Honoring an Icon: Vidal Sassoon Dies at 84

WRITTEN BY: Elizabeth On 05/21/2012 • Lifestyle

Honoring an Icon: Vidal Sassoon Dies at 84

Vidal Sassoon Leaves a Legacy in the Salon Industry and Fashion World

A great loss has hit the community of salon owners, stylists and those in the fashion industry everywhere. Vidal Sassoon passed away at age 84 on May 9, 2012. After a long battle with leukemia, media organizations report that this was the cause of Vidal Sassoon's recent death.

Remembered by those who knew him best as a pioneer of the salon world, Vidal Sassoon transformed the hair industry, as well as the way women were perceived as beautiful. The 2010 documentary, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, discusses Vidal Sassoon's success in beginning in the world of hair as a shampoo boy to ultimately becoming a mogul in the salon industry. He created his first line of shampoo products in 1973 and opened a New York salon soon after the creation of his hair care products.

Submitted by Elizabeth on 05/21/2012 - 13:33

Vidal Sassoon is responsible for contributing to the cultural revolution of the 1970s with one of his most famous hairstyles, the five-point haircut. This haircut was centered around the bone structure of a woman and was intended to flatter the geometric shape of her face. Vidal Sassoon appreciated the beauty and strength of women, and he tried to convey this appreciation through his hair masterpieces.

He was known for making the short and edgy haircuts a sexy staple for women during the 1970s. His wish was to make the hair care process easy for working women. He wanted to help women move away from hairstyles of the 1950s that required extensive curlers and expensive trips to the salon. After a haircut from Vidal Sassoon, women could easily style their own hair and appreciate their natural beauty.

Vidal Sassoon even played a part in the fashion that hit the Hollywood film scene. Various directors and celebrities once begged Sassoon for an appointment in his busy schedule. He was reportedly paid $5,000 to create the pixie haircut for Mia Farrow in her role as Rosemary in the film Rosemary's Baby.

The models that worked with Vidal Sassoon fondly remember Sassoon's method of working. Rather than simply style the hair of models, he tried to make every haircut a unique vision that perfectly complemented the individual model.

Vidal Sassoon is revered as one of the kindest men in the salon industry. He was well-respected by his peers, and they constantly drew inspiration from his hairstyles. More than an inspiration for hair-stylists, Vidal Sasson was a man that many were honored to call a good friend. He eventually sold his empire in 1980, but he still continued to maintain a conscious presence in the salon industry. His legacy will be one that salon hair stylists remember for years to come. He was a soulful hair stylist with a passion for achieving excellence in his work.