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Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon passes away

Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon passes away

VIDAL Sassoon, the man who transformed women’s hairdressing, has passed away. He was 84.

The body of the celebrity hairdresser, who had been suffering from leukaemia, was found at his home in Los Angeles. Officials said he had died of natural causes.

Mr. Sassoon is credited with revolutionising the hairdressing profession. Until he came along women mostly had their hair set with rollers and then fixed in position with hair sprays. But in the 1960s, Mr. Sassoon hit the London scene and created the ‘bob’ style and was the hairdresser of choice for a range of celebrity clients including the fashion designer Mary Quant.

His ‘wash-and-wear’ styles freed women from the helmet-like rigidity of the 1950s. 

The London-born hairdresser went on to work in the United States. He built a worldwide reputation and business — developing a successful range of hair-care products.

As a teenager Mr. Sassoon had thought he would become a footballer but his mother declared he would be a hairdresser. But before taking-up the scissors the young Sassoon travelled to the fledging state of Israel to fight in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. 

Back in London, Mr. Sassoon trained with the famous hairstylist Teasy Weasy Raymond before opening his own salon.

In October, 2011, Mr. Sassoon was the guest on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs. In the show he recalled an occasion when he had been in hospital and he had thought about dying. He said: “I woke up one night smiling. I thought, I’ve had the best adventure you could possibly have, for a kid that started from nowhere, and you’ve been very, very lucky. So if you have to go now, I’m ready.”

To view a recent interview with Vidal Sassoon, click here.


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