Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in HighHair | 4 comments

Photo: © Deborah Samuel

Photo: © Deborah Samuel

HighHair for the romantic hero of the ’80s was by Helen Chudoba of Vidal Sassoon, Toronto.  Waves, curls, height and volume rose above it all. Very new in 1980.   And influenced by the HighHair styles for women.  For different textures and effects, the hair could be finger-dried naturally, under lamps or blown dry. The hair could be worn with a side part one day, without one the next, a good cut being essential.

This photo was lost over 30 years.  Helen Chudoba and I recently Friended on Facebook, I asked if she had a copy of this photo because I hadn’t got one.  She finally found this photo from the collection and sent it to me.  After a long search taking months.

Helen C to Helen O: “You brought the ruffles around my hand in the photo and the doves in the background from your bag of tricks.”  I had fogotten …

Helen Chudoba, Vidal Sassoon Toronto, 1980
Perm: Feary Bina
Model: Ross Marks
Photo: © Deborah Samuel
HighHair Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim

All rights reserved © Helen Oppenheim


  1. Sep 21, 2014

    Helen creates beauty within systems of great work she still innovates. Love helens work. Both Helen C and Helen O hahahahahha

    • Sep 21, 2014

      Thanks Joe. This shoot took place the night of the Vidal Sassoon launch in Toronto. Both Helen’s love it. But didn’t have a copy of the photos. So happy the photographer, Deborah Samuel found them, and you like it too.

  2. Jun 8, 2014

    Dear Helen O.,
    Thank you for the memories.
    This Photo is beautiful and is completing the High Hair Collection.
    Proud to have worked on this.
    There was another photo I believe with the detachable QUE/ponytail?
    I’m seeing Deborah next week. There may be more surprises.
    xoxo HC

    • Jun 9, 2014

      Dear Helen C Yes, it is a beautiful photo. Ah, another photo, a suprise, perhaps. Let me know. And thank you for the memories now archived.

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