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Vidal Sassoon Awarded CBE for Services to Hairdressing

by rachael / last updated January 6, 2009

Vidal Sassoon Awarded CBE for Services to HairdressingVidal Sassoon was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to the British hairdressing industry.

Vidal, who died in 2012, revolutionised hairdressing in the swinging sixties and is seen as pivotal to the UK leading the world when it comes to hairdressing.

Having started his career as a shampoo boy in Cohen’s Beauty & Barber Shop, Vidal returned to his homeland, Israel, to fight in the Arab-Israeli War in 1948 before returning to the UK to work with famous hairstylist Teasy Weasy Raymond, in Mayfair.

In 1958, Sassoon opened his first salon and began to create some of the most iconic hairstyles of all time, his favourite being the five-point-cut that took him nine years to perfect.

The man behind Mary Quant’s classic bob, Sassoon’s other iconic creations included Mia Farrow’s crop for Rosemary’s Baby and Broadway star Carol Channing’s asymmetric bob.

In the late 60s Sassoon moved to California, but his legacy continues through the Sassoon salons and haircare products he has given his name to.

In 2010, a film was released telling the story of his life and career.

Of his day at the Palace, he said: “It was lovely. (The Queen) couldn’t have been nicer. She said ‘You’ve been doing what you’ve been doing for a long time’.”

He said the Queen’s hair, “was very difficult (to see). She was leaning over. It’s a beautiful colour. I didn’t see the style. It truly looked very nice. She didn’t ask me to stay behind and give her a quick trim!”

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