On This Day

Vidal Sassoon

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Profession: Hairdresser

United Kingdom

Biography: Vidal Sasson grew up in poverty in London before going on to become one of the world's first celebrity hairdressers. He is remembered for championing short hair for woman in a new easy-care style and popular cuts associated with him include the bob, the five-point cut and the pixie cut worn by the likes of Mary Quant, Grace Coddington and Mia Farrow.

He opened his first salon in London in 1954 and went on to build up a chain of worldwide hair salons and create a brand of international hair-products with the popular tag line, "If you don't look good, we don't look good."

Born: January 17, 1928
Birthplace: London, England

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: May 9, 2012 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Married Life

  • 1967-02-16 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)
  • 1983-11-06 Businessman Vidal Sassoon (55) weds dressage champion Jeanette Hartford-Davis

Historical Events

  • 1967-08-14 Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon cuts actress Mia Farrow's hair into the famous pixie cut, costing $5,000. In reality, just a publicity stunt, Farrow had previously cut her own hair.

Famous British People