Helen Oppenheim is considered a hair guru. She has a proven track record for spotting and making trends long before they make news. She was in-house Creative Concept and Public Relations Director for Vidal Sassoon Salons USA and Canada (1979-1981) and for La Coupe Salons USA and Canada, on and off for 14 years over 30 years, ending in 2003.
For a Public Relations Director to be involved in helping to create the actual hairstyles was very unusual, especially for a non-hairdresser.
As “Ambassadress” for The John Sahag Workshop, which she launched in 1985/86, then returned to in 2004 for three years, she handled Public Relations, organized education programs, supervised Wednesday evening Creative Evenings, and much more for this hairdresser icon.
This led to taking her own photographs, after years of art directing zillions of them, and she has photographed backstage at the Olympus and Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Weeks for a decade, photos published in Barcelona’s Peluquerias Magazine, with circulation in 63 countries – for which she has been US Correspondent since 1982, and still is.
Throughout her career, Helen Oppenheim has worked behind the scenes, and as a freelance beauty journalist for many international magazines as well as prestigious US ones, also as creative consultant and trend visionary for major corporations and small salons. In 1986, during her beauty trend forecasting period, she produced the hour-long international H.O.T. VideoMagazine which inspired hairdressers across the world.
Helen Oppenheim was born in London, England. Brought up and wed in London. Lived in Montreal, Canada for a few years, in NYC many years. Loved Montreal, although too cold, and loves NYC. All have influenced her, along with art, movies, everything.
Judging duties include Global Salon Business Awards in 2008, The Winners for North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Her motto has always been: “If you can’t do it really well, whatever it may be, then don’t do it.” She is proud to say she has never compromised on this. Whether working for nothing or a lot, she always gives over 100% to everything she does and has always felt it’s not worth doing unless it can be extraordinary in some way.
All the above, and much more, has resulted in rooms full of hair photos and priceless background documentation for the creative process, a Helen Oppenheim Hair Library and resource, much of which is available online in the Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives.
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