Skip to comments.Hairstyling pioneer Vidal Sassoon dies at 84 in LA
Posted on 05/09/2012 2:27:40 PM PDT by Borges
Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care. When he came on the scene in the 1950s, hair was high and heavy typically curled, teased, piled and shellacked into place. Then came the 1960s, and Sassoon's creative cuts, which required little styling and fell into place perfectly every time, fit right in with the fledgling women's liberation movement.
Sassoon died Wednesday at age 84 at his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said.
Officers were summoned to the home at about 10:30 a.m., where they found Sassoon dead, Maiberger said. His family was with him. Officers determined that Sassoon died of natural causes, and there will be no further police investigation.
"My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous," Sassoon said in 1993 in the Los Angeles Times, which first reported his death Wednesday. "Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn't have time to sit under the dryer anymore."
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OK. It should be in the obituary section with every other name, nothing special when celebrities die in my opinion.
A veteran of Israel's 1948 War of Independence, Sassoon also had a lifelong commitment to eradicating anti-Semitism. In 1982, he established the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Whatcha think?
A public figure dying is a news story. Especially one who had such a prominent effect on Western culture.
Twenty minutes into it you might think "Hey, he had an interesting life."
After an hour and twenty minutes, you might throw your clicker at the screen yelling, "He was just a $^^&&^%%$ hairdresser!"
Funny bit: he tells about going to a spa and being treated royally and given an enema without asking for one.
They thought he was Gore Vidal (who will also be dying before long).
Cost a fortune and she could do nothing with it afterwards.
Sassoon’s not just a celebrity though, he really did change the home beauty industry, not to mention inventing a new and for a time quite popular haircut.
RIP Vidal Sassoon. I just finished reading your hip, enjoyable autobiography!
He had an enormous impact on style and fashion in Swinging London during the ‘60s. His very geometric hair styles were works of art. He also made headlines by cutting off Mia Farrow’s hair for “Rosemary’s Baby.”
Didn’t they have a common great grandfather, Al Gore Vidal Sassoon?
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
So soon dead?
Idiot writer here apparently. We were teasing and spraying our hair well into the mid 1960s The so-called bouffant look started around 1959 on the East Coast and didn’t really catch on big until the Kennedy’s infested the WH.
Also, hot rollers did not come in until the 1980s. Women of the 1950s often got perms or went to bed with bristled curlers in their hair or with bobby pins holding curls in place.
How hard would it have been for this dope to do a little research?
The funeral march will be played on a bassoon by a baboon by the light of the moon.
In a cocoon.
Soon, as opposed to June.