PART II HOW-TO: Oribe On Recreating the Marilyn Hairstyle

By Kelly Cison | 10/21/2011 10:09:00 AM


Last week, MODERN interviewed Anthony Palermo, the colorist who re-created Marilyn Monroe’s iconic blonde color for actress Michelle Williams, as seen on the cover of Vogue. Read it here:

This week, we have the scoop on the hairstyle created by celebrity hairstylist Oribe for the Vogue shoot. His inspiration for this look? Marilyn Monroe, of course, but also “old Hollywood glamour.”

“The key thing to remember when doing this type of style is that you can’t reinvent Marilyn,” explains Oribe. “You have to recreate an exaggerated, almost cartoon-like version of her. Her look is classic. It’s not about reinvention, or else it becomes something else entirely.”

Oribe used his own Royal Blowout heat styling spray as a first step. “It provides amazing softness, which bleached blonde hair can lack,” he says.

To get the look:

1.     Mist with Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and blow hair out.

2.     Separate hair into one-inch sections. Spray each section from root to end with Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray and set with a curling iron. Do the entire head for a classic set.

3.     Apply Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots for lift and comb hair into place.

4.     Apply Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray as you’re working, separating hair with your hands.  If hair is thick, use Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray for added separation.







Kelly Cison Kelly Cison is a Chicago-based freelance writer specializing in beauty, style and wellness. As a MODERN SALON Media contributor, she writes trend and feature stories for both print and web. Her favorite beauty pick-me-ups: balayage color and hydrating facials. Contact her at


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