Scott Metzger, A Pupil of Vidal Sassoon

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/27/2013 10:50:00 AM


click image to zoomScott Metzger After seeing articles and photos of Vidal Sassoon in London, Scott Metzger at the age of 18 immigrated to Toronto from the US to work as an apprentice with Vidal Sassoon. Metzger never thought he was going to be a hairdresser, but Sassoon’s hair sculpting techniques and hair architecture lured him into the profession.

“A really good hair cut holds the shape for much longer and requires little maintenance,” says Metzger. “Learning the fundamentals of hair sculpting and architecture can give a passionate hair stylist all the tools to have an endless repertoire of shapes.”

Scott entered into a wonderful world of artistic characters that were the leaders of fashion and he knew that he was in the right place. Metzger journeyed to London, England then San Francisco, where he became Artistic Director. Scott was in charge of the quality of work and designing new shapes, heading shows and collaborating with other Artistic Directors from Los Angles, New York and London. It was the Artistic Directors' job to teach the new designs to the stylists. 

Today, Scott is the salon owner of Scott Metzger Systems and is an independent educator teaching in Canada and the United States. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others to maximize their potential and rise above the mediocre.

Recently, Metzger held a Tribute to Vidal Sassoon for hair stylists in Ohio. Scott wanted to share Sasoon's philosophies and personal stories along with demonstrating haircutting techniques. “It is the cut that counts and most haircuts don't even need a brush. Wash and wear hair in modern designs, architecturally designed to suit the persons bone structure will never go out of style,” he says.

Sassoon was Metzger’s mentor and Metzger remains a true purist today. “Sassoon was a gentleman and had such exuberance and passion for his craft,” says Metzger. “When he walked into the room you could feel his energy. Even in his later years he was relentless in all his quests. He will be and is truly missed.”






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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