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New York salon not responsible for Paul McCartney's dreadful haircut and color

Paul McCartney's hair has made news and is under scrutiny for a bad dye job.
Photo by Eugene Gologursky

Paul McCartney’s dreadful hair color and tousled haircut is not the product of the Guy Thomas Salon according to the New York Daily News on Monday.

Apparently the 71-year-old singer used a pharmacy brand box of hair color before the Midtown Manhattan salon corrected McCartney’s hue, but Sir Paul was allegedly too cheap to continue the service and demanded the formula. Now the former Beatles front man’s hairdo is under some serious professional scrutiny.

Confidenti@l reports Paul McCartney was taken on as a client of the Guy Thomas Salon in 2004 after Heather Mills, his then-wife, urged her husband to correct the box color he had purchased from Duane Reade. Readers of this column are fully aware of the angst the Long Island Hair Care Examiner has of dying one’s hair at home with a nonprofessional brand.

Janelle Mercadante, Guy’s daughter, became McCartney’s colorist and Guy, Paul’s hairstylist. The professionals would travel to the Hampton’s to cut and color his hair, however, the cost was allegedly too high for the billionaire’s wallet and didn’t want to foot the bill any longer. Additionally, the staff of the Guy Thomas Salon was reportedly not tipped in cash, but instead received tickets to Paul McCartney’s concerts.

Guy and daughter assert McCartney’s assistants harassed the stylist’s to relinquish Paul’s color formula, which they eventually did, reluctantly. And now guests of the Guy Thomas Salon, that were aware Paul McCartney was a client, are questioning the singer’s locks. Representatives for McCartney declined comment, but Thomas and Mercadante insist Sir Paul’s hair is a hot mess.

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?’

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

This could be a bitter case of he said/they said, where the salon is hurt over the loss of revenue, but pictures do not lie and Paul McCartney’s hair has seen better days and nights.

Hair color tip: If a salon is kind enough to relinquish the formula, make sure a professional colorist applies the color and matches the shade with whatever brand that particular salon uses. Do not try to color match a professional line with a box from the pharmacy; it just won’t work.

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