Hairstyling Pioneer Vidal Sassoon Dies at 84

Posted May 9th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Pioneering celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84.

A police spokesman says the stylist died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. Sassoon reportedly had been suffering from leukemia and police have determined he died of natural causes.

Sassoon was born in London, where he opened his first salon in 1954. In the early days of his career, many women fashioned their hair into styles such as the beehive. But Sassoon, who was referred to some as the “founder of hairdressing,” later earned international fame and fortune with groundbreaking, wash-and-wear styles such as the “bob.”

His clients included U.S. actress Mia Farrow and British fashion designer Mary Quant.

The stylist also opened salons in the United States and launched a successful hair care product line bearing his name. His advertising slogan was, “If you don't look good, we don't look good.”

Sassoon was married four times. He wed his last wife, Ronnie, seven years ago.