Vidal Sassoon

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 84.

Sassoon, who was born in London and whose scissors spelled the end of the beehive and the bouffant hair styles of the 1950s, earned international fame and fortune with groundbreaking styles. The creator of the “Bob” hairstyle, he is best known for his simple, shaped cuts.

One of his followers was Mary Quant, the famous British fashion designer who popularised the mini-skirt.

“My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous,” Sassoon said in 1993 in the Los Angeles Times, which first reported his death Wednesday. “Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore.”

Sassoon opened his first salon in his native London in 1954, later expanding to the US.

“Vidal Sassoon was a truly iconic hairdresser and a great friend.  He will be sadly missed and it is a sad day for the industry.” Says Nicky Clarke

Vidal Sassoon, CBE – 17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012

Click Here to watch Nicky talk about Vidal Sassoon on BBC’s Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman

Click Here to watch Nicky talk about Vidal Sassoon on ITV’s Daybreak