The stylist Lluis Llongueras, who was Dalí's hairdresser and author of some of the most iconic hairstyles of the 80s, died on Monday at the age of 87 because of throat cancer.
The news was confirmed by the newspaper El País, from Spain, which reviewed the extensive career of the stylist who became a reference in Catalan fashion and opened the first unisex salon in that country in 1972, when the spirit of Francoism still oppressed any type of cultural modernity.
Born in Esparraguera, in Barcelona, he began cutting his hair at a very young age. At the age of 22 he opened his first salon in Barcelona. It was a space for experimentation, bold, that would later become an empire with the creation of a franchise and a series of academies that expanded around the world.
The "Llongueras Method" included techniques to which he gave singular names, such as programmed cutting, patching, bi-color, which became popular thanks to books and videos, according to La Vanguardia.
In 1974 he opened the Llongueras International Institute and consolidated his worldwide fame by opening the first international exhibition in the iconic Saint-Honoré street in Paris. In 1977, he received the title of International Master at the headquarters of Intercoiffure in Paris, from the hands of the famous Alexandre de Paris and a year later he revolutionized the industry by creating unprecedented shapes in the hair with his "Ondas Llongueras".
The iconic Salvador Dalí chose him as his personal stylist and later his friend. Together they would develop an endearing relationship, which even reached art galleries. Both worked on the largest wig in the world exhibited as a curtain for Mae West's room at the Dalí Museum in Figueres (Girona), a mark that appears in the Guinness Book of Records.
Over time he would also be interested in other types of arts, such as photography or sculpture. In the 80s he would take his chain around the world and land in Argentina, where he has the largest number of branches outside Spain.
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