Vidal Sassoon Passes away at 84

Vidal Sassoon who revolutionized hairdressing passed away at his home in Los Angeles of “apparent natural causes”. He was 84 and had been battling Leukemia for the past few years. Vidal Sassoon liberated the 1960’s woman from their lacquered, teased, big haired bouffant and bee hives and gave them the ease of the “wash and wear” hair.

Mr. Sassoon was born in London to a Turkish-Jewish carpet salesman father, and spent a part of his childhood in a Jewish orphanage after his father left the family and his mother could not support the young Vidal and his brother herself. On rejoining the family after the remarriage of this mother, Vidal Sassoon apprenticed at a local hair dressers on his mother’s insistence.

Vidal Sassoon spent a year in the newly formed Israel, fighting in the Israeli army and credits this time in his life as having given him the discipline and direction to make a success of his life. Back in the U.K., Mr. Sassoon experimented for almost a decade before he found his legendary style which incorporated form and structure to shape hair into geometric shapes bringing out the best features in each client’s face; that became his signature style.

In the 1960’s he formed a successful partnership that took him to New York and began his reign as the most successful and influential hair stylist of our times. A savvy businessman, he expanded his empire to include a full range of hair products, hair styling tools, saloons and schools that taught the art of cutting hair. Mr. Sassoon is known to have said that he was at heart and architect and drew inspiration from buildings when he styled hair.

Vidal Sassoon has been married four times and is survived by three children and his wife of 20 years. A British National by birth Mr. Sassoon was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.

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