Paul McCartney Dyed Hair Himself by Using a Drugstore Brand

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 09:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Paul McCartney used to dye his own hair with drugstore box coloring before ex-wife Heather Mills forced him to go to a high-end salon, according to a new report in the New York Daily News.

Guy Thomas, who owns a salon in midtown Manhattan, told the Daily News that McCartney started coming in for cut and color in 2004 after Mills called to complain about her then-husband's hair habits.

"She called the salon in a very agitated way," Thomas said. "People were making fun of the color. He was coloring his hair on his own using a box color from [New York pharmacy] Duane Reade."

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The 71-year-old former Beatle became a regular, albeit reluctant, customer at the salon for the next eight years. Thomas would act as stylist while his daughter, Janelle Mercadante, would be responsible for coloring McCartney's locks.

But things got rocky in 2012 when McCartney reportedly became difficult to handle.

"He never wanted to pay the money. There was always talk and complaints that the bill was so high," Mercadante told the Daily News. "He would stop having us go to him to do the color because it cost more money."

McCartney soon stopped going to the salon and insisted that Thomas turn over his hair-coloring formula to his assistants. Whoever does the singer's hair now has no idea what they're doing, Thomas said.

"His cut is inferior and the color is a mess . . . We have clients coming in asking, 'What the hell is wrong with Paul McCartney hair?' People knew he came here, and they ask us, 'Is that your work?'"

Mercadante agrees.

"His hair looks horrible," she said. "It becomes dark initially and then lightens. Whoever is doing it for him leaves the sideburns grey."

McCartney has not commented publicly on his hair, save for a 2006 statement in which he denied that it was Mills who made him dye his hair.

"I was engaged in this devilish practice years before I met her," he said at the time. "I remember a strange blue dye dripping down my forehead on an Australian tour over 10 years ago, but let’s face it, if I want to dye my hair pink, that’s up to me and no one else."

McCartney and Mills were married from 2002 to 2008.

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