A Tribute to Vidal Sassoon: The Shear Genius
In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, hairstylists can have as much notoriety as their A-list clients. Before Blandi and Fekkai, there was Vidal Sassoon, a man who revolutionized the beauty industry in the 1960s.
In the 1950s hair was curled, sprayed and teased into submission. The bouffant hairstyle defined the decade. It was an immaculate, high-maintenance coif that involved frequent trips to the hair salon. Think of the shellacked styles of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1963 Vidal Sassoon gave the now infamous bob haircut to the designer Mary Quant and transformed the beauty industry. Many say he liberated women because he freed them from the tedious process of setting their hair to achieve the 1950s beehives and bouffants. Sassoon’s aesthetic was about easy, simple, wash-and-wear hairstyles and were a welcome-relief from the preceding decades complicated ‘dos. Like the more recent hair trends, such as “the Rachel”, women everywhere were clamouring for “the Vidal.”
Sassoon created many signature cuts that remain as modern and edgy-looking today as they did when he first created them. The five-point hair cut, a geometric bob was followed by the “Greek Goddess,” a cropped perm inspired by afros.
Arguably his most famous haircut was the super-short pixie he gave Mia Farrow for Rosemary’s Baby. It was reported that he was paid $5,000, in 1968 no less, to fly from London to New York to transform the young star for the role. The entire process was heavily documented by photographers and film crews, which was very impressive considering this was before the paparazzi era.
Vidal Sassoon had a long and tremendously successful career. He continued to expand his A-list clientele, he opened up numerous salons and hair academies and launched a line of hair care products. He will be remembered not just as a brilliant hairdresser, but as visionary and artist and significant player in the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
What better way to pay tribute to the master of short hair than by chopping your locks into his signature pixie? Take inspiration from these celebs who ditched their cumbersome, girl-next-door locks for Sassoon styles.
Michelle Williams is the modern day Mia Farrow. She proves that short hair doesn’t have to be boring and is constantly switching up her look. If you have a round face like Michelle, opt for a style with height on the top of your head, not the sides, to elongate the shape of your face.
Carey Mulligan is another champion of the short ‘do. This current version of her cut looks best on girls with higher forehands or oval-shaped faces as the bangs balance out the length of your face.
Take inspiration from Cameron Diaz, who recently cut off her long locks in favour of a shorter style. If you have a square of heart shaped face with a prominent jaw or chin, your most flattering cut is one like Cameron’s, with layers cut around the jaw line, to soften its appearance.