Hairstyling giant a cut above the rest

Richmond Hill hairstylist SIMON CLARK gives La Femme readers ideas on how to get your hair looking like the glossy posse

LAST week saw the passing of Vidal Sassoon, known as the “rock star of hairdressing” who is regarded by many as the grandfather of modern hairdressing.

How do you write about someone who many of you will only know of as the name behind a range of shampoo? It is difficult to quantify just how much he revolutionised hairdressing.

Perhaps most famous for the cropping of Mary Quant, Twiggy and Mia Farrow, Sassoon completely changed the direction of hair in the ’60s when big bouffant beehives ruled the roost.

Sassoon began the move towards cutting to suit the client and set the trend with his short haircuts for woman. Ditching the need for hot rollers and beehives, Sassoon’s wash-and-go haircuts provided an easy, no-nonsense approach to hairstyling.

Sassoon’s love of striking geometric cuts lives on today with Posh’s bob, an excellent example of a modern interpretation. One need only look at the Toni and Guy textbook, Future Classics, to see how much Sassoon’s influence lives today. The book’s styles are almost all directly descended for the cuts described in Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way.

Either book is a must for the aspirant hairdresser as they provide the foundation for what was the first international chain of salons, Sassoon’s, and the now most successful chain of international salons, Toni and Guy.

So the next time your hairdresser talks about personalising your cut, thank the man in the ’60s who made it all possible!

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