There isn’t much to be said that hasn’t already. The legendary Vidal Sassoon passed away at his Los Angeles home aged 84.
He was a pioneer who allowed women to escape the constraints of beehives, heavy curled hair and their hot rollers. He made hair styling a creative process, introducing the idea of the wash and go cut, allowing women to be able to style their hair at home with great ease. His main aim was to give shape ”My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous,” his most famous cuts include the bob, the 5 point cut and the greek goddess. He styled the icons of the time and many more over the years to come including the infamous Twiggy look, his hair styling was integral to the Mary Quant “look” and he made headlines being flown across the world to create Mia Farrow’s pixie cut for her film Rosemary’s Baby.
Not only did he write 4 books (“Vidal:The Autobiography” was released earlier this year, “Sorry I Kept You Waiting, Madam” was an earlier biography written back in 1968, “A Year of Beauty and Health” was published in 1979 and “Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way” in 1984) 2011 saw Vidal Sassoon The Movie, released. This documentary followed the life of Sassoon from his humble beginnings in London and traced the journey he went on to become the worlds best known and most innovative hair stylist.
If you haven’t had the chance to watch the documentary yet, then what better way to honour his memory, the trailer features at the bottom of this post.