Vidal Sassoon, pioneer of the natural hair look, dies

Vidal Sassoon, who died last week, was a pioneer of the natural hair look.

The British hair stylist created a natural look back in the 1960s, bringing to an end the era of the beehive and the bouffant.

He released many women from the tyranny of lacquer, hair pins and frequent visits to the hair salon.

The Times Live website reports: “Sassoon was dubbed a pioneer for coming up with wash-and-wear looks, liberating many women from weekly salon trips to have their hair done.”

Sassoon created his "wash and wear hair" style when working with iconic 60s fashion designer Mary Quant.

Women all over the country began copying the “Carnaby Street” style with their hair, make-up and short skirts.

But Sassoon felt that his profession was never given the “kudos” it deserved. “It's not recognised by enough people as a worthy craft,” he said in an interview in 2010, according to Times Live.

He died at his home in Los Angeles last week, aged 84, following a long battle with leukaemia.


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