He was dubbed “The Chanel of Hair” and in this post, The Stylish World of Lou pays homage to the original celebrity hairdresser.

His “wash-and-wear” cuts revolutionized women’s hair care and fashion in the 1960s. To him hairstyles were about geometry, most famously his “five-point cut”. In a time where women were imprisoned by bedtime rollers and towering beehives piled high with spray, he invented this simple angled bob.

In 1993 Vidal Sassoon told the LA Times,”My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous. Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore.” He expanded his hair empire to include hair care products with the famous tagline: “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

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