The Industry Mourns Maurice Tidy

Published 04th Jan 2024 by Sian Jones
It is with great sadness that we report the death of hairdresser Maurice Tidy.
Maurice was introduced to the industry by the legendary Vidal Sasson in the mid 1960s and was schooled in the European Method of hair curling before learning the method on Japanese hair, creating S waves and curves. He was a pioneer of the Vidal Sassoon theory of hair cutting and promoted the theory of the five basic haircuts: bobs, shags, layered cuts, pointed cuts and punk rock haircuts. 
Tributes have been pouring in, including this from Sassoon International Creative Director Mark Hayes, who told HJ exclusively: "Maurice celebrated individualism by working with hair in its natural fall, revealing its inherent beauty. He was a master technician and a superb artist of the craft of cutting."
Mark also posted on social media: “The term legend is probably used too frequently today, but certainly applies to Maurice Tidy who sadly passed yesterday. Maurice was a key figure in the geometric hair revolution pioneered by Vidal and although I never had the good fortune to work closely with Maurice, Annie Humphreys would tell me stories of the impeccable technique he possessed and how his artistry was comparable with Sassoon icons Roger Thompson and Christopher Brooker. Thank you for everything you taught us Maurice and the incredible legacy you leave behind."
Stylist, Sean James commented: "RIP Maurice Tidy He well be fondly remembered as one of the legendary Vidal Sassoon cutters who revolutionized the world of hairdressing. His expertise and creativity in haircutting techniques left an indelible mark on the industry. Tidy, alongside his colleagues at Vidal Sassoon, were true pioneers and innovators in their field, constantly pushing boundaries and challenging traditional hairstyling norms. Tidy’s haircuts were known for their precision, clean lines, and modern aesthetics. He possessed a unique ability to transform hair into works of art, creating styles that were both fashionable and practical. His attention to detail and dedication to his craft made him stand out among his peers. Farewell to Maurice Tidy, a true icon in the world of hairdressing. His contributions to the industry will continue to inspire and influence future generations of hairstylists. The legacy he leaves behind serves as a reminder of the power of creativity and the impact that one individual can have on an entire profession."

We will add tributes from the hairdressing community as we receive them.

Sian Jones

Sian Jones

Published 04th Jan 2024

Sian is Deputy Editor on HJ and supports Editor, Charlotte, in the delivery of content for the HJ print magazine, website and social media, she is also Editor of Modern Barber magazine. Sian has over ten years’ experience writing for print publications covering Youth & Children, TV & Entertainment and Lifestyle. She graduated with a degree in journalism, and whilst studying was nominated for the Guardian Digital Journalist of the Year award in 2011. She has never been afraid to take risks with her hair when it comes to cut and colour but is fiercely protective of its healthy shine.

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