Vidal Sassoon: Tributes flood in for celebrity hairdresser

An icon: Vidal Sassoon revolutionised the way women styled their hair
An icon: Vidal Sassoon revolutionised the way women styled their hair©Richard Young/Rex Features

Tributes have been flooding in to celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive last night (May 9).

The hairdresser, who worked with royalty, models and A-list movie stars, created the iconic 'bob' style and was widely regarded as the most innovative stylist of his generation.

Police said Vidal, who was 84, died of natural causes. Los Angeles police spokesman Kevin Maiberger released a statement which read: "It was of apparent natural causes and there is no crime scene.

“When the officers arrived there were family members at the residence."

Vidal's family also released a statement that said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vidal Sassoon CBE, who died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones.

"The 84-year-old hairdresser was born in 1928 and sadly lost his battle with leukaemia. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 20 years Ronnie, his children, grandchildren, family and friends."

Just last year, Vidal revealed that he had been diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009.

Speaking on Daybreak this morning, celebrity stylist Nicky Clarke explained just how Vidal revolutionised the way in which women wore their hair in the early 60s, introducing the ‘wash and go’ style, and ending the 1950s bouffant look.

“If we think before that everything was about dressing hair and the fussiness of things and what he did was he came along and did away with this, it was made all about the cut, this was round about 1963.”

Nicky continued: “He was part of that drive of modernism. He was very, very interested in modernism of all sorts…he just introduced all of that into hair. And at the same time he probably freed women of that weekly ritual of having their hair backcombed and being under a dryer.

“It depicted a whole new look of that time.”

Clarke also spoke of Sassoon's status and influence, adding: “It’s one of those things if you go into the street and ask a cab drive the name of a celebrity hairdresser, his name is going to come up.”

Scottish celebrity hairstylist Taylor Ferguson took to Twitter to pay tribute to Sassoon. He wrote: "Sad to hear the news of the passing of hair legend Vidal Sassoon at the age of 84."

Other famous names have also been paying their respects to the legendary hairdresser. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote on Twitter: “R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon! Iconic hair guru has passed away.”

Singer Miley Cyrus also Tweeted: “RIP Vidal Sassoon. You are forever fabulous.”

Prestigious clients of Sassoon’s included the Duchess of Bedford, model Jean Shrimpton, fashion icon Mary Quant and movie star Mia Farrow, creating her look for 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.

As well as the iconic bob hairstyle, Sassoon also created the geometric perm and the low-maintenance "Nancy Kwan" hairstyles.

In 2009 Sassoon collected a CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, praising the monarch's hair afterwards for its "beautiful colour".


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