Iconic Hairstyles from Vidal Sassoon

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011

Style icon Vidal Sassoon literally changed the look of women's hair in the 1960s with his groundbreaking geometric cuts. Now known as one of the most influential hairdressers in the world, Vidal got his start at the age of 14, when his mother, who had a premonition that he would become a prominent hairstylist, took him to apprentice at Adolph Cohen's London salon. This, and more of his inspiring rags-to-riches story, is chronicled in the new documentary, "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie."

"To be a great hairdresser, you have to have the ability to look at a face and see the structure, the shape," says Vidal. "It's about geometry and keeping things simple and chic and beautiful. But it all comes back to the shape of the face."

The Five Point

Vidal invented the dramatically geometric five-point haircut in the early 1960s to complement the beautiful bone structure of then model and current Vogue creative director, Grace Coddington. The style features asymmetrical angles shaped in five distinct points: one in the bangs, two on the side, and two in the back.

The Asymmetrical Bob

When director John Krish wanted starlet Nancy Kwan to cut her hair for a role in the 1963 comedy "The Wild Affair," he brought her to Vidal for a consultation. The result: Vidal's legendary asymmetrical bob, a flowing, angled cut that received global attention from multiple fashion magazines in just 24 hours and made Vidal the world's first internationally renowned celebrity stylist.

The Quiff

Influenced by the mod fashion movement that swept London in the 1960s, Vidal's boyish quiff cut is achieved by cutting the hair short and trimming the bangs to form an angle that frames the face and sometimes descends over one eye.

The Pixie

Vidal gave Mia Farrow the famous pixie cut she wore in the 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby" after the actress had an argument with husband Frank Sinatra and took out her frustration by hacking away at her then long hair.


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