News added: 28-04/16
Excerpt a speech by Harold Leighton at Intercoiffure Spring Atelier, USA on 17th April 2016
“….Vidal was a very fit and good-looking guy, and fun to be with. Other than hair he adored the ladies and soccer. He was also a great dancer! Weekends he would do a double act with one of his mates on the stage dancing and performing at the Hampstead Tennis club. Maybe it’s where he learned to preform and dance around the styling chair!
“He belonged to the ’43 group’ a band of young Jewish men who fought anti-Semitism that was rife in London at that time. Many times he would come to work the next day with a bloody nose! All his life he was a great supporter of Israel.
“Once a month on a Friday evening after work Vidal, Gerard and myself (known then as The Three Musketeers) would go to the Turkish baths to have a scrub down and massage and an ice-cold plunge in the pool. It was a great way to relax. It was there were we would then start to talk Hair into the middle of the night, envisioning, and developing all our new ideas on haircutting and styling, which was very exciting. “This is where so many ideas were born and many creative styles were designed for hairdressing contests. Vidal and I entered many competitions and we happened to win quite a few between us.
“We continued to work almost every night (after work) on models, developing our new cutting and styling techniques. One day in walks a rep to the salon showing us a 4in new scissor, we realized this would give us the ability to control the hair far more than using a 7in! Our lives changed from that moment on! ….”
- Harold Leighton is the author of several hairdressing books including From Salon to celebrity: the British hairdressing story’ (2004)