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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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A Fur Hat & Hair Create Ethereal Look – 2023

Posted by on Mar 20, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

A Fur Hat & Hair Create Ethereal Look - 2023

Photo: Doris Thompson

A hairpiece made with a fur hat that was first cut up to create texture and depth by  Nazir Maherali of Vancouver, Canada, who then spent hours weaving blue hair pieces/strands with a crochet hook.  The hair pieces were then set with various sized perm rods, taking them out on the day of the shoot and as the shoot went on, the curls loosened to create what he called “this ethereal and airy look.” Which was inspired by “Wabi Sabi” – beauty that is “imperfect, Impermanent and Incomplete” and modern Japanese aesthetics.

Hair: Nazir Maherali, Vancouver, Canada…Hair Assistant: Mai Nguyen … Makeup; Iris Hsiao & Racheal Wong Kiuhor … Stylist: Heather Jude … Photo: Doris Thompson
(Photo Courtesy Leann Cutler/Hair Shots 2 The World)


Oscar Hair Disappointing. Again – 2023

Posted by on Mar 13, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Oscar Hair Disappointing. Again – 2023

Photos Helen Oppenheim With Thanks to E-TV. Collage

The hair at the 95th Oscars on March 12th 2023 was mostly disappointing. Again.  Lots of fab fashions but nothing new and exciting or likely to set new hair trends. Here are just a few stars with something going on with the hair

Top Left to Right: Michelle Yeoh, Best Actress Oscar for Everything Everywhere All At Once –  wore  Dior and Moussaieff  diamonds in her hair as well as her ears. Halle Berry’s asymmetrical wavy bob by Sara Seward  with honey blonde highlights did make a hair statement.  Gown by Tamara Ralph.
2nd Row Left to Right: Austin Butler – Elvis – set no trends but he does have great hair and always looks good.   Michelle Williams, nominated for The Fabelmams always looks good in her pixie cut, here by Chris McMillan.  Lady Gaga wore the most glam smokey eye make up ever – by Sarah Tanno –  with a sheer black Versace gown on the red carpet, and no makeup, ripped jeans, sneakers, performing her nominated Best Original Song – Hold My Hand.  Her slicked-back tucked-under French Braid by Frederick Aspiras made a hair color statement  we could live without – thick blonde streaks on her dark hair.     Florence Pugh’s hair by Peter Lux wore hair that could send a few ripples through the hair world – a reverse ponytail, caught with a black velvet ribbon, the ends coming forward to make bangs on the forehead.  She wore a Valentino Couture gown with black shorts, Tiffany Jewelry.


Florence Pugh Cool Updo Oscars – 2023

Posted by on Mar 12, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Florence Pugh Cool Updo Oscars - 2023

Photos Helen Oppenheim w/thanks to E-TV.    Collage

Florence Pugh, the Don’t Worry Darling actress at the Oscars 2023 with a cool updo using long hair in a reverse ponytail secured with a black velvet ribbon to give a bang effect on the forehead.  She was wearing a Valentino Couture gown with dramatic sleeves and Tiffany jewelry.  Yes, that’s black shorts under the gown.  And a signature nose ring in her nose.

Hair: Peter Luxe … Makeup: Alex Babsky using Valentino Makeup  … Stylist: Rebecca Corbin-Murray … Photos: Helen Oppenheim with thanks to E-TV


Forehead Braids Florals Decorate – 2023

Posted by on Mar 9, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Forehead Braids, Florals Decorate - 2023

Photos: Fred J. DeVito. Collage

Braids on the forehead, neat buns and florals decorated many heads by Anthony Joseph Hernandez for Cutler/Redken at the House of Aama New York Fashion Week Show for Fall/Winter 2023.    A folk tale of the Spider’s metamorphosis was inspiration for the patterns, colors, original textile elements and hair for the show with a theme  – “Prelude” Aama Tales – about the survival during the transatlantic slave trade, the migration to America from the Caribbean.

This makeup look, one of two, by Maite Moreira for the New York Makeup Academy, shows duochrome eyeshadows from Jaded Blue to Green, some shine and glitter. To see more hair, makeup and fashions from this show, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Anthony Joseph Hernandez, Cutler Salon …. Products: Redken … Lead Makeup: Maite Moreira, New York Makeup Academy … Styling: Tiffani Williams … Florals: Ryan Norville … Photos: Fred J. DeVito


Fun Fashions, Buns, Veils @ PH5 – 2023

Posted by on Mar 2, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Fun Fashions, Buns, Veils @ PH5 - 2023

Photos: Fred J. DeVito. Collage

The  theme for the PH5 Presentation for New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023 was “This is not a Jellyfish.” The hair, by Carly Loura, Cutler/Redken. was center parted, two oblong buns, one either side of the part, which were worn outside of fishnet veiling covering the hair and the face.

The designers, Zoe Champion and Wei Lin, went “deeper underwater, into a world where plastic can be mistaken for otherworldly life forms and a place we have barely explored is being impacted by us so greatly.”  90% of the materials used in the collection were made of recycled materials. Friends and family were asked to collect plastic from their lives and the designers gave them a second life as crochet bags.  For more hair, veils inspo and the fun whimsical fashions CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Carly Loura, Cutler Salons/Redken … Products: Redken and Cutler … Lead Makeup: Molly Marie Gansfer, New York Makeup Academy …  Fashion Stylist: Coke HO … Photos: Fred J. DeVito


Hair Jewelry from Broken Up Earrings – 2023

Posted by on Feb 24, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments


Hair Jewelry from Broken Up Earrings - 2023

Photo: © Helen Oppenheim

Peter Gray used broken up Badgley Mischka earrings  from the collection as hair jewelry at the Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week “Romantic Futurism” Show for Fall/Winter 2023.    He and his team burned the midnight oil preparing for the show and making hair jewelry for many models with broken up earrings and fabrics from the collection.     Such a simple idea, so easy to do and jewelry in the hair can be eye-catching.  To see more hair jewelry, some interesting hair, accessories,  the fabulous fashions from the show, CLICK HERE

Lead Hair: Peter Gray, Home Agency …  Hair Products: Intelligent Nutrients … Hair Tools: Olivia Garden …  Lead Makeup: Mary Irwin, using Viseart Paris …  Photo: Helen Oppenheim


Badgley Mischka Face NYFW Fall – 2023

Posted by on Feb 22, 2023 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Badgley Mischka Face NYFW Fall – 2023

Photo: Helen Oppenheim

The face by Mary Irwin for the Badgley Mischka New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023 Show was inspired by Tamara De Lempicka, the portrait painter loved by the beauty and fashion worlds.

“This makeup is structured but painterly, soft but defined,” said Irwin. “It’s an ultimate play on using shadow and light to create depth, almost trompe l’oeil.”  ViseArt Duo Chrome gave the lid reflectiveness.  The soft structure of the eye had an elongated shape, with soft dimension going up almost to the brow, hard edges softened beneath the eye where Gold Liner was blended in the lower lash. There was no lower lash mascara, the upper lashes were curled, with just a little mascara.  Blush was applied as a diffusion, fair or medium skins got a taupey/neutral lip, darker skins got a berry tone patted in.   To see the Peter Gray hair, the “Romantic Futurist” fashions, earrings and more, CLICK HERE 

Lead Makeup: Mary Irwin using Viseart Paris …Model: Somin Park … Photo: Helen Oppenheim