Vidal Sassoon: Hairdresser and Philosopher

Hair snobs everywhere are mourning the death today of Vidal Sassoon, the British guru who was best known for his wash 'n wear hairstyles.

We were delighted that a quick search in the SF Weekly archives revealed a random Q&A with Sassoon shortly after then-Mayor Willie Brown signed a proclamation marking October 14, 1997 Vidal Sassoon Day in San Francisco.

In that year, SF Weekly's Matt Smith sat down with Sassoon, not to talk hair, but to get inside the head of the man whose mantra was “If we don't look good, you don't look good.”

Smith asked him a list of astounding questions that produced equally offbeat responses from Sassoon, including his thoughts on God, diarrhea, and the new Bay Bridge (he was opposed to “tarting up” the structure).

Here are a few mind-blowing excerpts from the '97 interview:

SFW: What are your feelings about the way the U.S. deals with immigration?

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