Hairstyling icon Vidal Sassoon dies at 84
Posted by on May 9, 2012 | 6:03 pm EST

Vidal Sassoon

Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, known for revolutionizing women’s hair in the 1960s with the bob, five-point, and Mia Farrow’s iconic pixie cut, passed away on Wednesday morning at his Bel Air home at the age of 84, CNN reports.  Details of Sassoon’s death are unclear, though it has been reported that he was suffering from an unspecified illness. Survived by his wife, three children, and grandchildren, his family was by his side when he passed away.

Sassoon, who spent eight years in an orphanage after his father abandoned them, first apprenticed as a hairdresser with the financial support from his stepfather. Although he spent a year fighting in the Israeli army and working on a kibbutz, he eventually returned to hairdressing.

He won his first hairdressing competition in 1950, then opened his first salon in Bond Street, London. From then on, Sassoon’s career took flight, with more women than he anticipated flocking to his salon to get his signature haircuts. He has also built an empire of salon and styling products on his name, which is still being manufactured by Procter & Gamble to this day.

Image from The Hollywood Reporter
With reports from CNN and Reuters

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