Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • Born: January 17, 1928
  • Died: May 9, 2012
  • Nationality: British, American
  • Profession: Hair Stylist, Businessman

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A working woman could save a few shillings a week, and then every five weeks she'd come in and we'd cut her hair. She could shampoo it under the shower, swing it and dry it off or just let it dry by itself. It changed the lives of many young girls who'd never had the opportunity to be styled like that before.
Bring out the eyes.
Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination.
During the late '20s my father left us. My mother was in a complete hole with no money, and we were evicted. Money, Coins & Minting
Everything about morality and obligations I owe to football.
For nine years I worked to change what was hairdressing then into a geometric art form with color, perm without setting which had never been done before. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
From my point of view, there is a tremendous amount to be said for secular humanism.
Hair excited me. As the old ways - backcombing, rollers and rigidity - went out of the window, I started to feel the possibilities in front of my eyes.
Hairdressers are a wonderful breed. You work one-on-one with another human being and the object is to make them feel so much better and to look at themselves with a twinkle in their eye. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Hairdressing in general hasn't been given the kudos it deserves. It's not recognised by enough people as a worthy craft.
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I came home after a year and although my profession was only hairdressing, I knew I could change it.
I don't sort of sit in a chair and pompously feel proud of myself about all the things we might have accomplished.
I got a telegraph from my mother who said that my step-father had had a heart attack, come home and earn a living. So I went back to England and the only thing I knew to earn any cash was through hairdressing.
I just consider being one of the luckiest people in the sense that creativity came to me and it flowed.
I kept thinking I would be spending my life up to my elbows in shampoo. Life
I was a bit of a rebel.
I was all about my thoughts, my work, my inspiration. I was always in hair. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was born in 1928 and by 1931 the Depression was beginning to mount.
If you don't look good, we don't look good.
If you get hold of a head of hair on somebody you've never seen before, cut beautiful shapes, cut beautiful architectural angles and she walks out looking so different - I think that's masterful.
If you have a sense of style and purpose and will you don't want to compromise.
I'll never forget one morning I walked in and I had a hell of a bruise - it had been a difficult night the night before - and a client said to me, 'Good God, Vidal, what happened to your face?' And I said, 'Oh, nothing, madam, I just fell over a hairpin.' Morning ;Religion & God
I'm a great jazz fan.
It was my mother's idea. Her feeling was that I didn't have the intelligence to pick a trade myself.
It's hard to give advice. There are so many people, how do you give major advice to a group of people, it's very presumptuous.
It's okay saying sorry, but when you are drunk you say what you really feel.
Judaism is important to me from a tribal point of view.
Like most ghetto kids I knew it was important to be 'somebody' so I became a good soccer player, because excelling at a sport seemed to make you special. Sports & Athletics
Mary Quant is my favourite fashion designer.
Most people have excellent necks. Now they cover them with curtains, which is kind of ridiculous. But there are some beautiful necklines that you can cut into and create wonderful backs, as well as bone structure for the face.
My greatest regret is selling my company.
My mother had a premonition and she felt that hairdressing would be very very good for me.
My mother left me for seven years in an orphanage.
Realizing our society as it is, without theology dogmatically telling us how we should react to it, and being humane toward that society, that is all that we're sure of. Society
So I was shampooing at 14. But I've always thought that had I the opportunity for an education, I would have been an architect. There's no question about it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The essence is, what can we do next? And will it be good?
'The Pianist' is a movie I could watch over and over again.
There were so many pretty girls coming into the salon as clients, and others working in the salon. And I thought, 'Hmm. This is rather nice.'
To me hair dressing means shape. It's very important that the foundations should be right.
We learned to put discipline in the haircuts by using actual geometry, actual architectural shapes and bone structure. The cut had to be perfect and layered beautifully, so that when a woman shook it, it just fell back in.
When I was about 10 I ran away to see my father. He couldn't have cared less. He just took me back as soon as he could.
Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn't have time to sit under the dryer. Time ;Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You either create something and you keep it a secret and you die with it, or you can benefit the craft.
You must always do what you feel is right.
You never argued with my mother. You couldn't win.