Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, Jean Harlow will forever be known as the original platinum blonde.
Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter, Jean Harlow will forever be known as the original platinum blonde. In fact, so popular was her flaxen hair, women of the '30s rushed to lighten their own locks in droves. While Jean apparently denied that she had her hair colored, word is that Max Factor
was responsible for bleaching her hair
to her signature shade. It's also been said that a harsh mixture of peroxide, Clorox, ammonia, and soap flakes were used to achieve the desired lightness.
The actress started out doing bit roles, but eventually became a superstar after appearing in Howard Hughes's Hell's Angels. Hughes even held a contest, offering up $10,000 to the beautician who could re-create Harlow's famous color.
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