Vidal Sassoon- Saying Goodbye to a Legend

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Vidal Sassoon leaves a legacy in precision and geometric cutting. He is considered the father of modern hairdressing, the first celebrity hairstylist and a true revolutionary for changing the way women looked in the 60s.


Sassoon died at age 84 in Los Angeles on May 9. He lost his fight with leukemia.


At Sassoon, all will honour Vidal's memory "by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much," said Mark Hayes, International Creative Director. Hayes added that the industry and the world have lost "a visionary and an amazing human being."


Sassoon always had hair in his heart. He started as a barber and opened his first salon in London, England in the 50s, but it was in the early 60s when he revolutionized the trade by creating short and modern "wash and wear" cuts, at the time when more women were entering the work force and feminine movements were on the rise, leaving the curly styles of previous decades in the past.

The first hairstylist to the stars - his life and work were documented in a film in 2010. Sassoon invented the five-point bob for British fashion designer Mary Quant and Mia Farrow's famous hydrogenous pixie cut - creations that are still fashionable today and continue to be a top request at salons.


Sassoon brought his genious and prestigious chain of salons to North America and the rest of the world. His legacy includes academies, product lines, tools and more importantly opening the door to talented hairdressers to be recognized as hair designers. Canadian Hairdresser remembers and honours Sassoon's life along with thousands of beauty professionals around the world. He will always be missed.

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