His mother had a premonition that he would become a hairdresser. She then guided and steered him to an apprenticeship in a London shop when he was only 14 years old. That paved the way for Vidal Sassoon, famed hair stylish and fashion icon, to change the way women wore and cared for their hair.

What started out as a story of a poor “shampoo boy” soon became a legendary “rags to riches” tale.


In the early 1950s, he said, “I gave myself five years. If I couldn’t change anything, I was out of there”. That very same year, he opened his first salon in London. Eventually, his business soared and he later opened a New York branch.

In 1973, the Vidal Sassoon branded hair care products made it first debut. As a person and as a brand, he continued to be highly influential in the hair care and fashion worlds. He was even the subject of a 2010 documentary, “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie””:

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About three years ago, a wave of news hit all publications that he was suffering from what was going to be a “long illness”. Although it was never really confirmed, it was heavily reported that Vidal Sassoon was in fact battling leukemia.

Just hours ago, sources confirmed that the hair care phenomenon and extraordinaire has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was a rich old age of 84.

Thank you for the good hair days, Vidal Sassoon. You will be missed by all.

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