Today is Hairstylist Appreciation Day.

What better way to celebrate it, than with a mini feature on one of the most iconic hair stylists of all-time Vidal Sassoon.

He created hairstyles that reflected the changing role of women in society.

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.

Vidal Sassoon

In the 1950’s hair was about height, roller-sets and hairspray. In the 1960’s this all changed – Vidal Sassoon’s wash and wear cuts complimented the shift in our culture. Women were entering the workforce and separating themselves from the role of the traditional housewife.

His cuts provided a look that were powerful in a male-dominated world.

Hair Stylist: Laura Boyer
He made short hair sexy.

If you get hold of a head of hair on somebody you’ve never seen before, cut beautiful shapes, cut beautiful architectural angles and she walks out looking so different – I think that’s masterful.

Vidal Sassoon

He added the element of design into hair. The signature cuts he created have withstood the test of time and have become a standard look in hair fashion.

Some of his iconic cuts were the five-point cut, geometric graduated bob, asymmetrical bob, the quiff and the pixie.

Hair Stylist: Chlesea

I love watching documentaries. This is one if my favorites featuring Vidal Sassoon: Hairdressers Ruled

The featured hairstyle was done by Kara Chartier.