Blog: This book is all about the hairstylist behind Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic looks


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If you’re a bibliophile looking for your next great read, then look no further than this story on one of America’s most beloved hairdressers.

“Kenneth: Shear Elegance” by Guiseppe Longo tells the story of Kenneth Battelle, the hairstylist behind some of Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Diana Vreeland’s most iconic hair looks.

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Although Battelle (more famously known simply as Kenneth) died in 2013 at the age of 85, his legacy as perhaps the first hairdresser to reach celebrity status resonates with many beauty lovers. There’s no denying this book is the perfect addition to any library or coffee table.

Like any good documentary, “Kenneth: Shear Elegance” shares many previously unknown details about its subject, giving a deeper view into the life of someone who was a confidante to the stars.

Beauty lovers are already buzzing about this exciting new book. “I bought this for my mama who was a hairdresser in a small town in the ’60s and ’70s. She has been engrossed in it all day long!” wrote one five-star reviewer.

Another reviewer couldn’t get over the storytelling and beautiful imagery. “Beautifully written book that gives an intimate insight into the life of Kenneth Battelle,” they wrote. “I could not put this book down. The stories and anecdotes were addictive. Those, coupled with the extraordinary photos make this book a must-read. I keep this on my coffee table and it’s constantly in the hands of anyone who stops to visit.”

If you have that fashion or beauty lover in your life who is dying for a new literary work to sink their teeth into, this book on the famous Kenneth Battelle should be at the top of your Amazon must-buy list.

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