Vidal Sassoon, the legendary London-born hairdresser who revolutionised hairstyling by creating the geometric bob, has died in Los Angeles aged 84.
Sassoon is best known for the asymmetrical five-point haircut he introduced in 1963. At a time when the Women’s Liberation Movement was in full swing, the wash-n-go haircut embraced by Mary Quant and Mia Farrow became a symbol of women’s rejection of restrictive beauty regimens.
“My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous,” Sassoon said 11 years ago in the Los Angeles Times, which first reported he was found dead in his home Wednesday. “Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore.”