Iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies aged 84

May 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today has brought the sad news that iconic British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has passed away aged 84 after losing his battle with Leukaemia.

Vidal Sassoon rose to fame in the sixties when he created a series of fantastic geometric hairstyles for women. His creations include ‘The 5 point cut’ and most famously ‘The Bob’ which became Vidal’s signature cut and is still requested in hair salons today.

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

Along with creating fashionable hair styles for the ordinary woman Vidal Sassoon also worked with some of the most iconic names in Hollywood with cliental including Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.

Renowned for revolutionising hairdressing with his series of short ‘wash-and-wear’ hairstyles that proved to be incredibly popular Vidal Sassoon was requested to cut the hair of actress Mia Farrow in 1968 for her role in the film Rosemary’s Baby.

He created a short pixie cut which became an overnight fashion sensation much like the ‘Nancy Kwan’ bob that liberated women across Britain and America to go for the chop. This trendy bob cut was arguably one of Vidal’s most notable looks and a favourite of mine.

Vidal Sassoon geometric hair styles

Vidal Sassoon’s most iconic looks

Along with creating cutting edge hairstyle which epitomised the era of Cool Britannia, Vidal Sassoon also created a legacy of credible hairdressing with a series of salons and hairdressing academies both here in Britain and in America. During his career he also commissioned a range of styling products that have proved popular amongst professional and amateur hair stylists.

Vidal Sassoon will be greatly missed in the world of hairdressing however I’m sure that this legacy of creating pioneering hairstyles will live on forever.

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