The Five Point - An Iconic Sassoon Cut

Published 21st Mar 2024 by Josie Jackson

Continuing our celebration of Sassoon's 70th Anniversary, HJ is taking a look back at the most iconic haircuts by the man himself, Vidal Sassoon. We’ve already delved into The Nancy Kwan, and now we’ll be taking a closer look at the Five Point.

Vidal Sassoon always said that the Five Point cut was his finest piece of work and the hardest to achieve. Cut on British model Grace Coddington and photographed by David Montgomery, the Five Point has stood the test of time to become an enduring legacy of Vidal’s work.

Of the look, Vidal said: “The Five Point cut was the epitome of nine years of work that lead up to it. In essence, it was a geometric shape that covered the entire head. It had to be cut to bone structure with two points at the side and three in the nape, following the natural contours of the hair.”

Grace Coddington remembers: “Vidal came along and liberated hair. He cut my hair and totally changed everything. The cut gave you a certain freedom, suddenly you could shake your head, it was a defining moment of the Sixties.

“It was a cut so precisely worked out that, no matter which way you shook it, there was never a long piece hanging over the wrong side.”

“The Five Point cut was and still is the defining look from Vidal,” says Mark Hayes, Creative Director at Sassoon. “It has become so iconic as an emblem of the brand and is the greatest example of what became known as the geometric method.”

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 21st Mar 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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