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Legendary hair care pioneer Vidal Sassoon Died at 84

The legendry hairstylist Vidal Sassoon died at 84 in his California home on Wednesday morning. The cause of death was told to be natural and no police investigation had been done. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and since then was fighting with cancer.

 Vidal Sasson

Sassoon was born in England and spent the early 7 years in an orphanage after his father’s death due to the impoverished conditions of his family. Later when he returned to London he started working as a ‘shampoo boy’ on his mother’s request who wanted him to be a hairstylist.

Vidal Sassoon in action, creating the iconic bob cut for designer Mary Quant

He opened his first saloon in 1954 and introduced his famous bob cut in 1963. His haircut was perfectly in line with women’s liberation movement going on at that time. Before he came into the industry the hairstyles were typically heavy and high. But his revolutionary approach brought wash-and-wear hairstyles that required little to no styling.

He once told to Los Angeles Time that his idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous.

Five-Point cut

In 1968 Vidal became a big name when he gave actress Mia Farrow her pixie cut for a whopping $5,000. It was another famous style from him which is still in vogue. His other influential wash and wear styles included Five-Point cut and The Greek Goddess cut.

The Vidal Sassoon salon in LA

Sassoon launched his own line of hair care products in 1973 and established Vidal Sassoon Academies to teach his techniques to the aspiring hair stylists.

Vidal Sassoon (R) poses with his wife Ronnie

This pioneer hair dresser was married four times and survived by three children and forth wife Ronnie before his death.

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