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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 www.helenoppenheim.com, 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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Thiem’s US Open Champ & His Hair – 2020

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Thiem's US Open Champ & His Hair - 2020

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Dominic Thiem, age 27, of Austria, became US Tennis Open Champion for 2020 in a crazy wonderful nail biter Final vs Alexander (Sasha) Zverev, age 23, of Germany.  We didn’t know until the very last point who would win, which is as a good tennis final should be, but seldom is.  Thiem’s hair color is also crazy, but not wonderful. It has had unnatural-looking frosted highlights for some time now (he once described it himself as a “fashion crime”) but it got worse when he messed it up during the lockdown and it seems he added more color disasters before the semi-finals. Dominic, if you want highlights, please know they should look more natural, be different sizes, more seemingly haphazardly placed, and toned so they are not so blonde on your dark well-cut great hair. The headband works, but not the highlights!  Whatever, love your game and loved the match … but did feel bad for Zverez who, like you, has a great hair, as seen in these photos post-match, after 4 grueling hours and 5 sets.

Photos: Helen Oppenheim with thanks to ESPN … Photo bottom right: CTGN

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Osaka US Open Champ & Her Hair – 2020

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Osaka US Open Champ & Her Hair – 2020

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Naomi Osaka US Tennis Open Champion for 2020 winning on court with her tennis and her hair today.   The 5′ 11″ Haitian-Japanese 22 year old who plays for Japan won a cool $3Million. Love her tennis, and her hair. Which flew all over the place in exciting ways.
Photos: Helen Oppenheim with thanks to ESPN

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Nike Women’s Fashions US Open Tennis – 2020

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Nike Women's Fashions US Open Tennis – 2020

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Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka are photographed here at the US Tennis Semi Finals for 2020. They will meet for the Final Saturday, September 12 at 4 on ESPN. Each have won two Grand Slam titles so the match should be a great one.  Osaka beat Jennifer Brady and Azarenka beat Serena Williams to get through the Final.

Osaka is wearing a color block body suit with a big cut-out at the back and plain red shorts, by Nike. Her mass of natural hair was worn in a high ponytail with ends moving up and down in exciting ways. Azarenka, also wearing Nike, from the Court Collection, inspired by André Agaasi and what he wore thirty years ago, in the 80s, looked colorific in neon shades of pink and purple with Interesting design elements here and there. But oops! She tucked her shorts up so they looked like knickers!!! (She did look great in the shorts before the tuck up!) Her hair was a mess of braids which are fun and, yes, different. They seem to be her signature hair look as they fly all over the place. Photos: Osaka, The Guardian, left, Juniper Sports Center (detail)
Photos: Azarenka: Helen Oppenhiem with thanks to ESPN

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Nike Men Fashions @ US Open Tennis – 2020

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Nike Men Fashions @ US Open Tennis – 2020

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Nike was inspired by tennis legend André Agaasi and his rebellious wardrobe thirty years ago for both the men and the women at the US Tennis Open for 2020. Their new looks for apparel and footwear are in bold neon designs and colors, made of denim and spandex. Here are  some of the men’s looks.  From Top Left to Right; Felix Auger Aliassime, Canadian, and No. 15 seed … Denis Shapovalov, No. 12 seed, also a Canadian … André Agaasi in action way back then.   Bottom Row: Andrev Rublev, No. 14 seed from Russia … André Agaasi …     Frances Tiafoe’s Nike Men’s Court Air Zoom GP Turbo Tennis Shoe in White and Solar Red (available at Tennis Express.) The No. 47th seed, and America’s top player, probably added the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Respect Us” himself.   These Challenge Court designs should be a big success with today’s fans and the design on the underwear makes underwear showing, as it does too often on men tennis players, a fashion rather than a non-fashion statement!  The semi-finals and finals are still to come, on ESPN2 and ESPN in the US, with no audiences but still exciting.

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Hair Pins Design Dress Hair – 2020

Posted by on Aug 18, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Hair Pins Design Dress Hair - 2020

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

As so many people aren’t going to salons, or going less often, finding ways to dress up hair in need of a cut can be important every now and then for the stylish.   Here’s one idea. Add a ton of bobby pins to make a hair design. This is what Aveda’s Jon Reyman did on sleek wet hair for models of both sexes at the Fashion Hong Kong New York Fashion Week Show Fall/Winter 2020, designer Harrison Wong. Some 50 to 100 bobby pins were used on each head, but the idea would work with less.   Have fun …

Hair: Jon Reyman, Aveda … Products: Aveda … Makeup: Janell Geason, Aveda … Tools: Dyson Hair Dryer,,, Straight Pins … Photo: Helen Oppenheim

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Verity Before Her Mullet Haircut – 2020

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 4 comments

Verity Before Her Mullet Haircut – 2020

Photos: Verity  Pascarl … Collage by helenoppenheim.com

This is 19 year old Verity Pascarl with her red and purple hair which she has been cutting and coloring herself since the lockdown .  On August 31, she is going to get a Modern Mullet haircut to help raise money for a cause close to her heart –  The Black Dog Institute Mullets for Mental Health.   “Please don’t kill me Mum,” she posted when she announced what she will be up to on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Because they are in lockdown again In Melbourne, her boyfriend, Tom, a Science Major with an emphasis on psychology at The University of Melbourne will cut her hair!  Verity is a Film Student at the elite Melbourne University Victoria College of Art.   I have sent her Modern Mullet photo suggestions as in the next blog, plus a few how-to videos for Tom to study. Stay tuned for the result …

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Modern Mullets, Hair Fashion Trend – 2020

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Modern Mullets, Hair Fashion Trend – 2020

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There’s a big change happening in the hair world. At last. In spite of the virus. Instead of long nothing hair, mostly ironed or dressed straight, the same on almost everyone’s head, there will be more layers and more shape. The Modern Mullet has arrived, by mistake on the head of Billie Eilish (top left)  There are more extreme versions than I show here, the horrors from yesteryear some will remember too, but these are wearable fashion looks to rock for 2020, and beyond. Some look like updated shags, some cheat a little for the line by just tucking layered hair behind the ears. All are a fresh change, a look now hot and getting hotter. As for Eilish she is already growing hers out!

Photos: Billy Eilish: Getty Images and
Pinterest Pins which so few credit the source properly, even if it is theirs!
Will credit if informed who worked on  these photos.

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Nude Shoes Booties Flapper Dress – 2020

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

 Nude Shoes Booties Flapper Dress – 2020

Photos: Courtesy Elisabetta Franchi. Collage: helenoppenheim.com

These nude colored shoes, booties, the dream flapper dress with flying fringes with the glittering
headpiece are all so chic they make one want them all. For the 21st Century, they are by Elizabetta Franchi as shown at her Milan Fashion Week Show for Fall/Winter 2020/21.  Everything in the exquisite show was in nude, pink, rose, gold or beige colors. For more photos, CLICK HERE

Hair: Peter Gray, CloseUp Agency Milan for GHD-Italia … Simone Bell using L’Oreal Makeup … Head Designer: Fillipo Zazaganoni … Fashion Stylist: Simone Guidarelli … Photos: Courtesy Elisabetta Franchi ( www.elisabettafranchi.com/us/ and www.elisabettafranchi.com/eu/ )

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Helmut Newton “King of Kink” Doc – 2020

Posted by on Aug 3, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Helmut Newton "King of Kink" Doc - 2020

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Love and have always loved Helmut Newton. “The Bad and the Beautiful” is a documentary movie starring Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Catherine Deneuve, Grace Jones. And Helmut himself. Directed by Gero von Boehm. For those into fashion, you know the controversial photographer of statuesque beauties also known as the “King of Kink” was a photographer like no other The documentary missed its New York opening in April, but it has now been released in Germany and virtual cinemas, and it  can be seen at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in October.   I wrote the press release for his book “World Without Men.” 14 provocative photos from the press release for the book are archived on my website, CLICK HERE

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Mani-Pedi Prices Thru The Roof – 2020

Posted by on Jul 14, 2020 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Mani-Pedi Prices Thru The Roof - 2020

Nails: Deborah Lippmann @ Badgley Mischka MBFW 2014. Photo: Helen Oppenheim

Be aware. At least in New York. But maybe everywhere.  A manicure pedicure which may have cost $30-$40 in New York City can now cost $70 -$90. A pedicure alone can cost $40. I used to pay $31 for a mani and pedi in Manhattan.  Prices can be sky-high, through the roof.  And many shops are not telling their customers of the price increase until they come to pay.   One has to wonder if customers will come back to pay at those prices.   Many, like me, have perhaps got used to doing their own mani-pedis, or they have lost their jobs. And, for now, many are not seeing anyone anyway. Can these shops, of which there were too many, at least in Manhattan, stay in business?
(Of course, the image here shows fab fashion nails, they could be worth the extra money, but these are not the classic nails most people have.)

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