"I met Vidal Sassoon when I was 17 years old.
I was a model in Pittsburgh, Pa. in the Summer of 1968. My agency called me and said that Vidal was coming to do a hair show and booked me for the gig. When I arrived at the hotel where the show was to be, Vidal and his then wife Beverly were there to pick the models. Not all of them were picked, but I was. I had damaged my hair by overbleaching and Vidal said to me in that lovely English accent, "Love, what did you do to your hair?" He picked me to do his incredible 5 point haircut on my so damaged hair. He was so personable, kind, and incredibly down to earth with me. I was even invited to the after party! What an incredible memory I have forever. Twenty years later when I was living in Los Angeles, Cal., I saw Mr. Sassoon in Beverly Hills and I walked up to him and asked him if he remembered me from 1968, and incredible enough, he did. He was still so
lovely and sweet. He paid me a beautiful compliment saying that I had grown to be as beautiful as I was back in 1968. I will cherish my memory of this great hairstylist who changed the 60's forever regarding hair and fashion. RIP Mr. Sassoon.. much love and thank you for the wonderful memory.."
– Cynthia Stevens, acquaintance,
May 12, 2012
"He has taken haircrafting to a new dimension and I was there to learn it he will be missed by anyone who was lucky enough to meet and work w him love to his family ,Sassoon teams all over the world may 9th will always hold a special place in my heart .Rest well my friend and thank you Tell father Mychael happy birthday. LOVE"
– Bernadette Bowden, He is my mentor and friend.love,
May 10, 2012
"You were the reason I became a hairstylist. The hairstyling movement you created back in the 1950's was an amazing imprint for you to leave in the world. You changed old ways of hairdressing as it were; You created shapes and movement and fluidity in hair. You made hair-cutting into an art. You were my first and favorite inspiration in hair. I grew up hearing "If you don't look good, We don't look good". I loved that slogan! The Timeless, beautiful, geometric, natural styles you'd created like the The Bob, The Crop, The 5 Point, The Firefly, and others have burned an imprint in my mind for long as I can remember, as I studied & worked, day after day, so hard, just so I could do what you did. You created perfect haircuts. I saw photos of Mary Quant and Mia Farrow in magazines, they influenced my esthetic, artistic values. You were a very bright person, maybe even a genius. As well as a talented public speaker. I remember shaking your hand in Long Beach one year in the past, and I swear I felt your energy tingling in my palm. It an experience, to feel the powerful rush of energy coming from the palms of someone you've always admired! I was so happy to have a chance to meet you in person, even if only briefly. It made my day, year, life! I'm not the only one! Your life's work has changed so much, for so many people, and for the the world... God bless your loved ones. Your light will shine forever. You're work will always live on through the rest of those that loved you. Yours Truly, Jeannine Liebert"
– Jeannine Liebert, stylist, student, admirer,,
May 10, 2012
He is why I followed my passion!
"Such an inspiration!"
– Kayti Miller, Admirer ,
May 10, 2012
"I started as a hairdresser 10 years ago, and the first time I saw his work I was in love. I was in awe. He has been my inspiration, my muse, and my dream to become as talented as him. Thank you, Vidal Sassoon for changing the world of hairdressing and for making me a better hairdresser. Your legacy will be carried on all over this globe. You will never be forgotten."