Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Vidal Sasson. Remembering the man who revolutionised hair

Sadly, the man who changed the world with a pair of scissors died this month in L.A. at 84.

Vidal Sassoon was the man who brought hairdressing to the forefront of art and fashion. 

He opened his first salon in London in 1954. In the 1960's he started getting more attention when he opened another salon in New York and his client list included celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Twiggy and Mia Farrow. After that a string of salons opened up internationally and he became a brand. 
Now the brand has become more than salons. There are products and equipment and academy's around the globe that are world renowned and hairdressers who are trained there are highly sought after. 

Sassoon's style was designed to be a low maintenance wash and wear, modern style. A revolution for everyone to have perfect salon hair at home. His slogan was "If you don't look good, we don't look good"

His signature works include the geometric perm and eventually a recreation of the classic "bob" which was geometric, angular and sometimes asymmetrical. While these straight shiny styles seemed severely cut they were entirely lacquer free and low maintenance.  

Sassoon said "Hair is nature's biggest compliment and the treatment of this compliment is in our hands. As in couture, the cut is the most important element ... haircutting simply means design and this feeling for design must come from within."

Hairdresser's everywhere have Sassoon to thank for the way he changed the industry for 5 decades and that even after his passing we can learn from him. I look forward to studying at his academy's in the future.

If you want to know more there was a movie made based on Vidal Sassoon in 2010. 

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