, curiously, the roots of that hair, fluffy as the hair of a small child, didn't take the dye as well as the rest of her hair on her blond head."Simone SignoretLa Nostalgie n'est plu ce qu'elle etait