Vidal Sassoon, famed British hairdresser and icon of the swinging ’60s, has died at age 84 at his Mulholland Drive home in L.A., the Los Angeles Times is reporting. The London-born stylist became synonymous with hair care: his brand of products became so massive that some people didn’t even know it had a flesh-and-blood namesake. And his story is a true tale of triumphing over massive. He grew up in a Jewish orphanage, worked as a “shampoo boy” in a salon as a teenager, and rose through the ranks before he opened his own shop in London in 1954. His famously asymmetrical bob haircuts – seen above in his styling for ’60s star Mia Farrow – were all the rage during the mod era, and his mane-trimming techniques were revolutionary in the field.
Here’s some color footage of Sassoon’s hairstyles back in 1955:
Here’s the trailer for a 2010 documentary on his life:
Here’s an interview he did with the Daily Telegraph last year:
This is a clip of Vidal Sassoon on What’s My Line? circa 1967 (he comes in around 1:50):
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