It may sound a bit over-the-top to call a hairdresser revolutionary, but Vidal Sassoon’s beauty-on-the-go hairstyles shifted the mindset of what it meant for a woman to be stylish. Until then, it was common, if not customary, for women to have their hair set in salon. Sassoon was the first major influencer to say that women shouldn’t need to go to the salon every week, that they could have beautiful and functional low-maintenance haircuts that they could easily style on their own. It’s because of him that the concept of “setting” one’s hair feels so ancient and unfamiliar in our modern culture.
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