Keeping you entertained – and informed

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 11 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 5,000 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 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 use my 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

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Inspirational Hair – 60s to Present

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Some Selected Photos - Inspiration

Photos: Helen Oppenheim

Inspirations Then  & Now

Hair by Charles Booth, Kim Lepine, Elmer Olsen, La Coupe,  New York/Montreal (60s/70s)…Graham Wren, Vidal Sassoon NY (1979-80)…Michael Gordon, Bumble and bumble, NY (1984)…Lluis Llongueras, Barcelona…Julien d’Ys, Paris (2006)…John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop (1985+1997)…Peter Gray London/NY (2011)…Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricom, NY  (2011)…Ezel (2012)

For full credits, descriptions how get the looks, anecdotes and more, go to
HairThen…Fashion Week…Museums…Icons (for Dali, and see him in hair curlers!) on


Think Punk – For 2013

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition due May 9  to August 11, 2013 is going to make punk hot again.  Not that it ever really went away.   With buzzed ‘dos already happening, I dread to think how some punk hair cuts will ruin many a lovely face!

Fashion is another story.  Punk. Chaos to Couture will examine punk’s impact from its birth In the 1970s through its continuing influence on high fashion today.

There will be approximately 100 designs for men and women, by all the usual suspects.  Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion showing how pailettes were replaced by safety pins, feathers by razor blades, bugle beads by studs.  Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Organized thematically, gallery sections will include Rebel Heroes, Pavillions of Anarchy and Elegance, Punk Couture, D.I.Y.  Style, La Mode Destroy, all organized by my favorite Curator, Andrew Bolton.  No news yet on who will create the hair.    Meanwhile, here’s some punk from the Met Museum’s 2006 Anglo Mania Exhibition with hair concoctions by the great Julien d’Ys to get your inspirational juices going..

Punk at the Metropolitan Museum

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

For more on the amazing Anglo Mania Exhibition, go the Museums on –
and watch out punk influences everywhere…