By Mary N. DiZazzo

Vidal Sassoon; Architect of Hair 1928-2012!

Ciao bella,
So as life goes we have lost another icon of the Beauty World. Vidal Sassoon, who wanted to be a star soccer player, ended up a star Master Stylist. Coming from an orphaned background, and abandoned by his father at age 3, he rose to the pinnacle of success throughout the world!

Raised in London, he apprenticed with a hairdresser at age 14 during WW II. His vision promoted an attitude where women would not be chained to sets and perms at the salon. He opened his first salon in 1954 in London. His modern styles introduced us to geometric shapes and perms inspiring wash and wear cuts. The classic "bob" cut became one of his signature styles and was redesigned by a hair cutting technique. Blunt and geometric shaping brought Vidal to the forefront of his industry! Always designing hair with low maintenance in mind he revolutionized the cosmetology world, sweeping the sixties with his mod trend! Cutting with precision, he produced asymmetric coifs attracting Hollywood stars, models and singers becoming "king of the cut"!

The Beauty Industry is a better place since Vidal Sassoon developed his salon, schools and product lines in a legendary fashion. His famous quote "If you don't look good, we don't look good" should be the mantra for all salons and spas!

He will be the most celebrated architect of hair this generation will ever see. May God bless him and his family. May the legend live on!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

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