Vidal Sassoon

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon, CBE was a British hairdresser, credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the wedge bob. Due to the popularity of his styles, he was described as "a rock star, an artist, [and and] a craftsman who 'changed the world with a pair of scissors. '" His "wash and wear" philosophy liberated women from the "tyranny of the salon" and "revolutionised the art of hairstyling.
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Deceased
09 May 2012
home town
Hammersmith
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Look to the Past for Great Bob Hairstyles Now
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Bobs are trending big-time right now in every way, shape and form... no exaggeration! They are the hot style, and the really fun thing about the bob is that it doesn't have to be that traditional bob that is perfectly undercut with the cups just under the chin. Let's take a look back, keeping in mind that any of these styles work right now: Let's begin with the 1920s through the '40s. Bobs were cut right at the chin or just below and the hair was styled in horizontal waves or in a finger wave pattern. These are making a huge comeback with beautiful examples on recent red carpets. Then we move into the '60s bob, with the famous Vidal Sassoon styles, followed to this day by so many stylists. He is pure legend in my mind! His bobs were cut to perfection. He reinvented the bobs. He cut them in more geometric styles, gave them lots of movement. It didn't matter what you did, the hair always fell back into its original form, framing the face to perfection. Into the '80s and '9...
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Jews Have No Future in France
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Following the jihadist attack on a kippa [Jewish skull-cap] wearing Jewish teacher in Marseille, the president of the city's Jewish community, Zvi Ammar, advised French Jews to leave their kippas at home. In my view, it is time for the Israeli Foreign Office to assist French Jews in leaving France before it is too late. Following his recommendation for Jews to take off their kippas, "until better days," Mr. Ammar was fiercely criticized. As reported in the European Jewish Press. France's Chief Rabbi, Haim Korsia, said that Jews should continue wearing their kippas in public in order to form a "united front." "We will not cede!" he stated. "We will continue to wear the kippa." Similarly, Joel Mergui, president of France's Consistory, an umbrella organization that administers to Jewish congregations, stated, "Don't touch my kippa! He [Ammar] knows as well as I do that wearing a kippa or not won't resolve the issue of terrorism." And finally, Roger Cukierman, president of the Repres...
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Model Who Spoke Out Against Body Shaming Signed By New Agency
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Taking a stand can lead to good things.   Just days after her brave open Facebook letter against harsh beauty standards in the fashion industry went viral, U.K.-based model Charli Howard signed with a new modeling agency.  EmbedContent(5628ddd3e4b0443bb562c43b, http://musenyc.tumblr.com/post/131623803645/the-bold-charli-howard-is-now-part-of-muse-family ,Embed,html,Some({})) Howard said she wrote the letter a day after her former agency dropped her from their roster, allegedly criticizing her "too big" body (a U.K size 6/8, or U.S. size 2/4). She signed the powerful note with a clear message: "Until (and if) an agency wishes to represent me for myself, my body and the WOMAN I've become, give me a call. Until then, I'm off to Nando's." That agency came calling when Trudi Tapscott caught wind of the letter. Tapscott works as modeling agent with Muse Management, a New York City-based agency that represents Candice Huffine and Denise Bidot, among others.  "Charli Howard took ...
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Tamara Mellon: Stacked heels
The Economist - over 4 years
In My Shoes: A Memoir. By Tamara Mellon. Portfolio; 273 pages; $29.95 and £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukHOW to explain the global appeal of the Jimmy Choo shoe? The low cut sides, swoop of a vertiginous heel and toes pointed fiercely enough to have podiatrists licking their lips: all have added to the lucrative charm of “Choos”, the luxury footwear brand co-founded in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, a British businesswoman.“In My Shoes” is Ms Mellon’s account of the highs and lows of the teetering trade. It is enlivened by feuds and fallouts, with characters ranging from the reclusive Mr Choo to her “sadist” mother, her ex-husband (Matthew Mellon, scion of a banking family), her accountant, trust manager, private-equity partners and a fair few more. Ms Mellon seems to live on a permanent war-footing with half of the names in her Rolodex. Yet she possesses the acumen and instinct to create a global company, network shamelessly and conduct an exhausting social life.Her enthusiasm for dra...
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Do You Love Alicia's New 'Do?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Another day, another celebrity haircut. This time around Alicia Keys is debuting a new 'do... The "Girl On Fire" singer shocked fans when she hit the "Good Morning America" Concert Series stage Friday morning, sporting a super short pixie cut. But we can't be too surprised, she told us back in December that she planned to cut it shorter. The 32-year-old star also tweeted a picture of the edgy, slicked down style -- which is a bit more extreme than Beyoncé's short-lived pixie and reminds us of Vidal Sassoon's iconic five-point cut. Feelin fresh and feelin the love this morning! ;-) pic.twitter.com/OcqZK52jGR — Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 30, 2013 While Ms. Keys clearly loves her new look, some folks on Twitter have been having a field day poking fun at the bowl shaped cut -- comparing the Grammy Award-winner to Mr. Spock from "Star Trek" and Mo from "The Three Stooges." (see slideshow below) After an onslaught of memes, Alicia tweeted another photo showi...
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Jaime King Talks Pregnancy: I'm Craving Olives and Barbecue Sauce!
US Magazine - over 4 years
It's only been a month since Jaime King revealed she is expecting her first child with husband Kyle Newman -- and what a month's it's been! Since confirming her pregnancy May 3, the Hart of Dixie actress has been busying herself by getting ready for their little one's arrival. The Nebraska native opened up to Us Weekly about their baby-to-be during a Vidal Sassoon Salon Uptown event in New York City on Tuesday, June 4. PHOTOS: Pregnant in heels "I'm feeling good," King said. "I mean, every day is an exciting new day because everything changes so quickly!" Like many women, the mom-to-be has already been succumbing to pregnancy cravings. "I really want olives a lot," she explained. "And barbecue sauce!" PHOTOS: Young Hollywood moms Former model King, 34, and moviemaker Newman, 37, have yet to decorate their baby's nursery. In fact, the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star admitted the process has been a bit daunting. "I started looking online but it's really hard to find the ri...
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Developer eyes adding 220 housing units near BU in Allston after nixing plan for Sassoon beauty school
Boston Globe - almost 5 years
A developer is seeking city approval to expand a two-story building on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston by adding four new floors with 220 residential units and to renovate an existing ground-level retail space. The proposal for 1047 Commonwealth Ave. is revised from plans approved by the city five years ago. The original project, backed by Elan Sassoon, the son of legendary hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, called for building a $22-million beauty school called The Academy for Hair and Skin.     
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2013 NFL Power Rankings Countdown: #32 Jacksonville Jaguars
Mile High Report - almost 5 years
It's way too early for this kind of thing, but we can attempt to look at each teams draft and guess whether or not they improved their team overall or not. Compare that to their expected schedule and decide whether they will take steps forward or backward. Towards the end of preseason, we will start doing these power ranking posts again through the end of the season. Each day I'll attempt to analyze/summarize each team's potential in 2-3 paragraphs. Let's begin with... 32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2012 Record: 2-14) Jaguars 2013 Draft Picks 1.2 Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M 2.1 Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International 3.2 Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut 4.4 Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina 5.2 Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan 6.1 Josh Evans, FS, Florida 7.2 Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico St. 7.4 Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian St. I am probably going to take a little bit of heat for ranking the Jaguars so low, but my reasoning is pretty simple. I do not beli...
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Ben Skervin: 4 Morning Hair Fixes To Get You Out The Door Less Stressed
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
We all know that the rush to get ready and out the door in the morning can be a big stress, not only on us, but also our hair. So I'm hoping to answer some of your questions and give you tips on how to take some of the stress out of getting ready in the morning. For me, keeping it simple and multitasking are key. Hot rollers can be a girl's best friend to give some lift and bounce to hair, and the great thing is you only need about eight jumbo rollers. Heat them up, take large sections that have been spritzed with a little hairspray (such as Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray), roll them up in your hair and pin them in place. Once all the hair is rolled and pinned, let them cool down. This can be the perfect time to work on breakfast, put on makeup or get the kids off to school. Once your hair has cooled, take the rollers out and give your hair a good brush. And just like that, you'll have bouncy, full hair. Now, I know many of you are in a real hurry and...
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This Is As Close As You'll Get To Jumping In Bed With Keira
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Keira Knightely, Kerry Washington and Kelly Rowland have another thing in common besides the fact that all of their names begin with the letter "K." These three gorgeous stars have mastered bedhead hair. And I'm not talking about that hop out of the bed and shake it out look we all seem to rely on when we've hit the snooze button way too many times. I'm referring to that roughed-up (in a good way) hair. For her most recent turn as Marie Claire cover girl, Knightley sported bedhead hair with a rock and roll edge. Meanwhile, Washington has been making the red carpet rounds for "Django Unchained" wearing her shoulder-length haircut perfectly tousled. While former Destiny's Child member Roland balances out her new blunt bangs with loose waves. Ben Skervin, the man behind Knightley's Marie Claire bedhead hairstyle, shares his step-by-step instructions on how to get the look. Prep wet hair with a light foaming air mousse to build volume. Then rough blow-dry using your finge...
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Mia Farrow Is More Than A Hair Icon
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Mia Farrow is an American actress best known for her roles in films like "Rosemary's Baby" and "Hannah and Her Sisters," and as one-third of the messy love triangle involving Woody Allen and her daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. But when it comes to style, Farrow will forever be credited with bringing the pixie hairstyle back into fashion. In 1967, the blonde beauty traded her long locks for a cropped 'do, thanks to legendary stylist Vidal Sassoon. But her hair was only one part of her iconic look: Farrow (who was also briefly married to Frank Sinatra) emulated '60s fashion in shift dresses and graphic prints. In honor of Farrow's 68th birthday on Saturday (Feb.9), we are taking a look back at some of the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador's most iconic outfits. var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=517355179&height=411&width=570&sid=577&origin=SOLR&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=f...
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January Jones Channels David Bowie At The SAG Awards
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Everybody knows that getting ready for a night out is way more fun when you've got your stereo blasting with jams. It looks like January Jones had her glam rock playlist on continuous loop before arriving at the SAG Awards. Jones was totally channeling David Bowie circa "Aladdin Sane" with a pompadour hairstyle, contoured cheeks and red-orange lipstick. She teamed up with stylist Renato Campora for a modern take on the classic updo. (Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel is how they got it to stay in place, just in case you're wondering.) Scroll down for more... Maybe she had Bowie on the stereo while getting ready. Maybe the "Mad Men" star wanted to see what she'd look like with a closer crop after recently revealing to Grazia that she may have to shave it off because her hair is falling out in clumps. Whatever the reason, it certainly was one of the biggest beauty statements on the 2013 SAG Awards red carpet. What do you think about January Jones' rock ...
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Nickelodeon teen star 'iCarly' buys home in Hollywood Hills
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
Nickelodeon teen star 'iCarly' buys home in Hollywood Hills Features include a media room with a wet bar, formal living and dining rooms, three en suite bedrooms and a powder room. Hair industry magnate Vidal Sassoon and his wife, Rhonda, bought the Midcentury Modern style home in 2004 for $6 million, according to public records.
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The Lives They Lived: Vidal Sassoon Will Bob but not Weave
NYTimes - about 5 years
Illustrations of some of the hairstylist’s most famous looks.
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Janet Zeitoun: A-List Your Haircut
Huffington Post - about 5 years
An A-list haircut isn't just spotted on the red carpet or in the green room, and it doesn't require a backstage pass to have one. It's about making the right choices towards that big move. As small and minute as a good haircut may seem, it can have a monumental effect on one's psyche. If you've ever cut your hair off on a whim, it has been said to be invigorating and scary, and will allow you to embrace this change as an "in-moment experience" that may drum up new feelings. Your wardrobe immediately flashes to mind -- "what to wear now?" -- along with what new make-up choices to pull off this new hairstyle. Though this can be an out-of-your-comfort-zone experience for many, remind yourself that change is good and hair grows back. It is reported that hair grows ½ an inch a month, and, for some, at an even more rapid rate. Good to know, right? That little bit of information might just boost your nerve when going for that new A-list haircut. A good haircut will accentuat...
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Shammal Qureshi: A little healthy competition and lots of politics
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 5 years
LAHORE:  Politics in the fashion industry are far more deep-rooted than they appear to be on the surface. With numerous designers, models, photographers, make-up artists and hairdressers present, cut throat competition in this industry is slowly becoming inevitable. Karachi-born hairdresser and stylist Shammal Qureshi, who moved to Lahore three years ago and made a name for himself with his salon Toni&Guy, speaks to The Express Tribune about his journey and experiences. Experiences “I moved away from Karachi because I had a very large social circle there including my mother who is a household name when it comes to hairdressing,” says Qureshi, who wanted to achieve his dreams without any help. “Peng Qureshi has maintained her clients for over 30 years and I wanted to see if I could make it on my own, here in Lahore,” he adds, referring to his mother. Fortunately, he met his wife — Redah Misbah of Depilex — shortly after arriving in Lahore...
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Stars pay tribute to 'revolutionary' hairdresser Vidal Sassoon at memorial service to celebrate his life
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
The London-born stylist, who invented the 'bob' hairstyle, died at his home in L.A. in May, aged 84 after a battle with leukaemia.
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 84
    Died on May 9, 2012.
  • 2011
    Age 83
    In June 2011 it was reported that Sassoon had been diagnosed with leukaemia two years earlier, and was receiving treatment in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. and London, U.K. He died on 9 May 2012 at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
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  • 2010
    Age 82
    Sassoon in his 2010 autobiography described David, adopted in 1975 at age 3, as an "African-American / Asian boy... with twinkling eyes and an irresistible smile" who nonetheless became troubled and was eventually sent to a reform school.
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  • 2009
    Age 81
    Sassoon was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.
  • 2003
    Age 75
    Two years later the company was bought by Procter & Gamble. Vidal, who remained a consultant through at least the mid-1990s, sued in 2003 for breach of contract and fraud in federal court for allegedly neglecting the marketing of his brand name in favor of the company's other hair product lines, such as Pantene.
  • 1992
    Age 64
    In 1992 he married designer Rhonda "Ronnie" Sassoon.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 55
    His third wife was Jeanette Hartford-Davis, a dressage champion and former fashion model; they married in 1983 and divorced soon after.
  • 1980
    Age 52
    He also had a short-lived television series called Your New Day with Vidal Sassoon, which aired in 1980.
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    The El Paso, Texas-based Helen of Troy Corporation began manufacturing and marketing Sassoon hair-care products in 1980.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 45
    Sassoon began his "Vidal Sassoon" line of hair-care products in 1973.
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  • 1971
    Age 43
    In 1971 he promoted his 30-year-old second-in-command, artistic director Roger Thompson, to director of the Sassoon salon, explaining jocularly that, "Twenty-five years of schlepping behind a barber chair are enough!" Sassoon co-founded Paul Mitchell Systems with Paul Mitchell, one of his former students.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    In 1967, he married his second wife, actress Beverly Adams.
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  • 1966
    Age 38
    In 1966, inspired by 1920's film star Clara Bow's close cropped hair, he created designs for Emanuel Ungaro.
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  • 1965
    Age 37
    Advertising and cosmetics executive Natalie Donay is credited with discovering Sassoon in London and bringing him to the United States, where in 1965 he opened his first New York City salon, on Madison Avenue.
  • 1963
    Age 35
    In 1963, Sassoon created a short, angular hairstyle cut on a horizontal plane that was the recreation of the classic "bob cut."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    Sassoon married his first wife, Elaine Wood, his salon receptionist, in 1956; the marriage ended in 1958 when she left Sassoon for British waterskiing champion David Nations.
  • 1954
    Age 26
    Sassoon opened his first salon in 1954 in London; singer-actress Georgia Brown, his friend and neighbor, claimed to be his first customer.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 20
    In 1948, at the age of 20, he joined the Haganah (which shortly afterwards became the Israeli Defence Forces) and fought in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, which began after Israel declared statehood.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 11
    Sassoon and the other children at the school were evacuated after WWII began on September 3, 1939.
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  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born on January 17, 1928.
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