This past Wednesday, Vidal Sassoon, a famous hairdresser and trendsetter, died at his home in Los Angeles at age 84. Although a spokesperson claimed Sassoon died of natural causes, it was believed that the hairdresser suffered from leukemia.
Mr. Sassoon came from a poor family, and partially grew up in an orphanage in London. When he was 14, his mother claimed that she had a vision that her young son would be a hairdresser, so Sassoon became an apprentice in a local shop.
The famous hairdresser opened up his first shop on Broad Street in London in 1954. After the shop became successful, Sassoon began more salons in New York City and Beverly Hills. Soon, he was operating 20 different salons, and was worth nearly $100 million between both the salons and his hair product line. He officially sold the company in 1983.
Sassoon was known for his geometric-shaped haircuts and celebrity clients. Many of his styles were short and low-maintenance and were meant to flatter the bone structure of the client’s face. Mia Farrow, Mary Quant, and many others were fond of Mr. Sassoon’s work.
Mr. Sassoon is survived by his wife and three children.