Vidal Sassoon (Getty Images)Vidal Sassoon
, one of the most influential hair stylists to ever wield a pair of scissors, has died at 84 in his Bel Air home.
While no cause of death has yet been given, Sassoon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, and disclosed his battle with cancer in 2011.
Sassoon is best remembered for modernizing the bob haircut, bringing his architectural sense of geometry and structure to his angular creation. He also popularizied the "wash and wear" philosophy of styling, favoring styles women could recreate quickly at home instead of having to visit a salon once a week.
Sassoon's direct involvement in the fashion world lessened over the years, but he left an indelible mark on not only the way hair is cut, but also how signature styling products are created and marketed. He put his name on shampoo and conditioner sold worldwide. He also launched a chain of franchised Sassoon Salons later sold to Regis Corporation.
More recently, Sassoon's life was the subject of a documentary, "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie," which was an official selection of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda "Ronnie" Sassoon, daughter Eden, and sons Elan and David.
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