If you’re going to become a modern-day icon in the hairdressing world, you need a few milestones under your belt, like 1) a glamorous connection to the celebrity or fashion world; 2) a style you create that becomes a part of the zeitgeist; 3) huge talent (obviously); and 4) exclusivity. Let’s run Sally Hershberger through my unofficial list and see how she fares: She’s the first woman to achieve "celebrity hairstylist" status and is responsible for the sexy, edgy "shag" hairstyle, which lives on in many different interpretations and styles but was made most famous by the cut she gave actress Meg Ryan back in the day. Hershberger also came to fame when word got out that New Yorkers in the know were happily forking over $600 for the opportunity to have their hair cut by the Kansas-born/California-bred stylist. (It’s now up to $800.) She did the "decadent boudoir" hair seen at Naeem Khan’s F/W 2014 show, used to do Tom Cruise’s and Nicole Kidman’s hair (at their house), has a range of high-performing, affordably priced hair products
and is outspoken and confident. Basically, if she tells you to do something to your hair, you’re probably best off doing it. And quick.
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