The war meant that Vidal was one of a hundred thousand children who were evacuated from the cities to the country side. Returning to London as a teenager he eventually began a hairdressing apprenticeship at his mothers insistence. I once saw an interview with him where he said he wasn't sure about being a hairdresser at first. He didn't have an immediate love affair with hair, at the age of twenty he was in Israel fighting the 1948 Arab- Israeli war. Vidal had spent several years previous to this working against fascist groups in London.
In the interview, Vidal told that it was his mother who pushed him in to the hairdressing world, she claimed to have had a vision that this is what he should do. After training in Mayfair London, Vidal opened his first salon in 1954. The cuts Vidal went on to create became nothing short of revolutionary. His scissors were the equivalent of an artists brush, he created statement hair that didn't involve rollers and multiple cans of hair lacquer. The sixties were a whole new decade and whilst I love sitting under a dryer, he gave women the option to ditch the dryer and created cuts that he called ''wash and wear''.
Creating styles worn proudly in the fashion world, and celebrities (he created Mia Farrows pixie look for the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby ) women soon began to go for the chop and shorter hair with natural movement became the rage. Strong statement hair, but touchable and fun. Vidal went on to become a household name, eventually having many salons in England and the United States, his own product range and Vidal Sassoon Hairdressing academies all over the world.
|The Nancy Kwan bob|
|Mia Farrow with Vidal Sassoon|
|Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon. Quant called Sassoon '' The Chanel of hair''|
Vidal Sassoon (17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012)