New York Hair Salon Criticizes Paul McCartney's Hair Color
Paul McCartney has come under attack, not over his music, but his hair, with Guy Thomas of Guy Thomas’s salon publicly swearing he is no longer the superstar’s hairstylist.
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In a story reported by the New York Daily News, Thomas and his daughter, Janelle Mercadante, claim that they worked for McCartney beginning in 2004, when McCartney’s then-wife Heather Mills contacted them after McCartney attempted to dye his hair with color from a drug store.
“She called the salon in a very agitated way,” Thomas alleged in an interview with Confidenti@al.
According to Thomas and Mercadante, the duo would regularly travel to the Hamptons to do McCartney’s hair over the years, even after McCartney divorced Mills. It wasn’t until 2012 that the partnership fell apart. Thomas claims McCartney was simply too cheap to continue paying their fees.
“He [McCartney] never wanted to pay the money. There was always talk and complaints that the bill was so high,” Mercadate said.
In 2012, McCartney allegedly had his assistants harass Thomas and demand the coloring formula they had been using so that he could change colorists.
“He had his assistants call us who were nasty. We really shouldn’t have given him the formula. He felt he was entitled to it,” Mercadante claimed.
Mercadante and Thomas maintain that they are only coming out because McCartney’s hair coloring has been so bad this past year, they don’t want to risk being associated with the look.
“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?’” said Thomas.
Paul McCartney To Receive Songwriter's Songwriter Award
McCartney’s rep declined to comment on the story.
The singer and Beatles front man is perhaps too busy focusing on his professional accomplishments. It was just announced that McCartney will be honored with a NME (New Musical Express) Award for Songwriter’s Songwriter, a one-time-only award, created specifically to celebrate McCartney.
“We’ve spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they’ve told us: Paul McCartney is the world’s ultimate songwriter. Paul’s enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I’m incredibly honored that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter’s Songwriter award to recognize that,” NME editor Mike Williams said of the award.
McCartney is set to attend the awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, to receive the award.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) February 17, 2014
McCartney also had a big week performing alongside fellow Beatle Ringo Starr at the ‘Grammy Salute to The Beatles’ celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s iconic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. (Feel free to judge his dye job for yourself.)
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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