Monday 19 March 2018

Andrea Smith: 'He changed the world with a pair of scissors'

Vidal Sassoon was to the very forefront of the revolution in hair and fashion in the Sixties, writes Andrea Smith

'HE was a quiet, softly-spoken man and always had a calming effect on people, but he also had a fiery edge to him and didn't tolerate fools lightly. I remember that he had a very difficult client once who was making him very edgy, and he ended up throwing the scissors and it stuck in the ceiling.

"It was great drama at the time, but it turned out to be a funny story that people laughed about afterwards."

Dublin hairdresser David Marshall is recalling the six-year period he spent working under Vidal Sassoon in his Bond Street salon in London, following the news that the hairdressing legend died at his home in Los Angeles earlier in the week. The 84-year-old had battled leukaemia for some time, but the news still came as a shock to those who knew him.

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