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Celebrity stylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

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Working his magic ... Vidal Sassoon styles on a model in 1997.

Working his magic ... Vidal Sassoon styles on a model in 1997. Photo: Reuters

Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray, has died. He was 84.

Los Angeles police spokesman Kevin Maiberger says officers went to Sassoon’s home on Wednesday morning and determined he was dead of natural causes. Sassoon’s family was present.

The London-born Sassoon’s creative, geometric cuts required little styling. They were an integral part of the look of Mary Quant, the superstar British fashion designer who popularised the miniskirt.

21st October 1964:  Jillian Robertson of Australia with a 'lopsided' hairstyle by Roger, (aka 'king of the with-it hairdressers'), at Vidal Sassoon.  (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images) Click for more photos

RIP Vidal Sassoon, 1928 - 2012

Vidal Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray died aged 84, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. Photo: Chris Ware

The easy-maintenance cuts also fit right in with the fledgling women’s liberation movement.Sassoon developed a popular line of shampoos and styling products bearing his name.

His slogan was ‘‘If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.’’

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6 comments

  • Thanks Vidal your hair cuts were the best ever invented - no more hairspray, no more teasing. It was a joy to be able to go out without the marathon business of making sure your hair was okay [the male members of the family must have been ecstatic - less time the female members spent in the 1 and only bathroom]. Also even if it was windy your hair would fall back into place with no brushing or combing. My hairdresser called it the bludgers hair cut - no muss, no fuss - and much much healthier hair due to less spray and tease..

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    Thanks
    Location
    Clayton
    Date and time
    May 10, 2012, 11:17AM
    • That's not a bludgers haircut,THIS is a bludgers haircut.

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      Peter Garrett
      Date and time
      May 10, 2012, 3:14PM
  • No longer making the silky smooth!

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    robo11
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    May 10, 2012, 12:21PM
    • Its a Shame he Died Sassoon!

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      The Oracle
      Date and time
      May 10, 2012, 1:18PM
      • A life tragically cut (and coloured) short

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        Bigted01
        Date and time
        May 10, 2012, 2:24PM
        • Apparently he just curled up and dyed.

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          theadder
          Date and time
          May 10, 2012, 7:25PM
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