hair hero vidal sassoon

On May 9, 2012, world class hairdresser and pioneer Vidal Sassoon passed away in his Los Angeles home at the age of 84. Vidal Sassoon liberated women from the 50s era of bouffants and beehives, where previously women had to maintain the up keep with weekly visits to beauty parlors. As a hair architect, Vidal envisioned hair to take on a different form beyond shampoo sets, over teasing and a lacquer finish. Vidal was the first of his kind to step outside the box and create wash-n-wear hair. Here, he was inspired to cut the hair according to body structure best suited to a woman’s face shape. Vidal harnessed the craft of carving geometric shapes into the body of the hair creating angles, layers, gradation and movement. He saw hair at its best and utilized the hair’s natural shine as the finishing touch. By such hair sculpting, Vidal transformed iconic hair styles to become efficient and modern. Today he is known as the originator of “the bob” and the five point cut, familiarly known as the iconic Beatles-do. Beyond his excellence as a haircutter, Vidal was a brilliant business man and writer. While he will be greatly missed, Vidal leaves behind an extraordinary legacy, which continues to pave the way for hairdressers, fashion designers and everyday people around the globe.