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Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon 1965 cutting hair of Ulla Bomser

 “If you don’t look good . . . we don’t look good.”

Hairdressing the ‘Sassoon’ way means working with the hair in its natural state and giving the wearer a hair style that works precisely for their style and ease. This was a totally new concept back in the 60’s

The phrase, ‘wash and wear hair,’ was born with Vidal Sassoon’s and was an innovative, original vision back in the mid-60’s. Before that a trip to the hairdresser for most women meant, a standing weekly appointment to be coiffed and teased  into a sort of  helmet-head hair style guaranteed to hold in place till the following weeks appointment.

Dippity- do, was the elixir of styling gels in those days and no one got out without having it slathered all over their locks before the hair was set with prickly brush-rollers and picks to hold each roller in so tightly that they would leave their mark in the head long after the comb-out.  Lordy Lord, . . . Thank-you Mr.Sassoon!

Vidal Sassoon was a pioneer in our industry whose innovations haven’t been surpassed.  He turned the world of hairdressing upside-down with his new visions and concepts. He thought about hair and the client in an entirely new way.

CBS News reports, “My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous,” Sassoon said in 1993 in the Los Angeles Times, which first reported his death Wednesday. “Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore.”

He left his mark in more ways than one. He launched Vidal Sassoon Academies in the United States, England and Canada. There he shared his vision of how the hair should be cut to fit the hair type, lifestyle and bone structure of the client. He had a tremendous respect for the value hair stylists can make in the lives of their customers every day, thereby receiving an enormous sense of happiness and fulfillment in life.

Thanks Mr. Sassoon  R.I.P.


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Did Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon get Cut?

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Making the cut Vidal Sassoon is nowhere to be found

Episode 2 of Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon was scheduled to be aired last Friday night. I forgot to record it. On Saturday I went to the TLC Website that originally contained the schedule to find out when it was going to be aired again so I could record it. Nothing, nada, neyt, zero, zilch, not a chance . . . the page was blank.

“Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon Hopefully
it is Gone”

I note that several readers posted comments on my post about episode 1 and judging by those comments and my email, it appears as though Friday nights episode never aired. Please someone let me know if it did. But I suspect that the grown ups at Vidal Sassoon looked at the audience reaction to episode 1 and decided the they were tanking their brand . . . big time.

Episode 1 made the whole organization look like a bunch of rank amateurs. It was awful, almost painful to watch.

If in fact the management pulled the show, they earned back a little of my respect. Now if they would just return my call to them, I’d be a happy camper.


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Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon

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Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will bring more mainstream audience

The big dogs are moving into the hairstyling reality TV craze. TLC announced that the new reality TV show, Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will air its premier episode on May 18th. If you’re counting that makes four hairstyling related reality TV series to be announced recently. Quite frankly that is too many even for a hairstyling junkie like me to keep up with.

The other three began airing a few weeks ago and appear to me to appeal to the hairstyling industry insiders. Shear Genius being the best of them and I have been blogging about each episode on my new domain. “Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon will be much
more valuable for the average woman”
But quite honestly there has not been much to learn for the average woman on the street. Fun entertainment for those of us in the profession.

But this one may make it into a much more mainstream audience. My guess this will be produced in a way that it will appeal to any woman, not just those from the trade. The name Vidal Sassoon is a more recognized, brand and TLC is a more mainstream network than the others.

If TLC and Vidal Sassoon put their marketing and branding muscle behind Making the Cut Vidal Sassoon, we’ll all get tired of hearing about the show.

Overall I think the competition will only enhance all four shows. If these types of shows begin to draw a mainstream audience of women. Next season, you’ll see programs that will be much more valuable for the average woman. In the meantime if you’re interested in hair, here is the list.

  • Tease – The Oxygen Network

  • Split Ends – The Style Network

  • Shear Genius – Bravo


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