Vidal Sasson, Dies

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In my other life, I worked for numerous Haircolor and haircare companies in a Education Training Manager capacity. I was employed with one of the largest Hair color companies in the world, ” Wella International”, for over seven years.

Throughout that time in my life, I had the privilege of meeting the best hairdressers from all over the world. I attended the Hair Olympics, Hairworld and numerous other high caliber events known in the world of hairdressing. I even had the pleasure of meeting the master of haircutting, ” Vidal Sasson”. I remember having a extensive conversation with him at a dinner event in London. I recall walking away thinking, “wow” what a great man.

Vidal Sassoon reportedly had long battle with leukemia Died today,
May 9, 2012 | 1:13 pm

Famed hair stylist and fashion icon Vidal Sassoon died after a long illness, and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has plans for an autopsy.

Law enforcement sources did not disclose the nature of the illness, but numerous media organizations have been reporting for some time that Sassoon, 84, was battling leukemia. The sources said he died at his Mulholland Drive estate and that his doctors will make final death notifications.In 1954, he opened his first salon in London. “I gave myself five years. If I couldn’t change anything, I was out of there.”

“When I first came into hair, women were coming in and you’d place a hat on their hair and you’d dress their hair around it,” Sassoon said. “We learned to put discipline in the haircuts by using actual geometry, actual architectural shapes and bone structure. The cut had to be perfect and layered beautifully, so that when a woman shook it, it just fell back in.”

He eventually opened a New York salon. In 1973, his hair-care products debuted to the trade. A couple of years later, he moved to Los Angeles, and by 1980, he even briefly had his own American television talk show. It was quite a life for a poor boy from London’s East End.

Sassoon was married four times. He met his current wife of seven years, Ronnie, when she was running a graphics design firm in Cincinnati 10 years ago. Procter & Gamble was one of her clients.

According to the Biography Channel, Sassoon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.