May 10, 2012- Vidal Sassoon was considered the first celebrity stylist and his name became synonymous with cuts that were cutting-edge and then expanded to include shampoos. Sassoon died on Wednesday in his Los Angeles home of natural causes. Sassoon was 84.
Sassoon was born in London and since the 1960s was setting standards for celebrity styles that included bobs, crop and wash and go wedges. He said in an interview back in the early 1990s that they were creating a socially necessary thing with the new cuts. He said women were returning to work and assuming their independence and could not take the time to sit beneath a dryer any longer.
Sassoon grew up in an orphanage and was a soldier in the Israeli army when he was just 20. In 2003, Sassoon’s company filed a lawsuit against Proctor & Gamble. He alleged that P&G abandoned his products following nearly 20 years of ownership for other labels like Pantene. Both parties settled the lawsuit the following year.
Sassoon said his mother had encouraged him to follow his vocation. Rumors are that Sassoon had suffered for many years with a rare form of leukemia, but those rumors have yet to be confirmed by his representative or any family members.