I kept thinking I would be spending my life up to my elbows in shampoo.
Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination.
It's hard to give advice. There are so many people, how do you give major advice to a group of people, it's very presumptuous.
So I was shampooing at 14. But I've always thought that had I the opportunity for an education, I would have been an architect. There's no question about it.
If someone were to ask me, 'What's the number one thing, in essence, that you left behind?'... it was the teaching of others, so that they could take my work and take it further.
It's not recognized by enough people as a worthy craft.
Hairdressing in general hasn't been given the kudos it deserves. It's not recognised by enough people as a worthy craft.
I'll never forget one morning I walked in and I had a hell of a bruise - it had been a difficult night the night before - and a client said to me, 'Good God, Vidal, what happened to your face?' And I said, 'Oh, nothing, madam, I just fell over a hairpin.'
If you don't look good, we don't look good.
I was a bit of a rebel.
It's okay saying sorry, but when you are drunk you say what you really feel.
I got a telegraph from my mother who said that my step-father had had a heart attack, come home and earn a living. So I went back to England and the only thing I knew to earn any cash was through hairdressing.
When I was about 10 I ran away to see my father. He couldn't have cared less. He just took me back as soon as he could.
My mother left me for seven years in an orphanage.
My greatest regret is selling my company.
Mary Quant is my favourite fashion designer.
From my point of view, there is a tremendous amount to be said for secular humanism.
During the late '20s my father left us. My mother was in a complete hole with no money, and we were evicted.
You never argued with my mother. You couldn't win.
My mother had a premonition and she felt that hairdressing would be very very good for me.
There were so many pretty girls coming into the salon as clients, and others working in the salon. And I thought, 'Hmm. This is rather nice.'
I came home after a year and although my profession was only hairdressing, I knew I could change it.
I don't sort of sit in a chair and pompously feel proud of myself about all the things we might have accomplished.
I was born in 1928 and by 1931 the Depression was beginning to mount.
Judaism is important to me from a tribal point of view.
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