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Sassoon: Changed the world with a pair of scissors.

Vidal Sassoon’s legacy is a truly “Rags to Riches” story.

Vidal was born into poverty in London’s East End in 1928 and by the time of his death in Los Angeles, in 2012 he owned a multi million dollar international corporation.

His father left the family when he was 3 years of age, his mother was then evicted so begged a Jewish orphanage to take him, which is where he lived from the age of 5 until he was 11 when war broke out and he was evacuated. When he was 14 he came back to London and got a job as a glove cutter, then another job as a messenger boy, riding his bike around war torn London.

After the war he secured a 2 year apprenticeship in a small hairdressers shop in Whitechapel as a shampoo boy. He tried to gain employment at “Raymond’s” hairdressers(stylist to the stars of the time) but was turned away because of his cockney accent, later to return after 3years of elocution lessons.

In 1954 he opened his own small salon in Bond Street, London, with only 8 clients on the first day. He was doing traditional hairdressing with curls and back combing to give it shape but he wasn’t content, he wanted to be creative and spent the next few years trying out new styles that were sleek, cut at angles and geometrically pleasing to the eye after studying the bone structure of each face. Vidal worked hard, often 14 hours a day perfecting his skills, a lot of his inspiration came from architecture with its defined shapes.

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Two years later he moved to bigger premises in Bond Street and changed the appearance completely of the traditional salon, it looked more like an art gallery than a hair salon, open plan with large windows down to the floor, from outside you could see ladies having there hair styled, something quite unheard of at that time. He had large pictures on the wall of different hair cuts that could be seen from the street.

In 1957 the fashion designer Mary Quant stopped to view the pictures then walked in to make an appointment to have her hair cut. That was the beginning of a long friendship and working collaboration between two designers, one of fashion and one of hairdressing.

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Vidal received a call from a film company asking him to cut the film star Nancy Kwan’s hair. Her hair was 4ft long when she entered his salon and cut into one of his famous geometric shapes when she came out but not before she had been photographed. That photo went on the cover of Vogue magazine in England, USA and Italy then in all the newspapers.

Vidal cut the fashion models hair, Grace Coddington into his famous 5 point cut which appeared on Queen magazine in 1960. Later in 1968 he cut Mia Farrow’s hair for her staring role in the film Rosemary’s Baby. Goldie Hawn’s hair was cut into a bob cut in 1969 by Vidal.

He opened the Vidal Sassoon Master Academy, youngsters came from all over Europe to attend, then from Africa, Japan and the Far East to learn how to cut hair from the master.

During 1965 he open a salon in Maddison Avenue, New York and spent the next 10years traveling between London and New York. 1973 saw the launch  of his products range, being the first stylist to bring hair products to the High Street, they soon went global. He later moved to Los Angeles where he settled, although he regularly came back to Great Britain.

The Queen awarded him a CBE in 2009 shortly before he was diagnosed with Leukaemia, which was to claim his life in 2012.

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I hope you have found this interesting.
Love Betty …..X

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The 1920's

Fashion in the 1920’s

After the First World War ended in 1918 woman wanted change, they had been restrained enough through the ‘make do and mend’ years of the war.

By 1920 magazines showing new fashions became available, adverts appeared in newspapers selling patterns to make your own clothes. Department stores produced catalogues so that people could have clothes delivered to their doors.

Cotton was used less as new fabrics were being produced such as silk and rayon, they came in bold colours, woman wanted these bright and cheerful clothes after the drab years of war.

Corsets were abandoned for lighter more comfortable fitting underwear, bra’s were little more than a bust bodice. Big busted girls bandaged their busts flat as the fashionable boyish look took hold.

Hemlines rose from the ankle to above the knee so legs became more visible, thinner stockings became the fashion. Accessories were coordinated, bag, shoes, gloves and ladies always wore a hat!

Cloche hats became the fashion, which were a very close fit to the head and could only be worn over SHORT hair! So the SHORT BOB was reintroduced. Although hair had been worn that way in Roman times and had appeared through history in various era’s, it was now back! totally essential under a cloche hat.

When girls went out for the evening, having removed their hats they wore bands around their short hair for decoration, some were decorated with sparkly beads or tiny flowers or just plain bands made of a glittery material. At this time finger waving was introduced to make the hair itself more decorative.

When people think of the so called “Roaring 20’s” they imagine flapper girls dancing the Charleston. Hemlines rose, bust got flatter and hair was cut short. Women wanted anything that was new and exciting to try to forget the war years and at last be able to go out and enjoy themselves.

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Vintage Hair & Makeup

Vintage Hair & Makeup Workshops…. X

Pinaglis Vintage tearooms in Thundersley Essex was the latest venue for Betty’s Rock & Rollers Vintage hair & Makeup workshop. 10 ladies gathered to try out their skills at vintage hair & makeup. We started with makeup, its always fun when it gets onto the eyeliner flicks! Victory rolls and pin curls were next up with the ladies practising on themselves and also helping each other, and last on the menu was a cup of tea and the hugest slice of cake, well we deserved it after all that hard work! Always a lovely bunch of ladies and we have lots of fun wordpress pic 1 wordpress pic 2 Looking forward to the next one… X

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Vintage Hen Parties

Vintage Hen Weekends…. X

Well… this weekend my stylist Maddison and myself had the pleasure of visiting the Happy Days Retro vacations campsite. Set in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk but not far from the coast sits this quirky retro site with several super airstream 1950’s caravans. A warm welcome awaited us from the proprietors Kevin & Jenni clearly passionate about their homely abode. Our reason for arriving was to spend the afternoon priming and styling 13 lovely ladies for a 50’s Hen party organised by the amazing Hope & Glorious vintage. We set to work in our fab retro salon for the afternoon ( usually the campsites reception). On went the 50’s music and the ladies arrived in their pairs and the salon came alive with victory rolls eyeliner flicks and laughter, meanwhile in the shelter the girls were having fun with afternoon teas & making crafty hair flowers to compliment there hair do’s, then glammed up the girls happily posed for shots for memories for keeps. What a warm and inviting setting I shall certainly be returning, cant wait! ….  X

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Vintage Clothes

It’s Sixties Season! … X

Well I’m glad to see that for this season the sixties style shift dress is hitting the high street . It was my increasing love of vintage attire that brought me to my first purchase of an original sixties dress that I bought back in the nineties. Purchased from a quaint vintage boutique in Camden my exciting first purchase has led me on to an ongoing love for vintage clothes the sixties style of dress being a favourite.

I shall certainly be grazing the shops to see what sixties style dresses I can find . A flattering A-line shape that can be so versatile to wear , it can be teamed with tights or leggings, tops underneath or jumpers on top, and the look complimented with an array of different style boots or shoes, can also be worn alone with sandals for a simple summer style. I still have to stick to my guns that nothing beats the find of an original vintage dress, as I’m not just buying a vintage dress I’m buying an interesting piece of history, but it’s great to hear that the mainstream shops will be sporting the modern look sixties dresses this season as they will have new materials and colours and inspiration on the classic style of the sixties shift dress…. Time to go shopping I think…. Vintage Love….. Betty….. X

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