Vidal Sassoon. The name often conjures up a bottle of shampoo. He did tell me once that he was the first hairdresser to put his name on one. Smart man.
Another well-known hairdresser, who is young enough to be Vidal's son, let slip to me after we had both had a few cocktails that he made a few million a year from selling shampoo bottles with his name on. This is the legacy of Vidal Sassoon. It is a now a lucrative business. If you are eighteen and reading this it might be worth going into the hair trade...
I interviewed Vidal in 2003 when I was Editor of a magazine called Celebrity Homes. He was charming, erudite and surprisingly witty. He would have been 75 years old then but he had the energy of someone two decades younger at least.
But Vidal was of course much more than just a seller of hair products. He was the original rock 'n' roll hair god. He was part hair stylist, part entrepreneur and he paved the way for hairdressers to be more than just people who cut hair.
Until 1963 women went to hair salons to get their hair 'done' and would leave with bouffant hair dos. Vidal changed all this and invented the geometric bob as he realised the times were changing. He said of this time: "My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous. Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore."
R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon: born 17th January 1928, died today 9th May 2012 age 84.
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