R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon

Mickey Boardman
As a jet-set-hipster-in-training growing up in suburban Illinois, few names elicited the aspirational glamour of legendary hair stylist Vidal Sassoon. The day I first saw his three-step hair care system on the shelves of my local supermarket I thought I'd finally found my ticket to the glam life of trips to Europe, elegant parties and designer ensembles. Once I had a driver's license, I rushed downtown to the Vidal Sassoon salon at Water Tower Place mall. I thought I'd finally arrived. Sassoon was handsome and chic and had that irresistible English accent we Americans are all suckers for. He revolutionized hairstyling in the '60s with his blunt easy-care cuts including the look he did for for Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby. The world is a little bit less glamorous without him.

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