Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in HighHair | 3 comments

1 HighHair 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair -Mimi

Hair will be high on top for the 80s, predicted Vidal Sassoon USA, and it was.

Hair was not high on top during this era, so HighHair, a new direction for
Vidal Sassoon, and everyone, became the look to influence hairstyles in the
80s, and beyond.  The publicity was enormous, and this campaign really put
Vidal Sassoon USA on the hair map. (Up to this time, all Vidal Sassoon trends
came from the UK.)

Months of experimentation went into perfecting the techniques to achieve
height and volume on top – with no teasing, a big no-no at Sassoon!

The innovative cuts and perms were often done on clients with their heads upside down!
To achieve different textures and effects, HighHair could either be
dried naturally with lamps or fingers, blown dry, finger-waved or wave clipped.

The soft waves or soft curls rise above it all for  cloud-like, romantic, dreamy looks.

Hair:         A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm:       Allie Galizia and Edward Moore
HairCare:  Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Makeup:    Ted Nadal
Clouds:      Ansell Adams
Art:            Avram
Model:       Mimi Young
Photo:        Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote: HighHair was a name I invented and one that many copied!

Anecdote: To inspire the Vidal Sassoon hairdressers to come up with high hair cuts, I made
collages of high hats and evening styles high on top, mostly from Italian Vogues,
and put them up on staff room walls.  Vernon Keach was the first to come to me with an
idea for the haircuts, and I remember we did sketches on my office lightbox together.
I still have them, a bit the worse for wear but if anyone is interested let me know and I
will put them up on this album.

Note: there is different text under each photo.



  1. Jul 11, 2013

    Thanks, Ralph. I remember too. And hair cut with clients’ heads upside down, in the salon because we weren’t alllowed to tease hair at Sassoon and this gave the same effect.

    • Jul 11, 2013

      Where is Allie? Haven’t seen him for years. I think he’d love to see this.

  2. Jul 11, 2013

    LOL – Man I remember Edward wrapping the perm upside down + backwards from the nape – with her head down as I handed him rods and papers – spritzing lightly with citric acid infused water! Allie was all about modifying the solutions with Jhirmack supplements – it was amazing stuff!

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