Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair, Mimi – 1980

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Vidal Sassoon's HighHair, Mimi - 1980

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  Soft waves and curls rose above it all for cloud-like, romantic, dreamy looks in this HighHair version by A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon NY, in 1980.

“Hair will be high on top for the 80s,” predicted Vidal Sassoon, and it was.  Hair had not been high for an era and HighHair, a new direction for Sassoon, influenced hairstyles world-wide in the 80s and beyond.  Months of experimentation went into this Collection photographed with a surreal theme.  The innovative cuts and perms were done with the clients heads upside down.  There was not teasing.  I invented the name HighHair, later much copied!

 For full credits, how-to’s, more versions, anecdotes, go to HairThen, Vidal Sassoon, HighHair on www.helenoppenheim.com

Hair: A. VernonKeach, Vidal Sassoon,  NY, 1980 … Perm: Allie Galizia and Edward Moore … Clouds: Ansell Adams … Art: Avram … Model: Mimi Young… Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

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Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair -Mimi

Hair will be high on top for the 80s, predicted Vidal Sassoon USA, and it was.

Hair was not high on top during this era, so HighHair, a new direction for
Vidal Sassoon, and everyone, became the look to influence hairstyles in the
80s, and beyond.  The publicity was enormous, and this campaign really put
Vidal Sassoon USA on the hair map. (Up to this time, all Vidal Sassoon trends
came from the UK.)

Months of experimentation went into perfecting the techniques to achieve
height and volume on top – with no teasing, a big no-no at Sassoon!

The innovative cuts and perms were often done on clients with their heads upside down!
To achieve different textures and effects, HighHair could either be
dried naturally with lamps or fingers, blown dry, finger-waved or wave clipped.

The soft waves or soft curls rise above it all for  cloud-like, romantic, dreamy looks.

Hair:         A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm:       Allie Galizia and Edward Moore
HairCare:  Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Clouds:      Ansell Adams
Art:            Avram
Model:       Mimi Young
Photo:        Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote: HighHair was a name I invented and one that many copied!

Anecdote: To inspire the Vidal Sassoon hairdressers to come up with high hair cuts, I made
collages of high hats and evening styles high on top, mostly from Italian Vogues,
and put them up on staff room walls.  Vernon Keach was the first to come to me with an
idea for the haircuts, and I remember we did sketches on my office lightbox together.
I still have them, a bit the worse for wear but if anyone is interested let me know and I
will put them up on this album.

Note: there is different text under each photo.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair – Mimi

The soft waves or soft curls rise above it all for  cloud-like looks.

HighHair cuts and styles in these photos were pulled out or up to different
degrees of “highness.”  Less for day. More for evening.  Or to one side, asymmetrically.

Hair: A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm: Allie Galizia and Edward Moore
HairCare: Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Clouds: Ansell Adams
Art: Avram
Model: Mimi Young
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

Anecdote:  Vernon wanted to cut the sides short.  I wanted the look to be soft
and romantic.  He said, it won’t work if we don’t cut the sides short.  I said it will
and that I refused to photo his style if the sides were cut short. Think about it overnight,
I suggested. He did. And we left the sides long.  It worked as can be seen in these photos.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

HighHair – Mimi

This is the asymmetric version of the Vernon Keach HighHair cut.

Allie Galizia and Edward Moore defied gravity with their new perm,
part of which was wrapped with the client’s head upside down!

Hair: A. Vernon Keach, Vidal Sassoon, NY, 1980
Perm: Allie Galizia and Edward Moore, Vidal Sassoon NY, 1980
HairCare: Vidal Sassoon Treatment Products
Clouds: Ansell Adams
Art: Avram
Model: Mimi Young
Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © HELEN OPPENHEIM 2012

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