AceShowbiz - The heartbreaking reason Britney Spears shaved her head has just been revealed in a new documentary, 12 years after she had a mental breakdown in 2007. In the documentary titled "Britney Spears - Breaking Point" which aired on Sunday night, November 3 on Channel 5, tattoo artist Emily Wynne-Hughes reveals what the singer told her when she asked why she shaved her head.
Emily, whom Britney asked to ink a pair of lips and a cross on her on that infamous night, recalls the night the pop star came to her Body and Soul Tattoo studio. "[There was] an insane roaring sound outside. I wasn't sure what was happening, if there was a riot outside and then the flashes came," says the tattoo artist.
"The door opened slowly and a hooded figure walked in the door. I noticed her hair was gone. I remember asking her, 'why did you shave your head?' And her answer was a bit weird," she goes on sharing. "It was, you know, 'I just don't want anybody, anybody touching my head. I don't want anyone touching my hair. I'm sick of people touching my hair.' "
Earlier that night, Britney stormed into a salon owned by Esther Tognozzi in Los Angeles, where the "Toxic" singer asked Esther to shave her head. Esther remembers the former Mouseketeer had been followed by paparazzi to the salon.
"We were cleaning up and there was a bunch of flashing outside lights and we were wondering, 'Uh oh, what happened, police, ambulance?' We looked out and it's a bunch of white lights flashing and somebody knocked on the door because we always keep the door locked saying: 'Hey, open the door, Britney Spears wants to come in,' " she recalls.
Once she let Britney in, the singer said, "I want to shave my hair off," according to Emily. The salon owner claims she tried to talk Britney out, but when Emily took a call from her brother, Britney grabbed electric clippers and buzzed her hair. "By the time I came back to her she had grabbed a buzzer and she was testing to see how it was going to feel or look to buzz her hair," Emily reveals. "My phone rang again so, as I'm answering my phone I realize she went into that other room, sat in that chair and buzzed half her hair off."
Emily goes on suggesting that Britney's bodyguards let paparazzi take pictures of the star shaving her own head. "She had two bodyguards, supposedly keeping an eye out to make sure the paparazzi were not getting any pictures and one of them kept opening the blinds," she says as footage of the documentary shows aides laughing with photographers.
Emily continues, "I had blinds at the side of the salon back then. I had a sliding glass door and I kept saying, 'There's nobody over there, why do you keep opening up the blinds?' Well, I found out days later why he was opening the blind because a photographer was hiding there to take pictures."
Meanwhile, dance studio boss Robert Baker says that it was Britney's father Jamie who saved her when she had a public meltdown. "I've known Britney since 1998. I saw her at the height of her fame and saw her struggling when things got tough," Robert says. "She was spiraling out of control. She was going through the worst time of her life and needed help. Her dad stepped in and gave her the help she needed. If he hadn't, things could have been very different. I don't think she would still be with us today."
After the head-shaving incident, Britney checked herself into treatment facilities during the following weeks. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations led her to be placed on a still ongoing conservatorship.