My life doll hair stylist

My life doll hair stylist DEFAULT

It's Columbus Day today, and I get a day off!  Good thing too, because it looks to be stormy.  Now, to my mother's considerable chagrin I dragged home another eighteen-incher.  What can I say, I'm a sucker for a doll with goofy hair.  Meet My Life's latest hairstylist.  Not a new profession for My Life by any means, but dayum, she cute!

As far as I know, the only My Life dolls with names are JoJo Siwa and Ryan from Ryan's World, so I've christened my new poppet "Airy" because she looks bright and airy!  Hmmm...maybe I should've waited until spring...nah, she might not be in stores then.  I was inspired to buy this doll due to a photograph I saw on FailBook, where a young lady bought the hairstylist and Just Like You #88 for her birthday.  For the uninitiated, Airy and #88 both have blue eyes, fair skin, and pink and blue hair.  Their parts are also on the same side, though that's hard to see on my doll.

LOL, the similarities between those two remind me of Barbie and the Rockers, and how they were Mattel's answer to Jem and the Holograms.  I don't know how well American Girl is doing financially (I have my doubts due to the declining quality of the dolls), but it sounds like their newest Just Like You dolls have at very least caught the attention of My Life, because My Life is playing around more with hair and eye colors.  Aaaannnyway, here's a brief look at some of the things the box had to say.  Since I love kid-friendly gimmicks I was attracted to this.

Apparently the design on Airy's shirt changes color when exposed to sunlight.  When I was a little kid there were shoes that did that.  I wanted a pair and never got one...and my sister never wanted a pair and DID get one.  She never wore them because they wore blisters, but they wore blisters because she wouldn't wear socks!!!  That was twenty years ago and I'm still not over it!!!  LOL, anyway, Airy's shirt apparently changes color under sunlight, so I'll be testing that.  Also visible on the side of the box was the other hairstylist available.

Had I the choice I'd have picked the black doll instead, because her hair is purple and blue instead of the stereotypical girly pink.  American Girl has two dolls with purple hair (#86 and #91) and one doll with blue hair (#90), but they don't have one with purple AND blue hair.  Speaking of hair, Airy wears her hair like this in a loose bob with a small segment tied back, but when she was in the box her hair was styled like this.

Pigtails.  Cute, right?  Well...not so much.  Dig this.
I wore a hairstyle like this myself one time in high school, to my sister's considerable chagrin (her A-hole classmates made fun of her because of her kooky sister's antics).  Since Airy is a hairstylist I might've given her a pass for triple-ponytails, but there's unfortunately these to be seen.

Airy's hair is clearly not meant to be parted.  It's wonderfully smooth hair though, and it has a little twist on the top right side that's held back by a rubber band.

I have a few extra bows, so I may decorate that.  But for a hairstylist Airy...doesn't have much hair.  One would think she'd have a little more to play with, but she doesn't.  Oh well, I've heard nightmare stories about how JLY #88 has thin hair, so I probably shouldn't complain.

Up front Airy has the My Life face that a lot of us probably know and love/loathe.  Big eyes, thick lips, and a flattish nose.

The eye paint is what I was talking about when I discussed the World By Us line last week.  Makena, Maritza, and Evette all have painted lashes, and I assume they have sleep eyes as well since don't ALL American Girls have sleep eyes???  Anyway, Airy has rooted lashes and painted lashes, and this is how she looks when her eyes are closed.

She doesn't look bad, per se, but she does look a little odd that way.  All My Life dolls have painted lashes, by the way, so this isn't a problem specific to Airy.  Above her eyes she's got dainty multistroke eyebrows, and her eyes are bright blue with rooted black eyelashes.

The eyes themselves have a nice pattern and look a little metallic from a distance like Nancy's eyes do.  Compare that to Gracie, one of my Madame Alexander dolls.  Gracie has the kind of eyes that reflect a lot of light.

I compare Gracie to Airy because My Life used to be owned by Madame Alexander.  Gracie is from Avon and was not a member of the My Life bunch, but she's similar enuff to Airy that I can still compare them.  Gracie is a nice doll with a sweet face and thick, smooth, rooted hair, but her eyes make her a difficult photography subject.  Airy avoids that.  Now that I think of it, a lot of my Madame Alexander dolls have reflecty eyes like that.  I commented on that during Pussycat's review.

As prestigious a doll company as Madame Alexander is, one would think they'd find a different material for eyes.  Anyway, since the My Life dolls are supposed to be children they don't wear much makeup, though I'd have turned a blind eye to Airy since she's a hairstylist.  But she's not got much, just the same paint job that all other My Life dolls have:  peachy, lightly blushed cheeks and lips that are a little unnaturally pink but not garish.

Yeah, I definitely prefer this lip color to the stuff Sadie and the older Our Generation dolls have.  Note that Sadie also has reflecty eyes, though in her case it's the irises and not the pupils.

I love the Our Generation dolls, but bluish lips are not a good sign, kids.  Not that Airy doesn't have problems of her own.  I didn't look at her closely enuff in the store, or I would've seen that her eyebrows are slightly wonky.

Not as bad as Xenia's eyebrows, mind y'all, but the uneven placement is there and I feel stupid for not noticing it.  At least they don't look like woolly worms.  On a more positive note, My Life eyelashes are wispy and pretty like human eyelashes should be.  Compare that to American Girl lashes (Lark is shown).

Hardcore AG fans make a big to-do about soft Pleasant Company lashes versus hard modern lashes, but I...can't say as I care much for either, especially compared to the wispy lashes that Airy and Sadie have.  Humans have wispy lashes, not clumpy ones like Lark and her buddies do.  The eyelashes aren't perfect though, as they hold Airy's eyes open a little when I recline her.  I can also see one of the eye pegs, something that American Girl fans were up in arms about a few years back.

Sometimes eyes that don't close are an issue with American Girls too.  I always like to joke that Felicity never truly sleeps.  Anyway, no earrings for Airy.  I don't know of any My Life dolls that do have earrings, though we collectors can do that ourselves if we choose.

I take that back:  JoJo Siwa has earrings, though as far as I know she's the only My Life doll that has them.  And they're not even real earrings!  They're stickers.

LOL, I call JoJo Siwa "Psycho JoJo," but I'll be forever thankful to her for making hair bows "in" again.  I'd like to own this JoJo doll, but as my mother pointed out I've got too many dolls this size as it is.

Either way JoJo is the only My Life doll I can name that has earrings.  Lots of little girls have earrings now (I was eight when I got mine done), but let's face it, jewelry isn't the best accessory for a doll designed for kids.  It's usually the first thing to get lost or broken.  Lottie was definitely on to something there.  Anyway, back to hair.  Airy has pretty, kid-friendly hair, but it's thin and there's not a lot to play with.  Usually dolls that are hairstylists have a lot of hair to play with...but that's not always the case, as one of My Life's past hairstylists shows.

Now let's disrobe this pet and see what she's got underneath.

If you're a hardcore AG fan and you've never handled a My Life doll before this body might surprise you.  If you're a hardcore Journey Girl fan it'll look familiar.  My Life dolls have a cloth body with a vinyl chest plate, and attached to that are your prerequisite arms and legs.  In the past some My Life dolls had wires inside their arms and legs, but Airy doesn't.  No great loss, though Airy's body is not without its flaws.  Her joints are extremely tight, especially her hips.  Airy is not good at sitting or splitting at all.  She was able to get into the positions, but she only sat because of the wall and because of her soft body.

I understand that this is common for My Life dolls, but I'm still not a big fan of it.  I like when my dolls can sit without a fuss, like Rita Cheryl and Sadie can, and Airy and Lark and Xenia can't!  Yeah, Lark.  My little blue-haired buddy.  She's very tight and can't sit unless both her back and her feet are braced.  Her terrible posture is MY fault, LOL.

Xenia isn't great at sitting either, as I've established ad nauseam.  She has loosened up a bit over the years, though, and she can at least sit nicely now if propped up, and she doesn't have to have her feet braced against something.  So Xenia has improved in this respect. 

Sadie is not a graceful sitter either, but she can do it without too much fuss.  Nonetheless, I recommend getting your Our Generation doll some bloomers if she wears lots of dresses and has to sit frequently.

The thing is, I can restring Lark and Xenia if I so choose.  Airy is not strung like Lark and Xenia are, and thus I hesitate to force these joints to bend too much.  I don't think her joints are flanged either, the way Sadie's are.  In fact, I'm certain that they're not, because Sadie has no lateral motion in her joints at all.  Airy has a little in her shoulders.

As I mentioned above, My Life dolls have a vinyl chest plate, and Airy is no exception.  The plate consists of the upper chest, shoulders, and neck, and the arms attach here.  She has no clavicles (sometimes dolls with vinyl chest plates have that).

Airy's neck looks like it would be ball-jointed too, but it's not.  She can only look from side to side.

Compare that to past My Life dolls, who CAN tip her neck.  I don't have Alissa anymore, but she could tip her head.

Airy's measurements are similar to an American Girl's, but not exactly the same.  This is most obvious in the hands.  Airy has thick, rounded fingers.

By comparison, Lark has rather dainty fingers..  I promise that Lark's hand isn't this yellowed IRL.  My flash made her look jaundiced. 

Gracie could be considered Airy's forerunner, and yet her fingers are more similar to American Girl hands.

Airy's right hand is molded in a slightly pinched shape, I assume to help her hold her accessories (she came with some hairstyling tools).  The only American Girls I can name with hands like this are Tenney and Logan.

A quick perusal of other My Life dolls showed that they too have pinched in fingers like this, which I like.  Here's JoJo's hand...

...and the hand of the farmer...

...and of the unicorn trainer.

Not only does this enable them to hold their accessories, but they can also hold onto a fingertip.

Ever since I reviewed Sasha I've kept my eyes open for dolls that can hold hands with their owners, because sometimes a little kid needs someone to hold their hand.  Heck, sometimes I even like it now, at thirty-four years of age!

Airy's legs are pretty unremarkable.  Like most eighteen-inch legs they're thickly built and straight up and down. 

In the past both My Life and Our Generation dolls had hollow limbs that would bend, but it looked unnatural and uncomfortable, so I'm glad Airy doesn't have those.  She has solid, rounded little kneecaps.

Her feet are squat and boxy, just like the feet of other dolls this size.  She has well-defined little toes and toenails, but no nail polish.

The cloth part of Airy's torso is made partly of pinkish cloth, and the cloth is significantly thinner than the cloth on an American Girl's torso.  It's also a softer body, maybe not as substantial as the body of an American Girl?

At the same time it's not as snag-prone as the torso of an Our Generation doll.  See how Sadie's body appears to be made of stockinette?

If one keeps one's dolls dressed then snags on the body are less likely to happen...unless the clothes open and close with Velcro, that is.  Our Generation clothes unfortunately utilize a lot of Velcro, though I've managed to keep Sadie's body safe from snags thus far.  Airy's blouse also closes with Velcro, but since her body doesn't snag it's not as big a deal.  Here's Airy's clothes.

Since Airy is a hairdresser she's dressed in a style that I rarely see done correctly:  comfy AND trendy.  Being thirty-four means that I'm comfy and not trendy, while my seventeen-year-old self was sometimes trendy and not comfy.  Ugh, high-heeled shoes...LOL, My Life dolls can't wear high heels, thus why I was mystified back in February when Gracie modelled an outfit with high-heeled platforms.  I'm going to start with Airy's shoes, since they're the weakest part of her outfit.  They look okay...well, for chunky plastic doll shoes, they do.  They're a nice color and have a buckle that is molded but not painted.

The soles have a little bit of molded detail, like stitches 

BUT...they are too big for Airy's feet!  See?

I'll have to get Airy some socks or tights, because her feet slide around in these so much that she can't stand on her own.  Good thing socks and tights are easy to find for dolls these size.  Going up now to where I usually start, the T-shirt is a plain white T-shirt, made not-so-plain with the design on the front.

The sleeves also help break up the monotony, as they're ruffled with green velvety trim.

The logo on the front is smoothly done, and it has the message "Have a GOOD hair day!" surrounded by the instruments utilized for cutting, styling, and maintaining hair.  The white area around the writing is supposed to turn pink under the sun, I think.

Yesterday it was sunny, so I got to check the color-changing feature.  The background and some of the tools change quickly from white to purple, and once Airy is out of the sun it changes back to white.  Not super-impressive, but it's better than nothing. 

To my considerable shock, there is an Our Generation doll that has this very same insignia on her shirt.  Her name is Ashanti, and guess what?  She too is a little hairdresser.

Hmmm...I wonder who did the design stealing this time, Battat or Cititoy?  Or did they both get their designs from the same third party vendor?  The ring of tools are different colors and the pattern appears to be reversed, but that's still too close there!  I'm not really not sure what to make of that, so I'll just move on.  The back of Airy's shirt closes with Velcro, which as I mentioned above isn't a huge deal for Airy since her body doesn't snag.

Airy wears her shirttail tucked into a sparkly knee-length tutu skirt.

The skirt has two layers, both lavender in color, but the layers are hemmed together at the bottom instead of hanging free.

The underlayer appears to be smooth, and the top layer is covered with sequins.  These are individually sewn on in three places, which can't have been easy even for a machine.

Unlike the shirt, the skirt does NOT fasten with Velcro.  The waistband is made of this elasticized sparkly material that is roughly fuzzy to the touch.

Around her waist Airy wears her hairdresser apron.  This ties in the back and has two large pockets to hold her tools.

Since the pockets are large, said tools don't stay in place very well.  All three tools are made of plastic, and all three have been swatted around by a cat at some point. 

I wonder why the hair dryer is pink while the scissors and comb are blue?  Anyway, Airy has these, and when they're not in her apron she can hold them to a certain extent.  Or she can hold the hair dryer. 

The scissors open, though they don't actually cut.  I thought that was a cute touch.

Oh yes, I almost forgot...Airy also has a fuchsia scrunchie.  I usually leave this around her wrist, but she can wear it in her hair.

Airy's hair is so short and her head is so round that I can only pull her hair straight back, and then her head looks like an onion.

Overall Airy's outfit is cute enuff, but I think I like past hairdresser ensembles more.  None of the hairdressers I've known wore skirts to work (though that's probably up to the individual hairdresser), and most of the young ones I know wear louder colors than this (though again that's probably up to the individual).  I guess my main beef is those shoes.  They just look uncomfortable, as big as they are.  The rest of the outfit is fine once I get past my own nitpicking.  

Since Airy is close in size to an American Girl I want to revisit a set of posts that I did long, long ago when Denise was my only modern AG doll.  Lately I've seen a lot of American Girls wearing My Life clothes, but I know from experience that not all My Life outfits fit American Girls.  I tried a Madame Alexander-era My Life outfit on Denise back during the early days of the blog, and it didn't work at all.  More recently I found this Snoopy set on Etsy, and it was modelled on a My Life doll.  Just for the heckuvit I tried it on Doremi, who is slimmer around the waist than Denise is.

While the set looks cute on Doremi it's very tight, and when I seat her the legs ride up so much that I can see her lacy pink panties.  Even though Doremi is a Peanuts fan I probably won't let her wear this again.  Since you're available, Dodo, I'm gonna try shoving Airy's outfit on you, and Airy gets the outfit you're wearing.

Keep in mind that Doremi's current outfit is from Etsy and is not a brand-name AG product.  I don't think that matters, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.  Regarding the fit, Doremi's Etsy ensemble is surprisingly a little tight on Airy, at least around the waist, while the shoes are loose.  I had a bit of trouble getting the headband in place too, since Airy's head is bigger than Doremi's.  To my considerable surprise and delight, Doremi can wear Airy's outfit almost perfectly, with just a teeny-weeny bit of tightness across the shoulders.  The shoes look loose, but they too are a better fit for Doremi.  I'd have to try some other My Life outfits on Doremi to see how well everything fits, but this particular switcheroo was a success for both Doremi and Airy. 

I also tried Our Generation clothes on Denise back in the day, with varying success, so now it's Sadie's turn to play Dolly Dress Shuffle.  I can't find Sadie's stock dress for the life of me, but this winter getup will do just fine.  I have a kite-flying outfit on the way too, but this will have to do for now.

Not bad!  The Our Generation set fits Airy like it was made for her, while Sadie's slightly slimmer frame doesn't fill out the My Life outfit as well as Doremi's frame did.  The shoes fit fine, though.

Lastly, I want to test my little Kennedy and Friends doll Reagan.  I bought a My Life costume for her, but I don't know if it'll work on her or not.

Once again, Reagan's clothes and shoes fit Airy like a glove.  Airy's outfit is a bit big for Reagan but can be made to work.  Again, Airy's shoes fit Reagan better than they do Airy.

I do believe that covers it!


*Not a lot of hair to play with.  Since Airy is a hairstylist I'd have figured she'd have a lot of her own hair.

*Shoes don't fit!  The older My Life dolls didn't have this problem. 

*Color changing feature is not terribly impressive, and the design on the blouse appears to have been copied (or worse).

*Poseability is poor, particularly in the hips.


*Hair is cute and manageable.  I'm a sucker for goofy-colored hair!

*I love the eyes too.  They're a beautiful, vibrant shade.

*Accessories are greatly appreciated.  There are Barbie dolls that don't come with this much!

*Clothes appear to be fairly well-constructed, though that skirt can probably snag or tear if manhandled. 

*I was thrilled to discover that Airy can share her clothes with Mattel-era American Girls, with Our Generation dolls, and with Kennedy and Friends.  I didn't think to try Carpatina clothes.  Earlier My Life clothes did not fit either AG or OG.

While it was refreshing to see a My Life doll that can share clothes with other eighteen-inchers, Airy was not a fun doll to review.  My main issues with Airy are her stiff hips and her loose shoes, both of which made it very difficult for her to stand up.  A nice doll stand would fix this, and indeed My Life stands were available at one time, but I haven't seen one in quite some time.  Airy is best left either propped up or seated, but she doesn't sit down well either.  I could nitpick a little more, but I'll just say that Airy is a cute doll that needs some new hips and some new shoes.  Seriously, the other shoes Airy wore helped stabilize her greatly.  So if you do get this doll, definitely get her some new footwear!  Otherwise Airy is an acceptable little plaything and a good enuff doll to collect..

Apples and oranges,



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I have a number of products and tools that I use depending on the look I’m creating. My kit always has a good father comb, a rattail comb, a solid pressing comb, a Marcel golden supreme iron, and a flexible hair spray like Oribe Superfine.

What do you love most about what you do?

It’s the human interaction for me. I love working with my clients, hearing their story, and then sharing that story through their hair. Whether it’s a new mom looking for new hair color or a client celebrating a milestone birthday with a big chop—hair styling is like storytelling. We are storytellers. We’re just telling someone else’s story. There’s nothing like listening to a client, bringing their vision to life and then watching then get up from my chair with that pep in their step and a smile on their face.

Tell us more about your virtual business Academy for emerging stylists.

During the course of my career, I’ve found that a lot of stylists are super talented and very successful but they were never taught the business side of what we do. You’re not just a stylist, you’re a businessperson—even if you work for someone else. I think it’s important for emerging stylists to do some internal grooming on themselves and their mindset before grooming others. My Academy teaches how to properly operate your business so you can go from simply running a business to driving one.

Tell us about your “good hair is healthy hair” philosophy and why that messaging is important.

We hear it all the time in the Black community, this notion of “good hair” and what that is. People think it’s based on how you look or what your texture is. That could not be further from the truth. Good hair is healthy hair. Period. I will always stand by that. You can have good, healthy hair regardless of its texture or length. I try to work with each individual client to teach heathy hair. Sometimes that includes trimming hair, certain treatments, or making sure they drink enough water. I also work with clients to embrace their natural hair, regardless of its texture. 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a Black woman in the industry?

Like many other industries, we have to work harder and smarter than most. We also get boxed in very early on in our careers. People assume we can only work with ethnic hair or women of color. We have to break that stereotype and must be well-versed in working with all textures of hair. I say texture, because that is not defined by race or ethnicity. You have to give yourself an opportunity to walk into any room or through any door and work with any potential client.

What is your advice to budding stylists?

You can do anything you set your mind to. Education is key; never stop learning. Take classes. Brush up on your techniques and learn new ones when you can. Study legends and always have an open mind to learn more.

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Brentwood hairstylist inspired by brother launches salon with focus on clients of all abilities

When Levi Sills was born four months premature, he was so small his parents had to dress him in clothes fit for a Barbie doll. Doctors expected him to lead a dull and possibly shortened life, but now at age 24, he loves watching golf, having chocolate milkshakes, and hearing other people say they are proud of him.

Sills has a disability but also many abilities: counting in Spanish, giving high fives, shredding paper, and concentrating on others when they open up to him.

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As a person with sensory issues, Sills sometimes struggles with getting a haircut. That's why he gets them from his sister, Elizabeth Cervantes, 28, who specializes in haircuts for people with disabilities and other sensory needs.

Growing up, Cervantes didn't always plan on becoming a hairstylist. She had spent her whole life caring for her brother and felt passionate about helping people with disabilities. She planned to do so as a special education teacher.

“I thought my only option had to be being a teacher," Cervantes said. "Self-reflecting, it didn’t feel what I thought it was going to feel, being in school. Knowing I was going to be doing that for rest of my life, it was like, this isn’t going to get me out of bed every morning and motivated to do something.” 

After a friend encouraged her to pursue her lifelong talent of cutting hair, she left university and enrolled in Empire Beauty School.

After obtaining her cosmetology license, Cervantes worked at a barber shop for seven years before opening Ability Cuts in May 2021. Working from her own room in the Sola Salon studios at 1731 Mallory Lane in Brentwood, she now serves around 300 clients of all abilities but specializes in cuts for people with sensory issues.

Hairstylist Elizabeth Cervantes is pictured in her new salon, Ability Cuts, on Monday, June 28, 2021, in Brentwood, Tenn. Cervantes' younger brother Levi, who has special needs, is the reason she opened Ability Cuts to serve children or adults that have various sensory needs.

The idea for her studio name, she said, came after a lifetime of watching people limit her brother by his disability.

"When I was a kid, or even with adults, I would be telling them about Sills and the first question every single time is, ‘What’s his disability?' He has so many more abilities than the disability that he has. I just wish everybody could see that," Cervantes said tearfully.

People with sensory issues perceive everything louder and brighter, making a hair salon feel overwhelming. To a person with a disability, a simple fluorescent overhead could feel like an intense spotlight. Ordinary hair clippers might sound like swords clanging together.

"There’s just too much commotion, even as an adult, so I can only imagine what it’s like for a kid having so much going on, and then someone starts touching you, and that’s kind of the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Cervantes said.  

Elizabeth Cervantes (née Sills) holds her two-month-old brother Levi for the first time in 1997.

Allison Crump, one of Cervantes' clients, said prior to finding Ability Cuts, her 3-year-old son Leo sometimes had to be held down by three people when getting his hair cut. She said he would get so overwhelmed that he would react as though he was being murdered.

“You want your child to have good experiences with regular things," Crump said. "It was such a bad experience before we found Elizabeth, and it was gut wrenching.”

The key to having a better haircut experience, Cervantes said, is creating a calm, compassionate environment. She focuses on reducing parents' anxieties, which kids tend to notice.

"I see that struggle with parents," Cervantes said. "They come in the door apologetic, and they come in the door (saying), 'My kid’s going to scream.' … It’s OK. That’s him communicating to me that he’s not comfortable with what’s going on."

When a client walks in her door, Cervantes has their favorite show or movie playing on her TV. She knows her clients' favorite colors, and keeps a drawer stocked with snacks, bubbles and toys — both fidget toys and small toys specific to clients' interests, whether that be dinosaurs or Paw Patrol. She asks some clients to come to the salon in between their haircuts to observe and become familiar with the environment.

Plus, she uses silent clippers. When Leo went in for his first haircut with Cervantes, she demonstrated on a stuffed animal what the scissors would do. For the first time in his life, Leo got an even haircut and left the salon in happier spirits than he had at any previous hair appointment.

Levi Sills laughs with his sister Elizabeth Cervantes in her salon Ability Cuts on Monday, June 28, 2021, in Brentwood, Tenn. Cervantes' younger brother Levi, who has special needs, is the reason she opened Ability Cuts to serve children or adults that have various sensory needs.

Parents are surprised when they find out Cervantes was never taught how to cut hair for people with disabilities in cosmetologyschool. Cervantes said not even one class discussion was dedicated to the topic.

“A lot of people ask me, ‘What qualification do you have (to work with people with disabilities)?’ I don’t. I am a sister of someone that has special needs, and that’s 24 years of experience," Cervantes said.

As children, Cervantes and her older brother Tyler spent much of their time caring for Sills and helping him reach milestones. When doctors said Sills would never talk, his siblings helped teach him sign language. When Sills learned how to walk using a walker, they helped bandage his knees so they wouldn't get scraped when he fell. 

At one point, Sills' family thought he might not live to make these accomplishments. When he was 1 year old, he caught a serious case ofRespiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which affects the lungs and airways. Cervantes said her mom told her if treatment did not work, Sills would likely die.

Levi and Elizabeth go for a swim.

"I just remember sitting in the hall, and it was horrible," Cervantes said behind tears. "It’s the worst feeling. I was only 6 and I can still vividly remember everything about it.”

Throughout his childhood, Sills' family knew he had different needs but never had a name for his condition. He was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with Prader Willi syndrome, which causes constant hunger and can result in a cognitive disability.

Now Sills loves watching his favorite golfer, Bubba Watson and celebrating every football touchdown, no matter which team he's rooting for. He goes on brother-sister dates to Mexican restaurants with Cervantes when he's not at the beach with his grandparents.

He shares a special catch phrase with every person he knows, no matter how long it's been since he last saw them.

“What does Josh say?" Cervantes asked.

“What up,” Sills said. 

“What do you say with Rafa?” Cervantes asked.

“Chica chica bow-wow," Sills said.

Siblings Levi Sills and Elizabeth Cervantes dance together in Cervantes' salon Ability Cuts on Monday, June 28, 2021, in Brentwood, Tenn. Cervantes' younger brother Levi, who has special needs, is the reason she opened Ability Cuts to serve children or adults that have various sensory needs.

Sills' big heart is one of his defining characteristics; in high school, it earned him the support of friends and peers. Since graduating several years ago, Sills struggles with a lack of activities and social interaction. Many of those former classmates have moved on.

"It hurt me a lot knowing that he’s suffering almost because he’s sitting at home and I’m sitting here hitting all these milestones in my life and he’s not," Cervantes said. "He can’t drive. He doesn’t have a phone. That sense of independence isn’t there."

In 2018, only 33.3% of people with disabilities were employed in Tennessee. Cervantes dreams of being able to one day have a bigger workspace where she can employ Sills and possibly other people with disabilities. 

“I don’t ever want him to live in a world where he’s going to be apart from everybody else," Cervantes said. "There’s special needs people all over the world in every single community. Why is there not a place (for them)?"

Rather than assigning Sills a label or avoiding making eye contact with him, people should walk up and start a conversation, Cervantes said. Doing so is crucial in developing an inclusive society.

“It’s going to change a lot more in the world and in this part of the community if we can just start talking about it and do something about it," Cervantes said.

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It is one of the last places in Kabul where women can meet outside their households, a bubble of freedom and even frivolity away from the gaze of men.

Mohadessa has kept her beauty salon open despite threats from Afghanistan's new rulers.

Since the Taliban seized Kabul in mid-August, many women have disappeared from public spaces, driven into private areas out of fear and sometimes very real threats.

But Mohadessa's beauty salon has, for now, remained a place where women can relax among themselves outside the household and share their woes -- or forget them in favour of fun and fashion.

The oasis of feminine industry provides income for the staff and moments of indulgence for the clients, but its days may be numbered.

"We don't want to give up and stop working," the 32-year-old entrepreneur told AFP over the hubbub of women getting ready for a wedding celebration.

"We love that we have a job, and it is necessary for women to work in Afghan society -– many of them are the breadwinners for their family."

Customers are dropped off outside and whisked past posters advertising fashion and beauty brands that are now blotted out with white paint.

They quickly disappear into the shop through a heavy curtain.

Once inside, the women shed their headscarves and outer garments and their excited voices compete with the hum of hair-dryers as they choose their new looks.

- Screaming mob -

The last time the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, between 1996 and the US-led intervention of 2001, women were obliged to wear the all-covering burqa.

Under the Islamist movement's interpretation of Islamic law, beauty salons were banned outright.

Just having painted nails meant a woman could risk having her fingers cut off.

But since the Taliban returned to the capital and declared their Islamic Emirate, the movement has been at pains to present a more liberal face to the world.

Keen to secure international finance to head off economic disaster that could undermine their war gains, they have not rushed to reimpose restrictions on daily life.

That is not to say Mohadessa has not received threats.

A Taliban mob has shouted abuse outside her shop, but she has made use of the legal limbo to continue.

"I can say that the women at this salon are courageous because they come to work with fear," she said.

"Every day they open the salon, they come in, and they continue to work, despite this fear."

- Message of 'resistance' -

On the day AFP visited, around 30 women had braved the climate of fear to come to the shop and prepare for a wedding, where the sexes are traditionally segregated during celebrations.

The women were clearly enjoying the rare chance to dress up and pamper themselves, with elaborate hair and eyelash decorations complementing a colourful make-up palette.

The bride's sister, English teacher Farkhunda, gazes at the results of an hour-long makeover.

"Yes, it's nice. It's beautiful. It's my first real day out since the end of August," she said cheerfully.

But under the splash of glittery eye-shadow, one of her pupils is immobile, taken during a gun and bomb attack when she was a teenager.

"You see my eye? I lost it on my way to school when the Taliban attacked us. But I am not scared of them. I don't want to talk about them. Today is for celebration," she said.

The light-hearted mood is as fragile as the delicate bejewelled hair bands. At every movement of the curtain hiding the door to the outside world, the women stiffen and briefly fall silent.

But none of the clients want to tone down their look, a stylised, ultra-feminine rebuke to the Taliban's looming curbs on free expression: dense foundation, long false lashes, dazzling colours and a China doll finish.

And 22-year-old Marwa, not her real name, with her asymmetric haircut exposing an ear dotted with piercings and decorative chains, sees a message of "resistance" in the stylings.

"We are not people with blue burkas. We are not people with black burkas. That's not who we are," she said.

- 'Knife to my throat' -

Some of the women dream of leaving, others of change.

Farkhunda hopes she can get back to work while Mohadessa, determined to stay open, fears for her life.

She showed AFP a letter she believes comes from the Taliban's new Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, warning her to close down.

Her response: "Until they come and put a knife to my throat, I'm staying here."


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Vidal Sassoon

English hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist

Vidal Sassoon



Sassoon in 2006

Born(1928-01-17)17 January 1928

Hammersmith, London, England

Died9 May 2012(2012-05-09) (aged 84)

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

OccupationHair stylist, businessman
Known forFounder of Sassoon

Notable work

Bob cut hair style

Elaine Wood

(m. 1956; div. 1958)​

Beverly Adams

(m. 1967; div. 1981)​

Jeanette Hartford-Davis (m. 1983; div. ??)

Rhonda "Ronnie" Holbrook

(m. 1992)​
Children4, including Catya Sassoon

Vidal SassoonCBE (17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012) was a British hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist. He was noted for repopularising a simple, close-cut geometric hair style called the bob cut, worn by famous fashion designers including Mary Quant and film stars such as Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn, Cameron Diaz, Nastassja Kinski and Helen Mirren.[1]

His early life was one of extreme poverty, with seven years of his childhood spent in an orphanage. He quit school at age 14, soon holding various jobs in London during World War II. Although he hoped to become a professional football player, he became an apprentice hairdresser at the suggestion of his mother.

After developing a reputation for his innovative cuts, he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, where he opened the first chain of worldwide hairstyling salons, complemented by a line of hair-treatment products.[2][3]

He sold his business interests in the early 1980s to devote himself to philanthropy. Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, a documentary film about his life, was released in 2010. In 2009, Sassoon was appointed CBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of the last six decades.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sassoon was born to Jewish parents in Hammersmith, West London, and lived nearby in Shepherd's Bush.[5] His mother, Betty (Bellin) (1900–1997),[6][7] an Ashkenazi Jew,[8] was born in Aldgate, in the East End of London, in 1900. Although she was surrounded by grinding poverty, Sassoon writes that she nonetheless resolved to make the best of her life.[6] Her family had emigrated to England from Ukraine in the 1880s to escape the antisemitism and pogroms then prevalent.[6] His father, Jack Sassoon, a Sephardi Jew,[8] was born in Thessaloniki, in the northern part of Greece.[6] They met in 1925 and married in 1927. They then moved to Shepherd's Bush, which contained a community of Greek Jews.[6] Sassoon had a younger brother, Ivor, who died from a heart attack at the age of 46.[9]

His father abandoned the family for another woman when Vidal was three years old.[6] With his mother now unable to support the family, they fell into poverty and were evicted, becoming suddenly homeless.[6] They were forced to move in with his mother's older sister. There, they shared a two-room tenement with his aunt and her three children. The tiny flat where the seven of them lived had no bathroom or inside toilet, forcing them to share the one outside landing toilet with three other families. He remembered often standing in line to use it in freezing weather. Their roof was also falling apart, which let rain pour through. "All we could see from our windows was the greyness of the tenement across the street," writes Sassoon. "There was ugliness all around."[6]

Due to poverty as a single parent, his mother eventually placed Sassoon and his younger brother in a Jewish orphanage, where they stayed for seven years,[10] until he was 11, when his mother remarried.[11] His mother was only allowed to visit them once a month and was never allowed to take them out.


He attended Essendine Road Primary School, a Christian school of about a thousand children. He was frequently taunted by classmates as a "Yid" or with chants of "All Jews have long noses."[6] One of his proudest days at the school was winning the 100-yard dash in an all-school contest. "The urge to win has never left me," he writes.[6]

However, he says that he was "a very bad student" with abysmal grades in most classes, except for mental arithmetic. After one session of mental arithmetic, his master said teasingly, "Sassoon, it is a pleasure to see that you have gaps of intelligence between bouts of ignorance."[6] He took a volunteer job as a choir boy for the local synagogue, which gave him one of the few chances to see his mother, who would come on Saturdays.[6]

Sassoon and the other children at the school were evacuated after WWII began on 3 September 1939. He was eleven. "It's a date I'll never forget," he said. "Suddenly my brother and I and all our fellow orphans were on trains with hundreds of thousands of other kids, moving out of London."[6] He and his brother were taken to Holt, Wiltshire, a small village of a thousand people."[6]

First jobs[edit]

An underground bomb shelter in London during World War II

After his return to London he left school at the age of 14 and worked as a messenger. The war was in full force with London still being bombed, which forced him to sleep in underground shelters. During work hours, he said "I got used to seeing bodies and blood, and hearing cries of agony" as he carried messages from central London to the docks.[6]

Upon the insistence of his mother, they tried to get him into a hairdressing apprenticeship; his mother told him that her ambition was for him to become a professional hairdresser.[6] However, he saw himself becoming a football player, a sport he excelled at. "I could not imagine myself backcombing hair and winding up rollers for a living."[6][11][12]

When she took him to the hairdressing school of a well-known stylist, Adolph Cohen, they were disappointed immediately when they were told it was a two-year programme and would cost much more than they could afford. "My mother looked so terribly dejected," he said, as they left the salon. "I thought she might faint."[6] A few minutes later, Mr. Cohen called them back to the salon, then told him, "You seem to have very good manners, young man. Start Monday and forget the cost." His mother began to cry out of joy.[6]

Wartime activities[edit]

At the age of 17, although he had been too young to serve in World War II, he became the youngest member of the 43 Group, a Jewish veterans' underground organisation founded by Morris Beckman which broke up fascist meetings in East London.[13][14]The Daily Telegraph calls him an "anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser" whose aim was to prevent Sir Oswald Mosley's movement from spreading "messages of hatred" in the period following World War II.[13]

In 1948, at the age of 20, he joined the Palmach (which shortly afterwards was integrated into the Israeli Defence Forces) and fought in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, which began after Israel declared statehood.[14][15] During an interview, he described the year he spent training with the Israelis as "the best year of my life," and recalled how he felt:

When you think of 2,000 years of being put down and suddenly you are a nation rising, it was a wonderful feeling. There were only 600,000 people defending the country against five armies, so everyone had something to do.[10]


Sassoon trained under Raymond Bessone in his salon in Mayfair.[16] Sassoon opened his first salon in 1954 in London;[17] singer-actress Georgia Brown, his friend and neighbour, claimed to be his first customer.[18]

Sassoon stated his intentions in designing new, more efficient, hair styles: "If I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape."[19] Sassoon's works include the geometric perm and the "Nancy Kwan" hairstyles. They were all modern and low-maintenance. The hairstyles created by Sassoon relied on dark, straight, and shiny hair cut into geometric yet organic shapes.

In 1964, Sassoon created a short, angular hairstyle cut on a horizontal plane that was the recreation of the classic "bob cut." His geometric haircuts seemed to be severely cut, but were entirely lacquer-free, relying on the natural shine of the hair for effect. Advertising and cosmetics executive Natalie Donay is credited with discovering Sassoon in London and bringing him to the United States,[20] where in 1965 he opened his first New York City salon on Madison Avenue.[21]

In 1966, inspired by 1920s film star Clara Bow's close cropped hair, he created designs for Emanuel Ungaro. Director Roman Polanski brought him to Hollywood from London in 1968, at a cost of $5,000 (equivalent to $37,000 in 2020), to create a unique pixie cut for Mia Farrow, who was to star in Rosemary's Baby.[3]

In the early 1970s Sassoon made Los Angeles his home.[3] In 1971 he promoted his 30-year-old second-in-command, artistic director Roger Thompson, to director of the Sassoon salon, explaining jocularly that, "Twenty-five years of schlepping behind a barber chair are enough!"[22]John Paul DeJoria, a friend of Sassoon, co-founded Paul Mitchell Systems with Paul Mitchell, one of Sassoon's former students. Mitchell said that Sassoon was "the most famous hairstylist in the history of the world."[3]

Sassoon began his "Vidal Sassoon" line of hair-care products in 1973.[23] The actor Michael Caine, who when young and struggling "was roommates with Terence Stamp and Vidal Sassoon – he used to cut my hair, and he always had a lot of models around,"[24] claimed to have inspired this, saying, "I told him that he must have something that is working for him while he slept. I told him he had to make shampoos and other hair-care products."[25] Whatever the inspiration, Sassoon's brand was applied to shampoos and conditioners sold worldwide, with a commercial campaign featuring the slogan "If you don't look good, we don't look good."[26] Former salon colleagues also bought Sassoon's salons and acquired the right to use his name, extending the brand in salons into the United Kingdom and the United States.[3]

The El Paso, Texas-based Helen of Troy Corporation began manufacturing and marketing Sassoon hair-care products in 1980.[27] In 1983, Richardson-Vicks purchased the Los Angeles-based Vidal Sassoon Inc.[28] as well as Sassoon's Santa Monica, California, hairdressing school; the company had already bought his European businesses.[29] Sassoon's 1982 sales of hair products had topped $110 million, with 80 percent of revenues derived in the US.[28]

Two years later the company was bought by Procter & Gamble. Vidal, who remained a consultant through at least the mid-1990s,[29] sued in 2003 for breach of contract and fraud in federal court for allegedly neglecting the marketing of his brand name in favour of the company's other hair product lines, such as Pantene.[30]

He sold his business interests in the early 1980s to devote himself to philanthropy. By 2004, it was reported that Sassoon was no longer associated with the brand that bears his name.[3] He also had a short-lived television series called Your New Day with Vidal Sassoon, which aired in 1980.

Sassoon was twice a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, on 27 June 1970[31] and 9 October 2011, when he was also Resident Thinker on the Nowhereisland art project.[32] He was a mystery guest on What's My Line? in March 1967.[33]


Sassoon was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Sassoon married his first wife, Elaine Wood, his salon receptionist, in 1956; the marriage ended in 1958. In 1967, he married his second wife, actress Beverly Adams. They had three biological children and one adopted son:[35] daughter Catya (1968–2002), an actress who died from a drug-induced heart attack; son Elan BenVidal (b. 17 January 1970);[36][37] son David (b. circa 1972);[21] and daughter Eden Sassoon.[21] Some sources additionally cite Oley Sassone, a music-video director who spells his last name slightly differently, as a son[38][39] but this appears to be in error[citation needed]. Sassoon and Adams divorced after 13 years of marriage.[35] His third wife was Jeanette Hartford-Davis, a dressage champion and former fashion model; they married in 1983 and divorced soon after.[35] In 1992, he married designer Rhonda "Ronnie" Sassoon.[40]

Sassoon disinherited his son David, with whom he was estranged. Sassoon in his 2010 autobiography described David, adopted in 1975 at age 3, as an "African-American / Asian boy ... with twinkling eyes and an irresistible smile" who nonetheless became troubled and was eventually sent to a reform school.


Having had a lifelong commitment to eradicating anti-Semitism, Sassoon started the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, or SICSA, in 1982.[3] Located at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it is devoted to gathering information about antisemitism worldwide.

After selling his company, he then worked towards philanthropic causes such as the Boys Clubs of America and the Performing Arts Council of the Music Center of Los Angeles via his Vidal Sassoon Foundation.[41] He was also active in supporting relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. It also funded educational pursuits on a need-basis in Israel and elsewhere. At the time of his death he had academies in England, the United States and Canada, while initiating plans to open new ones in Germany and China.

Illness and death[edit]

In June 2011 it was reported that Sassoon had been diagnosed with leukemia two years earlier. He died on 9 May 2012 at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[42] His death was originally reported to be a result of natural causes,[43] and later reported to have been a result of his leukemia.[44] He died in the presence of his family. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Kevin Maiberger[41] said that when the police arrived at his residence at Mulholland Drive[45] he was already dead. A memorial service was planned for a later date.[46]


"He truly changed the world of hair and beauty. He was definitely the most innovative person ever to enter the industry. He led the way for the celebrity stylists of today."

Oscar Blandi, celebrity stylist[3]

"Vidal was like Christopher Columbus," said Angus Mitchell, who studied under Sassoon. "He discovered that the world was round with his cutting system. It was the first language that people could follow."[3] Neil Cornelius, the incumbent owner of Sassoon's first solo venture, called him a "hairdressing legend".[41]

Grace Coddington, Sassoon's former model and creative director of American Vogue, said that he changed the way the public looked at hair:

Before Sassoon, it was all back-combing and lacquer; the whole thing was to make it high and artificial. Suddenly you could put your fingers through your hair! He didn't create [Sassoon's five-point cut] for me; he created it on me. It was an extraordinary cut; no one has bettered it since. And it liberated everyone. You could just sort of drip-dry it and shake it.

John Barrett of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman said that Sassoon "was the creator of sensual hair. This was somebody who changed our industry entirely, not just from the point of view of cutting hair but actually turning it into a business. He was one of the first who had a product line bought out by a major corporation".[11]

Books and films[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Helen Mirren with a chin length bob, Hairfinder
  2. ^Martin, Richard. Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press (2000) p. 313
  3. ^ abcdefghi"Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84", KSBW News, May 9, 2012
  4. ^"New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday". The Guardian. 2016.
  5. ^"Telegraph obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  6. ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrsSassoon, Vidal. Vidal: The Autobiography, Macmillan (2010) e-book
  7. ^Abbe A. Debolt; James S. Baugess (31 December 2011). Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. ABC-CLIO. p. 582. ISBN . Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ ab"Vidal Sassoon fought in Israel's War of Independence". 16 May 2012.
  9. ^Armstrong, Lisa (21 October 2009). "Vidal Sassoon: the man who made English hairstyling great". The Times. News Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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  11. ^ abcWeber, Bruce (9 May 2012), "Vidal Sassoon, Hairdresser and Trendsetter, Dies at 84", The New York Times, retrieved 11 May 2012
  12. ^"Vidal Sassoon".
  13. ^ ab"Vidal Sassoon: Anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser", The Telegraph, 14 April 2008, retrieved 12 May 2012
  14. ^ abThe Archive Hour, BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 19 April 2008.
  15. ^Gross, Terry (10 February 2011). "Fresh Hair on Fresh Air". NPR Fresh Air.
  16. ^"Mr Teasy-Weasy". BBC. November 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  17. ^"British-born celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies" BBC 9 May 2012
  18. ^Barron, James (6 July 1992). "Georgia Brown, An Actress, 57; Was in 'Oliver!'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  19. ^Eby, Margaret. "R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  20. ^"Natalie Donay, Advertising Executive, 63". The New York Times. 27 April 1991. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  21. ^ abcTaylor, Angela (13 November 1976). "New Sassoon Style Is Over the Counter". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  22. ^Crenshaw, Mary Ann (18 October 1971). "At Sassoon, There's a New No. 1 Hairdresser". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  23. ^Lewine, Edward (12 April 1998). "New Yorkers & Co.: Name That Goop And Make It Personal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  24. ^Hirschberg, Lynn (21 July 2002). "The Way We Live Now: 7-21-02: Questions For Michael Caine; International Man of Mystery". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  25. ^Fabrikant, Geraldine (7 April 1996). "Talking Money with: Michael Caine: Appraising Caine, the Businessman". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  26. ^"YouTube" – via YouTube.
  27. ^Gilpin, Kenneth N. (27 September 1984). "Business People: Helen of Troy Shifts Top Executive Officers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  28. ^ ab"Richardson Seeks Sassoon". The New York Times. 25 April 1983. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  29. ^ abPener, Degen (28 February 1993). "Egos & Ids: A Master Of Modern Hair". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  30. ^"Sassoon and P&G settle lawsuit". 3 September 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  31. ^"Desert Island Discs – Castaway: Vidal Sassoon". BBC. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  32. ^"Nowhereisland".
  33. ^"What's My Line?: EPISODE #854".
  34. ^"No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 24.
  35. ^ abc"Slowing Down Not My Style". thisisbath. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  36. ^"Mary Marshall Engaged to Wed W.E. O'Connell; Son to Mrs. Vidal Sassoon". The New York Times. 19 January 1970. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  37. ^Bowers, Katherine (October 2008). "Sassoon's Heir Apparent". W. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  38. ^Ito, Robert (March 2005). "Fantastic Faux!". Los Angeles. p. 110. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  39. ^"Sassone, Oley; List of alternative name: Sassone, Francis G."British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  40. ^Reed, Christopher (9 May 2012). "Vidal Sassoon Obituary". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  41. ^ abc"Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies at home in L.A". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  42. ^"Vidal Sassoon Found Dead in Bel Air Home – Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills Newspaper". Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  43. ^Alastair Leithead (12 June 2009). "British-born celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies". BBC. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  44. ^"Vidal Sassoon reportedly had long battle with leukemia". Los Angeles Times. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  45. ^"Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies". CNN. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  46. ^EasyHairCareTips. "Celebrity hair stylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84".

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Referenced in TV show ‘The Crown’ as styling Princess Margaret's hair. Princess Margaret references him as ‘Videl Baboon’ Season 2, Episode 5, 55:00 mins, 2017


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