I was trained in the Sassoon technique. It is the gold standard of modern hairdressing, and I believe the best education one can receive in the industry. All the heads of major hairdressing houses since the 1960’s have been educated in his technique, and then went on to establish their own brands The following is a quote that sums up his work and legacy beautifully:
Grace Coddington, Sassoon’s former model and creative director of American Vogue, said that “he changed the way everyone 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.”
A great cut doesn’t require blow drying to look good. It takes the natural state of the hair into account. It will grow out beautifully, morphing into something new each month. One great hair cut will last 2-4 times longer than a bad one.