Black Wig Over Blonde Hair – 2012

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 3 comments

Black Wig Over Blonde Hair - 2012

Photo: Edward Cruz

A black bob wig over long blonde hair with black extensions here and there.  “It looked silly at first,” said the one and only Ezel ,“but as we started to work on it, with a blow dryer and straightening iron, then moved it around, it looked absolutely amazing. Quite honestly I think it was the best thing I did all year,” he added.   For more of Ezel’s Editorial work (from the 80s to present) go to WorldGreats on

Hair: Ezel/Marilyn Ballard for Sachajuan … Makeup: Edward Cruz/Timothy Priano … Fashion Stylist: Amber Stolec … Model: Danielle … Photo: © Eddie Collins (Courtesy Noise Magazine)



“Invitation à la danse” – 2008

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 8 comments

"Invitation à la danse" - 2008

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø

I love love love the “Invitation à la danse” series of photos for Numéro Magazine by the Norwegian-born photographer Sølve Sundsbø, now living in London. The hair, by the great  editorial stylist Peter Gray, is perfect for this series of breathtakingly beautiful photos. For more  great photos and hair by both, go to World Greats, Peter Gray Editorials on

Hair: Peter Gray, Home Agency …  Model: Elena Sudakova … Photo: Sølve Sundsbø


Vidal Sassoon’s HighHair, Mimi – 1980

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

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

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


Sleepers Wide and Wild – 1975

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Sleepers Wild and Wide - 1975

Photos: Serge Beauchemin

In 1975, hair was getting bigger in Europe and in Montreal, La Coupe’s testing ground for high fashion hair trends, the world-class innovators made the hair bigger than big, and wide, very wide. With a new texture, thanks to an old crimping machine.  More later on that. For more Sleepers, HairThen,  La Coupe, 70s on

Hair Cut: Charles Booth, Crimped: Elmer Olsen, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado … Fashions: Renato Balestra Couture, Holt Renfrew Canada … Crystal Glass: Baccarat … Model: Rudy Maciukas … Location: The Royal Suite, Chateau Champlain Hotel, Montreal … Photos: Serge Beauchemin  … Produced/Concept/Fashion Styling: Helen Oppenheim


John Sahag and his Beautiful Dolls – 1996

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

John Sahag and his Beautiful Dolls - 1996

Photos: David Webber

John Sahag’s hairstyles for the Issey Miyake 20″ dolls tressed and dressed for the Robert Tonner Doll Company’s fund-raising venture shows his amazing, highly original styling – “modern, young, playful, provocative, edgy with unique shapes, forms, textures, harmony and balance.”  Actress, Demi Moore, whose gamine he famously cut for the movie Ghost, bought one of them for amfAR.

It was 1996, and the hair was inspired by Issey Miyake’s fashions, which Sahag knew well from working many times with the great designer on his fashion shows in Paris, his ads and books.  For more Dolls, HairThen, John Sahag, Press Photos on

Hair: John Sahag, John Sahag Workshop … Makeup: Linda Mason … Photos: David Webber


First Flicks @ Front, Femme Fatale Donna – 1971

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

First Flicks @ Front, Femmes Fatale - 1971

Photos: Klaus Lucka

Do you know your hair history?  These three photos are from Raphael’s Femme Fatale Collection, 1971.  The all-one-length bobbed hairstyles featured flicks at the front, flattering the face.  So new, at the time, no one had done anything like them before.  Raphael said these looks were offered as “the answer to those ratty tatty growing-out layered looks” everyone had at the time.  For more Femme Fatales and more info, go to HairThen Raphael on

Hair by Raphael Santarossa … Makeup: Jacques LaFleur … Model: Donna Clarke … Photo: Klaus Lucka … Produced by Helen Oppenheim


First French-Braiding in Modern Era – 1976

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

First French Braiding in Modern Era - 1976

Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  The first French braiding of the modern era was created by Antonio da Costa Rocha of La Coupe in Montreal, in 1976.

The idea was instantly copied and popular all over the world. French Braiding became an ongoing classic from this time on.  Here is the half-up, half-down version. For more and info, click HairThen, La Coupe, 70s on

Hair: Antonio da Costa Rocha, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado, Montreal … Model: Michele Scarabelli … Photo: Lorraine Sylvestre … Fashion Styling//Produced by Helen Oppenheim


First Layered Waved Bob Cut – 1978

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Helen's Blog | 2 comments

First Layered Wave Cut - 1978

Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre

Do you know your hair history?  The first layered waved bob cut was by Kim Lepine for La Coupe, in 1978.  The wave movements were cut into the style, a masterpiece of meticulous conceptual cutting, working with color and texture.  The softly waved look was like no other bob at the time – it was fuss-free, natural-looking.

See who inspired her, more views and how-to’s at HairThen, La Coupe, 70s on

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/New York … Hair color: Louis Licari, La Coupe, New York … Perm: Tanya Pawley, La Coupe, Montreal … Makeup: Jacynthe … Blouse: Fendi, Holt Renfrew, Montreal … Model: Marie-Georges Bardosh …Photos: Lorraine Sylvestre … Produced by Helen Oppenheim