Vidal Sassoon, the hair styling pioneer who revolutionized women's hair with his five point cut in the 1960s, was found dead of natural causes in his LA home today, the AP is reporting. He had reportedly been fighting leukemia since 2009.
Sassoon was a true hair pioneer, and is widely credited with the creation of the bob--a look that started a "wash-and-wear" revolution for women, who had been shackled to rollers and hair spray up until that point. Mia Farrow was one of the first recipients of his famous five point cut before she filmed Rosemary's Baby, and the look took off.
If you don't know a lot about Sassoon and his story, go watch the documentary Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, which was released in 2010. He was a complex guy with an unlikely story, having lived in an orphanage for seven years and then doing a hair apprenticeship in his teens. He was married four times, and had a daughter who died of a drug overdose in 2002. Since selling his name to P&G in the 1980s, he started the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.
Sassoon has left an indelible mark on the worlds of fashion and beauty and will be sorely missed.