Best of Masters: Annie Humphreys

Annie Humphreys began her career with Vidal Sassoon in the 1950s when Vidal bought the salon in which Annie had begun her apprenticeship. Originally a haircutter, Sassoon saw Annie’s talent, and she decided to specialize in color and perming. She created the first wash-and-wear perm, which debuted in 1967 as the Greek Goddess. As fashion exploded in London in the '60s, Annie and the rest of the Sassoon team created looks for the top models and celebrities of the day. 

For 26 years Annie was responsible for developing major color and perming techniques that were integral parts of the famous Vidal Sassoon looks. Annie was a partner in the Vidal Sassoon Salons and Schools Company worldwide. With locations in England, Germany, Canada, advanced Education Centers in Miami and San Francisco, and salons in Miami and Washington D.C., this five-foot color genius spent a great deal of time on the road.

Known for her stage work, Annie has been honored by both Haircolor USA for lifetime achievement and the International Haircolor Exchange. 


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Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh and guest interviewer Kitty Victor, Annie recalls her early years with Vidal Sassoon and her start in the industry. 

“Ask anyone in the industry, and they would most likely tell you that Annie Humphreys is one of the most legendary and revolutionary hair colorists of all time. When I interviewed her many years ago, I felt like I was sitting with royalty! What an amazing woman, who has given so much to our industry.” – Winn Claybaugh

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About: Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations.