John Sahag called his staff “his kids.” Here are some of them who were there when I was there in the 90s. With apologies to others for whom I don’t have photos.
Top Collage, 1996, top left to right: Federico on one of those very late nights preparing hair for a fashion show. (All staff – seniors, assistants, colorists – sometimes worked to 3.30 am preparing hairpieces for shows.) Tamara and Deedra with crimps, top center. Colorist Deborah with tiara, with hair by Mayumi during a Creative Evening. Bottom left, Gabriel preparing hair; the only one on this collage still working at Sahag. Rafael with model and assistant. (I had a lot of different backgrounds like this red one at the ready for photos.) Baron, John’s dog, who had his second home at the salon. Photos by Helen Oppenheim.
Bottom Group Left, after a Creative Evening, 1997. Top left to right: Jennifer, Dario, model, Helen, Lillo, model, model, Albert. Bottom, Santino with his colorful model. Photo by John Sahag.
Bottom Group Right, 1996, I accepted an award for John Sahag, who was in Paris doing the hair for an Issey Miyake show. Some of the staff attended the dinner. Back row: Kimberly, Helen, Jeanne Braa (of Paul Mitchell), Karmela (still doing clients at Sahag), Deborah. Front row, Angus Mitchell (co-owner Paul Mitchell.) Photo by Federico Lupo.
Some of the staff are still making shapes and doing beautiful hair at The Workshop on Madison Avenue.
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