A Regal Little Crown Rules – 2017

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

A Regal Little Crown Rules – 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Redken

At the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2017 Milan Fashion Week Show, Guido of Redken ‘Dolcified’ each person walking the runway. These included influencers, clients, real people, as well as models.. Some women had their hair up, some down, some had florals, and some had crowns, like this adorable regal little crown worn with hair swept up softly into a loose bun on top of the head. For more Fall 2017 Redken hair by Guido, with how-to’s, click HERE

Hair: Guido, Redken, Global Creative Director … Products: Redken … Photo: Courtesy of Redken


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


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


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 helenoppenheim.com

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
Collage by helenoppenheim.com


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 Amazon.com/  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 www.helenoppenheim.com

Photo: William E. Thomas


Futurism Hair Captured Mid-Flight– 2012

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Futurism Hair Captured Mid-Flight– 2012

Photo: Stephem Ziehen

This couture-inspired white hair with a cool artistic edge that has transcended the artistic license is by Sharon Blain from her Futurism Collection, 2012. Australia’s whirlwind hair icon tell how it was done: “I created a ‘wig’ using various ponytail pieces placed together. These were then sewn into the model’s scalp braids to secure and create a bob shape. Yes, this is a bob.  Read on …  Using clippers, I cut small lines within the shape, then brushed charcoal eye shadow along the cutting lines to help highlight the lines and give more definition. As the model jumped, the photographer captured this iconic image with layers in mid-flight.” The educational hair artist, who specializes in bridal and avant-garde hair, usually long hair, travels the world with her Boot Camp Courses and Workshops and will be in New York, Santa Monica and Las Vegas in July, in Ireland, German and Spain in October, Melbourne in November. For more Sharon Blain inspirations, click HERE 

Hair: Sharon Blain … Color: Goldwell … Stylist: Ingo Nahrwold … Makeup: Denise Grundmann …
Photographer: Stephan Ziehen       (Go to SharonBlain.com for more info on the courses.)



Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


Now? Wait?




Why is it so hard? When photos are posted all over the internet, it is a lesson in frustration being an editor of a print magazine now. Because photos are posted all over the internet, fast, but I have to wait at least 3 months or more to publish the same photos. True, they come and are gone on the Internet, and a full page or two or three or more can be printed in Peluquerias Magazine. Then, anyone can post on the Internet with the page(s) but everyone wants … now. Some do decide to be patient and wait. But most do not. I try.  Take the case New York Fashion Week photos, New York Bridal Weeks, NAHA, Museums, other events. Post? Or wait? Most just post.  So here I am with lots of great cool photos I either can’t publish yet or can publish rather late. I tell myself, better late than never. And how it was worth while waiting for some many reasons, not the least of which is that the photos can look fantastic in the magazine.  But it is hard.  It should be noted that if I see a photo all over the internet, I must admit I do think twice about publishing it in the magazine months later. Sigh.
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