Famed Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon Dead at 84

May 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Vidal Sassoon, a hairdresser who created a cultural sensation with Mia Farrow’s short haircut for "Rosemary’s Baby" in 1968, has died, The New York Times reports. He was 84.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said police were called to his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, where he died of natural causes, the story says. He was known to have suffered from leukemia.

"Mr. Sassoon brought a kind of architectural design to the haircut in the late 1950s and early 1960s, developing a look that eschewed the tradition of stiff, sprayed styles with the hair piled high and that dispensed with the need for women to wear hair curlers to bed and make weekly trips to the salon," the story says.

Sassoon was paid $5,000 by Roman Polanski to create the very short hairstyle for Farrow, and the film became an advertisement for his work, the story says.

He also became an entrepreneur, creating a line of hair products bearing his name and the tag line, "If you don’t look good, we don’t look good." He sold the company in 1983.

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