Blonde Hair History: the Blonde Bombshell





Blonde hair has only been around for 11,000 years or so, but in that time it’s made quite a mark on human culture, and since blondes began, the hair color has been interpreted in lots of different ways. The term ‘Blonde Bombshell’ is a stereotype for women with blonde hair and brings to mind visions of the many stunning blonde women throughout time like Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and Farrah Fawcett. Blonde hair has never gone out of fashion, from past beauties all the way to present beach blonde babes, here is a blissful little trip through time.

Blonde Hair & Hollywood’s Leading Ladies

The first woman to be known as a blonde bombshell was Jean Harlow, who was nicknamed the “blonde bombshell” for her 1931 film Platinum Blonde, with her sultry sexuality and stunning blonde hair when Marilyn Monroe was still in kindergarten.

Prior to Jean Harlow, there was no such thing as platinum blonde hair color. Although the use of hair lighteners like hydrogen peroxide was nothing new, there was no dye on the market that could duplicate Jean’s shade of blonde hair. Jean’s stylist took a serious risk at the time, and achieved her color using peroxide, ammonia, bleach, and Lux Flakes. It was a harsh and painful process which she had to endure weekly to maintain her color.

Marilyn’s iconic blonde hair

The coloring process became safer and simple, more icons were born, and blonde hair continued to soar in popularity! While Jean Harlow is credited with introducing the Blonde Bombshell, it was cemented in time by Marilyn Monroe. Miss Monroe turned a simple hair color into a look with her full, curly platinum blonde hair. Although she embraced the blonde look, she changed the shade of her hair several times during her career. Marilyn grew up idolizing Jean Harlow, which fuelled her desire for platinum blonde hair. By the time of her death in 1962, her hair was completely stripped of pigment to a shade of blonde hair that she fondly referred to as “pillow case white.”

In the 70s Brigitte Bardot made the Blonde Bombshell look her own by adapting the style. She took the classic curled blonde hairstyle and transformed it into a tousled beachy look. Bardot rocked a thick fringe all the way to wavy, free-flowing locks. The way she styled her blonde hair became popular and catapulted her into Blonde Bombshell stardom!

Discover your inner blonde bombshell with YOUR best shade of blonde hair!

Bright, sultry, and eye-catching, the Blonde Bombshell look is here to stay! Paired with a classic style, you simply cannot go wrong. Color has evolved so much since Jean Harlow’s days and it is now safe to color your hair the way you like it. Stars like Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy in the 90s all the way to 2016 box office busters like Scarlett Johansson and Cameron Diaz all have perpetuated the Blonde Bombshell phenomenon that we all have come to love so much!

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