Keeping you entertained – and informed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 10 comments

Helen Oppenheim

Come with me on a historical journey into the hair fashion world.

The Helen Oppenheim Hair Fashion Photo Archives are a unique and inspirational resource for the media, movies, tv, theatre, anyone wanting a new hairstyle. There are  more than 4,000 photos from the ’60s to the present, many innovative firsts, many not dated, still relevant and wearable today, even from way back then. Scroll for More, More, More.

Ideas. This is what you will find on, the result of my art directing, conceiving, taking and collecting photos over decades. Yes, I’m a hoarder. I specialize in hair and fashion trends, and have photographed myself backstage at Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Weeks for years. Most fun I’ve had. There are “treasures” hidden here and there and I hope you will find the time to discover them.

I am using my first blog mostly to highlight interesting photos on the website as well as whatever tickles my fancy. I am not intending to be politically correct all the time, so I may ruffle a few feathers. Be warned. But I hope to keep you entertained. And informed.

I was born in London, lived in Montreal for years, and for the last few decades in New York City. All have influenced me. I  have toiled away as a journalist and PR for some of the world’s best, and have been US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine of Barcelona since 1982. I’m hard to please! Too honest, perhaps. So I have lots of friends, also lots of enemies and expect to make a few more of both.

Now, I’m working on my legacy, for posterity. This is a Work in Progress. I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

This is a Work in Progress I expect it will take forever. So, stay tuned…

Helen Oppenheim - Hair & Photo Guru

Love it. Absolutely love it. Thank you, Mitchell Field, for this great gift of a bus with wonderful words!


A Crown or Roses @ Dolce & Gabbana – 2017

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

A Crown or Roses @ Dolce & Gabbana - 2017

Photos: Courtesy of Redken

Put a whole bunch of roses and a few strategic leaves on heads for a very special bride or gala. This lovely look by Guido, Redken’s Global Creative Director “was inspired by pure, couture Italian princesses for the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Couture Show for Fall/Winter 2017.” He allowed the hair to dry to encourage its own natural, soft texture, then pinned the hair back and up using bobby pins for adequate hold. He lightly sprayed a few loose pieces which were allowed to hang around the ears, nape of the neck and front of the face for a soft, romantic look. The flower crown of roses was secured to the head with additional bobby pins. Or the flowers could be added on a large headband.

Hair: Guido, Redken …. Product: Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray … Photos Courtesy of Redken


Celebrity Stylists – Most Are Not – 2017

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Celebrity Stylists – Most Are Not – 2017

Celeb Hairstylists


Bonk. I want to bonk all hairdressers who say on social media or TV or wherever that they are a “Celebrity Stylist.” Most are not. So why say it? As an Editor and former PR who has worked with real celebrity hairstylists, it is annoying when so many say they are. It is said so often no one takes the name ‘Celebrity Stylist’ seriously any longer, except perhaps your friends on social. When I did PR, I had to name at least three household name celebrities to even get a big article somewhere major. If you do or have done the hair of a real famous celebrity, fine, but if only one celebrity, and it is a minor one, then can you please find another way to say who you are? And be honest.  Or lose credibility with the professionals. For more of my Why? vents, click HERE


Love This Photo of Me With Linda Mason – 2017

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Love This Photo of Me With Linda Mason - 2017

Photo: Fred J. DeVito

This great photo of me with makeup artist extraordinaire Linda Mason was sent to me recently. I love it. Of course, it is very flattering.  Have to post it.  It was taken at Harry & Nancy’s ’70s/’80s Fashion Reunion Party in May 2017 at Parlor on Spring Street in New York by Fred J. DeVito.   To see more of Linda Mason’s makeup on this website, click HERE   To see more of me in action and out on the town, click HERE


Oy! Federer’s Chopped Hair Disaster – 2017

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Oy! Federer's Chopped Hair Disaster - 2017

Photos: NY Post, Telegraph, Allure

Oy. Oy. Oy vey.  Roger Federer has chopped his hair.  And it is a disaster. What was he thinking?  The cut is dreadful, the back, omg.  And there is talk of it being blonder.  He may be going grey and his hair was colored to hide the tell-tale hairs.  He is also receding at the front and this may be an attempt to cover it all up.  Whatever, fire the hairdresser!  The color can be fixed but this look is almost as bad as his ugly ponytail.  Since the ponytail hit the dust, I used to love love love Federer’s hair almost as much as I love watching him play.  To me, it was the  sexiest most flattering hair anyone ever wore.  And now? I don’t know if I can even bear to watch!!! Well, I will, because he is Federer, always my number one favorite and I want him to win Wimbledon.   He is photographed here at the Stuttgart tournament in Germany last week.  Today he plays in Halle.  Let’s hope the highly unflattering mess will grow by the time Wimbledon starts on July 3rd.  Meanwhile, thank goodness he is still wearing his bandeau which can hide all the sins.
Photos: Top Left: The Telegraph UK … Top Right: Allure … Bottom Photos: The New York Post


NYFW Backstage Hair Moment – 2004

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

NYFW Backstage Hair Moment - 2004

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

A New York Fashion Week backstage hair moment.  Love this.  Polly Mellen, the famous former fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Creative Director at Allure, and Edward Tricomi co-owner Warren-Tricomi Salons having a hair moment which also affected the model at the Douglas Hannant NYFW 2004 show.  Are you sure, Mellen seems to be saying?  No one seems sure, except the hairdresser, who  ended up doing a great job, as always. This scene is a testament to confidence, patience, experience and a lot of caring and how it is not easy to do the hair for a fashion show at this level.  This is one of the few photos I have digitalized, so far, from the shows I photographed on film in the early 2000’s. I have a lot  of great photos only on film.
Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Remembering John Sahag, His Magic – 2017

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Remembering John Sahag, His Magic – 2017

Full Credits on Website. Collage by

It is 12 years since John Sahag left us to do the hair of the angels (January 2, 1952-June15, 2005.) The Lebanese-born Australian-raised Armenian became famous in Paris as the first internationally-recognized freelance hairdresser. He worked his magic on the heads of the supermodels and superstars of his era and made The Dry Cut famous in his John Sahag Workshop on Madison Avenue in NYC from 1985, still active in 2017.  This collage shows just some of his magic which made him so famous – with love. To read more about him, click HERE and to see  more of amazing work, click HERE (and HERE and HERE) – then go to HairThen, John Sahag on this website for more.  Read how-to’s, and lots of info under most photos, some like the décor album, under More on the Menu, a hoot, all informative.

Collage Credits: 1. New York Magazine, 1985. Photo: Lawrence Ivy … 2/3. Workshop Launch, 1985. Photos: Bruno Juminer … 4. Rachel Part 1, 1996. Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … 5. Rachel Part 11, 1996. Photo: Eva Mueller … 6. Futuristic, Issey Miyake, Fall 1996. Photo: Franco Rossi … 7. Blue. Cynthia Rowley, Fall 1996. Photo: David Webber … 8. Abstract, Issey Miyake, Summer 1996. Photo: Neil Fenkell Harris … 9. Windswept, Issey Miyake, Fall 1997. Photo: Eric Deniset … 10. Rugged’/Smooth, Cynthia Rowley, Fall 1997. Photo: Michael Bonacci … 11. The Cement Garden, Salon décor. Photo: Seijie Kakizaki
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Carole Lombard – 1929

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Carole Lombard - 1929

Photo: William E.Thomas

This is Carole Lombard as she appeared in the 1929 Pathé movie, “High Voltage.” I always loved her hair in this photo, so modern even today, and the photo, the lighting, everything.

Do you know your hair history? Do you know which of the famous trend-setting photos in the Archives this look inspired? Click HERE

The photo is from the 1972 coffee table book  “The Image Makers: 60 years of Hollywood Glamour” by Richard Lawton and Paul Trent, published by McGraw Hill and available on  I loved the photos in this great book, which influenced me – and my photographers – over the years. For more Old Hollywood from the 20s go to Icons, Movie Icons, on

Photo: William E. Thomas