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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vidal Sassoon, hairstylist for the 1960s

Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012) was a British hairdresser who made hairstyling history in the 1960s by freeing women from beehive hairdos and hot rollers.

He opened his first salon in 1954, when hair was high and heavy, set on rollers, then teased (backcombed) and sprayed into place. In the 1960s, Sassoon shocked the fashion world with his geometric cuts which required little styling and fell into place perfectly with little effort on the part of the wearer.

The styles were perfect for the fledgling women's liberation movement. Allure magazine editor-in-chief Linda Wells said, "His timing was perfect. As women's hair was liberated, so were their lives."

Sassoon changed the world of hairstyling and beauty and became the most famous hairdresser in history.

He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to advance his line of hairstyling products and made the city his home. He sold his business interests in the 1980s to become a philanthropist.


My 1960s Sassoon haircut
Uploaded by Flint Whincop on Oct 14, 2011


  1. Cool pic of you, Dana! I remember that he cut Mia Farrow's hair during the filming of Rosemary's Baby. The haircut had to be mentioned in the movie! I also recall the TV commercials that Sassoon put out in the '70s. He was in them and he was wearing a shag. :)

    1. All of this is fun to remember! I had a long "pageboy" hairdo, and I got a Sassoon cut a week before my wedding...way up over the ears like the second photo. Everyone was shocked! The haircut in this photo of me was about a year later.