Archive for May, 2012

Vidal Sassoon…Gone Too Soon!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

“VIDAL SASSOON”
GONE TOO SOON

GROWING UP YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO LOOK LIKE A VIDAL SASSOON MODEL OR AT LEAST HAVE THE HAIR! VIDAL SASSOON REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY WOMEN WORE THEIR HAIR! OF COURSE, I DIDN’T HAVE THE HAIR FOR THE STYLES BUT THEN HE CHANGED THE GAME AND MADE THE PRODUCTS THAT COULD FLIP YOU, CRIMP YOU, CURL YOU AND FOR ME THE MOST IMPORTANT: STRAIGHTEN YOU! HIS FAMOUS TAG LINE: “IF YOU DON’T LOOK GOOD, WE DON’T LOOK GOOD!” JUST ADDED TO HIS AURA OF AUTHENTICITY.

WE WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER VIDAL SASSOON. HE MADE HAIR CUTTING INTO ARCHITECTURE…A WORK OF ART.

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF INTERVIEWING MR. SASSOON ON “JAMES AND SUNDA” ON JLTV AND HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN HE RAN HIS HANDS THROUGH MY HAIR…MY HAIR LOOKED GREAT! THE MAN HAD MAGIC HANDS! HE SHARED HIS INTERESTING STORIES OF HIS VISITS TO HARLEM, NEW YORK AND HOW MUCH HE EMBRACED JAZZ AND LOVED THAT THEY CALLED HIM “WHITEY”. HE TALKED ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT BLACK HAIR WAS BACK THEN COMPARING IT TO TODAY AS HE SAID IT’S NOW “EASY” WITH ALL THE PRODUCTS WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU: IT STILL ISN’T EASY BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT. THE POINT IS THAT THIS MAN HAS BEEN THROUGH ALL TYPES OF HAIR!

HIS GLASSES BELONGED TO CARY GRANT, HE WAS RAISED IN AN ORPHANAGE WHEN HIS DAD DIED AND HIS MOM COULDN’T AFFORD TO RAISE HIM. VIDAL SASSOON KNEW DRAMA. HE WAS BORN INTO IT! IT NEVER STOPPED HIM AND HE WAS THE SUPER STAR OF HAIRSTYLISTS TO THE SUPER STARS! FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, HE WAS AN IRAQI JEW AND TO HEAR HIM SPEAK WAS AN EXPERIENCE. HE KNEW HOW TO MAKE YOU HANG ON TO EVERY WORD WITH HIS CRISP BRITISH ACCENT.

VIDAL SASSOON YOU ARE SADLY GONE TOO SOON AND YOU KNOW HOW I AM ABOUT HAIR SO LET’S ALL REMEMBER THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL. IN DEATH HE WILL BE CELEBRATED. IN MY BATHROOM HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. I AM EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT THAT I STILL HAVE THE FIRST STRAIGHTENING/CURLING IRON EVER MADE BY VIDAL SASSOON THAT SADLY IS NO LONGER IN STOCK BUT IF YOU EVER WANT TO BORROW IT YOU HAVE TO KEEP READING VIRTUAL JERUSALEM’S “HOODZPAH!” COLUMN AS I ALWAYS LIKE TO SHARE MY LIFE STORIES WITH YOU BUT TODAY I WANTED TO SHARE THE LIFE OF MY HAIR ICON.

VIDAL SASSOON, MAKE HEAVEN BEAUTIFUL AND G-D BLESS YOU AS YOU REST IN PIECE.