Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

Hairstylist and household name Vidal Sassoon passed away in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday, the LAPD confirmed. The cause of his death remains unknown. He was 84.

Famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

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Household name and hairstylist Vidal Sassoon passed away in his Los Angeles home at the age of 84 on Wednesday, confirmed the Los Angeles Police Department. The cause of his death remains unknown.

After seven decades of styling celebrity manes and revolutionizing the haircare/cut process, Sassoon is arguably the most influential hairstylist of his time.

Born in London in 1928, Sassoon's early life was full of strife and poverty. His flair for hair began at age 14 after his mother told him he was to become a hairstylist. It was at that age he was first exposed to the beauty industry as a shampoo boy. He told AP, "I thought I'd be a soccer player but my mother said I should be a hairdresser, and, as often happens, the mother got her way."

Sassoon opened his first salon in 1954. The buzz around the beehive, which was a popular style at the time, slowly died once Sassoon introduced the wash-and-wear-haircut. His approach to hair heavily contributed to the women's liberation movement in the 1960s. 

Sassoon always remained true to his mantra- "To sculpt a head of hair with scissors is an art form. It's in pursuit of art." Perhaps his most iconic celebrity cut was featured on Mia Farrow in the 1986 film "Rosemary's Baby."

He continued to mentor and develop talent through Vidal Sassoon Academies. In addition to his influence on hairstylists worldwide, Sassoon is known for his contributions to a number of philanthropies. He's also penned three books and was the subject of a 2010 documentary called Vidal Sassoon The Movie: How One Man Changed The World With a Pair of Scissors. The film celebrates Sassoon's career and highlights his creative influence on the fashion industry. It was picked as the official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival that year.

Take a look back at his glossy career, below.

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