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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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Vintage Hair & Makeup

Goodwood Revival 2015

Goodwood

I was honoured to be asked to join the hair and make-up team this year at this prestigious event ‘The Goodwood Revival’ a highlight on anyone’s vintage calendar. The ladies flocked to the salon to be styled and glammed up for the day, victory rolls, eyeliner flicks, beehives anything retro goes!  For anyone who hasn’t been before, this festival is certainly not to be missed: vintage stalls, vintage racing cars, old fashioned fairground rides, vintage clothing, its like stepping back in time…. X

 

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Rockabilly

Rockabilly

We often hear folk using the term Rockabilly but do we know where the term originates from?

In the USA in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the southern state of Tennessee was at the heart of country and western music, often known as “Hillbilly Music” because people came from the surrounding hills to Nashville, the capital, to play and listen to the music.

At the start of the 1950’s single artist and groups in the USA also started playing “Rock” music. Within a short while they were playing a combination of Rock and Country and Western (Hillbilly) and so by the mid 50’s ROCKABILLY Music was formed. It only spanned a few years as in the 60’s Pop music took over, but during those few years many legendary records were made.
Here are a few:-

Bill Hayley:-            Rock Around the Clock     1955
Gene Vincent:-       Be-Bop-A-Lula.                 1956
Elvis Presley:-         Blue Suede Shoes.           1956
Buddy Holly:-         Peggy Sue.                        1958
Eddie Cochran:-    C’mon Everybody.              1959

Everyone has heard of Elvis “The King”, the older generation will have heard of the other artist. Younger people will recognise the songs even if they don’t know who recorded them, but few will realise that they, amongst many other records were the songs that started ROCKABILLY music.
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1960's Music The Beatles

Beatlemania ! ….. X

John, Paul, George and Ringo – Ordinary names ( well perhaps not Ringo), I could have written Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, it would have made no difference as everyone would know who they were! Four young lads from humble beginnings living in Liverpool in the late fifties who came together through their love of making music.

 

They earned a “few bob” during 1961 by playing in the Cavern Club in Liverpool. For anyone who hasn’t visited the Cavern Club, it is not large, plush and expensive but small, dark and dingy, yet it became famous for being the place they were discovered by Brian Epstein who became their manager.

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On 17th October 1962 they appeared to the nation on British Television (black and white of course) in their matching suits with round necks, no lapels or double breasted as in previous era’s! And they had “Long Hair” cut so strangely, no short back and sides. In actual fact they caused a sensation by looking so unconventional !! and their music, well, nothing like it had ever been heard before!

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Young men grew their hair to have it styled like them, young girls screamed and danced to their music, photo’s of them took over all the teen magazines and they became headline news in the papers – and so was the birth of “BEATLEMANIA”.

 

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