Iconic Stylist Vidal Sassoon Dies.
RIP. The L.A. Times is reporting that iconic hairstylist and entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon has passed away at the age of 84. Sassoon enjoyed a reign as arguably the most famous hairstylist in history, credited with inventing the modern, angular, low-maintenance cut of the swinging 60′s, giving Mia Farrow that famous crop cut for the 1967 film Rosemary’s Baby, and popularizing the asymmetrical bob. We can all thank Sassoon for encouraging the end of that time consuming process of “setting your hair” into shape, in favor of shiney, natural hair that actually moves.
Sassoon started as a shampoo boy at the age of 14 and by 26 had opened his first London salon, achieving international success in the 60′s and 70′s. After penning the book A Year of Beauty and Health with his then-wife Beverly Sassoon the pair moved to the states, with the hair guru eventually selling his name to Procter & Gamble to use in market his hair-care products, using the now iconic slogan “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.” Then in 2003, Sassoon sued Procter & Gamble for cheapening his products in favor of their other hair-care brands, settling out of court pre-trial and later cutting ties with his eponymous brand.
Stylists everywhere owe a pretty big thank you to Sassoon for putting the celebrity stylist in the spotlight, and encouraging the trend of cross marketing and entrepreneurial success in the industry. For more on Sassoon‘s career, check out the 2012 feature-length documentary titled “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie.”