Best of Masters: Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon is recognizably the most influential individual in the history of the beauty industry. In January 2007 Winn Claybaugh joined Vidal for a Masters Audio Club in depth interview. This video features one of Winn's favorite moments from the interview.

The facts of Vidal Sassoon’s life do not need embellishment for they are incredible just as they are. Vidal Sassoon was born in 1928 and grew up in a London ghetto in a flat, or apartment, above a bakery. At age five, as The Great Depression exacted its toll world wide, his father left the family. Vidal and his three year old brother were placed in a Jewish orphanage, where they remained for six years. Only when his mother remarried could the family reunite under one roof. But the luxury of school was something they could not afford. Vidal, at age 14, went looking for work and embarked on a journey that ultimately led to people from all walks of life turning to the method of cutting and hair care which became known as Sassooning. The idea of men and women being able to wash and dry their hair daily, without having to resort to gallons of hairspray or another trip to the hair salon is only accepted now because of the pioneering effort of Vidal Sassoon. His “wash and wear hair” changed personal style forever. Although Vidal passed away in 2012, his influence on the professional beauty industry continues today.

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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.